As our conference quickly approaches, we wanted to highlight the pre-and-post conference events happening at TFN’s 2022 Annual Conference: Seize the Moment.

Arriving early to San Diego?

Join us for Sunday Night at the Movies for a powerful look at youth activism and civic engagement. We’re also creating space for a breakfast convening focused on disaster response, recovery and resilience planning in vulnerable communities, hosted by the Greater New Orleans Foundation.

Are you able to stay late?

Don’t miss out on our funder and federal partnership briefing, co-hosted by TFN, Environmental Grantmakers Association and Neighborhood Funders Group immediately following our closing plenary.

Our pre- and post-conference events are meant to bring funders together to expand our learning, foster collaboration and catalyze action that addresses systemic inequities and move us toward racial, economic and environmental justice.

As we plan for our in-person gathering, we remain committed to the wellbeing of our attendees, vendors and TFN team. Please take a look at our updated Health & Safety section to learn more about our policies on coronavirus vaccines, testing and mask requirements.

Don’t forget to register for #TFN2022, by Friday, Feb. 18 to take advantage of our Early Bird Rates. Our room block at the US Grant has been extended to Feb. 18 as well.

Read on for more information on pre- and post-conference events — and take a look at our preliminary TFN2022 Conference Agenda to see what else we’ll be learning in San Diego!


Sunday Night at the Movies | City Rising: Youth & Democracy 

Sunday, March 13 | 6:30 PM PT

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.

When Waters Rise: Pre-Conference Breakfast Convening

Monday, March 14 | 9:00 AM PT

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.


Communities First: Ensuring Racial Equity in Infrastructure Spending

Wednesday, March 16 | 12:30 PM PT

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.

(Please note: We are offering a virtual option for this funder & federal partnership meeting for those unable to join us in San Diego.)

We can’t wait to see you in San Diego! Register HERE!