The Kimmel Center | Rosenthal Pavilion 10th Floor | 60 Washington Sq. South | NYU Campus | NYC
INNOVATIONS 2016 is not your typical conference. By design, our Forum combines a hands-on workshop and conversations among panelists, with 5-minute Ignite talks and built-in time for discussions at the tables. We think you’ll be wowed when acclaimed radio and television host Brian Lehrer interviews Michel Zaleski, Chairman of the Board of the Open Society Foundations’ Soros Economic Development Fund. Our networking breakfast and lunch will help fuel the day and we’ll celebrate the event with an Open Bar.
8:00 – 8:50 A.M.

Networking Breakfast

8:50 - 9:00 A.M.


9:00 - 10:10 A.M.

Investing for Impact


  • William Burckart, Burckart Consulting
  • Shauib Siddiqui, Acumen Fund
  • Kyle Reis, TechSoup

Moderator: Marc Gunther, editor at large, Guardian "Sustainable Business, U.S."; contributor, FORTUNE

Ignite Talk: Jessica Cavagnero, SeaChange Capital Partners

10:10 – 11:20 A.M.

Listening to Grantees


  • Janay Richmond, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
  • Lindsay Louie, Hewlett Foundation, Fund for Shared Insight
  • Alex Forrestor, Rising Tide Capital

Moderator: Michelle Greanias, Grant Managers Network

11:20 – 11:35 A.M.

Networking Break

11:35 – 12:45 P.M.

Funding in Layers


  • Jennifer Hughes, National Endowment of the Arts
  • Eric Weingartner, Robin Hood Foundation
  • Eileen Neely, Living Cities

Moderator: Suzanne Perry, Contributing Writer, Chronicle of Philanthropy

12:45 - 1:45 P.M.

Networking Lunch

1:45 – 2:55 P.M.

Learning from Failure

Hands-on Workshop

  • Ashley Good, Fail Forward
  • Meghan Duffy, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations

2:55 – 3:55 PM

Keynote Interview
Brian Lehrer, WNYC, interviews Michel Zaleski, Soros Economic Development Fund

3:55 – 4:05 P.M.


4:05 – 5:15 P.M.

Financing Social Enterprises


  • Jim Schorr, Social Enterprise Alliance
  • Jamie McDonald, Warnock Foundation
  • Don Shaffer, RSF Social Finance

Moderator: Alfa Demmellash, Rising Tide Capital

Ignite Talk: Wolfgang Müller and Jenny Goldstein, Digital Divide Data

5:15 – 5:20 P.M.


5:20 – 6:30 P.M.

Open Bar Reception

June 13, 2016NYU Kimmel CenterNew York City
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Sponsors for Innovations 2016
Foundant technologies
Grant Professionals Association
New Philanthropy Capital
Association for Childhood Education International
K&L Gates

Partners for Innovations 2016
Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy
New York Council of Nonprofits, Inc.
Grants Professional Association: Mohawk Hudson Chapter
Center for Non-Profits