About #TFN2023

TFN Annual Conferences bring together diverse and thought-provoking voices to explore philanthropy’s potential for meaningful impact in our regions and communities, including protecting people and planet, building inclusive economies and addressing injustices.

The theme for our 2023 Annual Conference is Ignite Action, which recognizes the need for all of us — as a sector and as individuals — to light the way toward systemic change with urgency and purpose.

Philanthropy holds tremendous power to leverage its financial, moral and reputational capital.

  • How can we help energize and sustain the movements that are pushing us toward racial, economic and environmental justice?
  • How can we extinguish the systemic inequities that touch every aspect of our shared world — the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the places where we live, work and play?
  • How can we best unleash philanthropy’s potential in ways that spark ideas, fuel collaboration and ignite action?
  • How can we save and strengthen our democracy?

Our communities are grappling with the impacts of a worsening climate crises, a widening racial wealth gap, and increased assaults on our civil liberties and bodily autonomy. The time to act is now.

Our Venue

TFN’s 2023 Annual Conference: Ignite Action will take place March 20-22 at the historic Hotel Monteleone, nestled in the heart of the city’s French Quarter. (Learn more about the history of this landmark, family-owned hotel in this video.)

TFN has reserved a block og rooms at a special rate for our conference attendees. Click below to book your room for #TFN2023!

Book Your Room

If you would like to book additional nights outside of our block dates, contact Linda Ann Smith at Linda@GreenMeetings.us.

Meet Our Co-chairs

Thank you to our TFN 2023 Annual Conference Co-chairs for sharing their time, insight and support. We are grateful for your efforts, as well as those of the many funders and partners who have taken part in the planning and execution of #TFN2023.

Read a message from our TFN2023 Co-Chairs here.

Shawn Escoffery
Executive Director
Roy and Patricia Disney
Family Foundation

Dan Favre
Director of Environmental Programs
Greater New Orleans Foundation

Nathaniel Smith
Founder and Chief Equity Officer
Partnership for Southern Equity

TFN 2023 Annual Conference Planning Committee

We want to extend a huge thank you to the individuals who served on our planning committee. Because of their commitment to environmental, economic and racial justice, we will be able to create an intentional, inclusive and diverse program agenda.

COVID Contingencies

Given the uncertainties of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, including the spread of the variants, TFN remains committed to prioritizing the safety of our members, our team and the communities we serve. Please refer to our #TFN2023 Health & Safety section for information on COVID-19 vaccine and testing protocols for attendees, and other measures we are putting in place to ensure our event is a success.


We hope you join us for TFN’s 2023 Annual Conference: Ignite Action, March 20-22!

Your registration fees help support the network’s over-arching mission to leverage philanthropy’s unique potential to help create communities and regions that are sustainable, prosperous and just for all people.

These fees help offset programmatic and operational costs incurred in the planning and production of our signature annual event, including honoraria for invited nonprofit speakers and equitable payment to local vendors. Your contributions also help underwrite complimentary registration for our 2023 PLACES Fellows and discounted rates for PLACES Alumni.

Who can attend?

Registration is open to donors, staff, directors, and trustees of all grantmaking institutions.

What does TFN consider a “grantmaking institution”?

Like our membership criteria, TFN Annual Conferences are open to all foundations, giving programs, philanthropy serving organizations, intermediaries, units of local government, regional associations of grantmakers and funder collaboratives.

To be eligible, your organization should primarily act as a grantmaker, not as a grantseeker.


Early Bird Rates (ends Feb. 18)
TFN Member: $750
Non-member: $1,250

Regular Rates
TFN Member: $850
Non-member: $1,350

Day Rates
Monday: $500
Tuesday: $500
Wednesday: $250

Group Rates

Group rates are available for TFN member organizations with three or more attendees. TFN member organizations will see group rate options on the registration form.


Discounted Rate:

Members of TFN’s 2023 PLACES Cohort will receive a complimentary registration.

