EMERGING LEADER CONVENING
EMERGING LEADER CONVENING
Wednesday, September 9 – Friday, September 11, 2020
The 2020 Convening schedule will be announced Spring of 2020
We Raise Foundation invites emerging leaders from our grant programs to a convening in Chicago this September! We believe gathering leaders energizes and grows people to become more effective when we share ideas, networks, and inspiration. The convening helps leaders and their programs by offering practical tools for nonprofit leadership.
All travel expenses, lodging, and meals for the grantee will be covered by We Raise. If another person on the team has a significant impact on the program, they can be invited to attend as a guest. We Raise will cover the cost of lodging and meals for one additional guest to attend and asks the guest to only cover travel costs.
All Expenses Paid
After registering, We Raise will purchase your flight and lodging for the event. Please keep all other travel receipts (taxi, Lyft, lunch, etc.) and fill out the reimbursement form that will be emailed to you after the Convening. Once you submit the form with all receipts, you will receive reimbursement shortly thereafter. We cannot reimburse you unless you have the receipt!
Each year the Convening is designed for leaders to grow in core nonprofit skills and learn from each other’s experiences. Highly sought after speakers have lead workshops on topics such as: how to fundraise through storytelling, measuring and reporting impact, and how to achieve sustainability after years 2, 3, or 4. The three days move quickly as each day is intentionally built to offer leadership growth, networking, and rest.
Thursday evening is a special night for our donors to hear your stories. With grantees coming from various parts of the country, this is a unique time for our donors to hear the stories of your good work first hand. We are not asking anyone for donations to We Raise and this is also not a time for grantees to solicit donors, but for all of us to share stories and celebrate together.
Check out last year’s schedule of events:
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Arrive at the Virgin Hotel
Welcome + The Work & Mission of We Raise Foundation
Opening Devotions + Learning the Story of the City
Networking: Learning from One Another
Thursday, September 5, 2019
Measuring and Reporting Impact
Leadership Exercise: Values
Reesheda Graham Washington
Demystifying Foundation Relationships
Polk Bros. Foundation
Christopher Family Foundation
We Raise Donor Event
Friday, September 6, 2019
The Intersection of Fundraising and Storytelling
Tiny Talks: Building Resilience
Tiny Talks: What We Can Learn from Women Leaders
Tiny Talks: Finding Your Purpose
Tiny Talks: Q and A
Goals for Returning Home
Depart for Home
“At the Leadership Convening, I feel like I finally learned what my job description should be as the founding director of a nonprofit. I was reminded of what my organization needs most from me. To build my organization’s culture, develop long-term strategies and cast vision for my team. I’ve been treating these things like secondary parts of my job, but the Convening reminded me this is what makes the difference between a supervisor and a leader.” –Emily, Arkansas
What to Bring
Plan to dress comfortably and casually (jeans/khakis) for the majority of the event. Thursday evening’s We Raise Donor Event will be business casual attire. Each person will have a single room with all regular hotel amenities provided.
Cost to Attend
The Convening is free to attend – all expenses are paid for by We Raise Foundation. If you would benefit from attending this event with a co-worker who is also connected to your work in a significant way, and is a leader 20-35 years old, we welcome them to join you. We Raise will invite them as a guest and ask they cover the transportation costs of joining the Convening. We Raise will cover the rest.
You will need to keep all your travel receipts (taxi, Lyft, food, etc.) and fill out a reimbursement form so we can reimburse you after the Convening.
Arrive by 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at O’Hare or Midway airport.
Depart as early as 4:30 p.m. on Friday, September 11, 2020.
When going to and from the airport, we will coordinate cab sharing with people arriving/departing at similar times.
Virgin Hotels Chicago is in the heart of the city, just a few blocks from world famous landmarks, parks, and restaurants. You can also unplug and relax in the coffee shop or funky library (all in the hotel) or walk down the street to many other locations.
Meet us at the hotel by 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 9, 2020. We Raise will cover the cost of your parking with the valet. Let us know in your registration if you plan to drive so we can reserve a spot.