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Sunday, September 8
Monday, September 9   
Tuesday, September 10       
Wednesday, September 11                                                                             
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Sunday- September 8, 2019
1:00pm - 4:00pm - Special HR Session - Navarro Ballroom
HR Session I - Understanding ERISA Fiduciary Rules
Abiy Fisseha, Retirement Plan Consultant

The session will cover ERISA's Fiduciary requirements for proper retirement plan oversight. Understand the implications of non-compliance and current best practices to comply with the rules. The session will include discussion of fiduciary issues for non-profit organizations.

HR Session II - Tools, Tactics and Compliance Issues for Administering Compensation Programs

Hali Croner, CEO, Croner Company
 In 2015, in affiliation with Elaine Lasnik-Broida, The Croner Company acquired the Foundation Survey and now annually produces the Croner Compensation Survey of Foundations, one of the largest and most comprehensive foundation compensation survey in the country.  Hali will provide tools, tactics, and compliance issues for administering compensation programs.

HR Session III -Employee Engagement - Beyond The Golden Rule
E. Paul Bayon, DILAN Consulting Group
What is "employee engagement" and why does it matter? This session examines these topics and offers a dashboard that covers the critical domains within the engagement sphere. Utilizing a hierarchy-of-needs model as a launching pad, this session provides practical solutions that your organization (as an employer) and that you (as a leader within your organization) can implement to increase your employees' engagement. Learn how "the platinum rule" has replaced "the golden rule" within engaged workplace environments and settings and how engagement is a reflection and manifestation of an organization's underlying culture.
2:00pm - 5:00pm Registration Opens at the Westin - Navarro Ballroom Pre-Function Area
Stop by to pick up your name badge and gift bag

5:00pm - 6:00pm Mentor Reception for those that sign up
6:00pm - 9:00pm Welcome Dinner at Acenar

Come meet your colleagues at our conference kick-off event at Acenar.   Join us for a "Welcome to San Antonio" dinner in the heart of downtown San Antonio.  Acenar is one of the largest and most innovative contemporary Mexican restaurants and bars on the San Antonio River Walk. Here you will enjoy Texas regional Mexican dishes inspired by the history and heritage of these two cultures!  Open to current community foundation members only

146 E Houston St,
San Antonio, TX 78205
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Monday- September 9, 2019

7:00am - 8:00am Breakfast sponsored by Pavilion -Hidalgo                                         

8:00am - 8:30am Welcome -Navarro Ballroom

8:30am - 9:30am Open Plenary - David Robinson -Navarro Ballroom
FAOG welcomes David Robinson to kick off our 4th conference at the Opening Plenary. A ten-time NBA All-Star, a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, an International Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee and an advocate for the youth, Mr. Robinson will share his personal reflections from basketball to philanthropy.

9:30am - 9:45am BREAK
9:45am - 10:45am Community Foundation Software Vendor - Update  -Navarro Ballroom
Dick, Myers, President, Foundation Information Systems (FIS)
Ed Padar, Controller, Greater Houston Community
If you are new to the community foundation world or been active for a while, many of you are wondering about how the evolution of the various software solutions will affect your foundation. This session will address the big picture of all the major vendors.  The community foundation software landscape is limited in scope.  There are only a few vendors that can provide comprehensive software solutions.  The FAOG Technology Committee will present an update on the various vendors in order to help community foundations better understand the current options and trends.  This session will address the estimates of time and monetary commitment required for software transitions.   Additional information will provide background to the two in-depth sessions of six community foundation stories about waiting for or evaluating, converting or have converted to a new software platform.
9:45am - 10:45am Leadership Transition Issues / Succession Planning -Encino - down the stairs one floor
Michelle Nelson, CFO, Community Foundation for a Greater Richmond
Bryan Tait, Senior Controller, Pittsburgh Foundation
Will Woodward, CFO, Greater Cincinnati Foundation
Are you anticipating a leadership transition in your foundation (CEO, CFO, executive team)?  Have you been through a leadership transition recently?  Please join us in listening to and learning from finance executives of foundations who have recently had leadership transitions - what worked well, what didn't work well, what they wish they had prepared for, how to balance fresh perspectives vs. historical knowledge, etc. HR Focused Session

