Blue Sky Funders Forum

    Learning Together, Leveraging Collaboration, Launching Ahead.

    Registration is now open!

    Join Blue Sky's 5th anniversary celebration in Philadelphia on October 8 - 9, 2019. We are excited to unveil a shared narrative for the field—the culmination of a multi-year, collaborative initiative between funders, practitioners, and researchers—and welcome your ideas for greater collaboration and impact in Blue Sky's next chapter. On October 8, participants are invited to enjoy an afternoon of place-based learning, and then raise a glass as we reflect on Blue Sky's accomplishments over five years. On October 9, Blue Sky will convene for a day of learning and planning together. Planned in partnership with the William Penn Foundation, this convening is free and open to all staff and board members of grantmaking organizations.

    Lying on the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers, Philadelphia is home to a range of innovative programs and partnerships that connect people with nature. We look forward to gathering to learn from our colleagues in this vibrant, historic city!


    Tuesday, October 8
    1 - 5 pm: Learning Tours (optional)

    Participants have a choice between two learning tours, featuring Bartram's Garden or Discover the Delaware. Tentative itineraries for learning tours are available here.

    6 - 8:30 pm: Blue Sky's 5th Anniversary Dinner and Reception

    Raise a glass with Blue Sky to celebrate five years of learning, collaboration, and impact at the Skyline Room and Terrace at the Parkway Central Library. This reception and dinner is generously sponsored by the Pisces Foundation and the William Penn Foundation.

    Wednesday, October 9
    9 am - 4 pm: Blue Sky Funders Forum

    The Blue Sky Funders Forum will be held in the Skyline Room at the Parkway Central Library. Lunch will be provided.

    Lodging recommendations:
    Stay Alfred at the Granary
    1901 Callowhill Street
    (866) 232-3864

    Marriott (Philadelphia 201 Hotel)
    201 North 17th Street
    (215) 448-2000

    Embassy Suites by Hilton
    1776 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
    (215) 561-1776

    Hampton Inn
    1301 Race Street
    (215) 665-9100

    Philadelphia, PA
    October 8, 2019 - October 9, 2019