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VIRTUAL: 2023 Goalmakers Conference


November 30th + December 7th, 2023

The Goalmakers annual conference – now in its 14th year – is the premier event for global development practitioners, funders, companies, and partners on the West Coast.

Global Washington’s annual conference gathers top international development practitioners, business executives, corporate social responsibility leaders, academic researchers, philanthropists and others who are seeking ways to tackle immense challenges.

The theme of our conference this year is Advancing Transformative Philanthropy. This reflects recent trends in funding for global development to create more equity and stronger partnerships in philanthropy. We will examine the funder and recipient relationship, and test our theory that co-creation creates stronger, more effective partnerships and yields better outcomes.

Examples to be discussed at the conference include U.S. based foundations that support community-based organizations in a low- or middle-income countries, U.S. NGOs that subcontract to other organizations, and giving circles that give to grassroots organizations outside the U.S.

We will unpack the inherent power dynamics between funder and recipient and then apply our co-creation process to determine better, more equitable relationships. This builds on last year’s theme of co-creation – a timely and relevant issue applicable to all who work in global development.

The conference is two days, with a virtual day on Nov. 30 and an in-person day in Seattle on Dec. 7. You can register for one or both days; see below.

Global Washington will convene “Goalmakers” whose work is critical to advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Goalmakers are those who are singularly focused on building a more equitable, healthy, and prosperous world for everyone.

We look forward to seeing you, and look forward to your participation and viewpoints in these important discussions!


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