9:45am - 10:45am The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Non-Cash Gifts -Sabino - down the stairs one floor
Joe Carter, VP Development, Oklahoma City Community Foundation
Rhonda Godwin, VP of Administration, Oklahoma City Community Foundation
Helen Stone, Director of Strategic Operations, Oklahoma City Community Foundation

This session will focus on the three dimensions of gift acceptance beginning with development, administration of assets, and best practices in finance. Development activities at times seek to provide solutions for donors with complex issues, but a good strategy for a donor may create demands on the foundation. Learn how accepting gifts of non-cash assets such as closely held stock, real estate, oil and gas interests and entire estates can be great assets for the donor to gift but what are the consequences on administration and finance.

10:45am - 11:00am BREAK - Refreshments and snacks will be served in the Navarro Ballroom Foyer

11:00am - 12:00pm Regional FAOG Groups Meetings -Navarro Ballroom
Joe Baker, VP of Finance and Administration, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation
Jim McCallum, Chief Financial Officer, Sacramento Region Community Foundation
Jana Moreno, Controller, Austin Community Foundation
Ed Padar, Controller, Greater Houston Community Foundation
Cyndi Vara, Chief Financial Officer, Permian Basin Area Foundation

During this session, participants will learn how the national FAOG organization supports regional FAOG groups.  This session will also feature a panel of FAOG members who are involved in organizing events for existing regional FAOG groups.  Learn from existing group leaders how a regional group can be created and managed. 

11:00am - 12:00pm On A Shoestring: Spend-Rate Planning -Encino - down the stairs one floor
Jonathan Brelsford, SVP of Finance & Investments, The Pittsburgh Foundation
David Center,  Managing Director, Fund Evaluation Group
Diana Champ Davis, VP of Capacity & CFO, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
Brandon Parrish, Portfolio Manager, Brown Advisory

Community foundations face a daunting challenge. We need to generate returns in excess of required spending rates, but we also need to invest prudently, guard against short-term draw downs and preserve capital over the long term. This panel will introduce a framework to help understand the risks and levers that can be pulled to modify results over time and an opportunity to learn from best practices and experienced colleagues in the field.

11:00am - 12:00pm Managing Minefields...The Challenges Managers Face --Sabino - down the stairs one floor
Constance Norton, Office Managing Shareholder, Littler 

We will share video vignettes which cover a series of workplace situations being discussed by three human resources professionals attending an employment law conference. Each scenario dramatizes a situation faced by one of the human resources professionals, how their manager struggled to address it, and how they advised their manager in navigating the situation. Through this framework, the viewer is offered unique insight into a partnership model between management and human resources. The program is divided into four minefields:  (1) Employee complaints of potential harassment; (2) Adverse performance management practices; (3) Emerging complaint areas; and (4) Inadequate response and investigation procedures.  The video vignettes serve as a springboard for training discussions that help deliver key teaching points that arise from each scenario and provide an opportunity to highlight key takeaways for avoiding these minefields.  HR Focused Session

 12:00pm - 1:00pm LUNCH Sponsored by Vanguard -Hidalgo                            

1:00pm - 2:00pm Legislative Updates:  A Landscape More Complex Than Ever -Navarro Ballroom

Robert L Waldman, Partner, Venable LLP
Community foundations across the country are stepping up to lead positive change through advocacy and participation in the legislative process.  At the same time, there is a continuing call for greater regulation of donor advised funds.  National, state and local legislation shapes the lives of everyone in our communities in significant ways.  You will hear from a counsel to many community foundations, nonprofit organizations and international philanthropies on the rules for navigating through an increasingly complex legislative landscape along with possible legislation that may impact charitable organizations.

