Midwest Water Summit: Investing for Equity and Sustainability @ Rennaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot
Nov 6 – Nov 8 all-day

Following on the success of our Western Water Briefing in August, 2016, Confluence and CGBD are excited to announce our next annual Water Summit will now take place November 6-8, 2017 in Minneapolis!

The Midwest Water Summit is a 1.5 day conference for philanthropies and investors interested in making an impact on water issues. Last year more than 50 Confluence and CGBD members, partners, and resource experts explored how philanthropy and private investment can play a critical role in transformation of the West’s water system by supporting policy innovations and investment in new water infrastructure. (You can read more about the 2016 conference in this follow-up report  or last year’s event website.

This year, the focus will expand towards the Midwest and the Mississippi watershed, and since water impacts everything, we will focus as much on environmental concerns as social equity. Topics may range from farmland water management to Flint’s lead contamination crisis, and indigenous land rights to urban development.

Registration will open in August, but you can book your hotel now at the beautiful Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot , using the link below.

Book Your Hotel Room HERE

Josh Ente
Membership Program Manager

The Consultative Group on Biological Diversity (CGBD)
PO Box 29361
San Francisco, CA 94129

Charting a Climate, Health, and Equity Agenda: Investing in Those Most Impacted to Improve Health and the Environment @ Detroit
Nov 14 all-day

Every community faces serious health, water, air, and infrastructure challenges from climate change and the forces driving it. But climate change also represents a historic opportunity to make a positive, even transformational, difference in people’s health in the decades to come. Children, older adults, people with chronic illnesses, low-income rural and urban communities, people of color, indigenous communities, and immigrants are especially vulnerable to the potentially severe health impacts of climate change. Imagine the possibilities for Americans’ health and our climate if the people and communities most impacted mobilize with allies to gain greater control over decisions shaping health outcomes, energy choices, and environmental quality.

Join us for a full day program drawing together an array of funders interested in health, the environment, racial and gender equity, climate and energy, water, urban and rural communities, smart growth, and related areas to:

Break down silos and build common ground for collaboration around shared goals;
Hear from affected communities about how they’re mobilizing to improve their health and environmental quality;
Explore “co-benefit” projects making progress across a range of climate, health, and equity goals;
Learn from recent communications research about effective ways to talk about climate and health; and
Get out into Detroit neighborhoods to see how people are experiencing these issues in their lives.
Stay in Detroit on the 15th for a local site visit focused on climate, health, and equity and for the Health and Environmental Funders Network’s annual meeting Nov. 15-16.

Registration and hotel information coming shortly.

Charting a Climate, Health, and Equity Agenda is co-sponsored by the Climate and Energy Funders Group/CGBD, Environmental Grantmakers Association, Grantmakers In Health, Health and Environmental Funders Network, and The Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities.

2018 Affinity Equity Summit and Solidarity Defense & Action Funder Briefing @ Scottish Rite Center
Feb 12 – Feb 13 all-day
2018 Affinity Equity Summit and Solidarity Defense & Action Funder Briefing 
February 12-132018 – Scottish Rite Center, Oakland, CA
Registration Link:
In partnership with several affinity groups across different sectors, we are pleased to invite you to the Affinity Equity Summit and Solidarity Defense & Action Funder Briefing on February 12th and 13th at the Scottish Rite Center in Oakland, CA. In these whiplash times this is a powerful opportunity to come together as Affinity Groups and Funders across issues and identities to build a collaborative path forward.
  • February 12, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm | Affinity Equity Summit (Open to Affinity Groups and Select Board Members)
  • February 12, 5:00 – 7:00 pm | Reception for Multi-Sector Affinity Groups and All Funders
  • February 13, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm | Solidarity Defense & Action Funder Briefing (Open to All Funders)
Affinity groups involved in co-sponsoring this effort to-date are: Biodiversity Funders GroupBlue Sky Funders ForumCHANGE PhilanthropyEDGE Funders AllianceEnvironmental Grantmakers AssociationFunders’ Committee for Civic ParticipationFunders Concerned About AIDSFunders for LGBTQ Issues,Funders for Reproductive Equity, Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable CommunitiesFunders Together to End HomelessnessGrantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, Grantmakers in Arts, Health and Environmental Funders Network, Hispanics in PhilanthropyHuman Rights Funders NetworkMedia Impact FundersNeighborhood Funders GroupNorthern California GrantmakersPeace and Security Funders GroupPhilanthropy for Active Civic EngagementSmart Growth California, and United Philanthropy Forum.
Land & Freshwater Conservation Program Meeting @ Washington, DC
Feb 28 – Mar 1 all-day
Marine Conservation Program Annual Meeting
Mar 26 – Mar 29 all-day
CEFG Annual Meeting @ Miami
Apr 16 – Apr 18 all-day
Biodiversity Funders Group Annual Meeting @ Sheraton Kona at Keauhou Bay
Jun 11 – Jun 14 all-day
Gulf of California and Mexico Funders Annual Meeting @ Mexico City, Mexico
Jul 17 – Jul 19 all-day

The 2018 Biodiversity Funders Group (BFG) Gulf of California & Mexico Group Funders Meeting will begin in the morning on Wednesday, July 18, and will continue through the full day on July 19. For those traveling from the US, we recommend arriving no later than Tuesday, July 17 and departing Friday, July 20.

To register use this link:

For accommodations:

BFG has reserved rooms at the site of the meeting, the Hyatt Regency in Polanco, for out of town attendees. We encourage those coming from the US to book rooms under our group rate at this hotel, to avoid facing Mexico City’s world-renowned traffic.

Midwest Climate and Energy Funders Meeting
Jul 19 all-day
Global Climate Action Summit 
Sep 12 – Sep 14 all-day

The 2018 Summit will bring together leaders from state, tribal, and local governments, business, and citizens from around the world, to demonstrate how the tide has turned in the race against climate change, showcase climate action taking place around the world, and inspire deeper commitments from each other and from national governments—in support of the Paris Agreement. At the Summit, leaders and citizens from around the world will share what they have achieved to date and will commit to doing more to improve our world and usher in a new era of decarbonization and prosperity

More information: