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70th Annual Conference

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”.

 

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Wednesday, October 31

8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Conference Registration
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Location: South Foyer

Come pick up your name badge, program and other conference materials at the registration desk.

9:00 am - 10:30 am
Annual Conference Committee Meeting
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Location: TBA

Meeting for Annual Conference Committee Members

10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Audit & Finance Committee Meeting
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Location: TBA

Meeting for Audit & Finance Committee Members

10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Communications Committee Meeting
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Location: TBA

Meeting for Communications Committee Members

10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Membership Committee Meeting
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Location: TBA

Meeting for Membership Committee Members

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Lunch Break
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Lunch on your own

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Educational Programs Committee Meeting
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Location: TBA

Meeting for Educational Programs Committee Members

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Public Policy Committee Meeting
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Location: TBA

Meeting for Public Policy Committee Members

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Complimentary Foundant Technologies Grant Lifecycle Manager User Group
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Location: TBA

All are welcome!

2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Board Meeting
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Location: TBA

Meeting for Philanthropy Southwest Board of Directors

6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Trick or Treat with a Galveston Twist!
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Location: TBA

A progressive reception and tour at three Galveston landmarks: Bishop's Palace, Open Gates, and Moody Mansion

 

Thursday, November 1

7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Conference Registration
Details

Location: South Foyer

Come pick up your name badge, program and other conference materials at the registration desk.

8:30 am - 11:00 am
Site Visits
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Location: Various

Site Visit Options:

  • Artist Boat
  • Galveston Urban Ministries
  • National Lab/UTMB
  • Resource Crisis Center
  • Seeding Galveston
  • Galveston Historical Foundation History Project

8:30 am - 11:00 am
Extended Educational Program – Governance/Accountability for Trustees
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Location: TBA

Details coming soon.

8:30 am - 11:00 am
Extended Educational Program – The Inconceivable Truth of the Opioid Overdose and Addiction Crisis
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Location: TBA

Details coming soon.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Newcomers Reception
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Location: TBA

New to Philanthropy Southwest or a first-time Annual Conference attendee? Join us for a reception to get to know our board and committee leadership.

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Opening Lunch
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Location: TBA

Lunch Plenary: "Turning Dreams Into Reality" by Col. Michael E. Fossum, retired NASA astronaut, Chief Operating Officer, Texas A&M University at Galveston

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Concurrent Sessions:
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  • Children's Mental Wellness after Harvey: A Multi-pronged Approach to Catalyze Mental Health Services
  • Fiduciary Oversight 101: Investment Policy and Financial Governance for Foundations 
  • Texas ‘Hold 'em’- A Community goes ‘all in’ for Early Childhood Education. Lessons Learned from a Collaborative Private Public Early Childhood Initiative
  • Bonton: From Victim to Victory
  • Community Foundation Track - Legal Issues and Washington Update for Community Foundations
  • Tax Credits for "Dummies" (ends at 3:10 pm)

Location: TBA

Details coming soon.

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Concurrent Sessions:
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  • Making Screening for Depression the Sixth Vital Sign
  • Better and Stronger Together: Grantmaker Collaboration to Improve State Policies for Children and Youth in the Southwest
  • Helping the Funding Begin where the Pavement Ends
  • Reconnecting Cities and Soils
  • Community Foundation Track - Cross-border Community Foundation Collaboration
  • Investing for Impact in Communities (ends at 5:10 pm)

Location: TBA

Details coming soon.

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Small Receptions
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Location: Various

Small Receptions Options:

  • International Grantmaking
  • Rural Funders
  • Texas Environmental Grantmakers Group

6:30 pm
Dinner on Your Own

 

Friday, November 2

7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Conference Registration
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Location: South Foyer

Come pick up your name badge, program and other conference materials at the registration desk.

