Is the convening open to the general public?
No. The convening is only open to representatives from grantmaking entities or philanthropic support organizations (i.e., board members, staff, grant advisory committee members, etc.). If you have a specific question about your own eligibility please contact Stephanie Martinez.
Is there a dress code for the convening?
Business or business casual attire is suitable for GCIR convenings. The inside temperature in the conference rooms will get cold, so we recommend bringing a jacket, shawl or warm layer; the weather in Atlanta in March is also quite cold.
My foundation would like to sponsor the convening - how do we do that?
Thank you for considering sponsorship of the convening! Please contact Harmony Hayes for more information.
What are the registration periods for the convening?
Early Bird opens: November 25, 2019
Regular opens: January 1, 2020
Late opens: February 8, 2020
One-day opens: November 25, 2019
What does registration cover?
Registration covers all pre-programming and convening sessions, and breakfast and lunch at the convening venue. Participants will need to cover their lodging and travel costs.
What is the registration cancellation deadline and policy?
Cancellations received before end of day on February 3, 2020 will receive a partial refund minus a $100 cancellation fee. Cancellations received after February 3, 2020 are not eligible for a refund.
For all cancellations please email Stephanie Martinez.
Can I transfer my registration to someone else?
If your plans change, your registration may be transferred to another individual within your organization no later than Friday, February 28, 2020.
For all transfers please email Stephanie Martinez.
Travel and Accommodation
What airport should I fly into?
We recommend that you fly into Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL), located 11 miles from the convening location at Hyatt Regency, Atlanta.
What time does the convening start on Wednesday and end on Friday? Time consideration when booking travel?
The convening starts at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday with a networking lunch; it ends on Friday at 2:30 p.m. Please note that there are site visits offered from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., before the convening begins on Wednesday. We recommend that you book tickets out of ATL no earlier than 5:00 p.m. on Friday to give you time to reach the airport.
Does the convening provide hotel rooms?
The convening has a block of discounted rooms at our conference hotel – the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, Georgia. Reservations must be made directly with the hotel here.
Does the convening provide meals?
The convening provides the following meals to all those registered for the full conference:
Wednesday March 11 – Lunch
Thursday March 12 – Breakfast, Lunch
Friday March 13 – Breakfast, Lunch
All meals include vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. Halal and Kosher meals are available upon advance request when you register.
GCIR aims to make our gatherings as accessible as possible. To request accommodations please contact Director of Operations, Harmony Hayes, 707.313.5367 ext 105.
Accessibility information for 2020 convening locations
Are the site visits and pre- or post-programmng included in registration?
Yes, site visits and pre-programing are included in registration; however, there are limited seats for site visits, and you will need to indicate which events you are attending separately.
Where can I find more information on the panels and speakers?
Information on all convening programming can be found on the agenda tab.
Where can I give feedback about the convening?
During and following the convening, we will be asking for feedback via the mobile app and email.
Social Media and Mobile App
What is the best way to stay informed of convening updates, information, and important dates?
Convening updates will be made on the mobile app, once it launches in early 2020. Until then, the best way to stay informed will be through email and on our website.
Is there a hashtag for the convening?
Thanks for tweeting/instragramming about the convening! Our official hashtag is #GCIR2020; give us a follow @gcirtweets on Twitter.
What is the convening app and how do I download it?
Access the entire convening, from agenda and schedules to speaker bios and live polling using the convening mobile app. Launching in early 2020, the app will contain the entire conference program, including room locations, presenter information and notifications on any room changes or schedule updates. You can also connect with colleagues, view social media conversations tagged #GCIR2020, and give feedback on the convening. An email to download the app will be sent to all conference registrants.