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)

Register by July 1st. 

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 will take 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 will examine, compare and contrast 5 grantmaking strategies to build strong movements that win human rights victories.

The closing plenary will study 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?

Engage in dynamic exchanges in other member-organized sessions on:

  • the nuts and bolts of supporting difficult-to-fund groups
  • the impact of aid conditionality on sexual and reproductive health and rights
  • applying and enforcing the human rights framework at the local level
  • the role of “memorialization” initiatives to address impunity
  • rights implications of mega-sporting events from Brazil to South Africa
  • models of “philanthropic advocacy,” or expanding your grantmaking allies

Join us for 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 will feature our member-organized dinner-dialogues — meet over dinner to network and exchange with your fellow conference participants on a topic of your choosing. Topics will include the right to foreign funding, human rights documentation, the current situation in Turkey, emerging practitioners, and balancing work and family responsibilities.

IHRFG and the Foundation Center are excited to announce the first-ever data-driven analysis of the scope and landscape of global human rights grantmaking: Advancing Human Rights: The State of Global Foundation Grantmaking. Join us for breakfast to receive a hard copy of the report and further explore the implications of the findings!

And enjoy 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!

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 open.

Participation Fees

IHRFG charges 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 are:

  • 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



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