IGS 2015

April 30 – May 1, 2015 | Washington, D.C.

The International Grantmaking Symposium presented by Charities Aid Foundation of America (CAF America) and The Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) brings together global leaders in international grantmaking to share their experiences on how to maximize the impact of your philanthropic strategies.

Keynote Speaker:


  Dr. Tomicah Tillemann |  Senior Fellow • Director, Bretton Woods II • New America
  Formerly Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Civil Society and Emerging Democracies,
U.S. Department of State

Featured Speakers Included:

  • Jacob Clauson | Director, Compliance FIDELITY Charitable
    Co-author, Beyond Our Borders: A Guide to Making Grants Outside the United States.
  • Heather Grady | Vice President, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
  • Paula Fabiani | President, Institute for the Development of Social Investment (IDIS)
  • Paul Ladd | Head of Post 2015 Development Agenda, UNDP

Sessions Included:

  • International Grantmaking Best Practices. Overcoming challenges and seizing opportunities.
  • IRS Rules & Regulations
  • Practitioners Discuss IRS Protocols: ER & ED
  • The Role of Anti-Money Laundering (AML) in International Grantmaking
  • Due Diligence and Risk Mitigation
  • Impact Measurement

Participants will be awarded a Certificate of Completion upon conclusion of the International Grantmaking Symposium organized by Charities Aid Foundation of America (CAF America) in conjunction with Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

Please note the earlier start on Thursday, April 30! Registration will open at 7:30 a.m. and the Symposium begins promptly at 8 a.m.

Who Should Attend?

The Symposium is recommended to nonprofit organizations, corporate foundations and corporations interested in engaging in international grantmaking and/or international giving. Whether you are launching an international grants department or managing an existing one, whether you are a member or the team lead, whether you are the focal point of your company’s international giving strategy or you want to make sure that your efforts are a driving force leading to a greater social justice and growth of civil society, this symposium will provide you the tools to gain an in-depth understanding of international grantmaking, identify new opportunities and successfully navigate the challenges of international philanthropy.

Why Participate?

This is an educational symposium comprised of a series of presentations and interactive workshops where participants have the opportunity to get acquainted with the rules and norms regulating international grantmaking while also gaining significant insights on compliance and best practices derived from 20+ years of experience of America’s leading global grantmaking organization.

Registration Fee

The $1,600 registration fee per participant includes admission to all sessions, handouts and symposium materials, refreshments and coffee, lunch on premises and entrance to the Thursday evening reception. Prior online registration is required.


Group Rate
Is more than 1 participant registering from your organization? Contact John Holm at igs@cafamerica.org to request the promo code. Use this code when registering via the link above and save 25% with the Group Rate!

All pricing is provided in USD. Only one promo code can be applied per registration. Sharing registrations is not permitted. By completing the registration process, you agree to the Cancellation Policy for this event.

If you have any questions about registration, please contact Bahar Alagheband at execed@jhu.edu.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation made on or before March 31, 2015 will receive a refund less $100  administration fee.
No refunds will be given after March 31, 2015. 

IGS Registration

For your convenience, early registration will be available from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29 at the Kimpton Topaz Hotel in the reception area (1733 N Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036). Regular registration will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. on Thursday, April 30 at the Symposium.

IGS Reception

The IGS private reception will take place at the Kimpton Topaz Hotel on Thursday, April 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. An assortment of hors d’oeuvres and a selection of premium cocktails, wine and beer will be served until 6:30 p.m.

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Reference Toolkit

You are interested in participating in the IGS, but you have yet to get your supervisor’s approval? Check out our Reference Toolkit to get you started!

The Reference Toolkit contains general tips on how to gain internal support for your attendance, suggested language requesting approval to participate, an expense worksheet, and more.

Download the Reference Toolkit!

Where is the Symposium?

The Symposium will take place at the Johns Hopkins University, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C.

The Rome Building, Johns Hopkins – SAIS
1619 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

Suggested Hotel(s)

Kimpton Topaz Hotel

1733 N Street, NW | Washington DC 20036
(800) 775-1202

The Topaz’s guaranteed rate is $249 per night, April 29 –
May 1. 
The rate code is CRP. This rate code can be used on www.kimptonhotels.com as well as calling 1-800-Kimpton.

How Can I Learn More?

For additional information download the FAQs  or contact John Holm at igs@cafamerica.org or Bahar Alagheband at execed@jhu.edu.

Download the IGS brochure here.

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