We recognize that many organizations are facing challenges during these uncertain times. If cost is a barrier to participating in this event, please reach out to Maureen Lawless, Vice President & Director, Member Services, at maureen@fundersnetwork.org.


Skill-Building Workshops

We have a new addition to this year’s conference agenda: 135-minute Skill-Building Workshops that offer opportunities for active learning and exploration about topics that will help funders become more equitable, effective and empathetic to the communities they serve and the grantees they support.

TFN Mobile Workshops

TFN is committed to sharing and amplifying local stories and strategies as part of our conference learning agenda — both to better understand the unique character and challenges of our host city, as well as to take home lessons that can be applied to your work as grantmakers and changemakers.

This year, we are expanding our popular Mobile Workshops to include a full day of learning from the places and people of our host city of New Orleans, with an emphasis on community power-building and community-led solutions. Stay tuned for more details on our full-day Mobile Workshops!

TFN @ The Movies

Join us for TFN @ the Movies! We’ll present a timely, thought-provoking documentary as well as Q&A with those involved in the making of the film — and plenty of movie-friendly treats and beverages. We’ll share our cinematic selection in the coming days. Stay tuned!

Eat Here! Culinary Showcase

Back by popular demand — and following a pandemic hiatus — our annual dining extravaganza, Eat Here! will return for #TFN2023. These dinners began in 2003 as an effort to link the issues of sustainable agriculture/food with smart growth, urban renewal, rural development, land use, and transportation.

The dinner will feature local New Orleans vendors serving tapas-style dishes — appetizers, entrees, and desserts — representing a diversity of cultures and points of entry into the food system and highlighting locally sourced fare.

Please note that while Eat Here! is included in your conference fee, you’ll see an option to provide additional financial support for this event when you register for #TFN2023. This will help us offset the costs of this gathering, as well as help us ensure local vendors and food service workers are equitably compensated.

PLACES Alumni Gathering

PLACES Alumni are invited to gather for a day of learning, reflection and connection on Sunday, March 19, immediately preceding TFN’s Annual Conference. This event is free of charge for all alumni, but registration is required. Please note that this event is for PLACES Alumni only.

Speakers + Highlights

TFN2022 sessions are designed to be intersectional, cross-cutting and grounded in racial equity and speak to activism, collaboration and movement building.

Stay tuned for updates on plenary speakers and other TFN 2022 highlights. Check out our full conference agenda here.

Pre-Conference Events

In Oakland, Jae Hill from the organization Youth Together joins teachers’ strikes to support funding for pay and to maintain the health and counseling services that she and her fellow students need to succeed in school. Photo Credit: City Rising

Sunday Night at the Movies: CITY RISING: Youth & Democracy

Sunday, March 13 | 6:30 p.m.

We’re continuing a popular TFN Annual Conference tradition for TFN2022! Join us March 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for Sunday Night at the Movies, which will feature movie-friendly snacks and a timely, thought-provoking film followed by a Q&A.  

This year’s film is CITY RISING: Youth & Democracy, a one-hour documentary that follows the stories of youth leaders, allies and organizations as they challenge institutional and systemic issues through civic engagement.

The film dives into the role and work of youth organizations in California, demonstrating how young people are organizing their communities to participate in public policy and make lasting change in pursuit of a more just and equitable future for themselves and the world they live in. More engaged, better trained, better allied, and on the shoulders of a rich legacy, young people are fostering hope for a better future for themselves and the nation.

The effects of these movements are far-reaching, and their voices will ultimately impact the social health of communities across the country and beyond.

About the series: City Rising is a documentary series that examines social justice issues affecting California communities, illuminating the journey of California’s neighborhoods advocating for policy change to improve upward mobility for their communities. CITY RISING is produced and presented by KCET, one of Southern California’s two flagship PBS stations, with support from The California Endowment.

Photo credit: Hans | Pixabay

When Waters Rise: Pre-conference Breakfast Convening

Monday, March 14 | 9 a.m.

