Note: Non-members should not make travel arrangements until the Council confirms eligibility.
How to Register
Online registration is now closed. Please complete a downloadable registration form and bring it to Resource Central at the conference.
All Annual Conference registration cancellations must be submitted in writing. Fax your cancellation to 703-879-0800 or 703-879-0802 or email email@example.com.
Cancellation fees will be as follows:
- Cancellations through April 2, 2009: Full refund minus $100 administrative fee
- Cancellations on April 3, 2009, through April 17, 2009: 50% of conference fees.
- Cancellations on or after April 18, 2009: No refund available.
Philanthropic Advisors Network
Philanthropic Advisors Network members in good standing are eligible for a special registration at the Council on Foundations member rate. For more information contact PAN at 703-879-0600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Non-members must pay non-member registration fees. Pending membership applications or applications sent with the registration form do not qualify for registration at the member rate. If you pay the non-member fee for the conference and your Council membership is approved by December 31, the difference between member and non-member conference fees will be credited toward your organization’s dues payment. Please call the Membership Services staff at 703-879-0645 for more information
Meals are included in your registration fee for the day for which you have registered. Monday includes a continental breakfast, lunch and the evening networking event. Tuesday includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Wednesday includes a continental breakfast and lunch. There will be a limited number of extra meal tickets available at the registration desk for individuals who are eligible for conference attendance.
Members of the media should request press credentials from the Council on Foundations’ Media Relations Department at email@example.com.
The Council may use photos/videos of attendees at Council events online or in its print and electronic materials both now and in the future. If you do not wish your likeness to be used in this way, please contact Chante Sedwick at 703-879-0673 or Chante.Sedwick@cof.org at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.
Conference attire is business casual. Meeting room temperatures vary, so we recommend dressing in layers.
Contact the hotel concierge for recommendations of licensed daycare services.
Spring temperatures in Atlanta average in the high 70s during the day and drop to the mid 50s in the evenings.
Note: Non-members should not make travel arrangements until the Council confirms eligiblility
The conference will be held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
265 Peachtree Center Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30303
Book your reservation early, as these rooms may sell out. You must first register for the 2009 Annual Conference before you can secure housing.
The cut off date to secure housing is Friday, April 10, 2009. Standard guest rooms, single or double occupancy, are available to meeting attendees for the special Council on Foundations conference rate of $189 a night plus 15% room tax. This rate will apply December 15, 2008, through April 10, 2009, based on availability. All reservations require a credit card payment covering one night’s stay. A limited number of rooms will be available at this rate for reservations made through April 10, 2009. Beginning April 11, this rate is not guaranteed.
All reservation requests will require a one (1) night advance payment that will be refundable only if the reservation is canceled at least seventy-two (72) hours prior to arrival date.
The Atlanta Marriott Marquis will contact you directly to confirm your hotel reservation.
For other questions regarding your hotel reservation, please call 866-469-5475 or 506-474-2009.
Map and Transportation
The interactive map will help you get around with ease.
Atlanta-Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is approximately 12 miles from the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.
Transportation from Atlanta-Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport
Valet parking at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis is $26 daily; $32 per day for over-sized vehicles.
Taxi fare is approximately $25 one way (excluding tip).
Airport shuttle service is available on request for a fee of $16.50 (one way).
Alternate Transportation: Atlanta Link Shuttle
Subway service to Peachtree Center Marta Station. (0.1 mile West)
The Council on Foundations invites individuals and organizations engaged in philanthropy to join us at the 2009 Annual Conference. We welcome trustees and staff of U.S.-based and non-U.S.-based private, operating, and community foundations; public grantmaking charities; and corporate funders (foundations and/or giving programs). We also welcome community foundations, giving circles, philanthropic advisors and individuals who have a demonstrated record of giving.
Who is Eligible to Attend
Conference registration is open to all Council members and qualified non-members. If your organization is not a Council member, please read the eligibility guidelines below. After reading the guidelines, if you are still unsure about whether you are eligible to attend, please contact the Council’s Membership Services Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-879-0645.
Council members receive a special conference rate that is significantly lower than the rate for non-members. If your organization applies for Council membership—and your application is approved by December 31, 2009—the Council will apply a credit to your dues payment that equals the difference between the member and non-member rates.
Eligibility Guidelines for Non-members
The Council requires all non-member organizations and individuals to submit certain documents so we can verify eligibility. The guidelines below (broken down by category) explain the specific documents you need to submit. We ask that you send your information as early as possible. Please note that submitting the requested documents does not guarantee eligibility to attend the conference. In addition, please do not make travel arrangements until the Council confirms eligibility.
Donor advisors with a community foundation or a commercial gift fund are eligible to attend. Please include a letter with your registration form that lists the name of your fund, place where fund is held, and the fund’s inception date.
Students and recent graduates from accredited educational institutions may be eligible to attend our conferences for a special guest/student rate. Students should complete the conference registration form and include a letter with your area of study, anticipated graduation date, and the reason for attending the conference. Students who are affiliated with an organization that is a Council member should register through the organization.
Banks and Trust Companies
Non-member representatives from banks, trust companies, and organizations that manage trust funds are eligible to attend if they are sponsored by an eligible foundation or corporate funder. Representatives who wish to register under the name of a bank, trust company, or managing organization must pay the non-member rate.
Consultants or Legal Counsel
If you are an eligible foundation or corporate funder, and wish to register active consultants or legal counsel, you must register these individuals under your organization’s name. Please include a letter from your organization stating that the registrant is an active consultant with your foundation/corporation. Please note: this conference is not an opportunity for solicitation of any kind, including asking for business, fund management, or grants. All types of solicitation are strictly prohibited at all Council events.
Individuals and Giving Circles
Individuals and giving circles are invited to attend the 2009 Annual Conference. Please submit a letter stating the number of years that you have been making gifts to charities, your grantmaking goals with a list of specific grantees, the charitable purpose of grants made, and the amount of gifts paid out in 2007.
Council on Foundations' No Solicitation Rule
This conference is not an opportunity for solicitation of any kind, including asking for business, fund management, or grants. All types of solicitation are strictly prohibited at all Council events. Individuals reported making a solicitation will be asked to leave the 2009 Annual Conference and escorted off the conference site.
The Council on Foundations is firmly committed to fair employment practices, inclusiveness, and the prohibition of sexual harassment of employees by staff, visitors, or members. If you would like information on these and other policies, please contact the Council’s executive office at 800-673-9036.
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