Spark Talks

Need a bold, new idea to help you take on a community challenge — but prefer hearing about it in a snack-bite size? Spark Talks are one way to go. They’re quick, 15-minute pitches from changemakers who’ve faced similar challenges, and they’ll share their innovative ideas and approaches with you. And who knows? Their idea might be just the thing to help resolve your vexing community issue.

Thursday, November 16
9:30 am – 9:45 am

How To Strengthen American Democracy by Cultivating Engaged Citizens

This is an urgent moment for the nation and for democracy. Across political parties and demographics, there is a lack of faith that our system can work for everyone. Deep polarization, mistrust, and misinformation stymie progress. Still, there are reasons for optimism in our ideals, our history, and the ambition …

Thursday, November 16
11:00 am – 11:15 am

Empowering Mothers, Changing the World: The PhilMOMthropy Initiative

PhilMOMthropy is a program under Motivated Moms, Inc. that celebrates Motherhood + Social Good. It is a combination of Philanthropy which means the love of humanity or the desire to promote the welfare of others, expressed especially by the generous donation of money to good causes; and Motherhood which is not …

Thursday, November 16
12:00 pm – 12:15 pm

Indigenizing Philanthropy

As an advocacy organization, Native Americans in Philanthropy’s approach centers on Indigenous values to create sustainable solutions for everyone. From environmental issues to sustainable economies to data sovereignty and stewardship, centering Indigenous worldviews provides a different perspective and opportunity to create, build, and grow. This session will share how the …

Friday, November 17
9:30 am – 9:45 am

Can the Early Childhood Workforce Crisis Be Fixed? How Dallas College and its partners are trying to break the mold.

Dallas, like many fast-growing communities across the country, has an urgent need to provide low-cost, high-quality childcare and early childhood learning opportunities. Without new approaches, existing inequities in the early childhood space will continue to compound. In this conversation, you will hear from the student perspective how Dallas College is …

Friday, November 17
10:00 am – 10:30 am

Fundraising Burnout and the Future of Our Sector

Burnout in the workplace is at an all time high, with one in four employees experiencing severe burnout. The last few years of COVID have exacerbated this in our sector, especially among fundraisers, because so many nonprofits were on the frontlines caring for their communities without any breaks, and the …

Friday, November 17
11:30 am – 11:45 am

From Chaos to Clarity: Four Pivots for Aligning Coalitions To Achieve Equity

Dismantling systemic barriers to achieve equitable outcomes requires working alongside a range of diverse players to advance a shared vision. We know that engaging a broad range of perspectives leads to stronger solutions, but sometimes working with a diverse network or coalition can feel chaotic. How do you get diverse …

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