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2017 Forum Annual Conference

Monday, July 17, 2017 to Wednesday, July 19, 2017
San Francisco, CA
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The Forum’s 2017 Annual Conference will be the nation’s largest gathering of the CEOs and staffs of regional and national philanthropy-serving organizations (PSOs) in the field.

#ForumCon17 will bring together the leadership and staff of all organizations serving the nation’s philanthropic sector, including regional philanthropy-serving organizations (i.e. regional philanthropy associations) as well as national philanthropy-serving organizations, primarily issue-based, identity-based and practice-based national affinity groups. It’s the only conference where we can delve into our unique role as CEOs and staff of regional and national PSOs, connect with others in similar roles, and explore how we can work together to increase philanthropy’s impact.

Please use #ForumCon17 for any social media posts around the conference. 


Registration will open in early sping 2017.

Sponsorship Opportunities

The conference will be a unique opportunity to reach key decision-makers who have direct access and connections to the largest and broadest range of philanthropic organizations of all types across the country. Your sponsorship will demonstrate your support for the important work of these groups to advance philanthropy in our country.

Interested in learning more? Please reivew our Sponsorship Package and express your interest by filling out the Sponsor Response Form.

Please contact Maggie Osborn (202-386-6426) if  you  have  any  questions  or  would  like  further  information  about  sponsorship  opportunities  with  the  Forum. 

Questions about the event? Please contact Courtney Moore.

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Planning Committee

  • Ellen LaPointe, Northern California Grantmakers (Chair)
  • Maggie Cutts, Mission Investors Exchange
  • Lyn Hunter, Philanthropy Northwest
  • Edward Jones, ABFE
  • Emily Katz, Northern California Grantmakers
  • Maureen Lawless, The Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities
  • Yi‐Ching Lin, Philanthropy New York
  • Kyle Malone, Grantmakers for Education
  • Cora Mirikitani, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy
  • Rhiannon Orizaga, Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington
  • Nikki Powell, Grants Managers Network
  • Phuong Quach, Northern California Grantmakers
  • Justin Schaberg, San Diego Grantmakers
  • Dave Sheldon,  Southern California Grantmakers
  • Vince Stehle, Media Impact Funders
  • Michael Underhill, Associated Grant Makers
  • Craig Weinrich, Council of New Jersey Grantmakers
  • Kristina Wertz, Funders for LGBTQ Issues

About San Francisco

San Francisco- Cable CarsSan Francisco is best known for its scenic beauty, cultural attractions, diverse communities, and world-class cuisine.  Measuring 49 square miles, this walkable city includes landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, Alcatraz and the largest Chinatown in the United States.  A stroll of the city's streets can lead from Union Square to North Beach to Fisherman's Wharf, with intriguing neighborhoods to explore.  


San Francisco is one of the easiest cities in the world to navigate. Because the city is so compact, there are plenty of transportation options abound, including its world-famous cable cars, public transportation and ride-sharing. Find out more


Each of San Francisco's major neighborhoods has its own district culture and charm - from shopping around Union Square to dim sum in Chinatown. Check out an introduction to the city's most prominent locales.


San Francisco has more restaurants per capita than any other major city in the U.S. Local chefs combine the best of local ingredients with authentic international flavors. Every day, fishing boats supply the freshest seafood in the world. Local farms provide produce and meat stock that is unparalleled. 

Conference Hotel

Hotel Nikko LobbyHotel Nikko

222 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Located just steps from Union Square in the heart of San Francisco, the Hotel Nikko is an urban retreat with easy access to plenty of dining, nightlife and shopping options. Hop on the cable cars a block away and explore the city sights and nearby museums. Stroll along Fisherman's Wharf and marvel at the famous sea lions that lounge on Pier 39, or hop on the bus and plan a picnic in Golden Gate Park. Located in the midst of Union Square, our hotel gives you instant access to San Francisco's most iconic destinations. 

Book Your Room

A block of rooms has been reserved for attendees at the discounted rate of $245/night. Reservations can be made online or by calling 1-800-248-3308 and referencing our group name, “2017 Forum Annual Conference”. This rate will be available until June 23, 2017 but may sell out earlier. 

Room Features

King Bed or two double beds with pillow top mattresses, down comforters, plush pillows and soft sheets with complimentary Wi-Fi, a large desk, flat screen televisions & three phones (one with 2 lines and a data port). Bathrooms have a marble sink counter and most rooms have a separate bathtub and shower. More details

Hotel Amenities

 A glass enclosed indoor swimming pool and whirlpool spa featuring an inside/outdoor deck area with seating areas, firepits & a food and beverage menu. A 10,000 sq ft health club accessible 24/7 (complimentary access will be provided to conference attendees). There is also a Starbucks and UPS Store located on site. 

Driving Directions

Please utilize 180 Ellis Street, 94102 to be directed to the entrance of the driveway.