2015 AFN Grantmaker Conference

AFN’s Biennial Grantmaker Conference took place in Dallas, TX April 7-9, 2015.  The conference brought together a diverse group of more than 100 national, regional and community-based funders and thought leaders concerned about a common goal – providing individuals, families and communities with greater economic security and opportunities for growth. 

The conference theme, Integrating Across Sectors, anchored discussions throughout the two and a half days as funders explored topics such as the Financial Health of American Consumers, The Health/Wealth Connection and Two Generation Strategies.  Keynote speaker Dan Ariely, Professor of Psychology & Behavioral Economics at Duke University shared perspectives about how behavioral economics can inform strategies across a variety of sectors to build financial security and encourage savings for low and moderate income families.  Attendees also heard from Alan Jenkins, Executive Director of the Opportunity Agenda who shared his thinking about how the field of philanthropy can harness the current dialog about wealth inequality to advance meaningful action.

The pre-conference session provided participants with a site visit at a local nonprofit and took a case-study approach to the collaborative efforts of funders of the North Texas Asset Funders Network to help participants understand the process for effectively integrating an asset building frame from both the funder and nonprofit point of view.  You can also check out all of the exciting conference highlights that were captured on Twitter by clicking here.

More information about the conference including the full program, speaker biographies, and available resource materials is available below.   



AFN's Grantmaker conference was made possible through the generous support of presenting sponsor the Citi Foundation, AFN's conference supporters, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. 



Click here to view or download the 2015 Grantmaker Conference Program and Speaker Biographies.



The contact list of attendees is available to AFN members, please contact us.



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Links to conference presentations and additional resources provided by conference speakers (if provided).  


Pre-Conference: Tuesday, April 7


General Conference Day 1, April 8, 2015

New Insights into the Financial Health of Americans

Dan Ariely: Insights into Behavioral Economics

The Value of Microenterprise in a Changing Economy

Two-Generation Strategies: Moving Women and Children Beyond Poverty

Investing in Credit Unions and CDFIs to Expand Financial Access 

Children’s Savings Accounts: Building Pathways to Success

 Leveraging the Dialog to Advance Economic Security: Lessons for Philanthropy 


General Conference Day 2, April 9, 2015

Grantmaker Breakfast and Issue-Based Discussion - 

Developing Common Outcome Measures for Financial Coaching 
Hosted by Regina Salliey, The Annie E. Casey Foundation and Michael Collins, University of Wisconsin–Madison 

The Health/Wealth Connection

Philanthropic Partnerships with Local Governments

Scaling the Integration of Financial Capability and Asset Building into the Delivery of Social Services

Millennials: On-Ramping into Financial Security

Building Wealth and Credit in Immigrant and Refugee Communities