The Annual Meeting is our flagship event, gathering grantmakers 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.


7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

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

1:30 - 1:40 p.m.
Welcome and Opening Comments

Adam Meyerson, President, The Philanthropy Roundtable

1:40 - 2:05 p.m.
Opening Plenary Session

How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics Is Destroying American Democracy

2:05 - 3:05 p.m.
Two-part Plenary

Forging Philanthropic Partnerships: Conversations with Rebecca Rimel and Brian Hooks

3:10 - 3:40 p.m.
Talkback Sessions
3:45 - 5:00 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Evening Reception

7:00 - 8:45 p.m.

What Washington Can Learn from the States

6:00 - 7:00 a.m.
Workout with InnerCity Weightlifting
7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

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

8:45 - 9:00 a.m.

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

The Future of Work in an Age of Artificial Intelligence

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

10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions
12:00 - 1:45 p.m.
Presentation of William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership
2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
3:15 - 3:45 p.m.
Networking Break

3:45 - 4:45 p.m.
Special Sessions
4:45 - 6:00 p.m.

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Reception and Dinner
8:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Evening Salons
7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

7:45 - 8:45 a.m.
Breakfast Roundtable Discussions
8:45 - 9:00 a.m.

9:00 - 10:20 a.m.
Morning Plenary
10:20 - 10:45 a.m.

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
12:00 - 12:15 p.m.

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

Patriotic Philanthropy: A Conversation with David Rubenstein

2:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks

Annual Meeting programming concludes

2:15 - 8:30 p.m.
Mental Health Forum


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, MIT 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

David Rubenstein

David Rubenstein Co-founder and Co-executive Chairman The Carlyle Group


Event Newsroom

Facts, Infographics, Social Media Resources


InnerCity Weightlifting

Workout with a group that is changing bodies and lives!


2018 William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership

Paul Singer is the 2018 William E. Simon Prize recipient.



Reimagining Mental Health and Wellness
The network of facilities and providers delivering mental health care is fragmented, underfunded, and regularly fails in its mission to heal and protect. In this forum, expert philanthropists and practitioners will address philanthropic models to bring to life a vision of mental wellness for everyone.


Online registration for the 2018 Annual Meeting is now closed. If you wish to join us, please contact Libbie Reed at to determine if your participation can be accommodated.


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.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is located about 53 miles south of The Breakers.

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

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 Philanthropy Roundtable extends its most sincere thanks to the following sponsors for their generous support of our 2018 Annual Meeting:


Challenge Grant Sponsors: 


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Enroth Family Fund
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The Ahmanson Foundation

Barney Family Foundation

Beazley Foundation

Hilda E. Bretzlaff Foundation


Goldman Sachs Philanthropy Fund

Gulf Coast Community Foundation

Thomas S. Kenan III

Shelter Hill Foundation

Sunderland Foundation


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