Partner Events & Dine Arounds

These optional, no-cost events are opportunities outside of the Forum's regular programming to connect with peers and dive deeper into topics like disaster grantmaking and impact investing. Space is limited and advanced registration is required. 

International, Cross-Border, and Disaster Grantmaking
Hosted by CAF America

Wednesday, October 19 | 6:30–8:00 pm Pacific
The Fairmont

Regardless of a family's/grantmaker’s core focus area, when natural or man-made disasters occur throughout the globe, people’s immediate instincts are to assist those directly affected by such events. CAF America will provide some best practices in its approach to cross-border and disaster grantmaking, based upon its engagement with some of the largest companies, private and community foundations, commercial DAFs and families/individuals. We will share our approach to effective and compliant cross-border grantmaking as well as how those practices can be utilized to best support those affected when disasters occur.

On the Frontlines During the Pandemic: How Crisis Sparked Innovation and What’s Next
Hosted by Samantha Bechtel and the Darren Bechtel Family Foundation

Wednesday, October 19 | 6:30–9:00 pm Pacific
Izzy's, transportation from the Fairmont

At the height of the pandemic, new grantmaking that supported frontline workers took off, and how work was done or services provided shifted. What are the lessons we learned over the past two years and how will those lessons inform where we go next? San Francisco philanthropist and restaurant owner Samantha Bechtel will host conference attendees at her family’s iconic Izzy’s restaurant sharing how her business made critical pivots during the pandemic, including delivering meals to ER and ICU staff at local hospitals and developing one of the Bay Area’s first award-winning parklets. Philanthropy advisor Berit Ashla, who launched the Brooklyn for Life Fund with actor Jeffery Wright that provided meals to Brooklyn-based hospital workers, will facilitate a conversation focused on how we take those lessons and examine the opportunities where hospitality and philanthropy join forces and improve our communities.

Philanthropy Dinner at Old Skool Cafe
Hosted by Chicago Beyond with Liz Dozier

Thursday, October 20 | 6:30–9:30 pm Pacific
Old Skool Cafe, transportation provided from the Fairmont

Join Chicago Beyond’s Founder and CEO, Liz Dozier, for an experiential dinner in community that demonstrates Chicago Beyond’s partnership model in action. Old Skool Cafe is a workforce development social enterprise. Through its youth-run jazz supper club, young people who have experienced inequitable systems including incarceration and foster-care, receive training, jobs, mentorship, access to wrap-around services, and a healthy community that champions their success. Founded by former juvenile corrections officer Teresa Goines, Old Skool Cafe has served over 700 young people in San Francisco. With economic empowerment and healthy support, Old Skool Cafe youth are breaking the cycles of poverty, incarceration, and violence.

Maximizing the Impact of Your Philanthropic Dollars
Hosted by CapShift

Thursday, October 20 | 6:30–8:30 pm Pacific
Kokkari Estiatorio, transportation provided from the Fairmont

Join us for a lively discussion about ways that families can maximize the potential of their philanthropic capital through impact investing. You’ll have a chance to learn best practices from philanthropists who have already embarked on this journey with their foundation and family office assets and share insights with one another about lessons learned along the way. This discussion is ideal for families just getting started with impact investing, those who are early in their impact journey, or those looking for ways to deepen the impact they are already making. 

This event is now at capacity. Please join the waitlist if you are interested in being notified if a spot becomes available.