From July 15-17, join United Philanthropy Forum in St. Louis for their annual conference that sparks and strengthens new PSO connections and partnerships, shares and explores new ideas for our field, and builds our personal skills as effective PSO leaders.

#ForumCon24 is the one and ONLY conference that brings together Forum colleagues to delve into the pivotal roles of PSOs in informing, convening, mobilizing, and supporting the philanthropic sector. Be inspired by a lineup of dynamic presenters, engage in skill-building sessions tailored to essential PSO functions, and enjoy ample opportunities for both structured and informal networking. Come and collaborate creatively, build community with peers, and explore the vibrant city of St. Louis.

As the Forum network has expanded in size and impact, their annual conference has become a cornerstone event, celebrating the transformative power of philanthropy. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to harness the collective strength of PSOs, driving change and fostering a courageous philanthropic sector that catalyzes an equitable and just society where everyone can thrive.

Clips and Conversation with Media Impact Funders

From 4:30-6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16, 2024 MIF will present Clips and Conversation featuring “Daughters,” a feature documentary about a group of young girls who are preparing for a daddy-daughter dance with their incarcerated fathers. For most of these girls, this dance will be the only chance they’ll have to physically connect with their dads for years; some of these men are serving 20 or more years in prison. With in-person visits systematically halted since 2014, families are left to navigate costly video calls, creating seemingly insurmountable barriers to staying connected. While “Daughters” brings into sharp focus the effects of incarceration on families, co-director Angela Patton is surfacing solutions. Through her organization, Girls for a Change, Angela is providing unique access to incarcerated fathers who participate in the Date With Dad program, which offers fatherhood coaching and essential life skills. Counteracting systemic practices, the program aims to strengthen familial bonds and facilitate successful reintegration into communities post-release. This Clips and Conversation will feature Angela in conversation with Media Impact Funders Board Chair Kayce Ataiyero, Chief External Affairs Officer at the Joyce Foundation, a leading funder of justice system reform. “Daughters” is premiering on Netflix in August.

  • Kayce Ataiyero, Chief External Officer, The Joyce Foundation; Media Impact Funders Board Chair (moderator)
  • Angela Patton, CEO, Girls for A Change; Co-director, “Daughters”