2016 National Conference

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

2016 National Conference

September 26-28
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile

Join us in Chicago—with its industrial history, world-renowned architecture, cultural institutions, and engaged citizens in all areas of interest—to gain knowledge, skills, and connections that will fuel your passions, foster relationships, and inform your giving and your impact. 

In addition, our vibrant community, which is achieving outsized impact across the country and around the world, will mark our organization’s 20th anniversary.

Our biennial National Conference attracts 1,000 philanthropy professionals including:
  • New and experienced trustees and staff
  • Next generation philanthropists
  • Family foundation managers
  • Individual donors
  • Donor advised fund holders
  • Professional partners


Download session resources (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday) to share with colleagues. Session resources are listed under their appropriate session. 

Program Highlights

See the full conference schedule


2016 National Conference Host Committee

Thank you to the 2016 National Conference Host Committee for their support and enthusiasm, and for sharing their knowledge of the greater Chicago philanthropic community.

Meet the 2016 National Conference Host Committee

Support the 2016 National Conference 

We gratefully acknowledge our Sustaining Partners for their support of programs and services for foundations with few or no staff, philanthropic families, and individual donors

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

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Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

2014 National Conference
"This conference was our first... event as a foundation board, and we found it to be inspiring and informative. We left with a sharpened focus and renewed passion for our foundation's mission."

— Jody Chang, The Campbell Foundation, TX

2014 National Conference
"... an opportunity to hear about new ideas in philanthropy... to network with other funders, and to hear outstanding speakers that give you new perspectives. Overall... very uplifting."                

—    Bob Janson