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2017 PolicyWorks Institute

When: 
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 to Thursday, July 20, 2017
Where: 
San Francisco, CA
Members: 
$125.00
Non-Members: 
$125.00
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The Forum’s PolicyWorks Institute is the one opportunity each year for regional and national philanthropy-serving organizations to take a “deep dive” together to strengthen your policy and advocacy work. You'll learn from your peers, engage in hands-on skill-building sessions and hear from thought leaders. For 2017, the Institute will have a bigger focus on sessions to engage not just staff of philanthropy-serving organizations but also your volunteer philanthropy leaders.

Please use #PolicyWorks17 for any social media posts around the conference. 

Registration

Registration is now open! Volunteer leaders, and other Institute participants not attending the Forum’s full annual conference, are also invited to register for the last day of the Forum's Annual Conference on Wednesday, July 19 or for just the closing lunch on Wednesday. We will be offering special programming on Wednesday morning for volunteer leaders to connect with each other. 

Registration Rates

  • PolicyWorks Institute Only- $125
  • PolicyWorks Institute & Forum Conference (Wednesday)- $300
  • PoilicyWorks Institute & Forum Conference (Closing Lunch)- $200

Please see our registration tips for help registering.

Who Can Attend

Forum members (regional and national PSOs) and their volunteer philanthropy leaders.

Questions?

Please contact Erin Skene-Pratt with any questions about the event.

Schedule at a Glance

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


7:00 am - 6:30 pm: Registration Open

8:30 - 9:45 am: Forum Annual Conference Breakfast Plenary Session: “Strengthening Philanthropy’s Voice: Foundation Leaders Roundtable” 
* Open to Institute attendees with additional Wednesday conference registration

10:00 am - 12:30 pm: Forum Annual Conference: Roundtable Discussions with Peers
*Open to Institute attendees with additional Wednesday conference registration

12:45 - 2:00 pm: Forum Annual Conference Closing Lunch and Plenary
*Open to Institute attendees with additional Wednesday conference registration

2:30 - 3:45 pm: PolicyWorks Institute Opening

3:45 - 5:00 pm: Navigating the Road Ahead

5:00 - 6:00 pm: Reception

6:30 pm: Dine Arounds

Thursday, July 20, 2017


7:00 am - 3:30 pm: Registration Open

7:30 - 8:00 am: Breakfast

8:00 - 10:00 am: The Insiders Perspective on Key Federal and State Policy Issues

10:15 - 11:15 am: Framing Our Issues in the New Political Environment

11:30 am - 12:30 pm: Policy Peer Community: Strategies that Work

12:30 - 1:15 pm: Lunch

1:15 - 2:15 pm: Laying the Groundwork for Action

2:30 - 3:30 pm: Closing: Speaking Through Media

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Planning Committee

  • Seyron Foo, Southern California Grantmakers (Chair)
  • Kari Boutell, Iowa Council of Foundations
  • Delia Coleman, Forefront
  • Bill Engel, Hyde and Watson Foundation
  • Theresa Jacks, Council of New Jersey Grantmakers
  • Karla Mercado, Southern California Grantmakers
  • Michael Remaley, Philanthropy New York
  • Ellah Ronen, California Community Foundation
  • Christopher Wilbanks, Robert and Polly Dunn Foundation

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.  

Transportation

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

Neighborhoods

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.

Dining

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 Lobby

Hotel 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.

Visit Hotel Nikko website for details

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.

Benefits for Our Guests

Attendees who book a room at the discounted rate in our block will also receive:

  • complimentary wi-fi in your sleeping room
  • complimentary access to the hotel's 10,000 sq ft health club accessible 24/7 ($25 value)