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Plenary Sessions
 2017

Funders Panel: The Art of Philanthropy – Thursday, Sept. 7

Amy Little, President/CEO, Idaho Nonprofit Center, will facilitate a panel of funders to explore the art of foundational giving in Idaho. Each panelist brings a different type of funding and foundation expertise. The goal of this panel is to share their philosophy of giving and insights into what they look for when making funding decisions. Panelist include: 

  • Terry Stokesbary, Program Director, MJ Murdock Charitable Trust
  • Kami Faylor, Community Relations Manager at Micron Technology
  • Susan May, Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation
  • Kathy Holland, Albertsons 

What If… We Work Together on This? – Friday, Sept. 8

It is all about collaboration on Friday’s plenary discussion. Hear how these organizations and local government officials combined their resources as well as learn how your organization can use their experiences as a framework to further your community. We are so excited to hear more about this award winning transformation they accomplished together. Hope to see you there too!

The Columbia Gorge Region encompasses about 70,000 people in rural and frontier communities on the Oregon/Washington border. Pressured by state level reforms and facing significant health and economic challenges, Providence Hood River Hospital and PacificSource Columbia Gorge Coordinated Care have fundamentally changed how they do things in the past 5 years.

Through joint challenges and shared success, their community’s organizations have been able to transition to better alignment, which has included adopting the Collective Impact framework. In recognition of this and other work, the community was awarded a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize in 2016.

  • Audience: EDs/CEOs/Presidents, program staff, foundations, funders, health care leaders, government employees, and elected officials
  • Level: All

About the Speakers: Mark Thomas, M. Div., B.C.C., serves as the Director of Mission Integration and Spiritual Care for Providence Hood River Hospital and related ministries in the Columbia Gorge with responsibility for ethics and community benefit. Over the past 10 years, he’s become increasingly involved in advancing community health through collaboration and far-reaching reform of payment, care delivery and partnerships. A native Oregonian, he loves to be immersed in the outdoors on foot, bike or ski, and he’s always scheming for a meeting in any setting other than an office.

Kristen Dillon, MD, is a Family Physician and the Director of the PacificSource Columbia Gorge Coordinated Care Organization. She was one of the founders of the Columbia Gorge Health Council in 2012 and has been working in health care reform at the state and regional level in Oregon for the past 10 years. Recently, she’s had more involvement with cross-sector work because it’s clear to her that fixing health care is only part of what we need to do to build healthier communities.



Conference Location

  • The Riverside Hotel 
  • 2900 W Chinden Blvd.
  • Boise, ID, 83714

Presented by Harris & Co