2018 National Forum on K-12 Philanthropy


The Peabody Memphis
149 Union Ave
Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 529-4000

The Philanthropy Roundtable’s 2018 National Forum on K-12 Philanthropy will take place in Memphis, Tennessee at the Peabody on March 6-7.

Known for blues and barbecue, Memphis is also home to one of the nation’s most ambitious K-12 education improvements. Fueled by a collaborative philanthropic community that has encouraged bold governance models and school turnarounds, the city has also become a hotspot for dynamic teacher and leader talent, parent engagement, and high quality school models. Join fellow donors from across the country to examine lessons from Tennessee, and discuss key investment opportunities and emerging K-12 trends.


TuesdayMarch 6:

8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. School site visit and tour of Crosstown Concourse

Donors will have the option of visiting one of three distinct schools: 

Soulsville, is a charter school (grades 6-12) with a musically-inspired focus that boasts a 100 percent college acceptance rate since its first graduating class in 2012. Each student selects a musical course track such as string orchestra, jazz band, choir, musical theory and history, and sometimes all of the above. Students at the high school level are required to enter a Summer Growth Experience (SGE), which takes the form of immersive academic and internship programs on college campuses and in corporate environments across the country. (Sold Out)

St. John’s Catholic Elementary is part of the uniquely-governed Jubilee schools that were reopened to serve low-income families. With philanthropic support, Jubilee schools like St. John’s are able to provide tuition assistance on a sliding scale to approximately 1,500 students across nine campuses, the majority of whom are non-Catholic. St. John’s serves students preK-6 and has teaching partnerships with the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) at Notre Dame, and the LANCE Memphis residency program administered by Christian Brothers University. (Sold Out)

Power Center Middle, part of the longstanding Gestalt Community Schools network that fosters college readiness and neighborhood revitalization. Gestalt deliberately operates schools in low-income communities where there is buy-in from local residents. Power Center Middle is a Tennessee Reward School with some of the highest student growth measures in the state and has outperformed Shelby County schools on state assessments in math, literacy, and science. (Sold Out)

All three school visit itineraries will converge at Crosstown Concourse, the once blighted factory that was purchased and overhauled by a local donor. At Crosstown, donors will visit local organizations such as the Memphis Education.

2:30 - 5:00 p.m. National Civil Rights Museum

Donors will have private access to tour the National Civil Rights Museum at their leisure. Built on the site of the Lorraine Motel, the site of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1968 assassination, the Museum highlights the most pivotal moments of the American Civil Rights Movement.

5:00 p.m.    Opening Discussion: Equity, Excellence, and K-12 Opportunity

Donors will hear from local philanthropist Pitt Hyde on his original vision for the Museum, and Cheryl Brown Henderson, daughter of the late Dr. Oliver Brown, plaintiff in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case.

6:30 p.m.    Opening Blues and Barbecue Rooftop Reception

Join us for an opening reception on the rooftop of the Peabody Hotel, featuring performances from students of the renowned Stax Music Academy.


WednesdayMarch 7:

7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.   Conference

The National Forum’s conference portion will feature plenary speakers, but will also break from the traditional panel discussion format, featuring both workshops and discussions designed to be donor-driven and interactive. Topics will include:

  • Barbara Hyde of the Hyde Family Foundations, will discuss her multifaceted approach to inspiring education transformation and talent development in Memphis.
  • Interactive workshop with the Charter School Growth Fund, whose leaders will share their successful investment methodology. Several portfolio school leaders will also share their experiences in the rigorous and comprehensive vetting process.
  • Chris Barbic, former superintendent of the Tennessee Achievement School District and currently with the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, will share what he’s learned about effective citywide investment and alternative governance models.
  • Citywide collaboration: Hear from local community educators and advocates on how they turned around school quality in Memphis and the surrounding Shelby County, and what it will take to further advance student growth.
  • Donor-led discussions about thorny issues facing K-12 education philanthropy

More information about event content, speakers, and school site visits coming soon!

Confirmed speakers (updated continuously):

• Chris Barbic, senior education fellow, Laura and John Arnold Foundation
• Kevin Hall, president and CEO, Charter School Growth Fund
• Cheryl Brown Henderson, founding president, Brown Foundation
• Barbara Hyde, chair and CEO, Hyde Family Foundations
• Pitt Hyde, trustee, Hyde Family Foundations


Registration Rates

Full conference rates (Includes Tuesday and Wednesday Conference Programming)

- Regular Registration Rate: Register before February 13 - $350 per person

- Late Registration Rate: Register after February 13 - $425 per person


Or separate options


Wednesday, March 7 Conference Programming Only Registration Rates (Includes Tuesday night reception, but not the site visits)

- Regular Registration Rate: Register before February 13 - $250 per person

- Late Registration Rate: Register after February 13 - $325 per person


Tuesday, March 6 Site Visits and Reception (Does not include Wednesday Programming)

- Registration Rate$100 per person


Registration Cancellation Policy 

Cancellations received before February 13, 2018 = 90% refund will be offered
Cancellations received after February 13, 2018 = no refund will be offered






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Event Starts:
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Event Ends:
Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The Peabody Memphis

Memphis, TN

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