Join us at TFN2022 for a pre-conference breakfast convening at from 9 to 11:30 a.m. March 14 to learn more about the When Waters Rise network.

The Greater New Orleans Foundation launched the When Waters Rise Initiative in June 2018 by bringing together community foundations and place-based funders to discuss foundations’ roles and responsibilities in contributing to equitable disaster recovery, rebuilding and long-term resilience in coastal communities and geographies most vulnerable to sea level rise and major storms. The informal network of more than 80 funders and partners continued to convene to discuss challenges, share best practices and codify lessons learned well into the pandemic.

Participants have expressed interest in exploring formalizing a network that supports ongoing peer learning and collaboration in disaster response. The Greater New Orleans Foundation, with support from the Ford Foundation, will assess the feasibility of a formal disaster philanthropy and response network by getting a better understanding of the landscape and value-add that a network like this could have for its members.

This is the second TFN Annual Conference to hold space for a When Waters Rise gathering: The Greater New Orleans Foundation hosted a When Waters Rise event at our 2019 Anniversary Conference in Miami, a coastal city facing the threats of sea-level rise and other climate impacts.

We’re thrilled to give our TFN2022 attendees the opportunity to attend this pre-conference breakfast convening to continue the conversation on the West Coast in San Diego.

Plenary Speakers

Opening Plenary

Photo Credit: Playwrights Project

Playwrights Project — Where Stories Take the Stage

Monday, March 14 | 12 p.m.

We’ll officially kick off TFN2022 a special Opening Plenary presentation by lifting up the voices of San Diego-based performers.  

PlaywrightsProject, which focuses on the power of theater to connect to universal themes, will explore the issues of climate change, economic opportunity and racial equity. 

The group’s mission is to empower people of all ages and backgrounds to voice stories through theatre, inspiring individual growth and creating meaningful community connections. Playwrights Project programs reach 10,000 people annually, reaching youth in San Diego schools and underserved populations of all ages.

Monday Afternoon Plenary

Photo by Carina Lofgren Photography

Trust-making: Building Equity, Belonging & Community

Monday, March 14 | 4 p.m.

What’s the difference between “all are welcome here” and “this space was created with you in mind?” How can we build equity and bridge division?

Join us for an interactive, peer-to-peer experience crafted by Marnita’s Table, a mission-driven nonprofit that brings people together to find common ground on important public policy issues.  We’ll learn about the organization’s Intentional Social Interaction (“IZI”) model that helps individuals, businesses, NGOs and government agencies achieve equity and inclusion goals.This session will provide practical tools for you to build sustainable community engagement, leadership and collaboration across race, class, culture and other means of self-identity.

We’ll also explore two projects involving collaboration between Marnita’s Table and TFN members that lifted up and leveraged the insights and wisdom of collective community voices: “Healing from Trauma” (with the Catalyst Initiative of The Minneapolis Foundation) and “Foresight for the Future of Health” (with 17 regional and national health foundations, including the Kansas Health Foundation and the Minneapolis Foundation.)

Join us to learn actionable takeaways to help effectively support belonging, forge connections, and build community and trust across differences.

Tuesday Morning Plenary

Community Organizing: How Philanthropy Falls Short & How we Can Do Better

Tuesday, March 15 | 9 a.m.

Community organizers work tirelessly to bring about change in the communities they serve. Each win is a step toward building a broader movement for justice, self-determination and transformational change. While foundations increasingly recognize that change starts with community organizing and shifting power, and many share the goals of frontline leaders, the ways that foundations have supported organizing often have caused more harm than good.

Join us for an honest conversation with community organizers and funders as they pull back the curtain on how philanthropic investments have come up short, and share wisdom on how funders can support community organizing differently to much greater effect and impact.


