2017 Annual Conference

The Funders’ Network is pleased to convene our 2017 Annual Conference in Saint Paul, Minnesota, on March 20-22, with a pre-conference tour on Sunday, March 19. Registration will open online in early December 2016.

For years, the message has been clear — more livable cities are needed. And many cities are responding to the call. Home to the groundbreaking Central Corridor Funders Collaborative and coupled with its Midwestern humility and charming old neighborhoods, the older sibling of the Twin Cities is considered one of the most livable places in the nation. It is located on the Mississippi River, and boasts many green spaces, nationally ranked parks, cultural and historic landmarks, and a widely recognized art community. With its strong workforce, focus on education, a population growing in ethnic and international diversity, home of the state government and a strong commitment to environmental sustainability, Saint Paul is an ideal location for our conference.  The demand for great places to work, live, and play finds some cities struggling to meet these needs. As a result, cities like Saint Paul are feeling the pressure to become more innovative, to create opportunities, address fairness and equity, while maintaining neighborhood and cultural pride. Although the challenges are daunting, the region has a dedicated network of non-profits, strong philanthropic sector, and a progressive and transparent local government who are working together to maintain its charisma, resiliency, and vitality for many years to come.

TFN’s 2017 Conference in Saint Paul will offer access to the best practices happening in the region and nationally, new ideas, and connections with others in the field. You’ll participate in inspiring and active learning in a setting that fosters in-depth dialogue about the most pressing issues facing communities, whether they are metropolitan areas or smaller towns and rural areas. Please join us in Saint Paul for three days of exceptional sessions, meaningful personal interactions, and inspiration.

Who Should Attend?
If you want to learn more about how your funding can create more equitable, sustainable, and prosperous communities and regions, increase the impact of your grantmaking, and learn from and connect with a network of national and place-based funders and leading practitioners, then this conference is for you. Registration is open to staff, directors, and trustees of all grantmaking organizations. Most member organizations of TFN are entitled to two complimentary registrations. This conference is not open to grantseekers except by invitation.

Where is the Conference?
The 2017 Conference will be held at the InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront, located in downtown Saint Paul.

11 East Kellogg Boulevard
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101
Phone: (651) 292-1900