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IHRFG's 2013 New York Conference

Thursday-Friday, July 11-12, 2013

Hosted by the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice,
New York University School of Law

Conference Agenda

(IHRFG's Pre-Conference Institute: July 10, 2013)

The Human Rights Agenda in the 21st Century: Who Defines It?
Debate and discuss with leading human rights practitioners, policy makers, scholars, and grantmaker peers on pressing questions about the evolving face, role and value of human rights in our current era.

The opening plenary took a critical look at the human rights "brand": Who "owns" it? How effective is our "messaging"? Could a new "market profile" help build a vastly broader global constituency for human rights?

The mid-conference plenary examined, compared and contrasted 5 grantmaking strategies to build strong movements that win human rights victories.

The closing plenary studied the shifts in global political dynamics from the traditional superpowers in North America and Europe to the emerging economies of the BRICS in the Global South and East. How are these shifts impacting human rights philanthropy and grantmaking? Funders will discuss the provocative question of where their support has the greatest value in light of changing times: At the national, regional, or international level?

Grantmakers only: To view recordings of the plenary sessions, contact Azeen Salimi for details - asalimi[at]ihrfg[dot]org.

Participants engaged in dynamic exchanges in other member-organized sessions on:
Conference participants also enjoyed a performance of "Project Girl: Congo" by Girl Be Heard. This showcase of theatre-inspired activism -- devised in conjunction with youth leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo -- raises awareness about the rape epidemic in this war-torn country. Performance will be followed by "Talk Back," an interactive session with the audience. Girl Be Heard is a NYC-based non-profit dedicated to the empowerment of young women through the performing arts.

Our conference featured our member-organized dinner-dialogues -- meetings over dinner to network and exchange with fellow conference participants on a topic of your choosing. Topics included the criminalization of foreign funding, human rights documentation, the current situation in Turkey, and emerging practitioners in human rights philanthropy.

Participants also enjoyed two days of other learning, networking, and fun activities, including meetings of IHRFG working groups and the ever-popular Funders' Soapbox.

Review the conference agenda for more details!

List of Resources
Session organizers have compiled a list of background resources.

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/board members 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.

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 is now closed.

Participation Fees
IHRFG charged a daily registration fee to help off-set the costs of food and beverages. Breakfast and lunch will be provided on both days. We encourage participation by grantmaking staff at all levels who are interested in exploring human rights.

The fees for the conference events were:

  • Thursday, July 11 only: US$130
  • Friday, July 12 only:  US$130
  • Both Thursday and Friday: US$260
  • Networking Reception (July 11):  US$30
  • Dinner-Dialogue Event (July 11):  US$50
Conference Venue
New York University School of Law, D'Agostino Hall
108 West Third Street, between MacDougal and Sullivan Streets
New York, New York 10012

This venue is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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 by clicking here or as part of the online registration process for our conferences (see above).

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

IHRFG did NOT block any hotel rooms for this conference. For those interested, we created a list of suggested accommodations near the conference venue and elsewhere in New York City.