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Dear colleagues,

Please join us on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 from 8:00AM – 5:00PM for the next Connect U.S. Fund community-wide meeting in Washington, D.C. This meeting will focus on progress made on our shared agenda with the Obama administration, on the challenges posed for our issues in the 2012 elections, and on how we can work together to overcome roadblocks to continued progress towards responsible U.S. global engagement. We are delighted to announce that Senator John Kerry will be joining us as the meeting keynote. Please see below for the full agenda of speakers, panels, capacity-building workshops, and networking opportunities.

The meeting will be held in Washington, D.C. at the Embassy of Canada, 501 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.

As space is limited, you must RSVP by September 7, and only two participants per organization may attend (we will keep a wait list for additional participants). RSVP online at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CommunitySept2011

TRAVEL STIPENDS: We are happy to announce that we have a small fund to assist with travel expenses (up to $500) for organizations with budgets of less than $500,000 located outside of Washington, D.C. Organizations must be actively engaged in supporting the Connect U.S. Fund vision, and preference will be given to those organizations actively involved in the Connect U.S. Fund community. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the fund is expired, so please apply as early as possible for assistance.

RESOURCES TABLE: We encourage participants to bring materials that will be of interest to other members of the community.

We look forward to seeing you next month! If you have any questions, please contact Karl Horberg at khorberg@connectusfund.org, 202-721-5655.

Sincerely,

The Connect U.S. Fund Team


8:00AM – 8:30AM

Registration and Networking Breakfast

8:30AM – 10:00AM

Welcome
Ambassador Nancy Soderberg, President, Connect U.S. Fund

Keynote Address

Senator John F. Kerry (D-MA)

10:00AM – 10:45AM

Coffee Break/Networking Session

We encourage community members to use this time discussing their organization's priorities for the 2012 elections and finding potential collaborative partners.

10:45AM – 12:00PM

Panel: The 2012 Elections & Outlook for U.S. Global Engagement

In light of domestic and economic concerns, how can global issues play a part in the 2012 presidential elections?

� Paul Begala, former co-host, CNN's Crossfire

� Michael Gerson, Columnist, Washington Post

12:00PM – 2:00PM

Networking Lunch

3:00PM – 5:00PM

(Connect U.S. Fund offices)

Workshops

  1. The Grey Zone: A Primer on Election-Year Advocacy for Nonprofits
  2. Talking Security with Americans, Ten Years after September 11
  3. Documenting Your Impact: The Art and Craft of Annual Report Writing

5:00PM – 7:00PM

(Connect U.S. Fund offices)

Networking Reception

Closing Remarks

White House senior staff (invited)