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

Our 2017 Annual Meeting and Federal Policy Briefing was held in Washington, D.C. The full meeting agenda, which includes speaker bios, is available here.

Highlights include:

  • Two dinners with guest speakers Suzanne Fry (National Intelligence Council), Eliot Cohen (Johns Hopkins University), and Rosa Brooks (Georgetown University/New America)
  • Five Working Group meetings: Conflict and Atrocities Prevention; Gender and Conflict; Nuclear; Budget; and Locally-led Peacebuilding
  • Lots of networking opportunities, including the ever-popular “speed networking” session, a scavenger hunt at the International Spy Museum, and coffee breaks and an “open space”
  • Three workshops, six “power hours,” and two fishbowl sessions (all member-led), including grantmaking in difficult environments, effective collaboration, long-term funding, and building grantee capacity
  • An Oxford-style debate on whether it is more effective to change the system from within or by working outside the system
  • A rooftop cocktail reception hosted by Open Society Foundations that provided the opportunity for funders to meet with and introduce their favorite grantees to PSFG peers
 

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 

2014 Annual Conference Graphic

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.