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2024 National Conference

Join us to explore how we can transform philanthropic culture and practice at GEO's 2024 National Conference held in partnership with Philanthropy California from May 20 - 22, 2024 in Los Angeles, California.

Event Details

GEO’s 2024 National Conference, hosted in partnership with Philanthropy California, offers grantmakers and other practitioners the opportunity to explore equity-centered and community-driven grantmaking practices that support transformational change in order to create a just, connected and inclusive society where we can all thrive.

The date and location of the conference has been changed and will now be held May 20 -22, 2024. Learn more about our decision to change the conference venue here.

Start: Monday, May 20, 9:00 AM Pacific

End: Wednesday, May 22, 4:00 PM Pacific

The 2024 National Conference will be held at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles, California.

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Our Regional Partner

Philanthropy California

Philanthropy California is an initiative of Northern California Grantmakers (NCG), SoCal Grantmakers (SCG), and Catalyst of San Diego & Imperial Counties. Our combined membership represents more than 600 foundations, corporate funders, philanthropic individuals and families, giving circles, and government agencies who invest billions every year to support communities across the state, the country, and worldwide.

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Registration Information

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Priority Registration (Monday, February 12 – Monday, February 26)

GEO members, conference supporters, speakers, Philanthropy California and Orange County Grantmakers members

  • $1,250 - GEO members, speakers, supporters
  • $1,350 – Philanthropy California and Orange County Grantmakers members

Early Registration (Tuesday, February 27 – Tuesday, March 26)

All eligible participants

  • $1,250 – GEO members, speakers, supporters
  • $1,350 – Philanthropy California and Orange County Grantmakers members
  • $1,650 – nonmembers

Regular Registration (Wednesday, March 27 – Wednesday, April 24)

All eligible participants

  • $1,350 - GEO members
  • $1,450 – Philanthropy California and Orange County Grantmakers members
  • $1,850 – nonmembers

Late Registration (Thursday, April 25 - conference)

All eligible participants

  • $1,450 - GEO members
  • $1,550 – Philanthropy California and Orange County Grantmakers members
  • $1,950 – nonmembers

GEO is increasing the registration fees for our 2024 National Conference to offset the rising cost of food, labor, and other expenses as well as to continue to bring you a high-quality and impactful conference experience. However, we know that higher fees make it harder for some of our community members, particularly community and smaller foundations, to attend. To allow greater participation from organizations like these, we are making a limited number of reduced-price tickets available.

We are offering ten 25% discounted registration rates available to GEO members working at organizations that fall into the following eligibility - individuals who work at grantmaking institutions with under $300,000 in annual grantmaking; those who work at government grantmaking institutions with less than $37.5m annual giving; and those who work at philanthropy-supporting membership organizations. These will be distributed on a first come, first served basis as registration opens. Contact to request a discounted registration ticket.

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Conference Policies

Before you register for the 2024 National Conference, please review our 2024 National Conference Policies here

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Schedule at a Glance

Learn more about our conference program here. GEO will continue to update this program with details about sessions as they become available.

See the 2024 National Conference Schedule at a Glance

Program Highlights

A detailed version of our full conference program will be available in spring 2024. Here is a glimpse into what you can expect to experience at the conference.

Breakout Sessions: 75-minute, interactive sessions, where participants access and hear from peer practitioners, nonprofit organizations, community members and consultants. Sessions discuss specific concepts, frameworks and tools that have immediate practical application to philanthropic work that leads to more effective and equity-centered grantmaking practices and support thriving nonprofits and communities. Breakouts feature a maximum of three speakers, including a moderator.

Workshops: 2-hour sessions that allow for real time, deeper levels of participant interaction or exploration of concepts, tools and skill-building. These sessions provide appropriate context so that participants are equipped to use what they learn in their grantmaking practice resulting in better support to nonprofits and communities. They should also offer deeper knowledge, training and/or a more tactical dive to help participants increase their capacity. Workshops feature a maximum of three speakers, including a moderator.

Spark Conversations: 45-minute sessions designed to be a highly participatory conversation or engaging activity that provides space for participants to grapple with the issues that matter most in our work. They offer new ideas, explore challenges and offer new insights into our work as grantmakers. Spark conversations feature one to two facilitators to guide the conversation.

Community Building Events: Community building events offer an opportunity for peers to gather during the GEO conference separate from the formal conference program. Check out our community building form during registration for more

Plenaries: Our plenary mainstage will showcase a variety of speakers, highlighting works from individuals in philanthropy, movement spaces and beyond, to dive deep and provide both big ideas, and actionable takeaways on transforming philanthropic culture and practice.

Short Talks: Short Talks are engaging 20-minute, keynote style presentations that challenge current philanthropic culture and practice or inspire participants to think about the topic, their work and/or lives differently.

Active Hour and Mindfulness Moment: To transform philanthropic culture and practice together, we need to take care of ourselves. These sessions will offer participants an opportunity to engage in some inclusive and accessible movement or mindfulness work.

Early Arrivers Social Hour and Welcome Reception: These events will offer opportunities to build relationships and community with other conference participants.

Community Building Events

Are you interested in hosting a peer-led event or gathering during GEO’s 2024 National Conference? We welcome participants to submit applications to host a community building event during the conference.

