Blue Sky Funders Forum 2020 Convening (Virtual)

Event Type: 
Virtual Meeting
Major Issue: 
Geographic Focus: 
September 8, 2020 to September 10, 2020

Register here.

Sharing Hope, Deepening Connections, Aligning Action 
A Just Future for People and Nature

Virtual Convening
September 8 - 10, 2020
Registration is Open!

Blue Sky Funders Forum invites you to virtually convene with funders and networks across the country on September 8, 9, and 10! Together, we will learn, network, and collaborate around opportunities to advance safe, meaningful outdoor experiences for all, and to rebuild healthier communities.

Over the past several months, we have seen the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbate and expose existing systems of inequities. As we work to address systemic injustices in community health, education, and the environment, creating more equitable and welcoming access to the outdoors for all people will be an important step. Now, more than ever, everyone deserves the right to safely spend time outside, and to experience the many benefits that nature provides.

During this virtual event, using interactive tools, we will have generative conversations to share innovations in our work, explore emerging challenges and opportunities, foster regional and interest area collaborations, and challenge each other to work in new and bold ways to advance racial and social equity.


September 8, 1 - 4 PM EDT
National Funder Convening

September 9, Times TBD
Breakout Convenings

  • Chesapeake Bay breakout (Hosted by Chesapeake Bay Funders Network, Chesapeake Bay Trust, National Park Foundation, NOAA, Prince Charitable Trusts, Veverka Family Foundation)
  • Pacific Northwest breakout (Hosted by Gray Family Foundation and The Russell Family Foundation)
  • Maine breakout (Hosted by the Maine Environmental Funders Network)
  • San Francisco Bay Area funders breakout (Hosted by Bay Area Environmental Education Funders Collaborative)
  • Southeast breakout (Hosted by Captain Planet Foundation and National Recreation Foundation)
  • Additional breakout topics TBD

September 10, 1 - 4 PM EDT
Sharing Learnings and Activating Collaboration

Registration is free and open to all staff and board members of grantmaking organizations and philanthropy-serving organizations, as well as Blue Sky advisors and invited guests. 

All Blue Sky member funders, as well as members of breakout host networks (Chesapeake Bay Funders Network, Bay Area Environmental Education Funders Collaborative, and Maine Environmental Funders Network) are encouraged to invite one grantee partner to participate in this convening. Blue Sky and its planning partners strongly value the partnership and collaboration of practitioners and researchers in the field and look forward to their participation in this virtual event. Registered funders will receive instructions for inviting a grantee in their registration confirmation email.
Issue Area: 

From our Blog

Children Playing
Blog posted on June 13, 2019
A new Lead Funders Action Network brings together national, regional, state, and local foundations who are working collaboratively and strategically to address gaps in the field of childhood lead...

Stay Informed