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2017 PolicyWorks Institute

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 to Thursday, July 20, 2017
San Francisco, CA
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The Forum’s PolicyWorks Institute is designed to support all regional associations in strengthening your policy work. There will be opportunities to learn from your peers, engage in hands-on skill-building session and hear from thought leaders. For 2017, the Institute will have a bigger focus on sessions to engage not just regional association staff but also your volunteer leaders.

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


Registration will open in early spring 2017.

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

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Planning Committee

  • Adena Hill, Southeastern Council of Foundations (Co-Chair)
  • Seyron Foo, Southern California Grantmakers (Co-Chair)
  • Kari Boutell, Iowa Council of Foundations
  • Delia Coleman, Forefront
  • Bill Engel, Hyde and Watson Foundation
  • Theresa Jacks, Council of New Jersey Grantmakers
  • Michael Remaley, Philanthropy New York
  • Ellah Ronen, California Community 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.  


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.