The Annual Meeting is our flagship event, gathering grantmarkers for debates, how-to sessions, and discussions on the best ways for private individuals to achieve powerful results through their giving. The Annual Meeting covers a broad range of issues and provides exposure to areas beyond where you may usually make grants to help spur new ideas and discussions.


12:00 - 1:20 p.m.
Buffet Lunch

1:30 - 1:45 p.m.
Welcome and Opening Comments

Adam Meyerson, President, The Philanthropy Roundtable

1:45 - 2:15 p.m.
Opening Plenary

Jonah Goldberg, Author, Suicide of the West

2:15 - 3:15 p.m.
Two-part Plenary

Rebecca Rimel, Pew Charitable Trusts; Lindsay Craig, National Review Institute; Brian Hooks, Charles Koch Foundation; John Papola, Emergent Order

3:15 - 3:45 p.m.
Networking Break

3:45 - 5:00 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

John Hood, John William Pope Foundation; Leslie Winner, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation; Daniel Stid, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; Kenith Britt, Fred S. Klipsch Educators College; Chris Papagianis, Paulson Family Foundation; Thomas Blaney, PKF O'Connor Davies

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Evening Reception

7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Brooke Rollins, Office of American Innovation, The White House

7:30 - 8:45 a.m.
Breakfast Buffet

8:45 - 9:00 a.m.

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Morning Plenary

Andrew McAfee

10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Networking Break

10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions

Matt Sigelman, Burning Glass; Kathleen Plinske, Valencia College; Mauricio Ferrazza, Miami Dade College; David Verrill, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy

12:00 - 1:45 p.m.
2018 Simon Prize Luncheon

2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

Martin West, Harvard Graduate School of Education; Stephanie Saroki de Garcia, Seton Education Partners; Dan Scoggin, Great Hearts Academies; Tom Vander Ark, Getting Smart; Lawson Bader, DonorsTrust; Sean Parnell, The Philanthropy Roundtable

3:30 - 4:45 p.m.
Special Sessions/Inspiration Session

Sam Gill, Knight Foundation: Gallup-Knight Survey of Free Expression on Campus; Future of the First Amendment

4:45 - 6:30 p.m.

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Dinner Reception

8:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Evening Salons

Authors: Greg Lukianoff, Coddling of the American Mind; Reihan Salam, Melting Pot or Civil War; Karl Zinsmeister, The Brothers Tappen

7:45 - 8:45 a.m.
Breakfast Roundtable Discussions

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Morning Plenary

David Feinberg, Geisinger; Tom Insel, Mindstrong

10:15 - 10:45 a.m.
Talk Back Session

10:45 - 11:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

Ryan Streeter, American Enterprise Institute; Una Osili, IUPUI; Victoria Vrana, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; John Raymond Sr., Medical College of Wisconsin; Susan Amat, Venture Hive; Romi Bhatia, Miami Dade College

12:15 - 2:00 p.m.
Closing Luncheon

2:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks

Adam Meyerson, The Philanthropy Roundtable


David Feinberg

David Feinberg President and CEO Geisinger

Jonah Goldberg

Jonah Goldberg Senior Editor National Review

Brian Hooks

Brian Hooks President Charles Koch Foundation

Andrew McAfee

Andrew McAfee Co-founder and Co-director, Initiative on the Digital Economy and Principal Research Scientist MIT Sloan School of Management

Rebecca Rimel

Rebecca Rimel President and CEO The Pew Charitable Trusts

Brooke Rollins

Brooke Rollins Assistant to the President, Office of American Innovation The White House


At this year's Annual Meeting, we're increasing networking time, creating a more flexible schedule, organizing sessions by topic so you can customize your schedule for your specific area of giving, and getting you home in time for the weekend!


Qualified donors are now invited to register for The Philanthropy Roundtable's Annual Meeting. You can register online here or click here to download our printable registration form.

*Attendees are responsible for their own hotel and travel arrangements. Please visit our hotel page for more information.

Full Conference Registration Rates (sessions and meals included):

Early Registration Rate: Register by August 1 for $1,095 per person.
Regular Registration Rate: Register after August 1 and before/on September 19 for $1,350 per person.
Late/Onsite Registration Rate: Register after September 19 for $1,550 per person.

This solicitation-free event 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.

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The Breakers

One South County Road Palm Beach, Florida 33480 561.655.6611
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The Breakers does not provide a complimentary shuttle from the airport to the hotel, but is located just 15 minutes away from Palm Beach International Airport.
The Philanthropy Roundtable welcomes donor and foundation support for our 2018 Annual Meeting. For more information on how you can help, please contact at Cecilia Diem 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 Luncheon: $95
Thursday Reception and Dinner: $195
Friday Breakfast: $50
Friday Luncheon: $95

All Guest Meals (Thursday Breakfast, Welcome Luncheon, Thursday Reception and Dinner, Friday Breakfast, Friday Luncheon, Friday Reception and Dinner): $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 dinners is cocktail attire.
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.
During the month of October, the daily temperature in Palm Beach ranges from 85°F to 71°F.


The multi-day Annual Meeting is the Roundtable’s flagship event and connects and inspires hundreds of philanthropists who are leveraging their private resources to strengthen our free society. The Annual Meeting offers donors ample opportunity to engage with America’s premier thought leaders, learn about the latest developments in philanthropy, and network in a solicitation-free environment.

Challenge Grant Sponsors

In 2018, the Roundtable is the recipient of a generous and exciting challenge grant from the JF Maddox Foundation. We’ve been challenged to find at least four other funders who will sponsor this year’s Annual Meeting in Palm Beach, Florida at the $30,000 level or above.

Here’s what Bob Reid, CEO of the JF Maddox Foundation, said about this exciting challenge:

“The Philanthropy Roundtable’s Annual Meeting is a significant and highly informative event for foundations and private philanthropists. The Roundtable’s Annual Meeting meaningfully informs our work year after year, and allows us to stay on top of developments that are immediately impacting our field.

The Roundtable consistently performs on the behalf of the field, and their Annual Meeting is just one of the many services they provide on top of an already impressive book of work.

To maintain the existing standard of excellence in content and programming, we must ensure that the Roundtable has the necessary resources specific to this meeting. We urge you to join us in supporting this immensely worthwhile event.”

Will you join the JF Maddox Foundation in supporting the Roundtable’s “immensely worthwhile” event?

For more information on how you can help, please contact Cecilia Diem at