Animal Grantmakers 2021 Conference: The Common Good

Registration is Open!

Join us at the Institute for Human-Animal Connection at the University of Denver; for our day of special sessions at Philanthropy Southwest’s 73rd Annual Conference at the Omni Oklahoma City Hotel; or come to both!

These back-to-back learning and networking events mark our return to in-person gatherings, but will offer the chance to participate virtually.

The Common Good:
Advancing the Wellbeing of Animals, People and the Planet

Reconnect with colleagues, hear from experts on a range of animal topics and issues of concern, enhance your grantcraft and take a deep dive into human-animal interconnectedness at the 2021 Animal Grantmakers Conference hosted by the Institute for Human-Animal Connection at the University of Denver. The event will include a field trip to Freedom Service Dogs, lunch at a surprise location, a cocktail reception, gala dinner, and more! Program information will be updated regularly.

Register by October 8. If you would like to reserve a room at the
J.W. Marriott Denver Cherry Creek at the special conference rate, contact Lisa Rapps at no later than October 8.

You can also register to attend online through October 15.

The Common Good:
Why Animals Matter to People and Philanthropy

Immediately prior to the Annual Conference in Denver, Animal Grantmakers will be sponsoring a special, one-day program track at Philanthropy Southwest's 73rd Annual Conference at the Omni Oklahoma City Hotel on Wednesday, October 20.

In addition to our animal-themed sessions and all general sessions at Philanthropy Southwest on October 20, Animal Grantmakers members in attendance at the conference are invited to a private Opening Night Reception at the brand new Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center (sponsored by the Kirkpatrick Family Fund and Kirkpatrick Foundation) on October 19 and a unique event featuring Project Coyote (planned by the Summerlee Foundation) after dinner on October 20. Program information will be updated regularly.

Note: In-person registrations will be limited to 25 attendees, and available to Animal Grantmakers members only on a first-come, first-served basis. Register and reserve your room at the Omni Hotel at the special conference rate today!

Non-members may register to attend online through October 15, and are also welcome to register for the Philanthropy Southwest Conference directly. Members who plan to participate virtually should also register by October 15.

Those who attend both events live can take a short flight from Oklahoma City to Denver on Thursday, October 21, 2021.

At both events, Animal Grantmakers will be following local COVID-19 mandates and guidelines, and ensuring that attendees comply with the requirements and requests at each venue to be visited. Specific requirements and guidelines can be found by clicking on the following links:

If you are interested in becoming an Animal Grantmakers 2021 Conference Sponsor (sponsorships include visibility at both events), please contact Please direct all other conference inquiries to

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