Spotlight National Conference 2022’s national conference, “Let’s Reconnect!”, was the first time our network met in person since the start of the pandemic. It was clear we felt, more than ever, the collective craving for reconnection. Over 330 members and friends from foundations, charities, and non-profits, as well as advisors, consultants, asset managers, and donors from across the country gathered for two days of peer learning, exchange, thought leadership, and connection. PFC Annual Report 2022 National Conference 2022 This conference had our highest ever number of participants, speakers, and diversity all around – for over 50% of participants it was their first PFC event, and of the 80+ speakers, 62% self-identified as women and 38% as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Person of Colour). All 25 sessions touched on the undercurrent theme of “reconnection” from a range of angles, such as reconciliation, generational leadership, diversity, equity, inclusion, climate, impact investing, and public policy change. Speaking to one of the main lessons from the pandemic – that systems are always connected – the conference aimed to address how philanthropy’s response to the pandemic can serve as a blueprint for future interconnected crises and challenges. 50% For over 50% of participants the conference was their first PFC event 62 % 62% of our 80+ speakers identified as women 38 % 38% of our 80+ speakers identified as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Person of Colour) From conference goers Touched and impressed by the quality of First Nations leaders in the opening plenary session. The opportunity to meet in person was phenomenal... I loved the Day 2 discussion on capacity-building and the fishbowl style that invited participation from the room. It allowed for a very engaging conversation and for expertise and knowledge to emerge from the room Loved how integrated French was. It was really great to see and very inclusive. Thanks for the wonderful opportunity to learn more about the philanthropy landscape and make relevant connections. Great conference.