Convenings

Forging Ahead: The 2Gen Practice Institute


“It seemed that way in the 1960s, at the height of the civil rights movement, when America itself felt as if it might burst at the seams – so much tension, so many storms. But the people of conscience never left the house. They never ran away. They stayed, they came together and they did…

Aspen Forum on Children and Families


On January 24 and 25, 2017, Ascend hosted its first major convening of the year: The Aspen Forum on Children and Families. This convening brought together policymakers, parents, practitioners, researchers, and philanthropists to lift up a set of solid ideas for investing in the economic stability and educational success of children and families. Below, you can…

Whole Family Approaches: A Global Conversation


A whole family approach is built on the premise that conditions that affect the family will have an impact on child development as will the direct experiences of the child. Whole family approaches provide a framework for looking at problems and creating more sustainable solutions – solutions that recognize that what is good for the…

FunderXChange on 2Gen Grantmaking


FunderXChange on 2Gen Grantmaking

Aspen Forum on Women and Girls Conversations Across Generations


 On March 7th, the eve of International Women’s Day, we hosted an evening reception and discussion featuring the movement for economic justice and equality for women and girls. The program included a tribute to Helen Neuborne, an incredible leader in championing women’s economic empowerment, rights, and justice, for her important work with the Ford Foundation.…

2015 Aspen ThinkXChange


What is the 2015 Aspen ThinkXChange? The 2015 Aspen ThinkXChange was the premier national convening of leaders with bold ideas for creating an intergenerational cycle of opportunity for low-income American families. The third Aspen ThinkXChange gathered dynamic leaders from across sectors to identify opportunities and solutions for moving children and their parents together toward stability…