2016 Annual Conference

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The Funders’ Network is pleased to convene our 2016 Annual conference in Philadelphia, PA. Recognized as the birthplace of America, the City of Brotherly Love is well-known for its rich history, innovation, arts and culture. Philadelphia presents an exciting backdrop for the annual conference as a city that is successfully transitioning into a thriving post-industrial metropolis.

Philadelphia’s philanthropic community has played a significant role in the revitalization of the city while preserving the area’s history and character. They are working together with other local leaders to build a strong local economy, improve rivers and bays and stormwater infrastructure, green their city, and create communities that enrich people’s lives. Thanks to visionaries of the past and present, the city offers thousands of acres of green spaces, and is rated one of the top cities for biking. Another highlight of the second largest city on the east coast is its efficient public transportation system. With thoughtful planning, and meaningful community engagement, Philly’s leaders continue to strive to have Philadelphia serve as a model of a green, just, and growing city.

Join us in Philadelphia where together we will explore best practices in grantmaking, ways to improve learning and evaluation, possibilities for government and private partnerships, funder collaboration, and much more. TFN’s three-day conference will offer a mix of networking and learning opportunities focused on sharing stories and lessons learned. Each day promises extraordinary speakers, interactive sessions and mobile workshops, and lots of opportunities to discuss pressing issues with your peers and practitioners. Be sure to bring your appetite for good food and conversation to our Sunday and Monday night receptions and especially for Tuesday’s signature Eat Here! reception. Plan to join us in the historic and beautiful city of Philadelphia for active learning, networking, sharing, and to be inspired.

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 2016 Conference will be held at the Sofitel Philadelphia Hotel, located in downtown Philadelphia.

120 S. 17th St,
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 569-8300

Lodging rooms at the Sofitel Philadelphia Hotel are SOLD OUTWe have secured a small number of lodging rooms across the street at the Hotel Palomar. To book a room at the Hotel Palomar, please contact Linda Ann Smithwho can assist with lodging arrangements. 

Conference Registration Rates (in U.S. Dollars):

Funders’ Network Member Organizations:
First two registrations: FREE
Three or more registrations: Before Feb. 12, 2016: $495.00 per person
After Feb. 12, 2016: $595.00 per person

If you are unsure who from your foundation has registered, please contact Ashley Quintana.

Non-Members ($100 discount available for Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia (PNGP) or Council of New Jersey Grantmakers (CNJG) members)
Early bird rate, before February 12, 2016: $750.00 per person
After February 12, 2016: $850.00 per person

Day Rates ($50 discount available for PNGP or CNJG members)
Monday, March 14, 2016: $225.00 ($50 discount available for Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia members)
Tuesday, March 15, 2016: $350.00
Wednesday, March 16, 2016: $225.00

Cancellation Policy
If you need to cancel your registration, please notify Ashley Quintana before March 4, 2016. We will reimburse your registration fee minus a $25.00 processing fee.

What’s included with Registration?
• All sessions, mobile workshops, receptions, and accompanying materials
• Lunch and evening reception on Monday, March 14, 2016
• Breakfast, lunch, and evening reception on Tuesday, March 15, 2016
• Breakfast and lunch on Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Pre-conference Tour on Sunday, March 13th: Small City Laboratory—A Tale of Two Cities Walking Tour in Reading, Pa.
Join your colleagues for a full-day tour on Sunday departing at 9:00 a.m. from the conference hotel and returning by 5:30 p.m. The Tale of Two Cities walking tour highlights the progress and potential of the city of Reading (pronounced “Redding”), once one of America’s wealthiest cities and the home to the Reading Railroad (at one time the largest corporation in the world, and a key to winning Monopoly). The walk begins in West Reading, the former “Outlet Capital,” where a revitalization effort on Penn Avenue a decade in the making has grown roots. The tour continues across the Schuylkill River into the city of Reading, with a stop for lunch at the platinum LEED-certified Berks County Community Foundation building. The tour continues through the historic, yet struggling business district along Penn Street, stopping along the way to learn about the challenges and opportunities that come with revitalizing a diverse city while maintaining an equity lens. Speakers will join the group on the walk, allowing for one-on-one and small group questions. Check out the 2016 annual conference webpage to see the full list of speakers. Please indicate your intention to join the tour when you register for the conference.

Post-Conference Session for Funders Interested in Anchor Institutions
In late 2013, the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities launched a project focused on how philanthropy could best catalyze and support activity by anchor institutions to create more economic opportunities for low-income families and small businesses. The project has included a number of site visits, a scan of regions where philanthropy is embedded in anchors work, and a scan of anchor institution infrastructure organizations. This post-conference session will share the most recent work accomplished under the project, which is the development by Fenton Communications of a communications blueprint for foundations interested in working with anchor institutions. Building on the mobile workshop to University City and Drexel University being held on Tuesday March 15th, this session is designed to enhance the ability of funders – private, family, and community foundations – to partner with anchor institutions to generate economic benefits for low-income families and small businesses in their surrounding neighborhoods and regions and catalyze more anchor institutions to engage in this work. Come prepared to discuss your own work and also to explore the benefits that funders can gain from working together to engage anchors effectively and strategically.

Philly Fun Conference Connections
If you're looking to explore Philly sights and connect with fellow funders and locals for fun times and good food, let us know.  Gerry Wang has offered to organize and/or host structured and unstructured meet ups for those coming to Philly early or staying after the conference.  Let her know if you want to dig deeper on a particular issue, not on the conference agenda; or visit one of those new restaurants or neighborhoods featured in the film Creed.  A few funders have already expressed an interest in joining others on a trip to the Barnes, the zoo, and the city's historic legacy buildings - from the iconic to the hidden and abandoned.  Friends and family welcome! Send an e-mail to Gerry at wangsafsf@gmail.com.