Can they respond?

Community foundations - as well as private, family and corporate foundations - have responded to Katrina in a big way (several hundred million dollars in foundation funds). Nationally, there have been several conference calls and regional meetings to coordinate efforts.

I'm on my way to the major annual conference for American community foundations. Like all such big events, the agenda for this one was set months ago. My question - how flexibly and creatively can the 1000+ people at this conference act to take advantage of this gathering and come up with a powerful, field-wide action in this moment?

The ability to be agile will be truly tested, as in all likelihood the conference will open on Monday with the announcement by Congress of some major new legislative sparks for charitable giving.

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