2020 Annual Conference

Program Dates 
October 12-14, 2020

Save the date for our signature event, coming to New York City in 2020! Centered on improving outcomes for every learner, our annual conferences are designed to challenge education philanthropists as they adapt to a rapidly evolving field that is ever more interconnected. 

Highly rated year after year, our conferences unite funders and experts in exploration of the deep and sometimes thorny education and philanthropic issues on the horizon.

Keeping Our Promises to the Next Generation: Education and Democracy

We stand on the cusp of a new decade, with the census and presidential election in our immediate sites, and with facts and the value of education under question. This is a prime moment to explore the interconnection between education and democracy.

The make-up of our democracy is changing fast. More than half of students enrolled in public education are learners of color, and the United States will soon have no clear racial or ethnic majority. The needs of learners are constantly, quickly evolving as a complex future unfolds that few can predict. Civic, community and family engagement are increasingly important as we feel divided by politics, identity and technology.

  • Is our education system prepared to serve a student populace that differs significantly from when the system was developed?
  • Are we preparing students to participate in a society that looks and acts profoundly different from the one we grew up in?
  • Will today’s learners be ready and able to meet the promise of fulfilling work and meaningful contribution to society?
  • What essential capacities will learners need in order to support a strong democracy?

As priorities, demographics and technologies change, our education system must be responsive to the changing needs of students. Our democracy depends on it.

Against the larger-than-life backdrop of New York City, we invite you to venture into big and brave thinking on these issues. Join with hundreds of education funders and experts to explore role of philanthropy in shaping and supporting a resilient democracy and vibrant public education for the next generation.