FEX Conference FAQ

Registration is now open for the 2011 Funding Exchange Network Skills Conference!

See the current agenda

Q: What is it?

A skills building conference for Funding Exchange network member funds, activist donors and our allies in social justice philanthropy. This year’s theme is Growing our Network, Advancing our Movement.  The conference will include panels on broadening our base, framing our message, advancing immigrant rights, site visits to grassroots organizations and a first annual FEX Film Fest.

Q: When will it be held?

Sept 14-16, 2011

Q: Where will it be held?

Westwood Look Resort in Tucson, Arizona

245 E. Ina Road • Tucson, AZ 85704

Q: What does the conference cost?

FEX has worked hard to keep conference fees low, and offers options for single day registrations or full conference registration.  Discounted registration fees are available for grantees and additional attendees from FEX Network Member Foundations.

Conference Fee FEX Member Foundation or Grantee Ally
Full Conference $500 $600
Wednesday Only 125 150
Thursday Only 210 250
Friday Only 175 220


Two day conference fees are the sum of those days, as shown above.  Limited scholarships may be available — please contact Lucretia John for more information.

Q: What does that conference fee include?

The conference fee includes all meals, transportation to site visits, events and materials. Hotel and transportation (air and ground) are additional.

FEX is working with a preferred travel agent for airfare to obtain the lowest rates through volume discounts.  To take advantage of this service, please contact:

Groups Travel Partners at 888.357.8218. Their offices are open from 8:30AM – 8PM Eastern Time.

Note, any FEX-paid travel must be made through the contact above by August 12 .

Q: How do I get from the airport to the hotel?

From Tucson International Airport
Milage: Westward Look ~20 miles
Note: Westward Look does not have their own shuttle service.

Service Company Phone Rates within Tucson
Taxi Yellow Cab (520) 624-6611 Call or see website
Taxi “Taxi With Us” (520) 881-2227 Call or see website
Shuttle AZ Stagecoach (520) 889-1000 $42 one-way, $78 roundtrip
Bus Sun Tran (520) 792-9222 $1/adult, call or see website for routes
Rental Car All major rental car companies available

From Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
Milage: Tucson ~120 miles (~1.5 hr driving time)
Note: Arizona Shuttle runs only to designated locations in Tucson

Service Company Phone Rates to Tucson (one way)
Shuttle Arizona Shuttle (800) 888-2749
(520) 795-6771
$33 one way, pickup at terminals 2, 3, and 4
Rental Car All major rental car companies available


Q:  Will Funding Exchange pay for Member Foundation staff to attend?

Yes, each Funding Exchange Network member foundation is invited to send two individuals (board or staff) at no cost to that foundation.  FEX will pay for hotel rooms at double occupancy and flight/ground transportation. Additional staff and board members are welcome to attend, but are required to register and pay the reduced conference rate above, as well as their own air/ground transportation.

Q: How do I pay for the conference?

After you register, you will receive an email invoice.  Payment may be made by check or credit card, but must be completed by August 15.

Q: But isn’t Arizona being boycotted?

Activist organizations in Arizona have asked us to return. Hispanic and other immigrant workers make up a large percentage of the hospitality and service workforces in the state of Arizona –  in excess of 30 and 40 percent, respectively, which includes hotels, traveling services and restaurants – all businesses that are directly effected by a boycott of the state. Especially during this time of economic instability and high unemployment, these boycotts may wind up hurting the very group of people that its supporters are attempting to help.

Q: Why isn’t it being held in a location where FEX has a member fund?

We need our voices to be heard. Our visit to Arizona will enable us to witness the work that is being done and the work that has yet to be done to bring justice to the people of Arizona.  FEX has identified Arizona as a site for development of a new local member fund to build a permanent institutional and financial base to support social change through fundraising for state-wide grant making programs.

Q: Who should attend?

  • FEX member fund staff.
  • Activists who are grantees of FEX or a FEX member fund
  • Those working to build capacity of their public foundation – whether it is a FEX-affiliated fund or an ally
  • Institutional donors wishing to understand how to work with a network of nimble funds with feet on the ground to leverage and expand the grant making impact.
  • Individual donor activists wishing to close the distance between their contributions and projects supporting change – both emotionally and operationally; and to connect with other activists in a ‘no solicitation’ zone.

So that the conference space is open and comfortable for all attendees, it is designated as a ‘no solicitation’ zone.  We ask all attendees to honor this space.

Q: What should you do?

  • Register!
  • Share this Save the Date with others!
  • Check the website for updates on agenda, speakers, and opportunities.
  • Tweet your participation using the tag #FEXinAZ – follow us on Twitter at @fundingxchange

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