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San Francisco, California

The Fairmont San Francisco

The Bay Area is home to a rich family philanthropy ecosystem, comprised of both new and established donors and supported by an infrastructure of committed intermediaries and philanthropy-serving organizations. San Francisco is a hub of philanthropic innovation--donors are taking risks, employing new practices, and welcoming a new generation of givers. We're delighted to come together in this vibrant city. 

Forum programming will be taking place primarily at the Fairmont San Francisco. In addition, there will be opporunities for off-site visits to learn more about the work of local nonprofits. 

Hotel Reservations

The National Center for Family Philanthropy has reserved a limited number of rooms at the Fairmont San Francisco for Forum attendees. Click here to reserve your hotel room. 

Update: Our room block is filled. We have secured a limited number of rooms at a rate of $429. Please follow the link above to reserve your room.

The Intercontinental Mark Hopkins Hotel is located across the street from the Fairmont Hotel.  We do not have a room block there but they have availability as of 8/30/22.  Reservations can be made on their website.

Please email Maureen Esposito at if you have questions. 

Hotel Parking

Fairmont San Francisco Hotel Garage is located on the corner of Powell and California Streets.

Overnight valet parking for guests is $68 + tax per night, including unlimited access. Oversized vehicles start at $78 + tax.

Parking for visitors is $19 per hour up to 4+ hours at the rate of $68 tax included. Motorcycle parking is 50% off rate on overnight or daily parking. All parking fees are subject to a 14% city tax.

Transportation Recommendations


San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

  • 15 miles from hotel

Oakland International Airport (OAK)

  • 20 miles from hotel

COVID-19 & Safety

The health and safety of the Forum’s attendees is a critical consideration for NCFP. We continue to monitor the situation closely and will update this policy in accordance with the latest guidelines from the CDC, and the City and County of San Francisco. We will be following all protocols required by San Francisco County and the Fairmont. We recommend that attendees get tested for COVID-19 prior to traveling and we require that all Forum attendees, speakers, and sponsors provide proof of vaccination. Learn more on our health and event policies page

Review the health and safety policies of the Fairmont here


The Forum will occur on multiple levels of the Fairmont, which are accessible via elevator. The hotel is somewhat spread out and significant walking between sessions (up to 10 minutes) may be required. The hotel also sits atop a steep hill (which has the benefit of beautiful views!). We recommend comfortable walking shoes during the event and when walking to and from the hotel.

All session speakers will use microphones and plenary sessions speakers will appear on projection screens for easier viewing within the room.

Session resources and handouts as well as the event agenda will be available on the Forum app as they become available.   

Should you have specific accommodation needs, please indicate them in your registration, or contact NCFP at

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