Wednesday 10/9

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Pre-Conference Happy Hour

A kickoff social for all of our attending participants of Network Days 2019 and Candid staff. Please join us at Mailroom if you are able!

Location: Mailroom, 110 Wall Street, NYC, NY 10005

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Annual Train the Trainer Workshop

Annual Train the Trainer Workshop for Candid staff and Training FIN partners.

Location: Ford Foundation

Thursday 10/10

8:15 am – 9:00 am


Location: 32 Old Slip, 24th Floor

9:00 am – 9:15 am

Welcome: Candid in the Community


A welcome to Network Days 2019 and brief overview of how Candid came to be by Brad Smith, President, Candid.

Location: 32 Old Slip, 24th Floor

9:15 am – 10:45 am

Culturally Responsive Facilitation Workshop


Cultural Responsiveness explore what it looks, feels, and sounds like to intentionally design spaces and relationships in which
people can show up as their culturally authentic selves.

A culturally responsive mindset prompts individuals to:
● Reflect on our values, beliefs, and identities, and consider the ways in which those factors inform how we communicate, navigate the world, and how the world navigates us
● Use the cultural knowledge, prior experiences, and performance styles of those we serve to make learning and engagement more appropriate and effective for them
● It relies on the rich cultural narratives within a space and community to develop and nurture lasting and intrinsic connections to content and people
● Recognize the beliefs, behaviors, and practices that get in the way of our ability to respond constructively and positively to diverse groups—especially those groups with which we are historically unfamiliar

Location: 32 Old Slip, 24th Floor

10:45 am – 11:00 am


Location: 32 Old Slip, 24th Floor

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Introducing Candid's Nonprofit Startup Assessment


Review of Candid's free nonprofit assessment which is for people who are either considering or are already in the early stages of starting a nonprofit. Questions will assess background knowledge, capital, and work experience that are relevant to starting a nonprofit.

Once the assessment is complete, the results will provide customized resources to guide the patron on identifying funding, navigating the legal process, developing a business plan, and launching programs.

Location: 32 Old Slip, 24th Floor

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm


Location: 32 Old Slip, 24th Floor

Optional Tour of the Candid Office

Get a behind the scene's glimpse of Candid's headquarters. Check out our views, art, and meet some of the staff.

Location: 32 Old Slip, 24th Floor

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Foundation Directory Online: Enhancement Overview and Deep Dive Breakouts


Foundation Directory Online (FDO) delivers quality funding prospects. By combining exhaustive data with intuitive search functionality and informative data visualizations, FDO delivers the information you need to reach your fundraising goals quickly and efficiently.

Learn about the new updates to FDO including data and different tools for the end user.

Location: 32 Old Slip, 24th Floor

FDO Scenarios


A deep dive into specific user scenarios for FDO along with some tips and tricks for searching.

FDO Questions & Feedback


Have specific questions or feedback on Foundation Directory Online? Then this breakout session with Tracy Waksler is for you!

Introduction to FDO


Learn about our new course offering Introduction to FDO that any FIN partner can teach and how it can drive FDO usage.

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm


Location: 32 Old Slip, 24th Floor

3:15 pm – 5:00 pm

Candid Online Anytime

This will be an interactive overview of many of Candid's virtual resources.

Location: 32 Old Slip, 24th Floor

FIN Communities


We will do a quick dive into our newest portal to serve FINs. The FIN Community which is a new portal for FINs to find answers, update your account, and connect with colleagues. We will be taking feedback and answering questions on this new resource.



GrantSpace is Candid’s learning community for the social sector. GrantSpace provides easy-to-use, self-service tools and resources to help nonprofits worldwide become more viable grant applicants and build strong, sustainable organizations.


Candid’s got a brand new look. In this session we will check out our new and improved website! You’ll learn how to navigate our site and hear briefly about our history, mission and vision, and much more. ‪All at

Friday 10/11

8:30 am – 9:30 am

Breakfast & Network Achievement Awards

9:35 am – 10:00 am

State of the Network


Kate Tkacik, Director of Network Engagement will take us through the "State of the Network" by providing updates and successes of the Funding Information Network.

10:00 am – 10:15 am


10:15 am – 11:15 am

Leveraging Candid for Your Community


Learn from your fellow Funding Information Network (FIN) Leads on how they are leveraging Candid Resources for their communities. FINs are leveraging Candid resources in a variety of ways including but not limited to hosting free webinars, promoting e-books, having peer group learning sessions and getting out into the community.

Learn what is and isn't working and how you can replicate some of these strategies.

11:15 am – 11:30 am


11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Keynote: Q&A on Donor Advised Funds In Your Community


Question and Answer on Donor Advised Funds In Your Community, featuring Amy Pirozzolo, Head of Marketing at Fidelity Charitable in conversation with Alix Guerrier, CEO of GlobalGiving.

Fidelity Charitable has announced that it distributed a record $4 billion in grants from its donor-advised funds in the first half of 2019, an increase of 48 percent on a year-over-year basis.

What are donor advised funds? "According to the IRS, a donor-advised fund is a special fund or account controlled by a section 501(c)(3) organization called a sponsoring organization. Many people set up DAFs through community foundations. Sponsoring organizations can also be public charities--such as some university alumni associations--and investment firms that manage charitable funds. Schwab and Fidelity are among the big financial services companies that manage huge sums of money in DAFs."

"The strong rate of grant activity from donors who use a Giving Account underscores how donor-advised funds have become a growing source of reliable nonprofit support during periods of uncertainty or market volatility, such as the dramatic market drop we saw at the end of last year," said Fidelity Charitable president Pamela Norley. "At a time when individuals may be continuing to make adjustments to their charitable giving as a result of tax reform, donor-advised funds are more important than ever as a stabilizing force for giving."

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Lunch with Candid Leaders

Enjoy lunch with some of Candid's leadership team.

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm

Putting the GuideStar In FIN


Learn about the variety of GuideStar tools and how to leverage them via Candid.

GuideStar Nonprofit Profiles provide users with the information they need to make smart decisions, build connections, and learn from each other to achieve their missions. Nonprofits can update their profiles to amplify their stories and showcase their work.

GuideStar Charity Check allows users to confirm a nonprofit’s eligibility for grants and contributions.

GuideStar Database includes data on 1.9 million 501c3 entities, making it easier to understand who they are and what they do. Donors can explore organizations and the issues that they want to support, while nonprofit leaders can benchmark their organizations against their peers.

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm