TFN COVID Health & Safety Protocols

Effective Date: April 27, 2022
Last Modified: August 30, 2022

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.  

TFN reserves the right to implement additional measures 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 (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. 

COVID-19 VACCINATION REQUIREMENT:

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.  

Exemptions:

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.

NEGATIVE COVID-19 TEST RESULTS:

TFN requires negative COVID-19 test (rapid, self-administered) results submitted 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. 

FACE COVERING/MASK REQUIREMENTS:

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. 

REFUND POLICY:

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

FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL COVID-19 GUIDANCE:

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 the program lead or event coordinator for the TFN event you plan to attend if you have questions about specific guidelines for that event location. 

DUTY TO SELF-MONITOR & CARE FOR OTHERS:

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 withTFN’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. 
  • 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 your TFN event coordinator or program lead 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. TFN will encourage everyone to consult with a physician and follow CDC guidance regarding testing, self-care and quarantining.