2018 Annual Conference



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Committee Co-Chairs:
Antony Chiang, Empire Health Foundation
Karen Bilowith, Idaho Community Foundation
Kris Hermanns, Pride Foundation

Conference Committee: 
Alex McKay, Rasmuson Foundation 
Amy Little, Idaho Nonprofit Center
Deanna Ward, Home Partnership Foundation
Jesse Beason, Northwest Health Foundation
Nicole Bascomb-Aaron, HomeStreet Bank
Tara Dowd, Spokane County United Way 
Zeeba Khalili, Marguerite Casey Foundation 

Conference program begins noon, Tuesday October 2, and concludes 2 p.m., Thursday October 4. 

Our conference features a range of opportunities to engage and connect. 

Breakout sessions are dynamic and interactive. Few 'talking heads' so that YOU get involved in peer-learning. 

Workshops will sharpen you skills in particular areas. The Giving Practice consultants will be on site facilitating learning and sharing their knowledge. 

Reflective Practices will be woven in throughout the conference, allowing you to activate and amplify your learning through active reflection. 

Plenaries and keynotes allow us to hear from thought leaders in the field, inspiring us to consider bigger themes throughout our conference.

Learning tours get us offsite and in community, listening and learning from those on the frontlines.

Philanthropy Interrupted lets you drive the conversation, in real time. Don't see a timely topic reflected in the program? Host a talk! 

Want to host a session? Submit a session proposal by May 8! 

The conference program takes place at the East Wing of the Boise Centre
850 W Front St, Boise ID 83702


The official conference hotel:  Residence Inn, Marriott, 2 blocks from the Boise Centre. Conference participants will receive a discounted rate of $159.00 per night. Use this link to book your group rate for Philanthropy Northwest 2018 Annual Conference. Residence Inn: 400 S. Capitol St Boise, ID 83702. The hotel has on-site parking available. 


All conference registrants will receive a discount code to put towards airfare with our sponsor, Alaska Airlines. The discount code will reduce your fare by 7% and will be available to you via your registration confirmation. 

Directions to Boise Centre

From the Airport

  1. Boise Centre is just seven minutes from the airport and getting there is easy and convenient.
  2. Upon exiting the airport, proceed straight through the intersection and continue traveling north on Vista Avenue for approximately 2 miles.
  3. Continue traveling past the historic Boise Train Depot (on the left) Vista Avenue turns into Capitol Boulevard.
  4. In approximately one mile, turn left onto Front Street.  Boise Centre is on the right, just past The Grove Hotel and Century Link Arena. Boise Centre is on the corner of 9th and Front Streets.  Public garage parking is plentiful around the facility.

From I-84 West (Traveling East)

  1. From I-84 take exit 1A-49 on the left for I-184/Franklin Rd – 0.6 mi
  2. Merge onto I-184 E – 4.2 mi
  3. Continue onto W Myrtle St – 0.4 mi
  4. Turn left onto S Capitol Blvd – 0.1 mi
  5. Take the 2nd left onto W Front St.
  6. Boise Centre is on the right, just past The Grove Hotel and Century Link Arena.  Boise Centre is on the corner of 9th and Front Streets.  Public garage parking is plentiful around the facility.

From I-84 East (Traveling West)

  1. From I-84 take exit 53 for Vista Avenue toward Boise Airport – 0.2 m
  2. Turn right onto Vista Avenue – 2.1 mi
  3. Continue onto S Capitol Blvd – 1.0 mi
  4. Turn left onto W Front St.
  5. Boise Centre is on the right, just past The Grove Hotel and Century Link Arena.  Boise Centre is on the corner of 9th and Front Streets.  Public garage parking is plentiful around the facility.

Public Transit

Valley Regional Transit operates bus service throughout the Boise area. Route 3 departs the Boise Airport and arrives at Main Street Station underneath Boise Centre East in less than 20 minutes. The fare is $2.00 one-way.

Who should go to the Philanthropy Northwest Annual Conference?
Participants include corporate giving offices, private and public foundations, community foundations, tribal grantmaking entities, nonprofit grantmaking organizations, government grantmaking offices and impact investors. Because this is a peer-to-peer learning opportunity for funders, it is not appropriate for nonprofit organizations to participate. Please contact Elyse Gordon if you are uncertain of your eligibility. 

What time does the conference begin and end? The conference begin Tuesday, Oct 2 at 12:00 p.m. and ends  Thursday, Oct 4 at 2:00 p.m.

What does it mean that Philanthropy Northwest members need to be in good standing to get the member rates? We are delighted to offer member rates and early bird discounts to current members of Philanthropy Northwest. To be in good standing, your 2018 membership dues should be up to date. A non-member rate will apply if dues are not paid by May 15. Paul Kim or Danielle Crystal are happy to help with dues and membership questions and payment.

Is there an Early Bird price for the Annual Conference? Yes! An early purchase price is available for Philanthropy Northwest members. It offers a $100 discount off our Member pricing of $795. This pricing option is in effect until 6:00 p.m. May 15, 2018.

Are there early bird discounts for non-members? No, early bird discounts are a benefit of Philanthropy Northwest membership.

Are there group discounts? No, group discounts are not available but as a Philanthropy Northwest member, we encourage you to register by May 15 to get $100 off your registration.

Can I pay by check? Sorry, no checks please. We are using an online registration system which only accepts credit card payments.

Can I update my registration information? Yes, you can edit your registration information very easily.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable? Yes, you can transfer your ticket to another person at your organization. Please make all transfers by 1:00 p.m. September 26, 2018.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends? Please make all transfers by 1:00 p.m. September 26, 2018.

Are there sponsorship opportunities? Yes! Please contact Anjana Pandey for more details.

Will there be a Request for Proposals for conference sessions?  The Requests for Proposals is open now, and will be accepting applications until May 8! Submit a proposal through Survey Monkey. As we have for the last several years, you’ll be able to propose just-in-time sessions and conversations at the conference, too.

When do you expect to have the full agenda available? We expect to have the full agenda available mid-summer, with information about keynotes and plenaries as they become available.

Is there a Cancellation Policy? 

Please notify us of cancellation by email at info@philanthropynw.org.

  • On or before September 5 - Full Refund minus $50 processing fee
  • On or before September 12 - Refund of 50% of registration fee
  • On or before September 19 - Refund of 25% of registration fee
  • On or before September 26 - No refund available

Forfeited registration fees may not be applied to future Philanthropy Northwest programming. Individuals who need to cancel are encouraged to transfer their registration to another eligible attendee.