2016 GIA Conference
Saint Paul, MN   October 16–19
A Confluence of People, Cultures, and Ideas

Conference Information & Registration

Conference Eligibility

The GIA Conference is the annual national convening for arts grantmakers. Conference attendance is open to staff or board members of organizations whose primary activity is grantmaking and are eligible for GIA membership, including foundations, public funding agencies, corporate giving programs, and nonprofit grantmakers. Full eligibility criteria can be found on our Membership page. While all organizations must meet eligibility criteria, membership is not required for conference attendance.

Grantmaking organizations that also solicit funds may only be represented by individuals whose roles involve grantmaking, programming, and/or policy. Fundraising or development staff are not eligible to attend. In addition, individuals who serve on the board of a National Partner organization are not eligible to attend.

Contact gia@giarts.org with questions regarding conference eligibility.

A Brief Word on Fundraising Ethics

To preserve the capacity for open discussion, all attendees must refrain from fundraising or solicitation. Organizations that solicit funds are expected to be represented only by individuals whose roles involve grantmaking, programming and/or policy, and not by fundraising or development staff.

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Registration Rates

Early Registration Rates (Payment received by August 31, 2016)

GIA Members, first individual from organization$575  
GIA Members, additional individuals from organization*$500  
Single Day Rate$300  
Minneapolis Art and Culture Tours$100  

Regular Registration Rates (Payment received on or after September 1, 2016)

GIA Members$625  
Single Day Rate$300  
Minneapolis Art and Culture Tours$100  

  * Group Registrations

In order to receive the group discount, all participants from the same organization must be registered together on the same registration. We recommend registering all participants in your group at one time. If you wish to add additional participants after your registration is complete, you must log in using the password you designate for this account and add them to the existing registration in order to receive the group discount.

Conference Hotel Information

InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront Hotel
11 Kellogg Blvd E
Saint Paul, MN 55101
(651) 292-1900

Special conference rate: $175.00/night, based on availability, through September 22, 2016.

We strongly encourage all conference attendees to reserve their guest rooms directly through the hotel. Scammers have targeted attendees of many conferences by falsely claiming to be affiliated with the conference and making claims of cheaper hotel rooms.

Guest Fee

The guest fee is $125 and permits guests of conference attendees to attend the following conference social events:

Please note that conference plenary sessions, meals, and conference breakout sessions are not open to guests.

Cancellation Policy

Refunds for cancellations will be processed as follows:

Cancellation DateRefund Available
Prior to September 1, 201690% of registration paid
September 1-30, 201650% of registration paid
After September 30, 2016No refund available


GIA is committed to making this conference accessible to everyone. Please indicate on your registration form if you require an accommodation or service, and we will do our best to accommodate your request. If you have any questions, please contact us at gia@giarts.org or by phone at (206) 624-2312.

Sustainability at the Conference

In keeping with GIA’s commitment to sustainability and the environment, we do not offer a resource table for distribution of materials at the GIA conference. GIA regularly provides current reports, research, and materials of interest and relevance to the public on our website. Additionally, to further reduce waste, GIA does not provide conference tote bags or miscellaneous handouts.

Conference Documentation

GIA reserves the right to record conference proceedings through videography, photography, and written documentation, including blogs and social media, for non-commercial use on its website and in publications.