7:30 am - 8:30 am
Book Review
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Location: TBA

Book review with Randy Mayeux

9:00 am - 9:45 am
Breakfast Plenary
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Location: TBA

Breakfast Plenary: "Well-being in the Southwest: Who is Surging Ahead? Who is Falling Behind?" By Kristen Lewis, Measure of America

10:00 am - 11:30 am
Concurrent Sessions:
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  • Board/CEO Partnership
  • Reimagining Rural Healthcare
  • Critical Partnership Between Nonprofit Journalism and Philanthropy
  • Marine Mammals of the Gulf of Mexico and How Newest Technology is Saving Them
  • Community Foundation Track - Next Generation Engagement: Junior Advisory Board and Family Philanthropy Activities
  • True Transparency: What You Own. What You Made. What You Paid. (ends at 11:40 am)

Location: TBA

Details coming soon.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Lunch and Annual Meeting
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Location: TBA

Details coming soon.

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Concurrent Sessions:
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  • Economically Resilient Rural Communities
  • Building Institutional and Leadership Street Cred through Community Listening Tours
  • How the Co-op Model is Disrupting the System to Solve Food Insecurity
  • Community Foundation Track – Private Foundations in Transition

Location: TBA

Details coming soon.

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Concurrent Sessions:
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  • Redefining Boundaries: Brave Funding for Philanthropically Underserved Communities
  • Online Learning: Meeting Educational Challenges and Providing Equitable Access through Virtual Education
  • How to Judge a Beauty Contest when All the Contestants Look and Speak Alike
  • Knowing Your Leadership Preference – Myers-Briggs and You 
  • Community Foundation Track – Bleeding Edge Lessons on CF Technology Conversions

Location: TBA

Details coming soon.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Table Talks
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Location: Various

Table Talk Options:

  • Advocacy
  • Community Foundations
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Impact
  • Newcomers
  • Technology

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
70th Anniversary Celebration at Moody Gardens Aquarium
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Location: Moody Gardens Aquarium

Details coming soon.

 

Saturday, November 3

7:30 am - 10:00 am
Conference Registration
Details

Location: South Foyer

Come pick up your name badge, program and other conference materials at the registration desk.

7:30 am - 8:30 am
Breakfast
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Location: TBA

Details coming soon.

8:45 am - 9:45 am
Morning Plenary
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Location: TBA

Morning Plenary: "Data Speaks: Tools and Resources for an Evolving Sector" By Adrian Bordone, GuideStar

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Morning Plenary
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Location: TBA

Morning Plenary: “Prophetic City: Houston on the Cusp of a Changing America” By Stephen Klineberg, Kinder Institute for Urban Research

11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Annual Conference Committee Meeting: Debrief for Joint 2018/2019 Annual Conference Committees
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Location: TBA

Meeting for 2018 and 2019 Annual Conference Committee Members

70th Annual Conference

When: 
Thursday, November 1, 2018 (All day) to Saturday, November 3, 2018 (All day)
Where: 
Moody Gardens Hotel, Galveston, TX
Moody Gardens Hotel
Members: 
$795.00
Non-Members: 
$1,070.00
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Philanthropy Southwest, the most enduring association of grantmakers in the nation, will celebrate its 70th Annual Conference November 1 - 3, 2018 in Galveston, Texas. Philanthropy Southwest’s Annual Conference consistently draws several hundred trustees and staff from grantmaking organizations of all types and sizes. Attendance is open to individual donors and grantmaking organizations, and provides the opportunity to connect with fellow philanthropists located or making investments in the Southwestern United States. Conference participants report that they are energized by the sessions they attend, inspired to collaborate, and motivated to find opportunities for change within their communities.
 

Early Registration by September 30
Members: $795
Nonmembers: $1,070

Regular Registration after September 30
Members: $870
Nonmembers: $1,170

Registration is now open.

Who is Eligible to Attend?

  • Trustees and staff of grantmaking organizations
  • Community foundation fund donors
  • Individual donors
  • Representatives of corporate giving programs

What's Included in Your Registration Fee?

