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IHRFG 2014 San Francisco Conference
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1/28/2014 to 1/29/2014
When: 1/28/2014
Where: San Francisco Marriott Union Square Hotel
San Francisco
United States

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IHRFG's 2014 San Francisco Conference

Tuesday-Wednesday, January 28-29, 2014

(IHRFG's Pre-Conference Institute: Monday, January 27, 2014)

What do funders do when rights collide? Our opening plenary session will examine the quandary of conflicting rights, taking examples from women's rights, freedom of expression, and LGBT rights. Do some rights get privileged over others? 


Our mid-conference plenary session will explore the dynamics and implications of engaging the private sector as funding partners. How do we build bridges, push back where needed, and learn from each other? How should the human rights funding community adapt and respond to this changing landscape? 


Our closing plenary session will highlight the changing role that bilateral donors such as USAID and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs are playing in addressing human rights as part of their development programs. Are we all on the same page? 


Also, join us for dynamic workshops and discussions on: 

  • Surveillance at home and abroad 
  • The role of human rights funders in pre- and post-conflict situations
  • Links between financial regulation and human rights
  • Lessons from trans* groups on supporting nascent movements  
  • Non-grantmaking strategies for grantmakers
  • Youth leadership and organizing

Our dinner-dialogue on arts and culture as a key advocacy tool will knock your socks off. Real-life superheroes! Irreverent artwork! Tactics and tips! 


The conference will also include meetings of IHRFG working groupsmember-organized discussions, and the ever-popular open-mic Funders' Soapbox.

IHRFG Scholarship Fund for Global South Members 
IHRFG has established a scholarship fund to encourage participation at our conferences of grantmakers in the Global South and East with limited funds. If you would like to contribute to this fund, you can do so as part of the online registration process for our conferences (see below). 

If you have questions, would prefer to contribute to the fund in other ways, or would like to apply for a scholarship, please contact Azeen Salimi, asalimi[at]ihrfg[dot]org.

Attendance Eligibility
IHRFG’s convening events are only open to IHRFG members, invited speakers, and individualseligible for membership. Staff whose functions are primarily fundraising at their grantmaking institution are not eligible for participation.

IHRFG membership is open to staff, consultants** and trustees of private foundations, corporate foundations, community giving programs, quasi-governmental giving programs, faith-based giving programs, philanthropic advocacy and support organizations, individual philanthropists with significant giving programs, and public charities (public foundations and community foundations) whose primary activity is grantmaking and who do not relate to other IHRFG members primarily as grant-seekers.

**Philanthropic consultants are eligible to attend IHRFG's events only when sponsored by a grantmaking institution, which must allow you to represent that active foundation/grantmaker affiliation.

No-Solicitation Policy
Fundraising and solicitation of funding/meetings/consulting clients is absolutely prohibited at IHRFG meetings. Please review our no-solicitation policy for more details.

If you are an invited speaker at this conference, please take a moment to review our non-grantmaker panelist participation policy.

Register by January 20th, 2014.

Participation Fees

IHRFG charges a daily registration fee to help off-set the costs of food and beverages. Breakfast and lunch will be provided on both days. We encourage participation by grantmaking staff at all levels who are interested in exploring human rights.

The fees for the conference events are:

    Tuesday, January 28 only:                           US$150
    Wednesday, January 29 only:                    US$150
    Both Tuesday and Wednesday:                  US$300
    Networking Reception (January 28):           US$30
    Dinner-Dialogues (January 28):                   US$60

Conference Venue
San Francisco Marriott Union Square Hotel
480 Sutter Street (and Powell Street)
San Francisco, California 94108

This venue is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Hotel Accommodations
IHRFG has reserved a block of rooms at the San Francisco Marriott Union Square Hotel at the special rate of US$199.00 per night from Sunday, January 26 to Thursday, January 30, 2014. 

Reserve by Friday, January 17 to benefit from this rate:
  • On-line Reservations OR
  • Call 1-800-228-9290 (+1-415-398-8900 outside the USA and Canada) and mention International Human Rights Funders Group
Keith Armstrong, IHRFG Program Assistant
Phone: +1-646-381-7586
Email: karmstrong[at]ihrfg[dot]org

Av. Brigadeiro Faria Lima, 2.391, cj 122- São Paulo - SP – Brazil  01452-905

Tel. +55 11 3078-7299