Conference Information & Registration

Conference Hotel

NOTICE: The Omni Hotel has filled up for the conference dates. You may now find new options for accommodations below.

Hyatt Regency Atlanta
(Five blocks from Conference Site)
265 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30303-1294
(404) 577-1234, or (800) 233-1234
GIA Conference rate is $179 + applicable taxes

Embassy Suites Atlanta Centennial Park
(Next door to the conference site)
267 Marietta Street
Atlanta, Georgia, 30313
(404) 223-2300
GIA Conference rate $179 + applicable taxes

Conference Eligibility

Conference attendance is open to staff and trustees of GIA member organizations and staff and trustees of organizations that are eligible for GIA membership. Conference attendance is also open to donors with donor-advised funds at community foundations or charitable gift funds. Memberships are available to private, community, corporate, and family foundations, as well as public sector grantmakers, regranting organizations whose primary purpose is arts grantmaking, and individual donors who give through eligible organizations. Membership is not required for conference attendance. If you have questions about eligibility, please call GIA (206) 624-2312.

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 programming and/or policy, and not by fundraising or development staff.

Registration Deadlines

Early registration fees must be received by August 15, 2008. Regular registration fees will be accepted by mail and online until Friday, September 19. After September 20, registration fees will be accepted on site only. Call GIA to confirm availability of space for registration after September 20, 2008.

Registration Rates

Early registration rates

 GIA Members, first individual from organization$500 
 GIA Members, additional individuals from organization$425 

Regular Registration Rates

 GIA Members$575 
 Single Day Rate$300 
 Guest fee*$100 

* includes Sunday night opening reception and
 Tuesday night dinner events only.

Pre-Conference Registration Rates

 Rural Arts Funders Pre-conference$200 
 Arts and Social Justice Pre-conference$200 
 Understanding the Changing Arts Environment:
 Putting Research and Data to Work for You
 Sweet Auburn Avenue Tour$75 
 Sweet Auburn Guest$75 
 Atlanta BeltLine Tour$75 
 Atlanta BeltLine Guest$75 

Cancellation Policy

All conference registration cancellations must be submitted in writing. Please send a fax or email to Grantmakers in the Arts: FAX 206.624.5568; email

Cancellation fees will be assessed as follows:

Accessibility and Dietary Needs

If you have specific accessibility or dietary needs, please indicate your needs on the conference registration form. To receive the best possible service, advance notice is recommended. If you have questions or an additional request, please call GIA at (206) 624-2312.


Registrants may bring guests to this conference. Evening social activities are open to guests, as noted above, although they may not attend other conference sessions. Guests are welcome to register for those pre-conference journeys where a guest fee is shown. Members will be given priority for pre-conference registration through August 15, 2008.


October temperatures in Atlanta average in the low to mid- seventies.

Name Badges

Your name badge is required for admission to all conference functions, including meals, sessions, and evening events.

Registration Hours

On arrival at the Omni CNN Center, please pick up your conference materials, including your name badge, at the conference registration desk in the North Tower that will be open:

 Friday, Oct. 104:00 pm – 6:00 pm
(for pre-conference departures)
 Saturday, Oct. 118:00 am – 10:00 am
(for pre-conference departures)
 Sunday, Oct. 128:00 am – 7:00 pm
 Monday, Oct. 138:00 am – 6:00 pm
 Tuesday, Oct. 148:00 am – 6:00 pm
 Wednesday, Oct. 158:00 am – 1:00 pm

Resource Center

Each year we end up recycling hundreds of publications and reports that go unclaimed. This year there’s a new “green” plan in place. Participants are asked to send one sample copy of reports, publications, or research for the resource room, and make the commitment to mail or email copies to attendees who request a copy. Through a miracle of modern technology, participants will be able to “sign up” for those publications they wish to have sent to them.

Single copies of publications for the resource room should be sent to arrive by Friday, October 10 to:

Attn: Linda Mikkelsen, GIA Conference
Omni Hotel CNN Center
100 CNN Center
Atlanta, GA 30303

Never Been to a GIA Conference?

New participants are invited to meet GIA’s board, staff and other GIA members at a “Newcomers Reception” on Sunday at 5:30 pm at the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center. Shuttles will begin departing the hotel at 5:15.

On Monday evening there will also be a series of informal dine-around dinners that provide opportunities to meet new colleagues and make connections.

First time registrants also watch for emails to come with suggestions for getting the most out of your GIA conference experience.

Organizations and Individuals New to GIA

Half-price Membership Offer

The annual GIA conference is an important meeting ground for grantmakers, and we want to hear new voices. We’re offering a special half-price membership rate to grantmaking organizations attending the conference and joining GIA for the first time. For specific eligibility information and more details, please contact GIA at (206) 624-2312 or Mylinda Sneed at

Roundtable Discussions

GIA continues the tradition of informal breakfast roundtable discussions, this year on Monday and Wednesday mornings only. Roundtable discussion topics will be listed in the program, and there are open spaces if you would like to organize a last-minute discussion.