2:00pm - 2:30pm BREAK

2:30pm - 3:30pm Core Information System Reviews -Navarro Ballroom

Chris de Lastic, Director, Finance & Accounting, Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta
Elizabeth Gordon, Controller, Central Florida Foundation
Evan Greene, Donor Data and Portal Manager, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

James Munch, VP of Finance & Administration, Community Foundation of Northern Illinois
Megan Warrick, EVP & CFO, Central Florida Foundation
Over 400 community foundations are in limbo with the aging FIMS platform and facing an eventual conversion to new software.  These foundations will describe how their proactive actions has helped or will help prepare their foundations for the eventual transition from FIMS.
This session will provide valuable information about how to evaluate and adopt alternatives for new back office system options.  The presenters will build on the core knowledge of existing software systems and describe the techniques their individual foundations are implementing while taking the opportunity to review years of outdated data and business processes.
       *   Develop a strategy for coping with an undefined sunset date for the FIMS software
       *   Evaluate alternative approaches to evaluating transition options
       *   Analyze and clean data
       *   Design a plan of action for the current system while preparing for a total transformation
       *   Provide insight about which actions are most productive

2:30pm - 3:30pm Mission Aligned Investing - From Ideas to Impact -Encino - down the stairs one floor
Stuart Comstock-Gay, President & CEO, Delaware Community Foundation
Bert Feuss, Senior VP, Investments, Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Brigid Peterson, Investment Committee Member, Baltimore Community Foundation
Rosanne Potter, Senior VP & CFO, Cleveland Foundation
Come hear from peers the journey of aligning the goals of an investment portfolio to the mission of a community foundation, by forming partnerships, exploring different options and educating board, staff and donors on the other 95%.

2:30pm - 3:30pm Maximizing Efficiency -Sabino - down the stairs one floor
Michelle Nelson, CFO, Community Foundation for a Greater Richmond
Jeff Sauter , Chief Operations & Administrative Officer, Arizona Community Foundation
Leigh Schaefers, Community Foundations of Texas 
Could your Foundation operate more efficiently?  If not, don’t bother attending:).  If you would like to continuously improve your Foundations processes, including core functions like entering gifts and grants, maximizing the efficiency of your general ledger, improving banking controls and processes, and increasing overall operating efficiencies then this session will be valuable.  Please join other foundation finance executives about the "magic bullets" (aka process improvements) that they have implemented to make their Foundations operate more effectively.

3:30pm - 3:45pm Break - Refreshments and snacks will be served in the Navarro Ballroom Foyer

3:45pm - 4:45pm How Finance and Technology Can Support Your Strategic Plan -Navarro Ballroom

Cybil Guess, VP of Donor Services, Austin Community Foundation
Jeff Sauter , Chief Operations & Administrative Officer, Arizona Community Foundation

Community foundations across the country are going through strategic planning processes and have identified opportunities for increased community impact. At the same time, they are faced with threats from competition, changing trends in philanthropy, and stagnant technology. Find out how finance and technology staff are supporting the execution of strategic plan initiatives that focus both internally and externally. Hear case studies from community foundation staff for internal initiatives such as the improvement of business processes and technology implementations as well as externally facing initiatives such as product optimization and cost study analysis.

3:45pm - 4:45pm Accepting Funds With Individually Managed Investments -Encino - down the stairs one floor
Dwight Canning, VP & CFO, St Louis Community Foundation
Alyssa Federico, VP & Director of Finance, Foundation for the Carolinas
Grace Sacerdote, EVP & CFO, The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida

William Thorpe, Chief Marketing & Development Officer, Mason Investment Advisory Services
This session will explore the aspects of managing and coordinating multiple investment advisors and/or custodians.  The goal of this session is to show the opportunity and challenges of adopting this type of strategy to grow Community Foundation donors and assets.  You will hear from 3 Foundations that have employed this strategy and how they have came to the decision of allowing separately managed investment pools and how they manage it internally.

