Boston,MA
Boston, MA

2020 National Conference

Hosted in partnership with Philanthropy Massachusetts, the 2020 National Conference provides participants with information, connections and experiences to continue improving and pursuing smarter grantmaking practices that positively impact nonprofit effectiveness.

Event Details

We rely on our peers for fresh ideas and new ways of thinking about tough challenges. That’s why GEO’s 2020 National Conference is the perfect opportunity for grantmakers of all backgrounds to come together, explore the most relevant topics in the field and problem solve with like-minded peers.

Thank you to Philanthropy Massachusetts for their partnership on this conference.

national conference 2020

Start: Monday, April 27, 7:30 AM Eastern

End: Wednesday, April 29, 2:00 PM Eastern

The Westin Copley Place, Boston, Massachusetts

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GEO’s discounted hotel block at the Westin Copley Square has sold out. You may still be able to get a room at the Westin at full price. We’ve also researched and identified other possible accommodations nearby:

The Marriott Copley Square and Sheraton Boston Hotel are both connected to the Westin via Skybridge for those who want to be sure that they won’t have to go outside to get to the conference location.

• Other hotel options in the neighborhood include Lenox Hotel (.2 miles), Courtyard Boston Copley Square (.1 mile), Copley Square Hotel (.1 mile). There are also Airbnb rentals available nearby (various distances).

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Conference Schedule

Additional session details will be made available soon. To get a sense of what our National Conferences look like, check out this program from a recent GEO National Conference!

Sunday April 26, 2020

2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Peer Events
3:00 – 6:30 p.m. Registration Available
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Early Arrivers Social Hour

Monday, April 27, 2020

9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Pre-conference Workshops
12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Opening Session Luncheon
2:00 – 2:30 p.m. Networking Break
2:30 – 3:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions Round A
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Active Hour
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Peer Events
5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Welcome Reception [Off-site]

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Networking Breakfast w/ peer hosted roundtables
9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Networking Break
9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions Round B
10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Networking Break
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions Round C
12:15 – 12:30 p.m. Networking Break
12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Plenary Luncheon
2:30 – 3:00 p.m. Networking Break
3:00 – 4:45 p.m. Short Talks (3 speakers featured in each round)
• Round 1 – 3:00 – 3:25 p.m.
• Round 2 – 3:40 – 4:05 p.m.
• Round 3 – 4:20 – 4:45 p.m.
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Social Hour
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Peer hosted or self-organized dinners

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

6:30 – 7:30 a.m. Active Hour
7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Peer Events
8:30 – 10:00 a.m. Plenary Breakfast
10:15 – 11:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions Round D
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Closing Session Luncheon
1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Peer Events

2020 National Conference

Registration Dates/Rates

Priority Registration
(GEO Members Only)

Wednesday, January 15 - Wednesday, January 22

GEO Members $850

Early Bird Registration

Thursday, January 23 – Wednesday, January 29

GEO Members $850


Philanthropy Mass Members $1,050

Early Bird Registration
(All Eligible Participants)

Thursday, January 30 – Wednesday, February 5

GEO Members $850


Philanthropy Mass Members $1,050


Nonmembers $1,350

Regular Registration

Thursday, February 6 - Friday, March 20

GEO Members $950


Philanthropy Mass Members $1,150


Nonmembers $1,450

Late Registration

Saturday, March 21 – Conference

GEO Members $1,050


Philanthropy Mass Members $1,250


Nonmembers $1,550


  • Friday, March 27 - payment deadline; no refunds after this date
  • Friday, March 27 - all individuals on Wait List notified of status
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