Annual Conference

ACF Annual Conference 

The Long View: Funding on a Finite Planet

Wednesday 06 November 2019
BMA House, Central London

The Long View: Funding on a Finite Planet

In an era of division, climate change stands as an urgent and unifying concern. Because no matter what we fund - whether it be the sciences, the arts, poverty, international development or heritage - climate change can be used as a lens to examine, deepen and interrogate our practice. To do so brings us face to face with a number of pressing issues; from practical questions about who and how we fund, to fundamental considerations about the role of foundations in stewardship and preservation. 

Drawing from a wide variety of perspectives, this year’s ACF annual conference will consider what foundations can do to move the needle, both in terms of offsetting the effects of climate change, as well as in reshaping the collective discourse, away from one of individual resignation and toward one of collective resolve. It will also allow us to consider a number of broader issues, including intergenerational equity, our relationship to natural resources and their extraction, and how the foundation model might help or impede our ability to make meaningful progress.

                      Call for proposals

                                  Deadline for submissions 03 May 2019

Do you have an interesting idea to share? Have you done some significant research? Or have recently learned something of interest to other grant-makers?

A significant part of the conference are break-out sessions, exploring foundation practice either through the lens of the conference theme: Funding on a Finite Planet or from a different perspective.

We are looking for members and others to share their learning, create the opportunity to debate research and new ideas, or consider an existing approach from a different angle. If you would like to contribute, we very much welcome proposals that present a variety of perspectives.

Please note

  • Proposals can either be framed around the theme or not.
  • Break-out sessions last an hour and a half and we are open to proposals that use innovative methods of delivery.
  • We also welcome proposals that address the challenges and issues affecting smaller foundations.

If you want to know more about how it works, please do contact, Head of Learning and Events

How to submit your proposal

Proposal forms can be found at here.

Please submit your proposal to ACF by 03 May 2019.

For queries

Conference bookings

We will be open for bookings in the summer. Details will be available on the website, in Funders’ News, and via your ACF key contact.





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