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IHRFG's 2017 New York Institutes

NEW YORK INSTITUTES
Monday, July 10, 2017


This year, IHRFG will be hosting three simultaneous institutes to offer participants the opportunity to further delve into a specific theme with a smaller cohort of individuals.


1) When the Going Gets Tough: A Funder-Activist Dialogue
With right-wing populism and authoritarianism on the rise, activists and funders face new challenges in defending civic space and human rights values. Democratically elected leaders are seizing upon this moment to limit and delegitimize civil society and attack human rights protections—and institutions—across numerous fronts. At the same time, human rights movements bring a wealth of experience of how to hold ground in challenging contexts and how to forge and sustain alliances based on shared values. Activists around the world have already been developing new security measures, testing out creative organizing tactics and advancing cross-movement work in response. Join this institute to learn about past tactics that worked and new tactics that show promise and to share skills and build relationships across our communities.


2) Values to Action
Meeting the challenges of the present moment requires us—and our field—to show up in a different way. This day-long Institute with Bay Area Justice Funders Network will help grantmakers consider what that "different way" could look like. Grantmakers will connect, reflect on their human rights values as touchstones for their work, and consider how and when grantmaking practice is either furthering or undermining those values. The highly interactive Institute is designed to foster deep learning and cultivate tangible and practical strategic and programmatic shifts. Participants will emerge with greater clarity about their values and grantmaking practices, better prepared to engage in the content and topics of 'map, resist, support' with the larger IHRFG community.

3) Newcomers Welcome Gathering
Are you new to the IHRFG community or a first-time conference attendee? Are you curious about current trends in human rights grantmaking? Do you want to meet more of your funder peers? IHRFG wants to welcome you to our community at a half-day Newcomers Institute. Network over brunch with IHRFG Steering Committee members and staff, hear perspectives on trends in Human Rights Funding from longstanding members, and gain insights on how to make the most out of IHRFG! Longstanding members interested in making new connections and tapping into new energy are also welcome to attend.

Space in these institutes is limited. For the Funder-Activist Dialogue and the Values to Action Workshop, participation is capped at two participants per institution.

About IHRFG Institutes
IHRFG hosts day-long institutes preceding each of our conferences. The design and content of these institutes is driven by IHRFG members who volunteer to play leadership roles in helping peers “dive deeper” on specific topics. 

Of, for, and by Grantmakers: Attendance Eligibility
IHRFG’s convening events are only open to IHRFG members, invited speakers, and individuals eligible for membership. Staff whose functions are primarily fundraising at their grantmaking institution are not eligible for participation.

IHRFG membership is open to staff, consultants** and trustees of private foundations, corporate foundations, community giving programs, quasi-governmental giving programs, faith-based giving programs, philanthropic advocacy and support organizations, individual philanthropists with significant giving programs, and public charities (public foundations and community foundations) whose primary activity is grantmaking and who do not relate to other IHRFG members primarily as grant-seekers.

**Philanthropic consultants are eligible to attend IHRFG's events only when sponsored by a grantmaking institution, which must allow you to represent that active foundation/grantmaker affiliation.

A Safe Space for Funders: No-Solicitation Policy
Fundraising and solicitation of funding/meetings/consulting clients is absolutely prohibited at IHRFG meetings. Please review our no-solicitation policy for more details.

If you are an invited speaker at this conference, please take a moment to review our non-grantmaker panelist participation policy.

Registration
Register here.
Institute fees are as follows:
1) "When the Going Gets Tough" Institutes: $300
2) "Valuest to Action" Institute: $250
3) "Newcomers Institute": Free

IHRFG Scholarship Fund for Global South Members 
IHRFG has established a scholarship fund to encourage participation at our conferences of grantmakers in the Global South and East with limited funds. If you would like to contribute to this fund, you can do so as part of the online registration process for our conferences.

If you have questions, would prefer to contribute to the fund in other ways, or would like to apply for a scholarship, please contact Michele Bornstein, mbornstein[at]ihrfg[dot]org. 

Venue
The institute will be held at New York University's School of Law, hosted by the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice:
Greenberg Lounge in Vanderbilt Hall
NYU School of Law
40 Washington Square South (West Fourth Street) 
between MacDougal and Sullivan Streets
New York City

Accommodations
IHRFG has reserved a block of rooms at the Washington Square Hotel. Reserve your room by June 10. IHRFG's group code is 5364.

Questions?
Keith Armstrong, IHRFG Program Coordinator
Email: karmstrong[at]ihrfg[dot]org