2015 Annual Meeting | April 24-28, 2015 | San Francisco, Ca

Leading Together

Hope and Opportunity in a Destabilized World

The Council on Foundations would like to thank the Arts Loan Fund in conjunction with the Northern California Grantmakers and Americans for the Arts for helping to infuse the Arts into the 2015 Annual Meeting.

We are committed to showcasing the transformative power of connecting philanthropy and art.

Complimentary Visit to the California Academy of Sciences

Saturday, April 25 - Tuesday, April 28 during regular business hours

Come explore an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum, rainforest, 40,000 live animals, and more - all under one living roof! The California Academy of Sciences is home to engaging exhibits and shows, charismatic live animals from around the world, and a fascinating team of scientists and presenters working to explore, explain, and sustain the diversity of life.

Admission is free for 2015 Annual Meeting attendees but RSVP is required by Thursday, April 23rd.


Saturday, April 25th

The Family Philanthropy Working Group will hold their preconference networking reception at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts amid the cutting edge visual art, performance and film-video that represents diverse cultural and artistic performances. Learn more about this event.

Opening Plenary - Sunday, April 26th

Join us at the opening plenary to experience violinist Kenji Williams perform with vocalist Kristin Hoffman. Inspired by astronauts who spoke of the life changing power of seeing the Earth from space, director-composer Kenji Williams' award winning BELLA GAIA (Beautiful Earth) involves collaborating with institutions such as NASA, The Smithsonian, and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science to present an unprecedented audiovisual experience that combines satellite imagery of Earth, time lapse nature photography, and cultural heritage footage with stirring live performances of music from around the world. Williams explores the nexus of art and science and combines these using his unique skills in film and music.

Afternoon Plenary - Monday, April 27th

Founded in 1996 in San Francisco, Youth Speaks has long championed a local, national, and increasingly global movement of young people picking up pens and stepping proudly onto stages, declaring themselves present. Through the intersection of arts education and youth development practices, civic engagement strategies, and high quality artistic presentation, Youth Speaks creates safe spaces that challenge young people to find, develop, publicly present, and apply their voices as creators of societal change. We are honored to have a few of their many talented voices open the afternoon plenary.

Other Conference Experiences

In addition to a variety of Brain Games that will be scattered throughout Council Central, the fun buttons located at registration to show your creative side, and our great Networking Opportunities, feel free to partake in a few other unique conference activities!

Sunrise Yoga

Sunday & Monday 6:30-8 a.m., Foothill F, Second Level

Pack your yoga mats and start your conference week right! Join us for meditation from 6:30- 7:00am followed by a physical practice beginning at 7 am prompt! This class combines breathing, physical postures, and meditation as a way of relaxing and preparing for busy and exciting conference week!

Michelle’s classes are designed to create a safe and playful space where students are encouraged to cultivate self-awareness, compassion, and grace. We’ll begin class with breathing exercises as a way of connecting body and mind, and will be followed by a series of heat generating postures aimed to build strength and flexibility. Finally we’ll end the class with deep relaxation poses that help unwind the mind and relax the body. Leave class feeling light, restored and ready for an exciting week filled with conference activities! Beginners welcomed!

Please note, there are a limited number of mats provided. Water and towels will be made available.

Cooking Up Opportunity with La Cocina

Sunday, April 26, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Council Central, B2 Level

La Cocina is a groundbreaking business incubator designed to reduce the obstacles that often prevent low- income food entrepreneurs from creating successful and sustainable small businesses. By providing affordable, shared, commercial kitchen space, an array of industry-specific technical assistance and services, access to market opportunities and access to capital, La Cocina works with low-income women and immigrant entrepreneurs as they launch, grow, and formalize successful food businesses. The organization’s vision is that program participants become economically self-sufficient and contribute to a vibrant and diverse economy doing what they love to do.

Learn more about this dynamic organization while enjoying tasty creations. If you enjoy this event, learn more about the Site Session to La Cocina by visiting the Site Session page.