  • Thursday Opening Lunch
  • Friday Breakfast, Lunch and Special 70th Anniversary Celebration Event
  • Saturday Breakfast
  • Breaks
  • All sessions between Opening Lunch and Closing Saturday Plenary*

Why Come on Wednesday, October 31?

Come on Wednesday to enjoy a Ghostly Galveston Evening Tour and Progressive Reception featuring Bishops Palace, Open Gates, and Moody Mansion! PSW Board and Committee meetings will also take place during the day on Wednesday. Conference attendees can also attend a complimentary Foundant Software training on Wednesday from 2 - 5 pm CT. 

Spouses and Guests

The spouse/guest registration fee includes full conference participation and all meals and breaks provided during the conference. Only spouses and guests NOT affiliated or employed by a foundation are eligible for the Spouse/Guest rate.

Cancellation Process

For cancellations received in writing on or before September 21, 2018, refunds will be issued minus a $75 processing fee. NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED AFTER SEPTEMBER 21. Substitutions from the same organization are always accepted with no change fee.

Conference No Solicitation Policy

The conference is not intended to be an opportunity for solicitation of any kind, including solicitation for business, fund management, or grants.

Registration FAQs

Step #1: Login
To register you will need an account on our website. If you already have an account, login with your email address and password. Aren't sure if you have an account? Enter your email address here to reset your password. If your email address isn't found, create an account. Please note that new accounts are not automatically approved and need to be activated by a PSW staff member. You may need to wait up to 24 hours for your account to be activated and you will receive an email once you have been approved.

Step #2: Register
From the Annual Conference Events Page, make your selection from the available registration options and click the "Register Now" button. You will not see the options or "Register Now" button unless you are logged in. Go to your cart in the top left corner of the screen and make any adjustments to the quantities if you are registering more than one person. Click the "Checkout" button.

Step #3: Checkout
On the checkout page, indicate who each registration is for and fill out any additional information requested. On the checkout page you will be able to select any optional events or meals. If you are looking to register someone else from your organization but don't see them listed, please contact Adrienne Clay (214-740-1787).

Registering Others at Your Organization?
Follow the steps above to create a login for yourself if you haven't already. Once logged in, select the appropriate option from the list and make any adjustments to the quantities in your cart if you are registering more than one person from your organization. On the checkout page, you'll be able to assign each registration option to another contact associated with your organization in our system. If you don't see them listed, please contact Adrienne Clay for further assistance by including the names, titles, and email addresses of those you'd like to register.

*One exception: Myers Briggs session. Attendees will have the opportunity to take the assessment for a small fee prior to the Annual Conference.

Event type: 

Presenting Sponsor

Diamond Sponsor

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsor

Bronze Sponsors

Partner Sponsors

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

Galveston is an island city on the Gulf Coast of Texas, located a quick 50 minutes from Houston Hobby Airport. Attendees may opt to rent a car or take a taxi/car service from Houston. 

Moody Gardens Hotel boasts 418 luxurious accommodations in a beautiful, botanic setting on 242 acres of natural Gulf scenery in Galveston, Texas. In addition, the property showcases magnificent glass pyramids that house both a living rainforest, a massive aquarium and a Discovery pyramid.

Philanthropy Southwest has secured a special room rate of $159/night. Please reserve your hotel room here or by calling the hotel at 1-888-388-8484 and referencing the group code "Philanthropy". Please reserve your room as soon as possible, as the room block fills up quickly. The cut-off date for reservations is October 9, after which the special rate cannot be guaranteed and reservations will be accepted on a space availability basis only. Reservations can be cancelled up to 48 hours prior to arrival.

Accommodation highlights:

  • Complimentary wireless internet access in guest and meeting rooms
  • Complimentary self-parking
  • Valet parking available for $20/night

Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center
7 Hope Blvd
Galveston, TX 77554
1-888-388-8484

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