Join us for 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 philanthropy. 2020 is the 29th year that donors from across the country will meet to share ideas, strategies, and best practices and hear from America's leading experts in private innovation and forward thinking policy.

Keep checking back to this page for the latest event updates including the agenda, keynote speakers, and highlights!


8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Liberty in the Year of COVID-19

Join us to discuss philanthropy's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the role private giving plays in addressing community needs in times of crisis.

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Welcome lunch
1:15 - 2:45 p.m.
Opening plenary

University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer will kickoff the Annual Meeting with a keynote on the crucial importance of freedom speech and inquiry on campuses.

3:00 - 5:15 p.m.
Workshops (15-minute break included)
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
7:00 - 8:45 p.m.
Dinner plenary session
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Breakfast roundtables
9:15 - 10:30 a.m.
Big Ideas
10:45 - 11:45 a.m.
Deep Dives
12:00 - 1:45 p.m.
Presentation of the William E. Simon Prize
2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
3:30 - 4:45 p.m.
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Reception-style dinner
8:15 - 9:15 p.m.
Evening salons
7:15 - 8:00 a.m.
8:15 - 9:15 a.m.
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Closing plenary brunch
12:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Optional Everglades site visit


Thomas Blaney

Thomas Blaney Partner PKF O'Connor Davies

Leslie Harris

Leslie Harris Professor of History Northwestern University

David Keating

David Keating President Institute for Free Speech

John McWhorter

John McWhorter Associate Professor of English Columbia University

Tracie Sharp

Tracie Sharp President and CEO State Policy Network

Christina Hoff Sommers

Christina Hoff Sommers Resident Scholar American Enterprise Institute


Register here

The 2020 Annual Meeting will take place at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples in Florida on October 14-16.

Full conference attendee registration rates (sessions and meals included):

Early Registration Rate
Register on or before August 1, 2020
$1,200 per person
$1,150 per person (group registration rate 3+)

Regular Registration Rate

Register August 2 - October 2, 2020
$1,400 per person
$1,350 per person (group registration rate 3+)

Education Pre-conference (October 14, 2020)
$195 per person
Please note this fee is an add-on and is not automatically included in the Annual Meeting registration fee.


Cancellation Policy
Cancellations received on or before September 19, 2020 = 90% refund will be offered
Cancellations received after September 19, 2020 = no refund will be offered

Attendance Qualifications
Attendance at our Annual Meeting is limited to individual donors and foundation representatives who make charitable grants and contributions of at least $100,000 per year or who expect to do so in the near future. This is a solicitation-free event. For more information on meeting qualifications, click here or email Tina Cordova at


2020 Simon Prize

John and Susan Sobrato will be honored during a special lunch on October 15


The Ritz-Carlton, Naples

280 Vanderbilt Beach Rd
Naples, FL 34108

Click here for reservation details


The Ritz-Carlton, Naples does not provide a complimentary shuttle from the airport to the hotel. It is located about 25 miles away from Southwest Florida International Airport.

The airport offers on-site taxi cabs, ride-sharing services, and car rentals.
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.
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.

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

During the month of October, the temperature in Naples ranges from average lows of 70°F to average highs of 80°F.

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