2018 National Conference

The premier event for foundations with few or no staff, philanthropic families, and individual donors

September 28-30, 2018 | Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

Exponent Philanthropy’s biennial National Conference is the largest gathering of foundations, families, and individuals who give with few or no staff. Our national conferences have a strong reputation for engaging the head and heart, providing meaningful opportunities to connect and learn collaboratively, and radiating a welcoming culture that makes everyone feel part of a supportive community.

The 2018 National Conference is designed specifically to:

  • Inform and inspire through first-rate content.
  • Celebrate and champion the outsized impact of our vibrant community.
  • Foster personal and professional connections with colleagues, advisors, and fieldleaders.

We expect attendance of 1000 individuals, including donors, trustees, and staff from all types of foundations; individual donors and philanthropic families; donor advised fund holders and managers; philanthropic support organizations; philanthropic service professionals; and thought leaders in the field of philanthropy.

Educational content spans the philanthropic landscape and is delivered through provocative keynote talks, interactive sessions, site visits, and informal idea exchange. Sessions are designed to address the specific challenges faced by funders with few or no staff by building and strengthening core skills, examining advanced topics, and exploring trends. The conference also offers multiple opportunities for participants to connect with each other and build relationships that last beyond the conference experience.

Call for Sessions

A portion of the 2018 National Conference will be designed by you, Exponent Philanthropy members and constituents, and we invite you to submit your session ideas.

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Registration Information

We hope you’ll plan to join us at our biennial National Conference in Philadelphia, so be sure to build this unique gathering of foundations, families, and individuals who give with few or no staff into your 2018 budget. The registration fee for Exponent Philanthropy members will be $1095 (there will be a $100 early registration discount for members) and $1395 for non-members. 

Registration fees and travel costs associated with trainings like this conference may be counted towards your foundation’s five percent distribution requirement. Consult your professional advisor to discuss your specific circumstances.

Support the National Conference

For information about partnership opportunities in support of the conference, contact Andrea Clay, director of corporate partnerships, at 202-580-6560.

Read the 2018 CONNECT prospectus for sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities (PDF)

Foundations interested in supporting the conference should contact Jeanne Metzger, Chief Development and Marketing Officer, at 202-580-6560.

2018 National Conference Host Committee

Jennifer Leith
Executive Director
The Alfred and Mary Douty Foundation
Host Committee Chair

Louis Beccaria
President & CEO
Phoenixville Community Health Foundation

Elizabeth Christopherson
President & CEO
The Rita Allen Foundation

Clifton Covey
Board Member
The Lois Lenski Covey Foundation

Valerie V. Gay
Board Member
The Barra Foundation

Joy Horwitz
Executive Director
“The Woods” Charitable Foundation

Christina Kind
Managing Trustee
The Patricia Kind Family Foundation

Farrah Parkes
The Valentine Foundation

Karen Race
Grants & Communications Manager
Claneil Foundation

Huldah Robertson
Vice President – Business Development Manager

Teresa Rodgers 
Executive Director
The Presser Foundation

Jenny Snyder
Program Manager
Grace S. & W. Linton Nelson Foundation