The Forum network will have its annual conference July 26-28 in Chicago, IL at the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower. The conference will start with lunch on Monday, July 26 and go through lunch on Wednesday, July 28.
We have negotiated with the hotel to offer rooms at $160 a night. To make a reservation call 877-813-7700, ask for group reservations and identify yourself as a part of the Forum Annual Meeting. The discounted room rate will be available through Thursday, June 24.
The conference planning team and Forum staff have been working over the past couple of months to plan an exciting program. Check out the preliminary agenda to learn more about what has been scheduled. So far, we have confirmed John Graham, President of ASAE, to open the conference with a discussion of the “new normal;” Marianne Hughes, Executive Director of the Interaction Institute for Social Change, to lead a session about building networks at the regional level; and Dr. Byron Harrell, President of Baptist Community Ministries and author of SuperCharged Giving, to close the conference by discussing the role of regional associations in the future of philanthropy.
There are additional events scheduled to take place around this year’s conference including the PolicyWorks initiative and the Grantmaker Education Symposium. A full event calendar is now available to view. More information about the symposium and how you can be involved with the work will be available in the next couple of weeks.