Conference in San Antonio Area

San Antonio: Accelerating Ideas into Action 2019

AFN’s Accelerating Ideas Into Action Conference took place May 7-9, 2019 at the historic St. Anthony Hotel in San Antonio, Texas.

Developed by grantmakers for grantmakers, Accelerating Ideas Into Action explores, discussed, and shared funding approaches that will help bring greater economic security for our nation’s individuals, families and communities.

This Grantmaker Conference highlighted promising collaborations and investment strategies funders can implement to achieve their investment goals.

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Schedule Overview

May 7th – Optional Pre-Conference: San Antonio Day
May 8th – Full Conference & Reception
May 9th – Full Conference, Concludes by 2:30 p.m.

Conference Theme and Topics

The 2019 conference theme is Expanding Common Ground: Investing in Economic Opportunities, Inclusion, and Equity.

  • Race & Equity, highlighting new research and data
  • Health/Wealth
  • Women & Economic Security Across the Life Span
  • Employer and Workplace
  • Financial capability/financial health
  • Asset protection strategies
  • Immigrants and refugees
  • Two-Generation Strategies
  • Consumer debt (non-mortgage)
  • Small business strategies
  • Education and/or CSAs
  • Financial services and technology
  • Equity and Inclusion

Eligibility to Attend

Attendance at AFN conferences was open to current AFN members and affiliate members, as well as staff and trustees of grantmaking institutions and organizations eligible for AFN membership.

Invited speakers representing organizations eligible for AFN membership were welcome to participate in the full conference.

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