CEO Coffee & Conversation: Philanthropy’s role in economic growth -- Learning from the NE Ohio experience

Thursday, April 28, 2016
9:00am to 10:30am EDT
Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
1400 16th Street NW Suite 740
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Eligible to attend: WRAG Member CEOs and CEO-equivalents only. CEO Coffee & Conversation events are intended to provide philanthropic executives a space to hear from thought leaders, discuss trends, and have an opportunity to network with their peers.
Register by emailing Rebekah Seder, seder(at)

Earlier this year, the Roadmap for the Washington Region’s Future Economy was released. We know what is needed to build our region’s economic vitality. And, we know that equitable economic development will improve our communities’ health, housing, workforce, education, cultural, and environmental outcomes. But what is the role of philanthropy in advancing economic growth?

At WRAG's 2015 Annual Meeting, Jennifer Bradley, author of The Metropolitan Revolution, highlighted metro areas around the country where business and philanthropy are working together to promote equitable economic growth, including the Fund for Our Economic Future in Northeast Ohio.

WRAG member CEOs are invited to hear from Deborah Hoover, president of the Burton D. Morgan Foundation and past chair of the Fund, about how philanthropy in NE Ohio is building a strategic partnership with business leaders to grow an economy that provides increased access to opportunity for all residents.

Ms. Hoover will share why dozens of foundations have banded together through the Fund to advance growth and opportunity; how the Fund persuaded business leaders to join in a strategic partnership; and the challenges, frustrations and rewards of building such a partnership.