Nikkita Oliver, Executive Director, Creative Justice

Crystal Hayling, Executive Director, The Libra Foundation

Diane Takvorian, Executive Director, Environmental Health Coalition

Carmen Rojas, President & CEO, Marguerite Casey Foundation (moderator)


Closing Plenary

Leadership in this Moment: What it Takes & What it Looks Like

Wednesday, March 16 | 11 a.m.

In frontline communities across the country, Black, brown and Indigenous leaders are fiercely taking risks and pushing radical shifts, working across silos and sectors, and nurturing the next generation of community changemakers.

They are the first to provide mutual aid and support, to stand up to cascading injustices, to build political power, and to demand change. To meet the needs of the communities they serve, they are helping build movements and modeling new leadership formations.

Yet the painful truth is that these leaders are managing multiple crises with extremely limited resources.

In our closing plenary, we will hear from Jacqueline Martinez Garcel, CEO at the Latino Community Foundation about what people-centered leadership looks like in these complex and uncertain times — and what it takes to fully support these leaders.

Join us to better understand the many ways that philanthropy must step up, shift norms and actively invest in leaders who are building power to demand racial justice, energy democracy, immigration reform, voting rights and other critical issues.

Flash Talks

Photo by: Christian Monterrosa, BBC News

Nalleli Cobo

Co-founder, South Los Angeles Youth Leadership Coalition; Campaign Organizer, STAND-L.A.

Monday, March 14 | 3:45 p.m.

When a community in South Central L.A. began their fight against an oil company polluting their neighborhood, a young Latina girl played a central role: Nalleli Cobo, who was 9 years old when she started suffering from mysterious body spasms, asthma, headaches and nosebleeds so severe she had to sleep sitting up so she wouldn’t choke on her own blood. 

She and her neighbors in this predominately Black and Latinx neighborhood launched a battle against an active oil well site located in front of her house. The community protested until the site was temporarily shut down. But Nalleli didn’t stop there: She was part of a group of young activists and local organizations that successfully sued the city to demand more regulations in oil extraction.

Allenco Energy, which has operated the drill site in Nalleli’s neighborhood, was criminally charged in 2020 — more than a decade after Nalleli and her neighbors first noticed something was seriously impacting their health. 

Join us to hear from this passionate youth organizer, who is now a campaign organizer for STAND-L.A., an environmental justice coalition of community groups that seeks to end neighborhood drilling to protect the health and safety of Angelenos on the front lines of urban oil extraction. 

We’ll hear her firsthand account of what inspired and motivated her to take action at an early age  — and why philanthropy needs to listen to the voices of this next generation.

Norma Chávez-Peterson

Executive Director, ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties

Wednesday, March 16 | 10:50 a.m.

Norma Chávez-Peterson is the executive director of the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties (ACLU SDIC), a prominent force for the protection and expansion of fundamental rights in the region.

An integral member of San Diego’s civil rights community — with nearly two decades of leadership, organizing and advocacy experience in California’s second-most populous county and southern borderlands — she was instrumental in creating the ACLU SDIC’s integrated advocacy campaign to advance priority issues such as criminal justice reform, police accountability and immigrant rights.

Norma  will join us for a Flash Talk sharing her insights on the ongoing fight for civil liberties and justice for marginalized people — and why funders need to step up and “seize the moment” in this pivotal and fragile moment in American democracy.

Critical Conversations

As we come together for the first time in two years, it’s important for us to connect with compassion, humanity and understanding. TFN’s 2022 Annual Conference will offer Critical Conversations, an opportunity to have frank, open, peer-facilitated exchanges of ideas and experiences, and perhaps learn a little bit about each other in the process. 

Each session will be led by a facilitator with a deep personal or professional connection to the topic.

Mobile Workshops

Our Mobile Workshops offer a chance to learn from the places and people of our host city, with an emphasis on community power-building and community-led solutions. New to this year’s Mobile Workshop lineup: an opportunity to get your hands dirty volunteering at Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center, an urban farm and community gathering space working to overcome barriers to food access.

