Funders from all sectors are invited to join us for a very special event: The National Conference for Media Reform (NCMR), taking place this year in Denver, April 5-7.
At NCMR, we’ll explore how technology is changing our world, examine how new communications policy shapes a host of social issues, look at the future of journalism and public media, and discuss strategies to foster democracy, equity, and innovation in the digital age.
This conference provides foundation staff, individual donors and philanthropic advisors a tremendous opportunity to learn, network, share ideas and converse. Media Democracy Fund is hosting a special conference funder delegation, which will provide additional funder-only programming, special VIP access to conference speakers, and support for navigating the event. We hope you’ll join us.
Who attends NCMR?
NCMR is an event for funders, activists, media makers, educators and policy makers from a range different interests and issue areas. The conference attracts over 2,000 participants from a wide range of disciplines and social and political interest areas.
What kind of programming does the conference offer?
NCMR is a big event, showcasing over 50 panels and workshops throughout the 2 1/2 day event. There will be sessions about technology and innovation, policy and politics, journalism and public media, arts and culture, social justice and movement building. Read about the conference themes here.
In addition to panels and workshops, the conference offers keynotes from major speakers and performances that inspire. Past keynoters have included journalist Bill Moyers, Senator Al Franken, CNN commentator Van Jones, and actor/activists Jane Fonda and Geena Davis. Review previous conferences here.
Who’s already part of the funder delegation?
Please contact us if you’d like to see a list of funders who have already planned to join us. It will be a fun and collegial group of people from a variety of funding entities (small to large), representing a diverse array of program interests and a wide range of involvement in communications funding (from merely curious to deeply engaged).
What will the funder delegation do?
Funders who are part of our delegation are welcome to explore the conference in any way they choose, and we will provide additional support and programming opportunities to help funders navigate and get the most out of this large event. We will offer tips on which sessions to check out each day, as well as insider info about the hottest topics at the event. We will host an intimate dinner with engaging guests. We’ll organize informal funder-only breakfasts each day for delegation members to network and share with each other what they’ve seen and learned. We’ll help introduce funders to leaders in the field, and we will arrange special VIP meet-and-greet opportunities with high profile speakers.
Who is eligible for the funder delegation?
We welcome individual donors and philanthropic advisors as well as representatives from private foundations, public grant making organizations, corporate foundations, tribal philanthropies, and family foundations. We also welcome staff of affinity groups, regional associations, and other organizations serving philanthropy.
Please note that the funder delegation is for learning and networking, not for solicitation. If you are from a philanthropic organization that is also a grant seeker, you must agree to a strict no-pitch policy to participate in the delegation.
Who do I contact with questions?
MDF Associate Director Yolanda Hippensteele can answer any of your questions about the funder delegation and most questions about NCMR itself. Yolanda produced four previous iterations of NCMR when she was Outreach Director at Free Press, so she knows the event well. Email Yolanda.
You can also review all the information available on the conference web site.
How do I join the funder delegation to NCMR?
Simply send an email to Yolanda Hippensteele. Please include your name, grant making affiliation and your full contact information. There is no additional cost to join the delegation, though you must stillregister for the conference through Free Press’ site and book your own travel arrangements.
Where should I stay?
We recommend that all funders who are part of our delegation stay at the Sheraton Denver Downtown hotel, which is connected to the conference venue. If you find that the hotel is booked, please contact us and we’ll try to help.
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel
1550 Court Place
Denver, Colorado 80202
Group Code: NCMR 2013
Click here to reserve your room or call (888) 627-8405
When should I plan to travel to and from Denver?
If you plan to attend the entire event, you should arrive on the afternoon or evening of Thursday, April 4 and depart on the afternoon of Sunday, April 7. Conference programming is slated to start at 9am on Friday, April 5 and end at noon on Sunday, April 7.
HOPE YOU’LL JOIN US!