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GIH to Identify New Site for 2017 Annual Conference

May 11, 2016

Grantmakers In Health (GIH) represents hundreds of philanthropic organizations from across the country. These foundations and corporate giving programs are deeply committed to health, equity, fairness, and opportunity for all people. In light of the recent controversy surrounding HB2, North Carolina’s new state law, the GIH Board of Directors has decided not to hold the 2017 Annual Conference on Health Philanthropy in North Carolina. Philanthropy manages resources held in the public trust, and we cannot ask the field to spend those funds in a state that appears to violate civil rights or sanction discrimination in any form. We were excited about holding the annual conference in Charlotte and deeply regret that this choice was necessary. We look forward to bringing the largest gathering of health grantmakers to North Carolina in a future year, when this issue is resolved. 

Update 7/5/2016: A new site and dates have been identified.  Click here for details.
We are in the process of identifying a new site and date for the 2017 annual conference. That information, along with deadlines for session proposals, will be released in the next few weeks. Please address any questions or comments to GIH President and CEO Faith Mitchell ( 

GIH Board of Directors

Jandel Allen-Davis, Kaiser Permanente Colorado; Patricia Baker, Connecticut Health Foundation; Ned Calonge, The Colorado Trust; Antony Chiang, Empire Health Foundation; Patricia Doykos, Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation; David Fukuzawa, The Kresge Foundation; Garth Graham, Aetna Foundation, Inc.; Robert Hughes, Missouri Foundation for Health; Anthony Iton, The California Endowment; Peter Long, Blue Shield of California Foundation; Nichole Maher, Northwest Health Foundation; Elena Marks, Episcopal Health Foundation; Octavio Martinez, Jr., Hogg Foundation for Mental Health; Patricia Mathews, Northern Virginia Health Foundation; Faith Mitchell, Grantmakers In Health; Robin Mockenhaupt, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Donald Moulds, The Commonwealth Fund; Scott Moyer, The Jacob & Valeria Langeloth Foundation; Joseph Rosier, Jr., The Rapides Foundation; David Rousseau, The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation; Brenda Sharpe, REACH Healthcare Foundation.

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