3:45pm - 4:45pm
Helping Communities in Times of Despair -Sabino - down the stairs one floor
Jennifer Ballersteros, Philanthropic Advisor, Philanthropy for Business, San Antonio Area Foundation 
Julie Caldwell, VP & Director of Development

Mike Pawson, CFO, Greater Houston Community Foundation
Jenny Praytor, Donor Services Coordinator, St. Louis Community Foundation

This session will focus on two things: 1) how community foundations can provide vital assistance to their communities in times of natural disaster by creating and managing Disaster Relief Funds and 2) how community foundations can partner with individual companies to assist their employees in times of personal financial hardship—caused by either natural disaster or personal emergency-- through Employee Relief Programs
6:00pm - 9:00pm - Dinner at Biga on the Banks sponsored by Mason Companies
Join us for a special evening in a private rooftop dining room overlooking the river.  Selected by Gourmet Magazine as one of the "top five restaurants in Texas," Biga on the Banks delivers fine dining with a Texan accent. Enjoy Chef Bruce Auden's creative cuisine while reveling in the views on the River Walk.
203 S St Mary's St, San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone (210)-225-0722
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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

7:00am - 8:00am Breakfast sponsored by Northern Trust -Hidalgo

8:00am - 8:30am Welcome -Navarro Ballroom

8:30am - 9:30am Colonial Consulting FAOG Survey/Investment Outlook -Navarro Ballroom
Michael Miller, Chief Investment Officer, Colonial Consulting, LLC
This session will review the latest performance results across the community foundation field and will review the opportunities and areas of concern present for long-term investors.

9:30am - 9:45am BREAK

9:45am - 10:45am Cyber Security: Are You Prepared? -Navarro Ballroom
David Anderson, Manager & Information Security Consultant, Clifton Larson Allen
This session will help the CFO prevent, manage, and mitigate cyber intrusions and breaches.  Case studies and examples of what to do and not do will be discussed, along with tips on how to best protect your network infrastructure.

9:45am - 10:45am Today's CFO, Strategic Adviser and
Connector -Encino - down the stairs one floor
Brett Huntkins, EVP of Finance & Administration, Community Foundation of Greater Flint
Isaiah Oliver, President & CEO, Community Foundation of Greater Flint

The Community Foundation landscape is growing increasingly complex for both external and internal reasons.  The CFO can play a helpful role in working with the President and the Board to define strategic advice, while also working to integrate the Foundation's activities to help achieve strategic alignment.  This session will emphasize one Foundation's experiences with a new CEO and a new EVP of Finance & Administration, who joined the community foundation with both private and not-for-profit background.  We will share what has worked smoothly, what has taken time to develop, and what we are looking at for the future.

9:45am - 10:45am Conservative Rainmaking: The Subtle Art of Balancing Revenue and Risk -Sabino - down the stairs one floor
Lani Starkey, Founder, Fifty Rock Consulting, LLC
There are many strong characteristics of a successful development operation.  Most notably of them, it is the organization’s ability to generate and grow its gift revenue year after year.  In a vacuum, this talent might be the only characteristic needed.  However, if the charity’s rainmaking ambition is not tempered with savvy restraint, then the nonprofit runs the risk of incurring undesirable financial liabilities and/or staff time inefficiencies.  In either scenario, organizational performance and donor relationships invariably suffer.  This session will discuss select “high reward/questionable risk” planned giving vehicles and non-cash assets that are often offered to charity.  This session will use many real-life donor case studies and share the decision-making process within them.

10:45am - 11:00am BREAK - Refreshments and snacks will be served in the Navarro Ballroom Foyer

11:00am - 12:00pm What's New in the World of FASB? -Navarro Ballroom
Elizabeth Dollar, Partner,
Moss Adams LLP
With the implementation of the new financial reporting standard for not-for-profits behind us, we can now look ahead to what is coming next.  This session will cover the new Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) updates that will impact community foundations including grants and contributions, revenue recognition, leases and more!

