Urban Water Funders Annual Convening

January 30, 2023 – January 31, 2023 all-day America/New York Timezone
Los Angeles, Calif.


→ REGISTER NOW! Before the holiday season picks up, be sure to register and make your travel plans to attend our in-person Urban Water Funders annual gathering in Los Angeles from Jan. 30 to 31.

In this historic moment to advance water justice, this is a critical time to be together in person and strategize on the role of philanthropy to ensure the equitable implementation of the billions of dollars flowing into communities.

The first day of our convening will focus on learning from place, and our site visit will highlight the community capacity built around the historic passage and equitable implementation of Los Angeles’ Measure W, which supports local green stormwater infrastructure projects, and was championed by the diverse OurWaterLA coalition. We will dive deep into the ReDesign LA model, which teaches NGOs how to use authentic community engagement to design competitive water infrastructure projects and apply for and secure public funding. We will learn from LA’s successes and challenges, which offer lessons as communities across the country prepare to support similar community-guided efforts to shape and access public funding.

On the second day, we will go deep with funder colleagues in sessions that focus on funder roles: supporting a healthy and coordinated ecosystem of players to advance water equity, supporting disadvantaged and frontline communities to access and influence public investments, and ensuring that this moment of increased investment builds leadership, community capacity and working systems for the long-game.

And of course, we will enjoy good food and plenty of time for networking and reconnecting with your water funder colleagues. Take a look at the more detailed agenda here.

Read about the convening, including hotel information, COVID protocols and more here.

We are also pleased to share that we are teaming up with a partner convening to host a site visit and reception on Jan. 31, the second day of our gathering, at Lewis MacAdams Riverfront Park. We will join attendees of the Using Nature for Climate Resilience and Mitigation convening, which takes place Feb. 1-2 and is co-hosted by The Walton Family FoundationBuilders Initiative, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Water Foundation.


Agenda Overview

View the detailed agenda HERE

Sunday, Jan. 29

  • 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Optional Dinner for Funders who arrive early

Monday, Jan. 30

  • 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast and Networking
  • 9:00 – 10:15 a.m. Welcome and Reconnection
  • 10:15 – 10:45 a.m. Grounding Conversation on Los Angeles’s water challenges and opportunities
  • 10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Break 
  • 11:00 – 3:30 p.m. Learning Exchange (including lunch) with Field Leaders
  • 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Break
  • 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.  Reception & Closing Speaker
  •  5:00 – 5:30 p.m. Break, walk to local dinner spot
  •  5:30 p.m. — Dinner, location TBD

Tuesday, Jan. 31

  • 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast and Networking
  •  9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Quick Day 1 Debrief
  • 9:00 – 10:45 a.m. Session One. The National Ecosystem: Accessing infrastructure funding and removing barriers through technical assistance, advocacy and finance
  • 10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Break
  • 11:00 – 12:15 p.m. Session Two. Equity in Place: How funders can support disadvantaged and frontline communities to access and influence public investments in their states and ensure equitable implementation
  • 12:15 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch 
  • 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Session Three. The Long Game: How funders and their partners are looking to build leadership and systems that work for 10, 20 and 50 years down the road
  • 2:00 – 2:15 p.m. Reflections on how we can work together as a network moving forward
  • 2:15 – 2:30 p.m. Closing Comments and Appreciations
Formal end of Urban Water Funder Convening
  • 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Optional second site visit and reception at Lewis MacAdams Riverfront Park, a co-sponsored event with the Using Nature for Climate Resilience and Mitigation convening

View the detailed agenda HERE

 Location & Lodging

The convening will be held on the beautiful campus of The California Endowment in downtown Los Angeles. The Funders Network will not be reserving a block of rooms for this meeting; however, we recommend the following hotels all located in downtown Los Angeles:

 Health & Safety

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, The Funders Network 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 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.

Please view our Health and Safety Protocols HERE.

Thank you!

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

We are looking forward to a terrific and inspiring meeting in Los Angeles and hope that you can join us!