Community Giving



Join us for a day of learning focused solely on community foundations. Staff and board members alike will learn how a community foundation can influence positive change and strengthen your community through philanthropy.

Free for All CG Partner Foundation Board and Staff Members
Registration Fee: $79 for non-CG affiliated foundations and staff
Group Rate Available


Conference Schedule

12:00 - 12:30pm - Lunch and Networking
12:30- 1:15pm - Opening Keynote Speaker: Frederick J. Riley "Social Trust: Our Nation's Silent Crisis"
1:30 - 2:15pm - Breakout Sessions: Round 1
2:30 - 3:15pm - Breakout Sessions: Round 2
3:30 - 4:15pm - Breakout Sessions: Round 3
4:30 - 5:00pm - Happy Hour, Hors d'oeuvres and Networking
5:00 - 6:30pm - CG Philanthropy Celebration and Closing Keynote Speaker: Jeff Yost "The Nebraska Community Foundation - A Network of Community Building"


St. Cloud River's Edge Convention Center - 10 4th Ave S, St Cloud, MN 56301
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Frederick J. Riley - Opening Keynote Speaker
"Social Trust: Our Nation's Silent Crisis"

Levels of trust in this country—in our institutions, in our systems, and in one another—are in extreme decline. When social trust breakdowns, nations fail. Can we get it back before it’s too late?

Frederick J. Riley is the Executive Director of Weave: The Social Fabric Project at the Aspen Institute. He previously served as the Chief Advancement Officer for the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati where he provided strategic leadership in financial development, advancing the YMCA mission through annual giving, government and foundation grants, endowment bequests, along with gifts and capital campaigns. He developed a fundraising board, positioned the Y as a dedicated community partner and lead advocacy efforts, program impact and volunteer development.

Before joining the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati, he served as the National Director of Urban Development for YMCA of the USA, the Y’s national resource office. There, he served as the principal thought leader and strategist for programs and services impacting over three million teens around the country. He has also served in similar leadership roles for the YMCA of Southwest Illinois, Metro Atlanta YMCA and the National Conference of Black Mayors.

He is passionate about the development of communities and its people. He has spent almost 2 decades ensuring the positive life trajectory for youth with a focus on urban, under-served communities and poverty. Originally from Saginaw, MI; college and professional opportunities allowed for stops in Atlanta, St. Louis, Chicago and Cincinnati. He participants in many professional and civic groups but none are more coveted than the role of favorite son, brother, uncle and godfather.


Jeff Yost - Closing Keynote Speaker
"The Nebraska Community Foundation - A Network for Community Building"

The Nebraska Community Foundation is known as innovative and cutting edge in the community foundation world. NCF’s work is relational, community-centric, asset-based, and uses a power-with framework to help community leaders dream big dreams and make them happen. Leaders in 270 Nebraska hometowns are now part of the NCF network. Collectively the network is partnering with community leaders to reimagine the future of their homeplaces, tapping into the abundance of resources of the intergenerational transfer of wealth and engaging community leaders to invite stayers, returners and newcomers to be in community with us.

Jeff Yost, President and CEO of Nebraska Community Foundation, and his talented team are unleashing abundant local assets, inspiring charitable giving, and connecting ambitious people in 270 hometowns in 83 of Nebraska’s 93 counties. Yost has dedicated the past 24 years his career to NCF’s mission and asset-based philosophies

Jeff is the author of numerous articles and provides lectures and consulting throughout the U.S. and internationally. Topics focus on the power of philanthropy when it transcends the model of traditional charity and the phenomena of the intergenerational transfer of wealth within the context of small rural places. In the past 10 years, Jeff has worked in over 25 states and internationally in Southeast Asia, Europe, Australia and the former Soviet Union.

Jeff’s other leadership positions include serving as a co-founder and chair of the HomeTown Competitiveness collaborative (an award winning community economic development framework), Nebraska representative on the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Community Development Advisory Council, a member of the Council on Foundations’ national task force on community leadership, adjunct faculty for the University of Nebraska–Department of Public Administration and a member of the Nebraska State Library Advisory Council.

Yost was honored for his professional and volunteer work in 2002 by being selected one of the Lincoln Journal-Star’s “20 under 40–Lincoln’s Emerging Leaders.”

Prior to joining NCF, Jeff served as a policy and budget advisor to Nebraska Governor E. Benjamin Nelson. Jeff received bachelor’s degrees in economics and agricultural business from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is a lifelong Nebraska resident and a native of Red Cloud. Yost and his wife Cindy Ryman Yost have three children, Elizabeth, Carter and Harrison.