SOLD OUT! Registration for our 2024 Spring Convening is now closed.

About TFN’s 2024 Spring Convening:
Community, Climate, Connection


We’re excited to gather in Austin on March 27 and 28 for TFN’s Spring Convening of our GREEN, Urban Water Funders and Mobility and Access Collaborative working groups!

This jointly organized convening will bring together funders and nonprofit community leaders to explore pressing issues centered on our theme: Community, Climate, Connection.

Tap into the collective wisdom of these issue-focused working groups to share best strategies, troubleshoot challenges and expand your professional network.

Join us to deepen your understanding of climate, urban water and mobility and access issues and how they intersect.

Our meeting goals are to:

    • Bring together members of TFN’s GREEN, Mobility and Access Collaborative and Urban Water Funders working groups for joint learning and engagement.
    • Explore cross-cutting themes such as climate adaptation/resilience, accessing federal infrastructure funds to benefit communities, equitable implementation of these federal investments, and more.
    • Deepen learning from place and peers with focus on how philanthropy can be of service to community leadership and community-led solutions.
    • Create space for individual working groups to meet and connect in person.
    • Strengthen relationships across TFN working groups with opportunities for funders to network, socialize and strategize.

Agenda Overview


Tuesday, Mar. 26 

  • 1:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Water Works: How to Support & Sustain a Thriving Water Workforce (open to all funders, separate RSVP required.)
  • 6:30-8:30 p.m. Optional Dinner for Funders 

Wednesday, Mar. 27 

  • 8 a.m. Breakfast and Networking 
  • 8:30 a.m. Welcome & Intros
  • 9:15 a.m. Morning Presenter | Doug Lewin, host of the Energy Capital Podcast and President, Stoic Energy Consulting, on environment, energy and equity advocacy amid Texas’ political landscape.
  • 10 a.m. Session | Purple is the New Green: Advancing Climate, Transportation & Water Justice in Conservative Places
  • 11:30 a.m.– 4:00 p.m. Austin Site Visits | (choose from a walking/biking or walking/bus ride site visit); Lunch provided
  • 6:30 p.m. Reception, Dinner & Evening Presenter | Emily Foxhall, Energy Reporter, Texas Tribune

Thursday, Mar. 28 

  • 8 a.m. Breakfast and Networking 
  • 8:45 a.m. Welcome and Day One Reflections
  • 9:15 a.m. Funder Panel | Climate, Transportation and Water — Big Opportunities and Key Intersections
  • 10:45 a.m. Funder Fishbowl | The Long Game: Supporting Community, Utility and Agency Leaders to Ensure Equitable Funding Distribution
  • 12:00 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. Working Group Peer Sessions
  • 2:15 p.m. Wrap Up, Appreciations, and the Road Ahead
  • 2:30 p.m. Adjourn

Stay tuned for our full list of sessions and speakers!


PLEASE NOTE: This event is sold out and registration is now closed.

Newcomers welcome! 

Join us if you are already engaged with TFN’s GREEN, Urban Water Funders or Mobility and Access Collaborative — or are looking to learn more about these working groups.


  • Individual registration: $300
  • Discounted group rate: $300 for the first registration, $250 for each additional registration from the same institution.


  • Individual registration: $500
  • Discounted group rate: $500 for the first registration, $415 for each additional registration from the same institution.

Pre-Convening Session | March 26, 1:30-5:00 p.m.Water Works: How to Support & Sustain a Thriving Water Workforce: New federal spending on water infrastructure is creating a major opportunity to bring quality civil-service jobs to communities that need them most. Meanwhile, a “silver tsunami” of workers headed for retirement is leaving thousands of job openings in high-level positions. How can we use this moment to ensure that communities are ready and supported to step into these jobs?This session is organized by the Urban Water Funders working group, but is open to all funders. Separate RSVP required.

RSVP: Water Works Session

Who should attend?

Registration is open to donors, staff, directors and trustees of all grantmaking institutions. We are seeking to create an intimate gathering of funders with the goal of learning, sharing and facilitating strategic conversations about where philanthropic resources can have the greatest impact.

For questions regarding registration, please contact Ashley Quintana at


The Funders Network has reserved a block of rooms for Tuesday, (March 26) and Wednesday (March 27) at the Cambria Austin Downtown with a lodging rate of $269.


Click the button below to make your reservation or please call the hotel at (737) 234-0097 and reference the Funders Network.

Please contact Ashley Quintana at if you are having problems making a reservation.


The hotel is located in the vibrant Rainey Street Historic District, known for its eclectic nightlife, food trucks, and historic bungalow bars.

Book Room

68 East Ave, Austin, TX 78701

Health & Safety

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.

For the most up to date information regarding TFN’s health and safety protocols for in-person events, please click here.

With Gratitude

Thank you to our funder planning committee for their ideas, guidance and assistance in planning this meeting:

We look forward to seeing you in Austin!

Austin skyline against a blue sky with three adults walking across a bridge and cars passing on the roadway
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