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2018 GIH Annual Conference on Health Philanthropy

Chicago, Illinois

June 20 - 22, 2018

Join Grantmakers In Health for our 2018 Annual Conference on Health Philanthropy (#GIHac), the largest gathering of health funders in the country. This is the best place to meet up with the bright minds, seasoned experts, and innovative practitioners working in health philanthropy today.





> Registration is now open! 

You asked, we listened! We have extended this year’s conference from two and a half days to three jam-packed days of activities for one flat rate. Your registration fee now includes access not only to plenary, breakout, and networking sessions, but also to workshops and site visits beginning on Wednesday, June 20. Don’t miss out—reserve your seat at the table today!

2018 Registration Regular
Available until
May 25
May 26-June 19
June 20-22
Funding Partners
$799 $949 $1099
Non-Funding Partners $1400 $1550 $1700
Group Discount
(5 or more Funding Partner attendees)
$699 $849 $999

The GIH annual conference is open to staff and trustees of foundations and corporate giving programs, as well as our Philanthropy Support Partners.  

Cancellation Policy

Registrants who cancel before May 25, 2018 will receive a refund, less a $150 administrative fee. After May 25, no refunds will be given; however, a substitute participant may attend the conference by notifying GIH in advance.



Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
540 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611 

$269/night (single/double)

Note that each participant must register for the GIH annual conference before making a hotel reservation. Out of consideration for your colleagues, please do not reserve a room in the GIH block until you have registered, and please do not hold more rooms than are needed.



Navigating Currents of Change

How does your foundation or corporate giving program deal with change? Do you advance purposefully, adapting your theory of change as needed? Are you doing the same things you’ve always done and hoping you won’t run aground? Or—worst of all—are you adrift?

In this time of dynamic social change, every health funder must face staying relevant and effective. Like a choppy sea, the challenges come from multiple directions: demographic shifts that affect community dynamics; increasing levels of social inequality; rapidly changing public policies; a health care system in transition; and new change management tools and techniques—to name just a few.

The good news is that from small communities to the national arena, funders are developing successful strategies to stay abreast of change. The 2018 annual conference is a time to share these strategies, identify best practices, and discuss new priorities. Together, funders can find ways to move forward with conviction, providing the leadership that communities urgently need.



Interested in hosting an affiliated event in conjunction with the GIH Annual Conference on Health Philanthropy? Please complete the Affiliated Event Form by May 25, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact Sumintra Jonas Palm



  • For questions regarding conference logistics, please contact Roberta Sumner, VRS Meetings & Events Inc., at rsumner@vrsevents.com or 202.373.4175.
  • For questions regarding conference registration, including group registration, please contact Teagan Papke, Executive Events, at tpapke@executivevents.com or 877.887.7172.
  • For questions regarding the Hubb speaker portal, please contact Erica Watkins, Grantmakers In Health, at ewatkins@gih.org or 202.452.8331.



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