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2017 GIH Annual Conference: Call for Proposals

August 9, 2016

Deadline: September 30, 2016

Annual Conference on Health Philanthropy
June 21-23, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts

Lead, Listen, Inspire

In the 35 years since Grantmakers In Health (GIH) was founded, the landscape of health philanthropy has changed dramatically. Hundreds of new foundations have been created, channeling billions to communities. Meanwhile, the United States has become increasingly diverse and is confronted with growing levels of inequality. The Affordable Care Act has improved access to health care for many, but millions of Americans still lack vitally needed coverage. Health grantmakers are at the forefront of responding to these challenges by the way they lead, listen, and inspire.

Lead. Today, more than ever, funders are called upon to provide leadership on a vast array of health issues. By collaborating with a wide range of allies in and outside the health sector, providing grants and other forms of financial support, advocating for change, and championing innovation, foundations are helping drive lasting improvements in health.

Listen. Exceptional leadership requires being a good listener. By actively engaging with community residents, advocates, policymakers, health professionals, researchers, and other stakeholders, funders strengthen philanthropy's credibility, relevance, and impact. Meanwhile, developing strong networks and authentic relationships can lead to strategies and programs that are more likely to succeed.

Inspire. Foundations are uniquely positioned to inspire hope, courage, and action. Their talented staff, flexibility, and resources enable them to engage with a variety of partners, resolve conflicts, and motivate change.

We invite you to help shape GIH's 2017 annual conference. How can your experience in leading, listening, and inspiring guide other funders? Session proposals should draw on your experiences in a creative way, include diverse perspectives, and allow for thoughtful reflection, candid conversation, and the generation of fresh ideas. We are looking for sessions that actively engage meeting attendees and encourage you to be bold.

We welcome proposals for:

Proposals must be submitted by Friday September 30, 2016. GIH's Call for Proposals process is entirely web-based, and we will not accept proposals via fax, mail, or email.

Submit proposals here. We recommend using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox when accessing the Call for Proposals site. You will be required to create a username and password to start the process.

If you have questions or would like assistance in designing your proposal, please contact Sue Jonas Palm at sjonas@gih.org or 202.452.8331.  

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