The Border, Climate Change & People on the Move

Climate change affects us all. But without a doubt, those most impacted globally are the most vulnerable countries and communities.

Extreme weather events, prolonged droughts, sea-level rise, and natural resource limitations are forcing an average of more than 20 million people to leave their homes annually. The impacts of climate change intensify already existing political tensions and conflicts, creating a threat multiplier for the most at-risk. For the climate refugees arriving to the San Diego-Tijuana border, an uncertain future awaits.

See the border. Explore the connections between climate change, ecological resiliency and immigration. Hear from experts on extirpation and extinction pressures to native flora and fauna. Learn about the migrant experience and what the changing policy landscape means for people on the move. Learn why, no matter where you live, the border matters to you.

Environmental Justice, Gentrification & Reclaiming Communities

San Diego County is home to communities that are among the most vulnerable to pollution in the state. This mobile workshop will take us through Barrio Logan, one of the region’s most striking examples of how low-income communities and communities of color are disproportionately affected by capitalist-driven, and often racist, planning approaches.

However, this community equally exemplifies the power of organizing for environmental justice — efforts that celebrate a vibrant cultural identity and achieve healthy, art-filled, reclaimed communities. We’ll experience the highlights of this cultural gem, as well as observe the immense impact of global trade at the Port of San Diego. We’ll also examine how the forces of gentrification and displacement are adding to the challenges of this environmental justice neighborhood.

Housing, Transit & Inclusive Economies

According to The Housing and Transportation Affordability Index San Diego, moderate-income families pay an average of 67 percent of their household income towards housing and transportation expenses alone. This rate rises sharply for low-income San Diego households. Furloughs and layoffs resulting from the pandemic have put increased pressure on families who were already struggling to make ends meet. This is especially true for families of color and families with a female head-of-household, both more likely to experience an eviction. 

This mobile workshop by bus will take participants through rapidly gentrifying City Heights, a vibrant gem of ethnic diversity and powerful community organizing. In this neighborhood, residents are fighting for equitable investments, affordable housing, and livable neighborhoods. We will hear from the community organizers and social justice groups who successfully pushed for the protections, policies and infrastructure to protect the most vulnerable residents from eviction and to ensure that they had dependable and safe transit at the height of the pandemic and beyond.

The Rising Seas & San Diego Bay

Within a mere 12-mile span, San Diego Bay’s waterfront boundaries are home to five independent city jurisdictions and some of the region’s most important military installations.These bayside communities are also facing the twin pressures of rising seas and massive growth and development. This tour will take you around San Diego Bay and through communities grappling with the implications and politics of managed retreat in response to rising sea levels and coastal flooding, as well as the potential impacts of a large-scale waterfront development that would include a 1,600-room hotel and 400,000-square-foot convention center. Hear from government leaders about the innovative solutions they are advancing to protect wetland habitats, reduce flooding, and reinvest in surrounding communities.

Food for Power

Our Food for Power Mobile Workshop will explore ways urban agriculture and mutual aid efforts can fight isolation and hunger, and help communities become more empowered, vibrant and healthy. In a region that is one of the nation’s top refugee resettlement destinations and with a high percent of immigrant families and communities from throughout the world, food takes on an important cultural and social significance that can underlie New Americans’ transitions to life in this country.

However, growing inequity and food deserts limit the resources and access families have to healthy foods. One in three people in San Diego County is nutrition insecure and the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated already existing food injustices. Of those struggling to put healthy meals on their table, 28% were newly nutrition insecure in 2020. Ironically, those that put the food on our tables are also more likely to struggle to feed their own families. We will hear how community residents have stepped forward to ensure their most vulnerable neighbors have access to healthy and nutritious food.

Volunteer Opportunity: Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center

Ready to dig in and impact our food system? Join us for an afternoon of outdoor, hands-on activities in one of San Diego’s most notable gathering and learning spaces. Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center is a garden and nutrition education facility that inspires communities to champion health equity and food justice. Located in one of the San Diego neighborhoods with the highest barriers to healthy food access, Olivewood is a true community force. Through this volunteer opportunity, we will take a tour of Olivewood’s facility to learn more about their programs, philosophy, and vision!

