Building on the success of the first Innovations in International Philanthropy Symposium held in 2018, New England International Donors and The Philanthropic Initiative’s Center for Global Philanthropy are pleased to announce that the  second symposium on Innovations in International Philanthropy will be held September 10-11, 2020. We anticipate bringing together individual donors, family foundations, corporate donors, and investors who are actively engaged in international philanthropy and seeking a supportive community to share ideas and inspiration.

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Read our blog to learn about our previous Symposium, “Fueling a Revolution on International Change: Individual and Family Philanthropists

International philanthropy is growing, but still only accounts for 6% of giving from the United States. At the same time, private philanthropy is playing an increasingly important role – especially as traditional government funding to global development efforts is cut back. Regular coordination and collaboration among donors involved in international sustainable development efforts is vital in order for investments to have the desired impact. This symposium is designed to contribute to the field of global philanthropy by offering participants of different philanthropic backgrounds the opportunity to network, learn about each other’s efforts, explore recent trends in international philanthropy, and gain practical hands-on skills to increase the impact of their global giving.
The symposium program will offer participants a mix of panel discussions featuring leading philanthropists and foundation presidents, skill building workshops promoting innovative solutions, and ample time to network with donor peers in both formal and informal settings. Our invited speakers are mentors and philanthropists who have invested their time and money creatively and shaped the field. More information to come!
Our skill building workshops are designed to be highly interactive and to impart practical skills to participants in impact investing, gender lens philanthropy, systems thinking, participatory grant making and more. The conference will offer 12 of these workshops in at least four specialized donor tracks, allowing us to focus on the various philanthropic styles and interests. These workshops will be led by experts in the field of international philanthropy as well as donors who have demonstrated innovative models and strategies to be emulated.

Our goal is for each participant to leave the event with concrete and practical skills that will amplify their international philanthropy and connect them to a network of supportive donors that will help them realize their passions.

Jointly New England International Donors and The Philanthropic Initiative offer a long tradition of philanthropic advising and a vibrant activist donor network to support the creation and design of the symposium. Both organizations will also play an instrumental role in carrying the conversations held at the meeting beyond the event itself, capturing lessons learned in case studies, offering a peer-to-peer supportive network, and developing follow up events as needed.To receive updates about the conference please fill out this quick form. Please do not hesitate to contact us at if you have additional questions.


New England International Donors (NEID) is a peer-to-peer learning community made up of 100 plus New England based donors and investors who are engaged in various sectors of international philanthropy. What makes NEID unique is a very strong community bond among its members and an active commitment by most to playing an important and measurable role in ending poverty, improving global health, protecting the planet, and ensuring peace and human rights for all. In 2017 the cumulative contribution from the NEID community added up to over a hundred million dollars, including resources from Boston’s tech sector, the world class hospitals in this city and the premier educational institutions.
The Center for Global Philanthropy at The Philanthropic Initiative seeks to catalyze philanthropy’s global impact through strategic advising, innovative partnerships and original research. TPI is a philanthropic consulting practice whose mission is to help families, foundations, companies, and individual donors increase the impact of their philanthropy. For 28 years, TPI has worked directly with hundreds of donors, foundations, and corporations, and has directed over $1 billion in giving and influenced billions more. Our consulting work includes strategic planning and facilitation; social issues research; design, implementation and evaluation of philanthropic strategies and initiatives; and all aspects of training and education. The starting point for this work is the funder’s philanthropic vision, mission, values, and goals. We work collaboratively with foundation trustees, staff and other key stakeholders and our approach is rooted in a combination of best practices, innovation, practicality, and sensitivity to resource constraints.


The event promises to become a new major philanthropic event in the Boston area, attracting donors from throughout New England and beyond. If you are interested in contributing and becoming a founding sponsor and promoter of innovative global philanthropic solutions, please contact Connor Nickerson at

Presenting Sponsor ($25,000)

  • Recognition as Presenting Sponsor with logo on cover of event program and inside program, placed above all other sponsors
  • Recognition as Presenting Sponsor with logo and link on event website, place above all other sponsors
  • Full-page advertisement in event program
  • Three complimentary event registrations
  • NEID Membership for a year
  • Exhibit table

Pioneer ($15,000)

  • Recognition as Pioneer sponsor with logo inside program, placed above Partner sponsors
  • Recognition as Pioneer sponsor with logo and link on event website, place above Partner sponsors
  • Half-page advertisement in event program
  • Two complimentary event registration
  • NEID Membership for a year
  • Exhibit table

Partner ($5,000)

  • Recognition as Partner sponsor with logo inside program
  • Recognition as Partner sponsor with logo and link on event website
  • One complimentary event registration
  • NEID membership for a year
  • Exhibit table

Sponsor ($2,500)

  • Recognition as Partner sponsor with logo inside program
  • Recognition as Partner sponsor with logo and link on event website