Public Interest Projects’ Convenings of the U.S. Human Rights Fund
November 7-9, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
June 14-17, 2010 in Los Angeles, California
January 11-14, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana
The 2011 convening “Using Human Rights to Achieve Racial Justice: We Shall Overcome,” hosted by the U.S. Human Rights Fund with support from The Overbrook Foundation, Ford Foundation, and Just and Fair Schools Fund, was attended by 150 advocates and funders. Events with Ginger & Co. provided conference and event planning services, including the registration website, making travel reservations and communicating with attendees, and coordinating arrangements for the course of events over the three-day convening.
The 2010 convening brought together 15 funders and 80 advocates working on three inter-related human rights campaigns to develop new campaign strategies and advocacy skills, and explore collaborations. The following conference event planning services were provided: travel arrangements; meals, including a welcome reception and two off-site dinners:
2 ½ days of meetings:
and three site visits:
Working with Ginger is an experience unlike any other. Convenings and special events are by nature a stressful experience for the hosts. So many people’s needs to be addressed, so many details to consider. Ginger’s organizational skills expertly bring order to chaos. She identifies a problem and is able to nip it before it has a chance to derail the process. Ginger is a systems person. She has event planning down to a science and navigates you through each bump and curve with grace and calm. It has been more than a pleasure to have Ginger at the helm of our special events–she is magic.
- U.S. Human Rights Fund, June 2010
The 2009 Global Strategy Exchange Convening was an opportunity for the organization’s grantees to meet and learn from key international human rights activists. The conference and meeting planning needs included hotel and travel arrangements for 140 attendees, two days of meetings, two days of site visits around New Orleans and Mississippi and all food and beverage, including an off-site group dinner.
For more information on the 2009 event, visit our blog post “There’s Nothing Like a New Orleans Event.”
The U.S. Human Rights Fund retained Ginger to help plan a convening we held in New Orleans, in January 2009. Participants included 130 U.S. based grantees and donors to the Fund, and international guests from 13 different countries. The program was a combination of on-site meetings and dinner receptions, four different half-day, off-site tours throughout New Orleans, and a full day's trip to Mississippi's Gulfport. I simply cannot overstate how critical Ginger's involvement was to the success of our convening. Throughout the five month planning process Ginger kept our staff organized and attentive to key logistical and budgetary decisions, while independently handling a multitude of other details that I am sure I will never know about. She was without fail flexible, professional, and responsive with each and every one of our staff members and guests, and most importantly, despite the complications of international travel and such a diverse program, the logistics went off flawlessly over each of the four days. Without hesitation, I recommend Ginger for any event needs!
- Public Interest Projects, January 2009
The Libra Foundation’s Grantee Convening
October 17-19, 2011
For three days in Chicago, all of The Libra Foundation’s grantees were brought together for a first time convening to network and get to know the work of grantee organizations from their three priority areas: women’s rights, environmental sustainability, and social justice and drug policy reform, all working within a human rights framework.
We provided conference event planning services including: managing the budget, handling online registration and individual attendee communications, vendor coordination and meeting needs, transportation and travel booking, and on-site management, all while keeping the client fully informed through timely updates.
Photos credit: Hiroshi Landazuri