Then guests will get their hands dirty! Help Olivewood maintain and revitalize key areas of their eight-acre urban farm where organic fruits and vegetables are grown to fill gaps in the local food pipeline.

Connect & Socialize

We’re looking forward to multiple opportunities to connect and socialize at TFN2022!

Welcome Reception
Sunday, March 13 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Join us for light refreshments and a chance to connect and network. Stay tuned for more details!

Theme Dinners
Monday, March 14 | 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Meet up with other attendees at your choice of a TFN2022 Theme Dinner, which will allow smaller groups of attendees to gather. Stay tuned for a full list of “Theme Dinner” dining options! Pre-registration is required.

If you or your organization would like to sponsor a TFN2022 Dinner, please reach out to Lesmarie Nicholson at lesmarie@fundersnetwork.org.

Post Conference Event

Communities First: Ensuring Racial Equity in Infrastructure Spending

Wednesday, March 16 | 12:30 p.m.

As the nation prepares for the largest federal spending on infrastructure and economic development in generations, now is the time for philanthropy, community, and the public sector to come together to ensure that funds flow equitably, smoothly, and directly into BIPOC communities.

It is no secret that previous federal infrastructure and economic development dollars were weaponized against communities of color, from redlining to “urban renewal” to highway construction to the race-based inequities of the GI Bill and Social Security.

If we are organized, strategic, and unapologetic about the past, present, and future, we will make sure that public money is never again used to hurt communities of color and is from here onwards used to repair harm and to build generational wealth for BIPOC communities.

Communities First, in partnership with TFNEnvironmental Grantmakers Association, and Neighborhood Funders Group, invites you to attend a critically urgent funder and federal partnership briefing:

This two-hour session will feature:

  • Philanthropic leaders with experience in racial equity funding;
  • Public sector employees committed to racial equity and applying equity to infrastructure investments; and
  • Movement leaders with big and bold ideas on how reparative and healing infrastructure dollars can truly be.

Join this conversation and join us in putting communities first — now and always.


TFN COVID Health & Safety Protocols


As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, The Funders Network (TFN) is committed to implementing appropriate policies and taking necessary actions to create a safe and comfortable meeting environment, and to the extent possible, protect the health of everyone who attends or participates in TFN events.

TFN has adopted the following health and safety protocols for all upcoming Network gatherings and events, including convenings of our working groups, PLACES Fellowship and Alumni Network, and TFN Board of Directors.

These COVID Health & Safety Protocols will also be in effect for our 2023 Annual Conference: Ignite Action in New Orleans, La., including pre- and post-conference activities sponsored or organized by TFN and held on-site at The Hotel Monteleone or elsewhere.

TFN reserves the right to implement additional measures or make other changes to the protocols to support a successful gathering and safeguard the health and safety of all individuals involved in Network events. TFN’s COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols apply to every person attending or participating in TFN events, including but not limited to, registered and unregistered attendees, speakers, and TFN staff, consultants and volunteers. TFN reserves the right to prohibit entry to any individual who fails to abide by these protocols, including providing required documentation.


TFN requires that every person attending or participating in Network events be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and its variants, and up to date with any boosters recommended by the FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Proof of vaccinations must be provided. Acceptable vaccines are those that have been authorized by the FDA for use in the United States or by the World Health Organization.


TFN will waive its vaccination requirements, including recommended boosters, for religious or medical reasons. To request an exemption, please use this online form.

Proof of Vaccination:  Attendees and participants must show proof of vaccination before entering events. TFN will not retain copies of vaccination records.

Accepted forms of vaccine documentation: The event coordinator/program lead will share the preferred documentation method in advance of the gathering.


