Participant Guidelines - Exponent Philanthropy

Participant Guidelines


Exponent Philanthropy programs are open to foundation donors, trustees, and staff; individual donors; donor advised fund holders; members of giving circles; board and staff of philanthropic support organizations; and Exponent Philanthropy sustaining and professional partners.

The attendance of any party shall be within the sole discretion of Exponent Philanthropy. Exponent Philanthropy programs are not open to solicitors and/or grantseekers.

If you are unsure about whether you are eligible to attend, please contact us at or 202-580-6560.

Non-Solicitation Policy

All Exponent Philanthropy programs are non-solicitation environments and shall not be used for commercial sales pitches, self-promotion, or unwarranted criticism of a competitor. Exponent Philanthropy reserves the right to take action as necessary to address violations of this policy.

Code of Conduct

Program participants, including speakers and exhibitors, are expected to behave in a courteous and respectful manner, refraining from language and actions that might bring discredit upon themselves, their organization, and/or Exponent Philanthropy. Such conduct includes, but is not limited to, harassment; discrimination; inappropriate language; actions disrupting the businesslike atmosphere; failing to obey all local, state, and federal laws; and/or activities that endanger self and others.


Unless otherwise specified, attire for all Exponent Philanthropy programs is business casual. Meeting room temperatures vary, so you may want to dress in layers.

Photo Release

Exponent Philanthropy will, from time to time, use photographs/video of program participants in its promotional materials. All program participants acknowledge that they may be photographed/videotaped by Exponent Philanthropy or its official photographer/videographer while at the program and that the photographs/video may be used in future print and electronic promotional materials. If you do not wish your likeness to be used in this way, please contact or 202-580-6560 within 48 hours of conclusion of the program.

Program Participant List

For networking purposes, some Exponent Philanthropy programs will include the distribution of a participant list that provides the following contact information for each individual attending the program: first name, last name, foundation/organization name, city, state, and e-mail address. If you do not wish to have your contact information included in a participant list, please e-mail Exponent Philanthropy at

Cancellation and Substitution Policy

Unless otherwise specified, substitutions are accepted at any time for most programs. For paid Exponent Philanthropy programs, cancellations on or before the program cancellation date are subject to a processing fee, up to 50% of the program fee. Cancellations on or after the cancellation date are non-refundable. Refunds will be issued after the program in the same manner in which you paid, by check and mailed, or by credit card. Please submit all substitutions or cancellations by e-mail to; by mail to Exponent Philanthropy, 1720 N Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036; or by fax to 202-580-6579.

Our Commitment to Racial Equity

Exponent Philanthropy values the perspectives and contributions of all people and seeks to incorporate the viewpoints of diverse communities in our work. We are committed to and working toward a culture that advances diversity, equity, and inclusion within our organization and among our community of lean funders.

We strive to create a community of lean funders sensitive to society’s systemic and cultural inequities and how equitable and inclusive practices result in greater philanthropic impact.

In planning programs, we explicitly address equity-centered and catalytic practices, elevate BIPOC voices, and present material with a lens that acknowledges society’s systemic and cultural inequities.

For more information, see our resources:

  1. How Racial Equity Supports Better Grantmaking Practices
  2. Grantmaking for Equity: Essential, Fundamental Practices
  3. A Call for Creative Catalytic Philanthropy
  4. Exponent Philanthropy’s 2020-2025 Strategic Plan

Our Commitment to Disability Inclusion

Exponent Philanthropy is committed to disability inclusion in our work and at our programs. Each program page shares the accessibility measures planned. Please contact us at or call 202-580-6560 by to review your accommodation needs or add a note in your program registration.