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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. A few highlights this year include:

  • Special 70th Anniversary Celebration Event at the Moody Gardens Aquarium 
  • A community foundation track 
  • Plenary Speakers: Col. Michael E. Fossum, NASA astronaut (retired); Kristen Lewis, Measure of America; Adrian Bordone, Guidestar; Stephen Klineberg, Kinder Institute for Urban Research, Rice University
  • “My Heart is Not Blind” by Michael Nye - a traveling exhibit of photographic and audio stories of individuals from around the country who are blind (to open at the Witte Museum in 2018)
  • An early, extended session about the opioid crisis in America
  • Offsite Learning Opportunities: National Lab/UTMB, Artist Boat, Galveston Historical Foundation History Project, Galveston Urban Ministries, Resource Crisis Center & Seeding Galveston

Please plan to come on October 31 to enjoy:

  • Trick or Treat with a Galveston Twist! A progressive reception and tour at three Galveston landmarks: Bishop's Palace, Open Gates, and Moody Mansion
  • A complimentary Foundant Technologies Users Group

We hope you will join us - the most enduring association of grantmakers in the nation - as we celebrate 70 years and our collective impact on communities in the Southwest and beyond.

Book hotel reservations here or call 1-888-388-8484 and reference group code “Philanthropy”.


Presenting Sponsor

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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