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About the 2017 Forum Annual Conference

The Forum’s 2017 Annual Conference will be this year's largest gathering of the CEOs and staffs of regional and national philanthropy-serving organizations (PSOs) in the field. The conference is the ONE opportunity where we can delve into our unique role as CEOs and staff of PSOs, connect with colleagues in similar roles from across the country, and explore how we can work together to increase philanthropy’s impact.
The conference will focus on two major themes: advancing racial equity, diversity and inclusion in philanthropy, and the role for PSOs in this work, and advancing collaboration and partnership among PSOs and the broader philanthropic sector. Conference sessions will also provide plenty of opportunities for deep skill-building in the areas of highest importance to PSOs, and plenty of time for meaningful peer-to-peer networking and interaction.

Please contact Courtney Moore (202-888-7428), the Forum's Member Services & Operations Manager, with any questions about the conference or how to register. 

Connect With the Conference

Stay connected with the conference through social media using #ForumCon17 and following @givingforum on Twitter. Stay tuned for more information about our conference app.

Non-Solicitation Policy

The Forum is committed to providing a space for professional networking and education, therefore we ask that all registrants respect the learning environment of the conference and refrain from soliciting funds or business during this event.

Planning Committee

This year's conference wouldn't be possible without the leadership and contributions of our planning committee:

  • Ellen LaPointe, Northern California Grantmakers (Chair)
  • Maggie Cutts, Mission Investors Exchange
  • Lyn Hunter, Philanthropy Northwest
  • Edward Jones, ABFE
  • Emily Katz, Northern California Grantmakers
  • Maureen Lawless, The Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities
  • Yi‐Ching Lin, Philanthropy New York
  • Kyle Malone, Grantmakers for Education
  • Cora Mirikitani, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy
  • Rhiannon Orizaga, GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington
  • Nikki Powell, PEAK Grantmaking
  • Phuong Quach, Northern California Grantmakers
  • Justin Schaberg, San Diego Grantmakers
  • Dave Sheldon, Southern California Grantmakers
  • Vince Stehle, Media Impact Funders
  • Michael Underhill, Associated Grant Makers
  • Craig Weinrich, Council of New Jersey Grantmakers
  • Kristina Wertz, Funders for LGBTQ Issues


The Hotel Nikko is close to both the San Francisco International Airport and the Oakland International Airport. 

Public Transportation

The Nikko is accessible via public transportation from both the San Francisco International Airport and Oakland International Airport. 

From the San Francisco International Airport, take the yellow line towards Pittsburg/Bay Point (10 stops/30 min). The SFO BART Station is located on the Departures/Ticketing Level of the International Terminal (Boarding Area G side) and is easily accessed from any terminal by riding SFO's AirTrain to the Garage G/BART Station stop. Get off at the Powell St. Station. Cost: $8.95

From the Oakland International Airport, take the BART from the airport to the Coliseum station (non-stop/8 min). The Oakland Airport BART station is located across from the Terminal 1 baggage claim area and is a short walk from Terminal 2. From the Coliseum Station, take the green or blue line towards Daly City (6 stops/23 min). Get off at the Powell St. Station. Cost: $10.20 

Transportation Network Companies & Shared Shuttles

Uber/Lyft/Wingz service is available at both the San Francisco and Oakland International airports. Fares will vary. Shared ride vans are also available from both airports.


Please utilize 180 Ellis Street, 94102 to be directed to the entrance of the driveway. Valet parking is $15 per hour, and overnight is $50 per night plus tax with in and out privilege. For other parking options, the 1,100-car Mason O'Farrell garage is directly diagonal across the street.

About Our Host City: 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.