Chicago Global Donors Network 6th Annual Conference on International Giving Global Giving: Opportunity in Tough Times October 29 and 30th, 2009 Standard Club, Chicago, Illinois The Chicago Global Donors Annual Conference on International Giving is the only conference in the Midwest that focuses specifically on global giving and that brings together donors and practitioners to discuss how philanthropic strategies can address global issues such as alleviating global poverty, human rights, climate change, education, health, and economic development. In 2008, the conference attracted a diverse audience of over 250 participants, including students, diaspora donors, and highly influential philanthropic, business and civic leaders from Chicago and other cities in the Midwest. The conference highlights Chicago-based donors and practitioners who are making a critical impact on the most challenging global issues of our day. The conference provides participants with unique opportunities to increase their knowledge about key global issues, to increase their understanding of effective philanthropic strategies to address the global issues they care about; and to make connections to other global donors who can serve as resources and partners. 2009 CONFERENCE KEYNOTES Formerly the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, Stephen Lewis is Co-Director of AIDS-Free World, an international advocacy organization that works to promote more urgent and more effective global responses to HIV/AIDS. In addition to his work with AIDS-Free World, Mr. Lewis is a Professor in Global Health, Faculty of Social Sciences at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative and is the chair of the board of the Stephen Lewis Foundation in Canada. Susan Davis is a founding Board member of the Grameen Foundation and Chair Emeritus. She is currently the President & CEO of BRAC USA, a new venture she helped to create to support BRAC's global expansion to Africa and other parts of Asia. She also leads Ashoka's Global Academy for Social Entrepreneurship, and formerly oversaw their expansion to the Middle East and Central Asia and serves on the international board committee that selects Ashoka Fellows. Paul Rusesabagina is president of the Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation. As general manager of the Diplomate Hotel (also in Kigali), for the 100 days of the Rwandan genocide, he had to move back to his former employment at the Mille Collines Hotel, and was there for 76 days, almost the entire span of the genocide. He served as special consultant to United Artists and Lion's Gate Films' production of the Academy Award-nominated film, Hotel Rwanda, and has also written a book entitled An Ordinary Man. Mr. Rusesabagina received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush, and a Humanitarian Award from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. PRE-CONFERENCE SESSIONS “Global U Skills-Building and Training Workshops” Global Giving FAQs, with Tracy Poe, PhD No matter how experienced a donor you are, giving internationally presents some complex challenges, and especially so in this challenging economic environment. GG-FAQs is an interactive session that brings together experienced international donors with those just getting started for an honest, open discussion of the challenges and rewards of giving internationally. Project Selection, with Brian Hanson, PhD When times are tough, selecting the right project to fund is even more critical. Participants use an asset mapping activity to evaluate projects, work together to select international projects for a notional $10,000 in grant funding, and then analyze and share the most important factors in their decision-making and lessons learned from the activity. Moving the Money, with Sharon Schneider, Foundation Source For high-net worth individuals and families, there are a range of options for converting assets into philanthropic assets and actually moving the money to further your cause. Presenters will explore pros and cons of some of the most popular vehicles, including private foundations, community foundations offering donor-advised funds, international intermediaries and direct giving. Leveraging Your International Impact through Funder Collaboratives and Intermediary Grantmakers, with Anne McEnany, International Community Foundation; Theresa Rhodes, United Nations Foundation and Gaby Anaya, Resources Legacy Group-Baja Funders Group Grantmakers can’t always afford to go it alone to achieve their goals in international grantmaking. Matching funds, sharing grantee information, and aligning program objectives are several ways that grantmakers can leverage their limited resources and staff. This session will highlight three organizations that can help grantmakers in the Midwest leverage their international impact. CONFERENCE BREAKOUT SESSIONS Investment Tools for Supporting Microfinance, sponsored by FINCA, with Shorecap Exchange and Target Insurance Services Empowering African Producers through Development-Focused Trade: Two Case Studies, sponsored by SERRV International with Divine Chocolate USA Adding Value: Options for Supporting Microfinance, sponsored by Opportunity International Funding Tolerance: Building Human Understanding through Philanthropy, sponsored by Lester Crown Philanthropy, with The Elie Wiesel Foundation and Interfaith Youth Core Leveraging Resources, 2009 Topic: Creating and Sustaining Partnerships, sponsored by the CGDN Global Ambassadors advisory council Supporting Grassroots and Rights-Based Environmental Movements, sponsored by Bobolink Foundation, with the Libra Foundation, Global Greengrants Fund, RARE, and EarthRights International More Than Money: Expanding Your Philanthropic Toolbox, sponsored by FoundationSource Women Inspiring Women: Exploring Women’s Philanthropy in the Global South, sponsored by The Chicago Foundation for Women, with The Global Fund for Women, and African Women’s Development Fund Philanthropy and the UN Convention on Disability Rights Cutting-Edge Initiatives in Global HIV/AIDS Prevention, with The Children’s Place Association Local Giving, Global Impact: Tools for Strategic Philanthropy, with the Global Philanthropy Partnership How Community-led Media Affect Prospects for Peace in Pakistan, sponsored by Internews Network Funding Social Movements 101, with Other Worlds are Possible Giving Circle and Tides Network Climate Change Funding Strategies: A Global Perspective, with Arabella Legacy Fund/Arabella Advisors, Oxfam America, and ActionAid International Aid Dependency: How to Help in Refugee and Aid Dependent Environments, with Heshima Kenya, American Refugee Committee, and Econnectix GIVING TECHNOLOGY OPEN SPACE This fall, Chicago Global Donors Network is rolling out our new social media sites to enable CGDN members to use technology to network with each other, support each other’s causes, and learn more about global giving. Our Giving Technology Open Space, an on-site, hands-on experience for those who wish to learn about online giving systems, will focus this year on the various networking platforms that CGDN is using to promote international giving: Facebook, ammado.com, and Twitter. Please stop by and our volunteers will coach you in setting up your page and getting connected! Instruction will be available on both PCs and Macs. NETWORKING LUNCH AND DINE-AROUNDS Our lunch session this year will be a time set aside for informal discussion, networking, strategizing and sharing. Some tables will be sponsored by groups who wish to talk about their work, so please join them and learn how they are making an impact. Other tables will be open seating for post-session conversations and networking. When the conference is over, some folks just want more. Please feel free to organize or join a post-conference “dine around” and post the discussion topic, the place (can be a restaurant, home or other site), and the time. If you want to attend, just add your name next to it in the “attendees” column. Each person pays for their own refreshments.