GEO encourages conference participants to think expansively about what community building events and networking could involve. Community building events are peer-driven gatherings led by conference participants that seek to complement formal conference programming by offering a range of activities for participants to gather, eat, create, reflect, refresh our spirits and share joy with one another. They can be held onsite at the conference venue or off site in the local community. You must be registered for the conference to plan and host a community building event.

To submit a community building event for consideration, look at our community building form received in your registration confirmation email or reach out to for more information.

Hotel and Travel Information

The 2024 National Conference will be held at: Westin Bonaventure 404 S Figueroa St Los Angeles, CA 90071

Rooms at our conference venue, the Westin Bonaventure, are SOLD OUT! Other nearby hotel options include: Sheraton Grand Los Angeles, InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown, AC Hotel by Marriott Downtown, Conrad Los Angeles, and E-Central Downtown Los Angeles Hotel.

Please do not make travel arrangements until you have registered for the event and received confirmation of your registration from GEO’s registration team. If you have any questions, please contact To receive the discounted group rate, please book your room by Friday, April 26, 2024.

Request for Proposals

The Request for Proposals for the 2024 National Conference is closed.

If you would like to be notified of future conference RFP’s, please submit this form.

Thank you to the committee volunteers that support the planning of our conference!

Conference Program Committee

  • Kara Carter, California Health Care Foundation (Co-chair)
  • Sakura Takano, Rotary Charities of Traverse City (Co-chair)
  • Cleopatra Jach Acquaye, Funders for LGBTQ Issues
  • Michelle Adeniyi, Crown Family Philanthropies
  • Judith Bell, San Francisco Foundation
  • Jo Carcedo, formerly Episcopal Health Foundation
  • Ryan Easterly, WITH Foundation
  • Gail Fuller, Disability & Philanthropy Forum
  • Kathleen Holmes, Missouri Foundation for Health
  • Stephanie Hyre, The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation
  • Daniel Lau, The Libra Foundation
  • Marisa Magallanez, Albuquerque Community Foundation
  • Tuly Martinez, Southern California Grantmakers
  • Donald Matteson, Peter & Elizabeth Tower Foundation
  • Karla Mercado, Philanthropy California
  • Megan Murphy, Superior Health Foundation
  • Nancy Ramirez Arriaga, Philanthropy Consultant
  • Rachel Reichenbach, Humanity United
  • Kara Shibiya, StriveTogether
  • Vicky Stott, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Conference Host Committee

  • Charles Sidney Fields, Irvine Foundation (Co-chair)
  • Joanna Jackson, Weingart Foundation (Co-chair)
  • Jamie Allison, Haas Sr. Fund
  • Cedrick Andrews, Sunlight Giving
  • Katrina Ashley, Annenberg Foundation
  • Cielo V. Castro, California Community Foundation
  • Cathy Cha, Haas Jr. Fund
  • Debbie Chang, Blue Shield of California Foundation
  • Jennifer Chheang, The California Endowment
  • Lori A. Cox, The California Wellness Foundation
  • Angel Daniels, Angell Foundation
  • Chris Essel, Southern California Grantmakers
  • Glen Galaich, Stupski Foundation
  • Frida Hatami, Roy + Patricia Disney Family Foundation
  • Brandi Howard, East Bay Community Foundation
  • Christopher Langston, Archstone Foundation
  • Peter Laugharn, Conrad Hilton Foundation
  • Dwayne Marsh, Northern California Grantmakers
  • Phyllis Owens, Community Partners
  • Taryn Palumbo, Orange County Grantmakers
  • Megan Thomas, Catalyst of San Diego & Imperial Counties
  • Prithi Trivedi, Packard Foundation
  • Jehan Velji, Hewlett Foundation

Support GEO's 2024 National Conference

Looking for more ways to support GEO? Sponsoring the GEO conference is one way to invest in real change for the philanthropic sector. As a conference supporter, you are helping 500+ grantmakers on their journeys to transform philanthropic practice and culture in service of thriving nonprofits and communities.

If you have a question or would like to learn more, be sure to contact Development Manager Lauren Gentry at

Thank you to all our current 2024 National Conference Supporters:

  • Angell Foundation
  • Annenberg Foundation
  • A-plan Coaching
  • Arabella Advisors
  • Ascendium Education Group
  • Blue Shield of California Foundation
  • Bush Foundation
  • California Community Foundation
  • California Health Care Foundation
  • The California Endowment
  • The California Wellness Foundation
  • CareQuest Institute for Oral Health
  • Community IT Innovators
  • Community Partners
  • Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
  • The David and Lucille Packard Foundation
  • East Bay Community Foundation
  • Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
  • Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
  • The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation
  • Humanity United
  • The James Irvine Foundation
  • The Kresge Foundation
  • Lumina Foundation
  • Missouri Foundation for Health
  • Northern California Grantmakers
  • The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation
  • Resilia
  • Rotary Charities of Traverse City
  • Roy + Patricia Disney Family Foundation
  • Stupski Foundation
  • Temelio
  • Walter & Elise Haas Fund
  • Walton Family Foundation
  • Weingart Foundation
  • William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Venue Relocation Supporters:

  • The California Endowment
  • California Health Care Foundation
  • Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
  • Rotary Charities of Traverse City
  • San Francisco Foundation
  • Stupski Foundation
  • Walter & Elise Haas Fund

Frequently Asked Questions

Please check out our conference Frequently Asked Questions here.

Conference Planning Process

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