GFE 25th Annual Conference Request for Proposals

The proposal period is closed as of 5:00 p.m. PT, March 26, 2021.

Grantmakers for Education invites members to propose learning sessions for our annual conference, Celebrating 25 Years: A Vision for the Future of Learning and Justice, from March 1 to March 26, 2021. Only Grantmakers for Education members may propose conference sessions (learn more about membership here) – doing so is an exclusive member benefit.

We are seeking provocative proposals that proactively prepare funders for the future using engaging formats, innovative ideas, diverse perspectives and a focus on impact. Proposals should have clear learning objectives, specific strategies for engagement, and relevance for funders. Proposal topics should have clear connection to the conference theme and Grantmakers for Education’s operating principles.

Propose a Session

Proposal submission guide - please read before filling out the proposal submission form.

Proposal submission form - open March 1 - March 26.

The following factors will be considered by our review board (planning committee and staff) during the proposal review process.

  • How well the content aligns with the conference theme.
  • Whether or not the content is about cutting-edge work in the research, practice, or philanthropy of education.
  • The quality and profile of the speakers. How the session is organized to offer a thoughtfully crafted learning experience.
  • The overall appeal of the session.
  • Whether or not this or a very similar session has been presented before.

Important Dates

March 1, 2021 — Submission period opens.
March 26, 2021 — Proposals due by 5:00 p.m. Pacific.
Late May to mid-June 2021 — Applicants will be notified about the status of their proposals.
September 27, 2021 – Conference registration deadline.*
Week of October 11, 2021 — Annual conference dates.*

*Additional virtual sessions may be held over a longer time period and may have an earlier or rolling registration deadline. 

If you have questions, please contact