ACF Conference 2019: Theme announced and call for proposals

ACF is delighted to reveal the theme for this year’s Annual Conference:

The Long View: Funding on a Finite Planet

6 November 2019 at BMA House, London

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.

The 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

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.

The deadline to submit proposals is 3 May 2019.

More information and instructions can be found here.


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

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