Intermountain West Funder Network 2017 Convening

When: 
Wed, April 26, 2017, 2:30pm to Fri, April 28, 2017, 1:00pm PDT
Where: 
Bozeman, MT
Location: 
The Baxter Hotel

Intermountain West Funder Network 2017 Convening

The Intermountain West Funder Network (IMWFN) is pleased to convene in 2017 on April 26 – 28 in Bozeman, Montana. 

Hosted by The Kendeda Fund and The Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities.

The convening will begin with a half-day “learning from the place” site visit and a welcome reception and dinner on Wednesday, April 26th with guest speaker and author Todd Wilkinson, followed by a full-day meeting and funder dinner on Thursday, April 27th, and a half-day meeting on Friday, April 28th (concluding by 12:00pm MST).

We will explore a number of important strategies related to our theme, “Big Shifts: Local Solutions” on the transformative work happening at the local level to advance sustainable environmental and economic communities in the intermountain west. The agenda will be designed to reinforce the important role that the philanthropic community plays to advance community-led solutions to social and ecological challenges across our western landscapes, and to plan for the road ahead. The agenda is being planned by funders for funders, and will include opportunities to learn from peers and from place.

SPECIAL INVITE from Hopa Mountain for a Funders Study Tour to the Crow and Northern Cheyenne Reservations April 23-25, in advance of the IMWFN convening in Bozeman. Click here for more information.

Wednesday, April 26th
• 1:30 – 5:30 p.m. Half-Day Site Visit
• 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Welcome Reception & Dinner

Thursday, April 27th
• 8:00 a.m. Breakfast Available in Meeting Room
• 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Full-Day Meeting, The Baxter Hotel
• 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Funder Reception & Dinner

Friday, April 28th
• 7:30 a.m. Breakfast Available in Meeting Room
• 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. About the IMWFN (optional)
• 8:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Half-Day Meeting, The Baxter Hotel

For more information on the schedule, convening highlights, registration, and travel information, please click on the following link to view the IMWFN 2017 Convening Invite.

Registration:
Registration is now open! This meeting is underwritten by the supporters of the Intermountain West Funder Network. As a result, there is a modest registration fee of $250.00 to participate in this convening. If your organization is a current investor in the IMWFN or a member of the Funders’ Network, the registration fee is waived. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Funders' Network and IMWFN supporter (registration fee included along with other benefits), please contact Amy SwiatekThe registration deadline is Friday, April 14, 2017.

Who Should Attend:
Registration is open to donors, staff, directors, and trustees of public and private foundations, corporate grantmakers, and government funders throughout the Intermountain West and the nation. We welcome funders, wherever they are in the continuum of learning about and engagement in this work. We are seeking to create a gathering of funders who are engaged in this field with the goal of facilitating a strategic conversation about where philanthropic resources can have the greatest impact.

Special Note to Community Foundations: Registration Fee and Travel Stipend
Community foundations may receive a discounted registration fee of $150. Community foundations may also request a travel stipend of up to $500 to help cover lodging and travel costs to/from Bozeman. First priority will be given to community foundations which are new to the IMWFN or those which have not attended a previous convening. There are a limited number of stipends so please register early.

Lodging:
The Lark Hotel is located at 122 W Main St, Bozeman, MT 59715. To book your hotel room, call the hotel toll free at 866-464-1000. When calling to book your reservation, reference the Funders' Network group block.

We have reserved a small block of rooms with a discounted room rate of $134 per night for conveining participants. If your reservation does not reflect this rate, please contact Ashley Quintana at ashley@fundersnetwork.org or at (305)667-6350 ext. 201 and she will adjust your reservation accordingly. Room rates are subject to sales/room taxes, which are currently 7%. The group rate ends on  Friday, March 24th. We encourage you to reserve your room as soon as possible.

Each attendee must make their own reservation and must identify themselves as members of the group in order to take advantage of the group rate. Attendees are responsible for paying for their own accommodations and booking their own travel.

The IMWFN is supported by:
Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable CommunitiesGates Family FoundationGeorge B. Storer FoundationGreat Outdoors ColoradoKendeda FundLincoln Institute of Land PolicyLOR FoundationL.P. Brown Foundation
,  New Belgium Family FoundationOrton Family FoundationThe Walton Family Foundation

For questions, please contact Amy Swiatek, amy.imwfn@gmail.com or 919-525-3014.

We look forward to seeing you in Bozeman!