TFN requires proof of negative COVID-19 test (rapid, self-administered) results taken within 24 hours of the start of the event, regardless of vaccination status. Thereafter, daily testing is strongly encouraged, but not required. TFN will make a limited supply of rapid antigen tests available for on-site testing, but encourage people to test prior to checking in.

Negative antibody COVID-19 tests results will not be accepted

Accepted forms of testing documentation:  The event coordinator/program lead will share the preferred documentation method in advance of the gathering. TFN will not retain copies of COVID-19 test results.


Except when eating, drinking or presenting, TFN requires that every person participating in the event wear appropriate masks over the mouth and nose during all indoor event activities. Speakers may remove their masks while presenting. TFN’s team will make every effort to ask that vendors and others providing services at the event abide by these guidelines, but we acknowledge that we may be limited by the policies put in place by private businesses or enacted by local or state ordinances. If you have any questions related to COVID-19 and the location, venue or vendors for the event you plan to attend, please contact the event coordinator directly. (Contact information will be in your registration confirmation or meeting packet.)

Acceptable masks:  Attendees must wear N95, KN95 or KF94 masks/face coverings.


Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 within a week of the event start date may request a refund, minus registration fee.


In addition, every person attending or participating in TFN events must comply with any applicable CDC, state or local COVID-19 mandates and guidance that are more stringent than TFN’s Protocols and in effect at the time of the event. Please contact Maureen Lawless (maureen@fundersnetwork.org) if you have any questions about health and safety measures at TFN’s Annual Conference in New Orleans.


The COVID-19 pandemic is an unpredictable and rapidly evolving situation. You should become familiar with, and monitor for, signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and its variants.

No person may participate in TFN event while waiting for the results of their COVID-19 test, or if they become ill, or exhibit any signs and symptoms of COVID-19 before or during the event. TFN reserves the right to refuse entry to any participant who exhibits any symptoms of illness or who refuses to present any required documentation.

While TFN will strive to safeguard the health and safety of all those involved in our events and will make every reasonable effort to mitigate possible exposure to COVID-19 and its variants during Network activities, TFN cannot guarantee that attendees and participants in the event will not be exposed to, or become sick from exposure to, COVID-19 or its variants.

When registering for TFN events, attendees and participants must agree that they will knowingly and voluntarily:

  • Accept and agree to comply with TFN’s COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols and any applicable CDC, state or local COVID-19 mandates and guidance that are more stringent than TFN’s Protocols and in effect at the time of the event. (For information on local recommendations and other information, visit the departments of health for the State of Louisiana and City of New Orleans.)
  • Acknowledge and assume any risks and dangers associated with possible exposure to, or illness from COVID-19 and its variants while attending or participating in the Event.
  • To the fullest extent permissible by law or in equity, waive and discharge any and all liability, claims, and demands of whatever kind or nature against TFN and its affiliated partners, vendors and sponsors, including without limitation, their directors, officers, employees, volunteers, and agents, including but not limited to illness, bodily injury, or other economic loss, which arise or may hereafter arise from my attendance or participation with the Event.

Please contact covid@fundersnetwork.org immediately if you experience any signs and symptoms of COVID-19 during or within 5 days after the TFN event. This contact information will be located in your registration confirmation email or meeting packet.

Upon receipt of notification of possible exposure to, or illness from COVID-19 and its variants, TFN will notify all individuals who participated in the event as soon as possible via their preferred email address listed on the event registration form or service contracts (without personal attribution of the positive result). TFN will encourage everyone to consult with a physician and follow CDC guidance regarding testing, self-care and quarantining.

Thanks for Your Support!

We’re grateful to our conference sponsors whose contributions help offset conference costs, ensure equitable compensation for vendors and other contributors, and support TFN’s broader mission to inspire and engage the field of philanthropy.

For more information on #TFN2023 Sponsor Opportunities, download our Sonsor Package.

If you are ready to submit your sponsorship, please fill out this Event Sponsorship form.