2014 National Convening: Immigrants, Philanthropy, and America’s Future: Learning from the U.S. South

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 to Thursday, May 22, 2014
Omni Nashville Hotel
250 5th Avenue South
37203 Nashville, TN
United States

From rural towns to sprawling metropolises, the face of America is changing. Recent demographic shifts have been especially pronounced in the U.S. South, where foreign-born migration is at a historic high. As with the country as a whole, immigrants in the South have invigorated declining communities, spurred economic growth, and reversed negative population trends. But with change also come challenges—some anticipated and some unforeseen.

GCIR's 2014 National Convening, Immigrants, Philanthropy, and America’s Future: Learning from the U.S. South, May 20-22 in Nashville, Tennessee will consider how philanthropy can address these challenges—and the opportunities they present. It will highlight the latest issues and trends in the field, effective funding strategies, and innovative program and policy models from this dynamic region, as well as other sites across the country.

The two-and-a-half-day event will offer a mix of plenary sessions, issue-based conversations, skills- and knowledge- building workshops, and a local learning tour. All conference programming will emphasize discussion, peer-based learning, and relationship building.

“I am certain the GCIR 2012 convening was the best conference I have ever attended--and I have attended a LOT of conferences in my nonprofit life!”

-- Participant in GCIR’s 2012 convening

Attendees will have a chance to:

  • Explore opportunities to engage a range of allies such as faith, business, labor, and civic groups in leveraging immigrants’ and refugees’ contributions and responding to their needs at the local, state, regional, and national level.
  • Learn about cutting-edge programs that welcome newcomers and promote immigrant integration.
  • Connect with other funders from across the country and discuss major policy changes affecting immigrants and refugees, from the Affordable Care Act to the Voting Rights Act and more.
  • Sharpen grantmaking skills and strategies through workshops and conversations on innovative models and promising practices.

“So many parts were standout and exceptional… the GCIR members are exceptional within philanthropy.”

-- Participant in GCIR’s 2012 convening


Registration is open to GCIR members, other grantmaking foundations, philanthropic support organizations, and philanthropic advisors.