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Accelerating Ideas into Action

Centering Economic Equity: The Power of Intentionality

April 16-18, 2024
New Orleans, LA
Join colleagues and friends as we gather in New Orleans for 2 days of ideas, insights, inspiration — and an anniversary reflection!

AFN’s 2024 biennial conference will take place during our 20th anniversary, offering a unique milestone to convene a diverse group of grantmakers joined in a common purpose: advancing equitable wealth building and economic equity.

The conference theme, “Centering Economic Equity: The Power of Intentionality,” invites funders of all sizes and strategies to reflect on the past two decades in asset-building philanthropy and imagine a future where greater commitment, clarity, and collaboration can drive transformational impact.

Why Attend?

We believe that philanthropic solutions to equitably advance economic mobility require insights, knowledge, and connected approaches forged among a diverse network of colleagues and peers.

Connect with the leaders, innovators and disruptors changing the landscape of equitable wealth-building. Explore the milestones and invaluable lessons that have molded the field. Strengthen and expand your network of collaborative relationships and pinpoint actionable steps to reaffirm your commitment to economic equity. Shape the future by exchanging thought-provoking ideas with colleagues around the country.

And have fun as we reflect and celebrate together in the great city of New Orleans!

Why New Orleans?

As we gather to commemorate our 20th anniversary, we recognize New Orleans as a symbol of our collective journey toward economic justice and recognize the imperative challenges posed by climate change. We will be highlighting the vital role played by our state and regional chapters, particularly Louisiana-AFN, which will mark its 5th anniversary and is coordinating the pre-conference on Tuesday.

Our host city offers attendees a convenient, welcoming, and unique environment. Enjoy the city’s extraordinary cuisine, music, culture, and charm, and experience the innovation found within its diverse population, geography and economy. Let us gather in this remarkable city to honor our achievements, acknowledge our challenges, and envision a future where economic equity takes center stage.

Conference Hotel

New Orleans Marriott Warehouse Arts District
859 Convention Center Boulevard, New Orleans, LA, 70130
(504) 613-2888

AFN has a hotel contracted room rate of $309++ as availability lasts.

If you plan to attend and spend extra time in NOLA, book early – reservations will be taken beginning January 1, 2024

Airport Information

The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is 15 miles from the Marriott. If you are planning to attend the pre-conference, it is recommended to arrive Monday evening or Tuesday morning landing by 10:30am to allow plenty of time to get to the hotel for the pre-conference kick off starting at 12:00 PM.

Ride sharing services are recommended transportation from the airport to the hotel. For more information and price estimates, please visit Ride-Sharing in New Orleans.


AFN Member – Early bird: $700
AFN Member – Regular: $850
Non-member – Early bird: $1,050
Non-member – Regular: $1,200

AFN Member– $125
Non-member- $140

Conference Hotel

New Orleans Marriott Warehouse Arts District
859 Convention Center Boulevard, New Orleans, LA, 70130
(504) 613-2888

AFN has a hotel contracted room rate of $309++ as availability lasts. If you plan to attend and spend extra time in NOLA, book early. Make your reservation now.

Who is eligible to attend?

Attendance at AFN conferences is open to current AFN members and affiliate members, including staff and trustees of grantmaking institutions, and organizations eligible for membership.  Please see AFN’s membership policy for more information or contact Kristin Rennels, Membership Director, at

Invited speakers representing grant-seeking organizations ineligible for AFN membership are invited to attend only on the day of their scheduled remarks.

Would you like to learn more about membership? LEARN MORE and JOIN NOW TO SAVE.

All organizations registering to attend must meet AFN’s membership eligibility criteria. We reserve the right to review registrants and refund registration if determined they are not eligible AFN membership. Registration fees added by Whova are non-refundable. Please contact if you have a question regarding your organization’s eligibility.


Asset Funders Network is committed to making our 2024 conference accessible to everyone.

Should you require accessibility assistance at this conference, please let us know your needs in detail during registration. AFN will make every effort to provide appropriate accommodations. Please email Beth Yeap at with any questions.

Transfer/Refund Policy

CANCELLATIONS: Cancellation requests must be emailed to Beth Yeap at by 5:00 PM (EDT) on March 16, 2024 for a partial refund. A cancellation fee of $100 will be assessed to cover administrative costs.

REFUNDS: Registration fees will not be refunded for cancellations after 5:00 PM (EDT) on March 16, 2024.

SUBSTITUTIONS: We regret that we cannot offer refunds for “no shows,” however eligible substitutions are welcome without a penalty if submitted by April 9, 2024. Please see our attendee policy for eligibility and contact Beth Yeap at to make a substitution.

Solicitation Free Statement

Asset Funders Network seeks to work and learn together openly. With gratitude, we engage veteran practitioners, sought-after experts, and newcomers with fresh perspectives to tackle the pressing economic equity issues facing America’s communities. Through our events, we offer grantmakers a space to host candid conversations and offer opportunities to leverage network members to create promising and strategic investments and actions. To maintain a distraction-free environment that fosters collaborative work, AFN asks that all participants respect this space and refrain from solicitation of grants, fund management, or investment requests of any kind.


All participants will be asked to sign a COVID-19 waiver as part of the registration process. AFN will not require proof of vaccination or a negative test prior to the event. However, AFN encourages anyone who is autoimmune compromised to take the proper precautions when attending the conference. Masks will be available onsite.

DOWNLOAD THE AGENDA   or view the detailed agenda below.

View our Speakers

Accelerating Ideas into Action brings together a diverse group of national, regional and community-based funders focused on a common goal – engaging philanthropy to advance equitable wealth building and economic mobility.

Developed by grantmakers for grantmakers, this conference explores, discusses, and shares funding approaches that advance greater economic security for our nation’s individuals, families, and communities.

The 2024 Grantmaker Conference will feature the latest research, insights, evaluation, and best practices guidance from industry experts and fellow grantmakers. Join us – sponsor the 2024 Grantmaker Conference with these field-leading organizations. Click here to learn more, or contact us today!

Conference Scholarships

AFN is committed to making our conference inclusive for grantmakers of all sizes. To further this goal, AFN is building a Scholarship Fund to assist less well-resourced community-based grantmakers serving communities of color to attend.

We would appreciate your consideration of an optional add-on of $2,500 for one scholarship or $5,000 for two scholarships to the sponsorship. Supporters will receive recognition as a Scholarship Fund Sponsor. Please contact Kristin Rennels at to sponsor a scholarship.

Thank you to our 2024 conference sponsors:

Leadership Sponsors

Sustaining Sponsors

Contributing Sponsors

Partnering Sponsors

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