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

Leading Together

Hope and Opportunity in a Destabilized World

Networking Events

Coming Together: Community Foundation Reception with Special Guest Speaker Robert Putnam
Sponsored by the San Francisco Foundation

Saturday, April 25 - 6-8 p.m., Nob Hill A-D, Lower B2 Level

Community foundation leaders are invited to kick off their 2015 Annual Meeting experience at an exclusive reception, and conversation with special guest, Robert Putnam, leading political scientist and author of Bowling Alone and the just-released New York Times bestseller Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis.

Drawing early praise for his newest book that combines compelling personal stories with rigorous research, Dr. Putnam provides a groundbreaking examination of inequality and opportunity: the growing class gap among American young people and the implications for social mobility. As described by the New York Times, “Widening income gaps, [Putnam] argues, have brought profound but underappreciated changes to family life, neighborhoods and schools in ways that give big advantages to children at the top and make it ever harder for those below to work their way up.”

Dr. Putnam's book Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis will be available to purchase and be signed by the author himself at 5:00pm outside of the Nob Hill Room. 

Please join your colleagues for this meaningful exchange and opportunity to examine this crisis and its implications in our communities.


Corporate Reception, Presented by Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Saturday, April 25-5-7 p.m.

Silicon Valley Community Foundation will host a corporate networking reception on April 25, in conjunction with the Council on Foundations annual conference in San Francisco. Please join us at MaSo San Francisco, located at 50 Third Street (just out of the back entrance to the host hotel, across Jessie Square). The formal programming for the conference begins on Sunday, April 26, and this networking reception will be a wonderful kickoff to the conference activities. The reception will include representatives from corporations attending the conference and other corporate partners in the Bay Area. Cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served.


Family Philanthropy Reception

Saturday, April 25 - 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Relax with your family philanthropy colleagues at a private reception inside the lovely Yerba Buena Center for the Arts—a cutting-edge venue devoted to contemporary visual art, performance, and film-video representing diverse cultural and artistic performances. Share new ideas, connect with old friends and meet new ones, and tour the gallery exhibits at you leisure, all while celebrating family giving. Hors d'oeuvres and cocktails will be served. The YBCA is located across the street from the Marriott Marquis. 


Welcome to San Francisco Networking Reception

Sunday, April 26 - 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Come watch the sun set on Day One of the 2015 Annual Meeting on the terrace of City View at Metreon. Relax and let loose with your colleagues while looking out over the San Francisco city scape, including the beautiful Yerba Buena Gardens.  Unwind to lively music and take in all the sights and sounds downtown has to offer! 


Reception Row Returns!

Monday, April 27 6-7 p.m.

Like being able to meander from reception to reception with no strings attached? Join the Council for "buffet-style" networking within the San Francisco Marriott Marquis.  Join conversations related to the issues closest to you and build new relationships.  Visit one or all of them: 

Community Philanthropy

Corporate Philanthropy

Environmental Grantmakers Association: People, Place & Planet

Family Philanthropy

Regional Networks

  • New England - with Member Relations Director Talia Rivera
  • Mid-Atlantic - with Senior Director of Member Relations Stephanie McGencey
  • Southeast - with Member Relations Director Lorne Steedley
  • Midwest - with Member Relations Director Jenny Harms
  • West - with Member Relations Director Kim Bluitt
  • Great Plains & Mountain West Regions - with Vice President of Member Relations Will Heaton

Meet the Council's Counsel

Get to know the faces behind the names and find out what legal, advocacy, Standards and policy services we offer! Read more about all the helpful Council legal staff Sue Santa, Suzanne Friday, Bryan Del Rosario, Lara Kalwinski, Katherine LaBeau and Tim Huber on our Staff Page

Networking with Climate Defenders: Donor Strategies to Safeguarding Biodiversity and Human Rights

Monday, April 27 5-6:30 p.m.

This networking event will be an informal discussion with Indigenous leaders, Gloria Ushigua and Jiten Yumnam, on where human rights and environmental issues intersect, and the advantages and challenges of funding these movements. Also hear from IFIP and Land is Life on the latest trends in Indigenous Philanthropy and how donors can make an impact on environmental and human rights issues.

Wine and light refreshments will be provided


  • Darren Walker - President of the Ford Foundation
  • Gloria Ushigua - President of Ashiñwaka, the Association of Sápara Women of Ecuador
  • Jiten YumnamSecretary of the Centre for Research and Advocacy Manipur
  • Evelyn Arce - Executive Director of International Funders for Indigenous Peoples
  • Casey Box - Director of Land is Life

Global Dinner and Conversation with Ed Cain & Nardos Bekele-Thomas

Monday, April 27 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Price: $150 Member/$200 Nonmembers

6:30 -7:30 p.m. 
Enjoy wine, hors d'oeuvres, and great conversation during this festive reception, which will highlight the work of organizations from more than 10 countries who are attending this year’s annual conference.

7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Join us for the Council’s annual dinner celebrating global philanthropy - a celebratory event that also features substantive conversation about issues that matter to attendees funding cross-border philanthropy around the world. 

Featured Discussion: Philanthropy and the Sustainable Development Goals– Opportunities for Engagement and Collaboration
Hear Ed Cain of the Hilton Foundation and Nardos Bekele-Thomas of UNDP discuss the ways stakeholders in philanthropy are collaborating to help develop the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Also learn about the content of the SDGs and their significance to better understand how your global grantmaking can connect and support a shared global agenda for poverty reduction worldwide. Join colleagues for a provocative and inspiring conversation on what the world needs now from global philanthropy.

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