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2018 GIH Annual Conference: Call for Proposals

August 9, 2017

Deadline: September 29, 2017

Annual Conference on Health Philanthropy
June 20-22, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois

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.

We invite you to help shape Grantmakers In Health’s 2018 Annual Conference on Health Philanthropy. How are you Navigating Currents of Change? 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 we encourage you to be inventive and bold.

This year, we are accepting proposals for:

  • Breakout Sessions
  • Quick Take Sessions
  • Site Visits
  • Tech Byte Sessions


Proposals must be submitted by Friday, September 29, 2017. For more information and to submit a proposal, click here. You will be required to create a username and password to start the Call for Proposals process. We recommend using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox to access the website. GIH's Call for Proposals process is entirely web-based, and we will not accept proposals via fax, mail, or email.

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

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