11:00am - 12:00pm Technology Trends – Financial Accounting and Beyond -Encino - down the stairs one floor
Jay Donato, Investment Manager, The Pittsburgh Foundation
Hunter Edmondson, Accounting Managger, Greater Houston Community Foundation

Alyssa Federico, VP & Director of Finance, Foundation for the Carolinas
Community foundations are struggling with the complexity of supervising investment management at the oversight level as well as in the internal management and reconciliation of increasingly complex investment portfolios.  The number of 3rd party investment accounts at community foundations has increased drastically in the past few years causing a monthly reconciliation logjam.  Your peers will share how they are or want to be able to manage these challenges. The information in this session will build upon the basic knowledge of community foundation pooled investment accounting. These presenters will explain how their individual foundations have been challenged to manage complex investment portfolios of multiple pools, individually managed funds, hedge funds, real estate and sometimes even illiquid investments.
        * Identify alternative methodologies to manage complex investment portfolios
        * Adapt operations which can readily scale to meet challenges of growth
        * Understand the capability of standard core systems to interface with data aggregation systems
        * Provide insight into the areas of future concern

11:00am - 12:00pm Growing Pains – Managing Growth in a Community Foundation -Sabino - down the stairs one floor
Dwight Canning, VP & CFO, St. Louis Community Foundation
Patricia Mejia, VP of Community Engagement and Impact, San Antonio Area
David Rosado, Director, CF Insights
Is your community foundation experiencing growing pains?  No matter if growth is slow but steady, or rather the result of a single large gift, it impacts the finance and administrative functions of a community foundation in many ways.  Hear from community foundation staff who have experienced these “growing pains”; learn how community foundations have successfully tackled growing pains, as well as lessons learned. Also during this session the results of a Community Foundation Growth survey will be shared which will provide useful insights to help community foundations plan for how growth will impact the finance and administrative functions.

12:00pm - 1:00pm LUNCH Sponsored by Bromelkamp -Hidalgo

1:00pm - 2:00pm  FAOG Business Meeting with Toast Sponsored by Moss Adams -Navarro Ballroom

Alyssa Federico, VP & Director of Finance, Foundation for the Carolinas

2:00pm - 2:30pm BREAK

2:30pm - 3:30pm Nuts and Bolts of Launching a Place-Based Impact Investment Initiative -Navarro Ballroom
Melanie Audette, VP, Mission Investors Exchange
Patti Chandler, VP Finance & Administration, Baltimore Community Foundation
Wally Chin, CFO, Hawaii Community Foundation

Coralie Pledger, CFO, Austin Community Foundation
The concept of place-based impact investing has taken hold across the country and it makes sense for community foundations to take a leadership role in putting assets to work to address their communities’ greatest needs. Unlike traditional philanthropy that typically relies on grants, community foundations have created new initiatives that invest in nonprofits, community development organizations and social purpose for-profits entities for local impact. Learn the various ways that community foundations have structured their programs including their sources of funds, governance, types of investments, focus areas, risk management and underwriting processes.

2:30pm - 3:30pm Business Continuity Planning -Encino - down the stairs one floor

Sundeep Bablani, Director of IT Audit, CliftonLarsonAllen
The course is designed to provide an overview of disaster recovery/business continuity planning. It would include discussions on risks as well as the need to prepare a business impact analysis. This course will help identify current industry standards and best practices.   

2:30pm - 3:30pm A Voice for Investors - Investment Stewardship Best Practices -Sabino - down the stairs one floor
Rob Main, Head of Portfolio Company Engagement, Analysis & Voting, Vanguard
A large and growing body of knowledge points to the positive relationship between good corporate governance and good outcomes for shareholders.  This session will highlight how one asset manager stewards the assets entrusted to them by investors by encouraging companies to adopt best in class corporate governance practices.  The discussion will highlight the four primary principles that underpin the approach, the value of direct company engagement, and topical case studies to illustrate how effective investment stewardship can positively impact all shareholders. 
3:30pm - 3:45pm Break - Refreshments and snacks will be served in the Navarro Ballroom Foyer

3:45pm - 4:45pm Tax and 990 Update -Navarro Ballroom
Tracy Paglia, Partner, Moss Adams, LLP
This session will cover all that is new in the tax exempt world.  We will review the latest guidance surrounding tax reform as well as updates in the Form 990 and 990T.

