2020 Global Philanthropy Forum

On the Horizon

• Berkeley, CA USA

To our GPF Community,

These are uncertain times for the international community. Our network of philanthropists, change-makers and social investors spans the globe and COVID-19 is affecting us all. Here in the Bay Area, the GPF team is thinking of you and sincerely hope that you and your families are staying safe and healthy.

While there is a great deal of heightened fear and anxiety, we’re also witnessing an inspiring call to action as communities, cities and countries are coming together and practicing solidarity with the most vulnerable. We’re seeing the public and private sectors working together to mitigate the crisis. This is an approach that we in the GPF community are very familiar with — and it is an implicit acknowledgement that this kind of cross-collaboration is the only way to solve what we know is truly a global challenge. 

It is with this spirit of working together that we would also like to offer an update on the 2020 Global Philanthropy Forum.

At this point, we intend to proceed as planned with this year’s conference to be held at the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley, California on September 14-16. Depending on how the pandemic progresses in the coming weeks and months, we’ll revisit the need for contingency plans. We’re eager to explore the philanthropic community’s role in taking on the joint challenges of climate change and this emerging global health crisis with you later this year. In the meantime, we’re also considering how to bring the GPF community together around our current reality regarding COVID-19 (remotely, of course). 

For now, we leave you with the wisdom of GPF speaker and advisor Archbishop Desmond Tutu, “Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”

In health and hope,

The GPF Team

We are thrilled to announce that the 2020 Global Philanthropy Forum (GPF) will be held September 14-16 at The Claremont Hotel in Berkeley, California.

Over the last three years, the Global Philanthropy Forum focused on the things driving us apart: the pervasive loss of trust, the rise of illiberal democracies, the pressures of globalization. In 2020 we will turn our attention to a critical global problem that challenges us all but that can only be solved by coming together – climate change.

At the 2020 GPF conference we will seek ways to harness the power of philanthropy to beta test big ideas and innovations in policy, society, science, technology, financing and humanitarian aid to find solutions that address the challenge of climate change and help us build a better tomorrow.

GPF is open to individual donors, social investors, leaders of foundations and grant-making institutions, and philanthropy advisors. If you are interested in attending this invite-only conference, please fill out our application so that we can learn about your philanthropic experience. We will be sure to send you your invitation when registration opens if your application is approved.

Registration is now open and with an early bird admittance price of $2200. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]



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