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Annual Conference

November 1 - 3, 2018
Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center
Galveston, Texas

Philanthropy Southwest’s Annual Conference consistently draws several hundred trustees and staff attendees from grantmaking organizations of all types and sizes. Registration is open to trustees and staff of grantmaking organizations and provides the opportunity to connect with fellow philanthropists located or making investments in the Southwestern United States. This year, Philanthropy Southwest asked our members: What do YOU want to see at our annual conference? You answered and we are excited to celebrate our 70th year and learn from sessions submitted by our membership-at-large. 

Important Information 

Getting to and around Galveston
Galveston is located a quick 50 minutes from Houston. Attendees may opt to rent a car or take a taxi/car service from Houston. The hotel has complimentary self-parking or valet parking available for $20 per day. Please be advised that there is another very large-scale event on the Island the weekend of the Annual Conference, which will take place primarily Friday and Saturday, along the Seawall, east of 53rd Street, and on Broadway Avenue. Restaurant recommendations outside this vicinity can be found here

Below is the hotel address: 
Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center
7 Hope Blvd
Galveston, TX 77554

Trick or Treat with a Galveston Twist (10.31)
Buses will depart Moody Gardens Hotel beginning at 4:45 pm. and return by 9:30 pm. Business casual attire is recommended and costumes are encouraged! Please note: this event requires pre-registration. 

Site Visits (11.1)
Please check in at the registration desk prior to departing for your site visit, if possible. Buses will depart from Moody Gardens Hotel at 8:30 am. Depending on the site visit for which you pre-registered, weather-appropriate attire, sun protection, and comfortable shoes may be recommended. View site visit descriptions on the agenda tab of the Annual Conference page. If your plans have changed, and you will no longer be attending a site visit, please email Adrienne Clay. 

70th Anniversary Celebration Event (11.2)
This event will include heavy hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. Business smart/casual attire is recommended. Please note: this event requires pre-registration. 


Presenting Sponsor

PDF icon PSW 70 AC Final Program.pdf4.97 MB


Interested in becoming a sponsor or learning more about sponsorship opportunities? Contact Lauren Haskins.



Hear What Past Attendees Say...

"Networking with colleagues is always the best part."

- Felicia Chase Goodman, The Cooper Foundation

"I really look forward to this event every year…I always leave excited and stimulated with new ideas and the experience of making new friends/colleagues."

- Caroline Sabin, The Powell Foundation

"Thank you for the excellent planning and outstanding resources!"

- Lael Cordes-Pitts, The Henry Foundation