3:45pm - 4:45pm Alternative Investments in Action:  Understanding the Opportunities Ahead -Encino - down the stairs one floor
Karen Florez, Investment Manager, Minneapolis Foundation
Dan Parker, Deputy CIO, Texas Tech University
Venu Shamapant, Investment Committee Chair, Austin Community Foundation
Glenn Stotts, Investment Committee Member, Austin Community Foundation
As community foundations increasingly seek active and diversifying strategies to drive higher returns and to protect investment portfolios against financial downswings, this panel will dive into the current landscape of alternative investments, including private equity, venture capital, real estate and hedge funds.  How can these investments integrate into a more passive and traditional asset allocation?  What are return and risk expectations for alternative investments?  What are the unique opportunities and challenges for investment committees to consider?  What are best practices for implementation to achieve long-term portfolio objectives?  This panel will discuss these important and timely topics.

3:45pm - 4:45pm Enterprise Risk Management -Sabino - down the stairs one floor
Brett Huntkins, EVP of Finance & Administration, Community Foundation of Greater Flint
Grace Sacerdote, EVP & CFO, Community Foundation for Northeast Florida

Community Foundations, like all businesses, face a myriad of risks that may affect our ability to achieve our missions.  An Enterprise Risk Management Plan, developed as a working tool and applied across your Foundation, can encourage thoughtful risk–taking grounded in awareness and management of these risks. It can inform your strategic direction and reinforce the value of resource allocation towards addressing risk exposures.  This session will provide insights from those who have implemented risk assessments and those who are wrestling with doing so.
6:00pm - 9:00pm - Dinner at Maverick Texas Brasserie sponsored by Blackbaud
This evening you will enjoy dining at Maverick Brasserie which is one of the latest and greatest additions to San Antonio, offering a unique French-Texas menu in addition to a vast menu of drinks.  As a Texas brasserie, Maverick features a menu that focuses on Texas ingredients with dishes that are classically prepared(mostly cooked over a live wood fine). 
710 S S.Mary's Street
San Antonio, TX  78205
Phone (210) 973-6050
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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

7:00am - 8:00am Breakfast sponsored by Stellar Technology Solutions -Hidalgo

8:00am - 8:30am Welcome -Navarro Ballroom

8:30am - 9:30am How To Prepare for and Implement A Core System Conversion -Navarro Ballroom
Jeanette Kelleher, VP for Operations, East Tennessee Foundation
Dick, Myers, President, Foundation Information Systems (FIS)
Kyla Quintero, CFO, Arizona Community Foundation

There is a best practice for evaluating alternative software vendor product offerings.  Several of your colleagues will share how they have approached this daunting process with a strategy for comparing and evaluating vendor product options.

There is a best practice for evaluating alternative software vendor product offerings.  This session will demonstrate different approaches and techniques used by your colleagues in this daunting process of comparing and evaluating vendor product options.  The information presented in this session will build upon the basic knowledge of software evaluation.  In the process of reviewing prospective vendors, each presenter will explain how their individual foundations have or are dealing with their unique software requirements and future needs.  Learn how to execute an effective software vendor evaluation by:
   *   Including all staff and do not rush
   *   Defining key elements of current business processes that must be preserved
   *   Considering the effect of foundation growth and future business requirements
   *   Developing an evaluation plan with detailed criteria
   *   Conducting thorough and detailed software demonstrations
   *   Being open to adopting change
9:30am - 9:45am BREAK

9:45am - 10:45am Small/Medium/Large Community Foundation Roundtables
                Small size funds <$150MM -Navarro Ballroom
                Medium size funds >$150MM - <$500MM -Encino - down the stairs one floor
size funds >$500MM - Sabino - down the stairs one floor
Join your FAOG colleagues working in similar sized community foundations for an open discussion on a variety of topics.  Participants will be encouraged to ask questions and share valuable information with their colleagues during this session.

Conference concludes at 11:00am.  Box lunches will be provided.