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


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




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.