Our meetings are an opportunity for members to connect with new and existing partners, and engage in strategic discussions; learn about emerging issues; share best practices and lessons learned from their grantmaking and programs; and collaborate on projects.

GHR Foundation joined PSFG after attending the 2014 annual conference. The meeting was hands-down one of the most useful sessions we have attended.
— Andreas Hipple, Senior Program Advisor, GHR Foundation
 

2017: Global politics, peace, and security: navigating challenges and opportunities 

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Our 2017 annual conference will be held in Washington, DC from May 2-5, 2017 at Human Rights Campaign's Equality Center. 

Registration opens February 15. The meeting agenda is forthcoming.

For your convenience, PSFG has set up a room block at the Beacon Hotel (1615 Rhode Island Avenue NW) at a rate of $249/night. This hotel is just across the street from the Equality Center. We have reserved 15 rooms per night, so if you plan on staying at the Beacon, please make your reservations early as they are first-come, first-served. The room block will close on April 4 or when it is full. To reserve a room, call the Beacon Hotel (202-296-2100) and tell them you are booking rooms for the Peace and Security Funders Group (PSFG) annual meeting. You cannot access the special rate if you book via the website -- you must call them directly. 

We look forward to seeing you in D.C.! 

 

2016: PEACE AND SECURITY IN THE CURRENT GLOBAL CONTEXT

Our 2016 annual conference was held in Portland, Oregon. Highlights included:

  • Three workshops, nine member-led “power hours,” two plenaries, and three roundtables on issues as diverse as impact investing, developing leaders, funding in entrenched conflicts, crafting one’s elevator pitch, and collaborative grantmaking;
  • An Oxford-style debate on the use of military intervention for the sake of peace;
  • Meetings of four of PSFG’s working groups: Women, Peace and Security; Nuclear; Locally-led Peacebuilding; and Conflict and Atrocities Prevention;
  • Networking opportunities, including an opening dinner, speed networking, a dinner hackathon centered around three themes (fear, trust, and peace), and a pre-meeting trip to the Columbia River Gorge and post-meeting walking tour of Portland; and
  • A presentation of PSFG’s long anticipated Peace and Security Funding Index.

To read the report-back, click here

 

2015: OUT OF MANY, ONE

 

Our 2015 annual conference was held in Washington, D.C. Highlights included:

  • a pre-conference workshop with the OpEd Project;
  • sessions on building partnerships, engaging religious actors, and innovative peace and security grantmaking;
  • a lunch discussion on  learning from failure;
  • a keynote address on corruption, philanthropy, and security by
    Sarah Chayes; and
  • a day-long Federal Policy Briefing on trending peace and security
    issues for the 114th Congress. 


To read the report-back, click here.

 

2014: Connecting Local to Global 

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Our 2014 annual conference was held in Chicago, IL. Highlights included:

  • three interactive panels on best practices from successful policy campaigns, on engaging unlikely peace/security allies, and
    on "Next Gen" funders;
  • four Working Groups, including Women, Peace and Security and
    Conflict & Atrocities Prevention (both new), met to build relationships and discuss joint initiatives;
  • three skills-building workshops; and
  • a ton of networking opportunities, including a reception with local VIPs,
  • hosted by PSFG member the MacArthur Foundation, and
    a welcome dinner with Ambassador Ivo Daalder.

Click here for the agenda and here to read the conference report.
View  pictures from the conference and check out Alex's "PSFG 2.0" presentation.