Day 1 - Understanding the scale of change facing communities over the coming decades and our role in supporting them to respond and thrive.

Discover day 1 sessions below:

We’ll look at the changes that will occur in communities in the next 10-15 years

10.30-13.00 Registration

Collect your name badge and programme from the Whitworth Suite Foyer, and then explore the Whitworth suite to network and meet our sponsors.

12.00-13.00 Lunch

A buffet lunch will be served in the Whitworth Suite. Please make any dietary requirements known to the Kimpton team.

13.00-13.50 Welcome to the conference: Imagining future communities

A warm welcome to the conference from our hosts at Forever Manchester and UKCF.

Speakers: Nick Massey DL, Andrew Tuggey CBE DL,

Location: Ballroom

14.00-15.30 – Break Out Sessions One, Big conversations: The scale of the challenges we’re facing

SDG Meaning;

Each session is related to a different Sustainable Development Goal,

1A) (14.00-15.00) Funding public ‘good’ in complex systems – The multiple, overlapping crises we’re experiencing require us to reimagine our collective relationship with the world. Funders will need to shift from amelioration and incremental experiments to resourcing landscape level transitions.

Speakers: Carola Carazzone Indy Johar

SDG: 17


1B) How are our communities changing and what does it mean for funders in the future? – What will communities look like and need in the future? Hear more about emerging trends in giving, funding and opportunities for community foundations to respond.

Speakers: Karl Wilding, Tony Armstrong, Helen Barnard

SDG: 9

1C) Focusing on ‘Equity, Diversity and Inclusion’ is not enough – A look at how community foundations can move towards a more collaborative, regenerative, redistributive society through the lenses of justice and socioeconomic class.

Speakers: Dana Kawaoka-Chen, Becky Bainbridge, Kate Hainsworth FRSA, Rachel McGrath

SDG: 10

1D) Catalysing and resourcing local responses to climate change – What is the role of community foundations in fostering communities to respond to climate change? How can we raise the net-zero bar by aligning investments with wider climate-related strategies?

Speakers: Ketan Patel, Sophie Marple

SDG: 13

1E) Finding our voice: how could policy and politics affect communities over the next decade and what should community foundations do about it? – We explore potential shifts in the policy and political landscape and how community foundations can influence and respond.

Speakers: Will Tanner, Joe Sarling

SDG: 16

14.15-15.30 Fringe Sessions

Unscheduled spaces for you to continue conversations or start new ones. Visit the UKCF stand in the Whitworth Suite for more information.

15.30-16.00 Refreshments and Networking 

Drinks will be served in the Whitworth Suite.

16.00-17.15 – Breakout Sessions 2, Fireside chats with guest speakers

An opportunity for smaller groups to participate and discuss topics of interest.

2A) Exploring different approaches to grant making – Funders from Malawi and Zambia will share their very different approach to resourcing communities and what lessons it could hold for community foundations in the future.

Speakers: Carola Carazzone, Barbara Nost, Robert White

SDG: 10

2B) The future of charity governance – We take a closer look at the current model of charity governance and accountability and imagine how could this change in the future.

Speakers: Philip Kirkpatrick

SDG: 9

2C) Reframing community data and technology initiatives – This session will consider how community data and technology projects can be funded and what the role of community foundations should be in growing their reach and ambition.

Speakers: Dr James Bowles

SDG: 9

2D) Philanthropy and equity in the countryside: how can we champion the rural? – Rural communities can be as deprived or disadvantaged as urban ones, but rural challenges manifest differently, are often less visible, and receive much less attention than other forms of disadvantage. Community foundations serving rural areas are uniquely well-placed to understand these challenges. But do we and other funders do this well enough?

Speakers: Justin Sargent OBE, Dr Nicola Frost

SDG: 11

16.00-17.15 Fringe Sessions

Unscheduled spaces for you to continue conversations or start new ones. Visit the UKCF Conference stand in the Whitworth Suite for more information.

17.15-17.45 Day one closing words

A few words from UKCF’s CEO to end the day and start the evening.

Speakers: Rosemary  Macdonald

Location: Ballroom

18.45-19.15 Drinks reception

Drinks will be served in the Whitworth Suite.

19.30-21.30 Conference Dinner

Join us in the Kimpton Ballroom for a three-course evening meal and dinner speeches. A cash bar is open all evening for post-dinner drinks.

After the dinner, Manchester is on your doorstep! Recommended venues include Alberts Schloss, Peaky Blinders and Brew Dog all on St Peters Street, and Three Little Words Gin Bar on Watson Street.