FIN FORWARD!

Network Days 2018

Austin, TX | October 4-5

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Best kept secret no more! Network Days 2018 is all about spreading the word about your Funding Information Network (FIN) program, so that your community nonprofits are showing up and taking part in the resources and programming you provide. You will also get an in-depth understanding of the new FIN program, as well as Foundation Directory Online updates. Join us in Austin for two days of workshops, panel discussions, and networking opportunities that will provide you with the tactics to best promote your FIN program.

Scholarship opportunities are an exciting addition to this year's program!  In exchange for participating in the conference pre-conference on Wednesday, 10/3 from 2-4pm and agreeing to host a local training event (either in-person or virtually) to spread the word about the Foundation Center's Visualizing Funding for Libraries (VFL) tool, participants will receive a $1,000 scholarship towards their in-person Network Days attendance. Scholarships are limited- be sure to apply BEFORE 8/31/18. 

New to Network Days? Watch the video below to learn more about the experience from your fellow FINs.

Wednesday 10/3

Location: University of Texas at Austin
LBJ School Of Public Affairs

2315 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78712

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Visualizing Funding for Libraries - Train the Trainer Event

Location: LBJ School/UT at Austin

Participants will learn to help users navigate Foundation Center’s Visualizing Funding for Libraries data tool, and plan to host their own training event with their local library network.

Speakers:

4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Pre-Conference Happy Hour

Location: LBJ School/UT at Austin

Foundation Center South staff welcome you to Austin! Join us for a casual gathering before the official start of the conference.

Thursday 10/4

Location: University of Texas at Austin
LBJ School Of Public Affairs

2315 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78712

8:30am – 9:00am
Check-In & Breakfast

Location: LBJ School/UT at Austin

Grab a quick bite to eat and chat with colleagues!

9:15 am – 10:30 am
Break Out Group #2 - Introduction to Building a Marketing Strategy

Location: LBJ School/UT at Austin - Auditorium

This session will introduce the basics for building a marketing strategy for your FIN, including an introduction to content marketing and best practices for promoting the resources available at your location.

Speakers:

9:15 am – 10:30 am
Break Out Group #3 - Beyond FDO: Referring Users to Foundation Center Resources

Location: LBJ School/UT at Austin - Classroom TBD

Increase your working knowledge of Foundation Center data and knowledge resources so you can refer social sector users to resources that best suits their needs. After an overview of frequently asked questions and answers, you’ll get to demonstrate your info-sourcery in a bit of role play.

Speakers:

10:30 am – 10:45 am
Break

Location: LBJ School/UT at Austin

10:45 am – 12:00 pm
Break Out Group #2 - Introduction to Building a Marketing Strategy

Location: LBJ School/UT at Austin - Auditorium

This session will introduce the basics for building a marketing strategy for your FIN, including an introduction to content marketing and best practices for promoting the resources available at your location.

Speakers:

10:45 am – 12:00 pm
Break Out Group #3 - Beyond FDO: Referring Users to Foundation Center Resources

Location: LBJ School/UT at Austin - Classroom TBD

Increase your working knowledge of Foundation Center data and knowledge resources so you can refer social sector users to resources that best suits their needs. After an overview of frequently asked questions and answers, you’ll get to demonstrate your info-sourcery in a bit of role play.

Speakers:

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Networking Lunch

Location: LBJ School/UT at Austin

Enjoy lunch with colleagues! Take this time to introduce yourself, connect with those in your area, and maybe even make a plan to stay in touch or collaborate on an upcoming project.

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Introducing FDO Expert & Trainer Certifications

Location: LBJ School/UT at Austin - Auditorium

This session will introduce the newest set of resources included in the FIN package - FDO certification. We will cover the purpose of certification, how we plan to continue developing the courses, and what is on the roadmap for the future of both FDO and our certification program.

Speakers:

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Field Trip

Location: Austin Public Library or the Blanton Museum of Art

Join us on an engaging tour of the Austin Public Library or the Blanton Museum of Art! Each location is able to accommodate approximately 30 people and local travel (either walking or via taxi) will be required. Stay tuned for a pre-conference communication asking you to reserve your spot!

Friday 10/5

Location: University of Texas at Austin
LBJ School Of Public Affairs

2315 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78712

8:00 am – 9:00 am
Breakfast

Location: LBJ School/UT at Austin

Enjoy a celebratory breakfast!

9:00 am – 9:15 am
Introduction from Bradford K. Smith, President of Foundation Center

Location: LBJ School/UT at Austin

Join us as we celebrate those FINs and supervisors with 5+ years in the network as well as our top scorers from this year’s Network Achievement Report.

Speakers:

11:00 am – 11:15 am
Break

Location: LBJ School/UT at Austin

11:15 am – 12:15 pm
Put Your Best FINForward: Successful Marketing Strategies

Location: LBJ School/UT at Austin

What is your organization's best kept secret? Of course, we happen to think it is your Funding Information Network (FIN) program! Learn how to promote Foundation Center resources, build relationships with your local nonprofit communities, and spread the word about your expertise and grant seeking skills. Learn marketing tips from the best - your fellow FINs! It is time to let that secret out of the bag! Join us for a lively panel discussion, moderated by Asia Hadley, Atlanta Lead at Foundation Center.

Speakers:

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
Lunch + Optional Tour of LBJ Library

Location: LBJ School/UT at Austin

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Serving the Hidden Heroes: Social Sector Leaders

Location: LBJ School/UT at Austin

More than ever, the social sector needs its leaders to lead with conviction, confidence, and care. With hard and soft skills in mind, what are the existing strengths of leaders in the field? Where is there room for improvement? What are some tangible resources/tools/places social sector professionals can go to develop their leadership acumen? What type of role can community-based support organizations, like Foundation Center’s Funding Information Networkplay to uplift these hidden heroes of the social sector?

Join us for a dialogue with philanthropic leaders from some of the most influential foundations in the U.S. In this session, we will capture their insights and advice on this topic, while assessing similarities and/or differences from a global, national, and regional lens. Moderated by Jacob Harold, President & CEO of GuideStar.

Speakers:

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Conference Wrap-Up

Location: LBJ School/UT at Austin

We’ll wrap up the conference and get your feedback.

Speakers:

 

Attending Network Days is an absolute must for FIN supervisors. It is a way to solidify connections and build an even more solid community.

Pamela Salela

University of Illinois at Springfield

See YOU in Austin!