You must fill out the online workshop form to submit your proposal. You will receive a confirmation email after submitting your form, which will include a copy of your proposal.
Keep in mind that we are looking for ideas, not necessarily fully developed workshops. If you need help with speakers, say so in your submission; if connections to people in other parts of the country would make a more balanced proposal, write that down. You will have time to more fully develop your workshop during the spring.
Florida is a cultural, economic, and trade gateway to and from the United States. It is home to fertile foodsheds, a mosaic of cultures, and more than eighty distinct ecosystems shaped by human-environmental interactions. A place where the further north you go the more culturally southern it becomes, Florida has for hundreds of years reflected and been shaped by its neighbors in Central and South America and the Caribbean.
The 15th Annual SAFSF Forum in Gainesville, Florida will draw inspiration from the surrounding region, which has extensive cattle ranching, forestry, and aquaculture; the University of Florida—a land-grant university; and the largest convergence of first-magnitude freshwater springs in the world. Here, and like many places, issues critical to the world’s health and vitality flow together, creating clashes and synergies with the potential to impact our collective futures. The Forum will explore what it means to listen to and learn from the source, highlighting themes relevant to us all: gender, justice, immigration, and equity; agriculture, fisheries, and forestry; international, indigenous, and rural voices; water and climate change; land use and development; and more. Stories and lived experiences from community stakeholders, coupled with contextual data and analysis, will challenge, support, and equip us in our work as catalysts for transformation. Join us in Gainesville—“where nature and culture meet.”
Participation in SAFSF events is open to those organizations using grantmaking or investments as a core strategy to fulfill their mission and who make grants or invest more than $50,000 annually. This includes individual donors, executive and program staff, and members of the board of grantmaking organizations (family foundations, individual donors, corporate foundations, government, community foundations, etc.), as well as representatives of non-profit or for-profit investment enterprises. Development or fundraising staff are not permitted to participate in SAFSF events.
SAFSF’s annual forum is for funders only. We welcome all types of funders: family foundations, individual donors, corporate foundations, government, community foundations, etc. If you are unsure whether you qualify as a funder, please contact email@example.com.
Hotel Shuttle The Hilton University of Florida Conference Center Gainesville has a courtesy airport shuttle available to guests upon availability. Call (352) 371-3600 to inquire about the shuttle’s availability.
Taxi fares range from $20-25 depending on traffic; Uber/Lyft fares range from $15-20.
No, you will not need a car while attending the Forum. We provide bus transportation for all site visits. You can walk, take cabs, or the hotel shuttle (depending on availability) to get to restaurants for the dine-arounds.
All Funder Attendees(including those who are moderating or speaking): You are responsible for making your own reservations directly with the hotel. Book early as we expect to sell out our room block. Reserve your room here.
Invited speakers from non-funder organizations: SAFSF staff, or your funder sponsor, will book your hotel room and provide you with a confirmation number. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes, site visits happen regardless of what the weather brings. The 2017 Forum has five choices of full-day site visits on Wednesday, June 28th, and an optional afternoon site visit on Thursday, June 29th.
Be sure to bring a water bottle with you on the site visits and wear comfortable clothing. It can be very hot in Gainesville in mid-June-hats and sunscreen are highly recommended.
IMPORTANT: Anyone attending a site visit must wear closed-toed shoes!
Yes, there will be a resource table for those wanting to bring materials. If you have a publication to share, please bring two copies and two business cards for samples on our resource table. A small bag will go next to each publication for interested individuals to put their business cards in. At the end of the Forum, pick up your bag and sample materials. Please then send materials to those interested.
Important: You will be responsible for picking up your sample materials and business card bag on Thursday, June 29th by 5pm.
The Hilton University of Florida Conference Center Gainesville must be notified in advance of shipping any materials to ensure proper acceptance of items upon arrival at the hotel. Please call (352) 371-3600 to arrange this with the hotel.