2018 Foundation Conversation 10/15/2018 10/15/2018 10/15/201810/15/201810/15/201810/15/2018 TIAA Wharton Auditorium New York, NY

About the Conversation

The program’s goal is to help college leaders understand why foundations choose the areas of support that they do and why they choose to fund certain projects in order to serve their larger purposes. CIC also hopes that the meeting will help foundation leaders understand how creative and effective many of the lesser-known small colleges are and how helpful these institutions can be in advancing the foundations’ goals. The meeting is emphatically not intended for foundation leaders to recite their program guidelines, nor for college presidents to press specific proposals.


  • Stephanie Bell-Rose, Head, TIAA Institute, and Senior Managing Director, TIAA
  • Sean Buffington, Vice President, Henry Luce Foundation
  • Andrew Delbanco, President, Teagle Foundation
  • Daryl A. Graham, Senior Vice President, Philanthropy, Strada Education Network
  • Sarah L. Simmons, Assistant Director, Science Education, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • Eugene M. Tobin, Senior Program Officer, Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • Rebeca Vargas, President and CEO, U.S.-Mexico Foundation

Who May Participate

In order to preserve the candid nature of the Foundation Conversation, only CIC member presidents are invited to participate; development and other campus officers may not attend. CIC also encourages effective interaction by keeping the meeting small, limited to approximately 100 presidents. For that reason, your early registration is encouraged.

Location and Hotel

The 2018 Foundation Conversation will take place at the TIAA Wharton Auditorium in New York City (730 Third Avenue, between 45th and 46th Streets), from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

For those needing hotel accommodations, a block of rooms is being held at a discounted rate at the Westin New York Grand Central.
212 East 42nd Street
New York, New York, 10017
Phone: (212) 490-8900 or (866) 961-3782

Room Rate: $329 per night plus state and local taxes (currently 14.75% plus $3.50 daily occupancy fee) for single or double occupancy. Please refer to CIC when calling to make your reservation or you may book online.

Reservation Deadline: Monday, September 17, 2018.
(Please note: The room block may fill up before this date, and any available rooms after the block is full may not be at the discounted rate.)

The Westin New York Grand Central is located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan (at 42nd Street and 3rd Avenue) and just a five-minute walk from TIAA’s headquarters. The hotel is ideally situated just a few short blocks from renowned landmarks, including the Empire State Building, Bryant Park, the New York Public Library, and the United Nations Headquarters. The Westin is easily accessible from New York’s three area airports and is about a seven-minute walk from New York’s Grand Central Station.

Check-in is at 3:00 p.m. and check-out is at 12:00 noon. Please note that cancellations must be made 24 hours prior to arrival. Any reservation not cancelled or any no-shows will be charged one night’s room rate plus applicable sales tax.

If you have questions, please contact David Brailow, CIC’s vice president for development, at (202) 466-7230 or dbrailow@cic.nche.edu.

Registration Information

The registration fee for the 2018 Foundation Conversation is $150.

Confirmation of your registration will be sent by email upon receipt of payment. Please note that CIC requires full payment by credit card at the time of registration. Full refunds of the registration fee will be given for cancellations received no later than September 17, 2018. Cancellations received after September 17 are ineligible for a refund. Please send cancellation requests, in writing, to Sherita Ashmon, CIC conference manager, at sashmon@cic.nche.edu.