NowNext logo representing the theme of the Foundation Leadership Forum 2020


January 26-28, 2020
Manchester Grand Hyatt
San Diego, California

Lead for today and tomorrow in an era of great expectations.

A not-to-be-missed event, AGB’s Foundation Leadership Forum will ensure that you return to your boardroom inspired, energized, and better equipped and connected than ever to lead with confidence in 2020 and beyond.

It’s not just a conference theme, it’s everything we’re bringing to Forum 2020. Find out here, what’s new at this year’s Forum. We’re excited; we think you’ll be too!

Save the date for our 2021 Forum: January 24–26, 2021 | Hyatt Grand Cypress | Orlando, FL

Quick facts:

An annual conference for institutionally related foundations (IRFs) that convenes more than 600 participants from across the U.S.

The only national conference focused on board governance for IRF board and executive leaders.

One full day and two half days of programming from January 26-28, 2020.

Delivers innovative strategies and best practices in the context of today’s complex and shifting landscape; thoughtfully curated for relevance to higher education leadership.

Includes four pre-conference sessions, four plenaries, and 30 concurrent sessions designed to support thematic tracks.

Plenary sessions tackle big issues, cover provocative topics, and feature some of the most innovative leaders and thinkers in higher education today.


AGB’s Foundation Leadership Forum is the only national conference of its kind. Each January university and college foundation board members and chief executives from across the country join campus presidents and other senior staff for two and a half days of ideas, discussion, learning, and networking.

Focused on governance issues facing institutionally related foundations and their boards, the Forum creates opportunities for board leaders and executive teams to share insights, ask important questions, and learn how to create solutions-based strategies founded on best practices. The program strikes a balance between high-level discussions that address today’s—and tomorrow’s—challenges and guidance on practices that have solidified AGB’s reputation as the gold standard for effecting excellence in higher education governance.

Six Key Reasons to Attend.


Foster strong working partnerships between the board chair and foundation chief executive, board members attending as a team, leadership from both the foundation and the institution it serves, and the foundation chief executive, members of the executive team, board professionals, and legal counsel.


Learn about evolving best practices and ways foundations are navigating current and emerging challenges.


Enhance the leadership capacity of new board members, chairs, and committee leaders.


Identify new and creative ways to advance the strategic priorities of your college or university and strengthen the institution-foundation relationship.


Network with the 600-plus peers from other foundations across the country.


Connect, learn, share, and be inspired.

Download the Forum App.

Yes, there’s an app for that. New to the Foundation Leadership Forum this year, the official event app, powered by Eventpedia, is designed to enhance your conference experience.

This interactive app will enable participants to:

  • Network and connect with fellow Forum attendees;
  • View the event program, speaker biographies, and sponsor information;
  • Create a personalized schedule of sessions;
  • Link social media accounts to share experiences live;

And much, much more.

To download the app, search “AGB Events and Programs” in the App Store or the Google Play Store on your Apple or Android device. Alternatively, simply scan the QR code below to get started: