IGS 2017

June 7-8, 2017 | Boston 

The 2017 International Grantmaking Symposium is presented by CAF America in partnership with Tufts University, Tisch College of Civic Life. The IGS is a two-day educational training on the ins and outs of international grantmaking, bringing together leaders in international philanthropy to discuss the vision, the implementation, and the impact of your philanthropic initiatives.

This year, the symposium will explore the ecosystem of international grantmaking within the context of increasingly complex regulatory frameworks.

The Symposium will take place at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, 1 Kneeland St. Boston, MA 02111, on the 15th floor.

Keynote Address

Katrina Lantos Swett | President, Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice

Featured Speakers Include:

  • Mark Sidel | Doyle-Bascom Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin Law School | ICNL
  • John Bennett | Associate, Simpson Thacher
  • Michael Layton | Senior Program Specialist, Inter-American Foundation
  • Deirdre White | CEO, PYXERA Global
  • Adam Pickering | International Policy Manager, Giving Thought, CAF

See all of this year’s speakers here

Session Highlights

The State of International Philanthropy | The session will discuss maximizing philanthropic strategies abroad and identifying opportunities within an increasingly complex climate as shaped by the various regulatory frameworks and the overarching Sustainable Development Goals.  

Country Spotlights | These sessions will take an in depth look at given countries, their current regulatory environment, and explore the practical realities of working in and granting to these countries. The countries that will be covered include: China, India, and Mexico.

Mechanisms for International Grantmaking | We will discuss the various available options covering U.S. 501(c)(3) Organizations, “Friends of” Organizations, Intermediary Grantmakers, and Direct Cross-Border Grants.

ER & ED | A very detailed session focused on the key attributes of both ER & ED discussing the relevant IRS Rules and Regulations; defining the “charitable purpose”, grant agreements, grantee and grantor reports, and much more.

Giving responsibly. Anti-Money Laundering (AML) constraints on International Grantmaking | The session will discuss compliance with AML and other U.S. Financial Transaction laws within the context of international grantmaking, and elaborate on how to develop sound compliance protocols.

Download the schedule at-a-glance

Download the detailed curriculum

Who Should Attend?

The Symposium is recommended to nonprofit organizations, corporate foundations and corporations interested in international grantmaking and/or international giving. 

The Symposium provides a forum for grantmaking professionals, CSR managers, foundation leaders, and corporate executives to gain an in-depth understanding of the international grantmaking ecosystem within the context of increasingly complex regulatory frameworks.

Why Participate?

The Symposium conveys the most up-to-date information about international grantmaking, while creating a space for debate and discussion about how legal, political, social, and economic developments across the world impact philanthropic giving. With each session led by experts in their respective fields, participants will be able to connect with thought leaders and practitioners from top organizations in philanthropy.

Registration Fee

The registration fee includes admission to all sessions, handouts and symposium materials, refreshments and coffee, lunch on premises and entrance to the Wednesday evening reception. 

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Is more than one participant registering from your organization? Additional discounts apply. Look for the group rates on our registration page.


Have you participated in IGS16 or IGS15? You qualify for our VIP Returning Delegates Rate. Contact Brian Kastner at brian@cafamerica.org or Kinga Ile at kinga@cafamerica.org to request the promo code. Use this code when registering via the link above!

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. All collected participation fees will be used to cover the expenses of the event. No proceeds will be used for profit-making purposes.

Cancellation Policy

Please note that there are no refunds allowed for this event. You can send a substitute delegate if you wish. Contact us for details, should last minute changes prohibit you from attending.

Past Symposiums

IGS 2016 | In Partnership with UNDP. UN Headquarters, New York City

IGS 2015 | In Partnership with Johns Hopkins SAIS. Washington DC

IGS17 | Information

IGS17 | Brochure

Click here to download brochure


IGS17 | Suggested Hotels

Main Host Hotel W Boston. There are also rooms available at the Courtyard Marriott. For details please contact Brian Kastner at brian@cafamerica.org.

IGS17 | Reception

The IGS private reception will take place on Wednesday, June 7 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the W Boston.

An assortment of hors d’oeuvres and a selection of wine and beer will be served. Prior registration required.

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