Leading Locally 2023

The Power of Place-Based and Community Philanthropy

Registration now open!

Love your place. Strengthen your place. Build your place. Leading Locally is your place.

Date & Time

Tuesday, June 13, 2023 to

Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Pre-conference Sessions on Monday, June 12, 2023


Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel
1550 Court Place
Denver, CO 80202

The link for discounted room reservations is in the registration confirmation email. The special rate for the conference is $249.00/night plus tax.


Members on or before January 13, 2023 = $899
Members on or after January 14, 2023 = $1,099
Nonmembers = $1,499


If you find joy and purpose in place, this is the place for you.

Community is the heart of philanthropy. It’s the place where we connect with loved ones and neighbors, where investments change lives, and where solutions are born. 

At Leading Locally 2023, we’ll explore it all together – and in person.  

In partnership with AdNet, CEONet, CommA, Philanthropy Colorado, and ProNet, the Council is building an informative, engaging, and energizing event to help you develop practical skills and connect with your peers on the issues that matter to you:

  • The latest trends and analysis on place-based work
  • Collaboration among foundations or across sectors, especially through unlikely partnerships
  • The importance of local expertise and on-the-ground community engagement 
  • The convening power of foundations, especially for building bridges
  • Effectively applying a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens to your work 

Secure your place for Leading Locally 2023.

Register now

Pre-Conference Sessions

Pre-conference sessions will take place on June 12, 2023. You can purchase registration for a pre-conference session when registering for Leading Locally 2023.

Legal Matters for Community Foundations Workshop

June 12 from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. | Council Members $339 | Non-members $449

Led by the Council on Foundations Legal Team, this workshop is flexibly organized to ensure that your broad legal questions for administering funds, grants, and community foundation activities are addressed. The legal team will provide technical and practical understanding of complex rules and regulations.

CEONet Pre-Conference Retreat: CEO Excellence

June 12 from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. | All Attendees $250

Community foundation CEOs have a long list of responsibilities and face many challenges. What are the excellent CEOs doing and how can we apply these concepts to our work as community foundation leaders? Using the recent McKinsey book, “CEO Excellence: The Six Mindsets That Distinguish the Best Leaders from the Rest,” join your CEO colleagues in a rich facilitated discussion about community foundation leadership in today’s environment. All attendees who register by April 1 will receive a copy of the book before the conference. Fees includes book, lunch, beverages, and snacks. Registration is open to all community foundation CEOs and Executive Directors, regardless of CEONet membership status.

CommA Pre-Conference Session

June 12 from 12:00-4:00 p.m. | All Attendees $75

Join CommA for a half day pre-conference for community foundation communications staff! Lunch is included. Additional details coming soon. Registration is open to all community foundation communications staff, regardless of CommA membership status.

Sponsorship Opportunities

To learn more about how to become a Leading Locally sponsor, contact the Council’s Development Team at

Sponsorship guide

Working Group and Host Committee

The conference is being designed and led by a group of amazing volunteers from across the sector.

Walker Sanders

Working Group Chair

Walker Sanders


Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro

Karen McNeil-Miller

Host Committee Co-Chair

Karen McNeil-Miller

President and CEO

The Colorado Health Foundation

Javier Soto

Host Committee Co-Chair

Javier Alberto Soto

President and CEO

The Denver Foundation

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