The Annual Meeting is our premier event, gathering hundreds of philanthropic decision makers committed to strengthening our free society and to exploring, collaborating, and solving our nation's greatest problems through meaningful and effective philanthropy. 2019 is the 28th year that donors from across the country met to share ideas, strategies, and best practices, and heard from America's leading experts in private innovation and forward-thinking policy.


8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Investing in a Civic Renaissance
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
1:30 - 1:45 p.m.
Welcome and opening comments
1:45 - 3:00 p.m.
Opening plenary

Upward Mobility: Stepping Stones to the American Dream

3:00 - 3:15 p.m.
3:15 - 4:30 p.m.
Concurrent sessions
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
7:00 - 7:05 p.m.
7:05 - 8:20 p.m.

Investing in Freedom

8:20 - 9:20 p.m.
Late-night reception
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Alliance for Charitable Reform Breakfast
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast roundtable discussions
8:40 - 10:00 a.m.
Big Ideas

Briefings on timely topics

10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Deep Dive Conversations

Dig deeper into the topic that interests you most

11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
12:00 - 1:45 p.m.
Presentation of the William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership
1:45 - 2:15 p.m.
2:15 - 5:15 p.m.
Concurrent Workshops
5:15 - 6:30 p.m.
Break / FIRE Livestream
6:30 - 7:45 p.m.
Reception-style dinner
8:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Evening salons
7:15 - 8:00 a.m.
Continental networking breakfast and coffee
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Concurrent sessions
9:15 - 10:15 a.m.
Concurrent sessions
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Closing brunch
2:00 p.m.
Optional local activity


Scott Cook

Scott Cook Founder and Chairman, Executive Committee Intuit

Joe Lonsdale

Joe Lonsdale General Partner 8VC

Nadine  Strossen

Nadine Strossen John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law New York Law School

Amity Shlaes

Amity Shlaes Chairman Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation

Robert Doar

Robert Doar President and Morgridge Scholar American Enterprise Institute

Russell Carson

Russell Carson Chairman The Carson Family Charitable Trust


10 Highlights from the 2019 Annual Meeting

The 2019 Annual Meeting was an amazing event thanks to our incredible speakers and attendees. Here are 10 highlights from the meeting.


Park Hyatt Aviara

7100 Aviara Resort Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92011

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Register Here

The Philanthropy Roundtable’s 2019 Annual Meeting will take place in Carlsbad, California at the Park Hyatt Aviara on October 23-25, 2019.

Register by email:
Register by phone: 202.822.8333

Full Conference Attendee Registration Rates (sessions and meals included):

  • Early Registration Rate: Register on or before August 1, 2019 - $1,095 per person

  • Regular Registration Rate: Register after August 1 - September 19, 2019 - $1,350 per person

  • Late Registration Rate: Register after September 19, 2019 - $1,550 per person

  • Single Day Rate: $500/ person for either Wednesday or Friday, and $800 for Thursday

Click here for a full range of registration options


Registration Cancellation Policy 
Cancellations received on or before September 19, 2019 = 90% refund will be offered
Cancellations received after September 19, 2019 = no refund will be offered


Attendance at our Annual Meeting is limited to individual donors and foundation representatives who make charitable grants and contributions of at least $100,000 a year or who expect to do so in the future. This is a solicitation-free event.


The Park Hyatt Aviara does not provide a complimentary shuttle from the airport to the hotel. San Diego International Airport is located about 30 miles from the hotel.

Los Angeles Interational airport is located about 95 miles from the hotel.


Both airports offer on-site taxi cabs, ride-sharing services, and car rentals.

The Philanthropy Roundtable welcomes donor and foundation support for our 2020 Annual Meeting. For more information on how you can help, please contact Rachel Verdejo at

Yes. Guests are welcome at meals for an individual rate. Please call The Philanthropy Roundtable at 202.822.8333 to register your guest for meals. Guest meal rates are below:

Wednesday Lunch: $95
Wednesday Reception and Dinner: $195
Thursday Breakfast: $50
Thursday Lunch: $95
Thursday Reception and Dinner: $195
Friday Breakfast: $50
Friday Brunch: $95

All Guest Meals (Wednesday Welcome Lunch, Wednesday Reception and Dinner, Thursday Breakfast, Thursday Lunch, Thursday Reception and Dinner, Friday Breakfast, Friday Brunch): $715

If you would like to bring a guest to sessions, we request that they register as a full conference attendee. Full conference attendees must be qualified donors to register.
The dress code for meeting sessions is business casual attire. Due to varying temperatures between the outside weather and meeting areas, you may want to bring a sweater or light jacket.
The dress code for dinners is cocktail attire.
During the month of October, the daily temperature in Carlsbad ranges from 71°F to 74°F.