Frequently Asked Questions

When is the conference?

The conference officially begins at the Welcome Reception, Tuesday, March 14th at 6:30 PM, and ends at 3:00 PM Thursday, March 16th (see below for information related to pre and post conference events).  Working group meetings and an open space for networking wll be available from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Thursday. Check the agenda for details.

Where is the conference?

The conference is located at The Hotel Monteleone in the French Quarter of New Orleans. The address is 214 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130.

Where do I check in?

The registration table will be located in the 1st floor lobby of The Hotel Monteleone. The Welcome Reception will be held on the roof deck, adjacent to the pool area.

When can I check in?

The registration table will be open Tuesday from 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Wednesday from 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM, and Thursday from 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM.

What is the dress code?

Business casual clothing is recommended for most sessions, however, festive attire is encouraged Wednesday for the Evening Keynote, Plenary, Parade and Gala. There will be time to change before the Evening Keynote as well as a short break from 6:30 – 6:45 PM before the Toast to Impact Advisors.

Keep in mind that it may rain throughout the week of the conference. Please bring a raincoat and/or umbrella.

I am not a Confluence member. What can I attend?

Prior to the official start of the conference on Tuesday evening, non-member grantmakers are welcome to sign up for the Welcome Intensive (Monday + Tuesday morning) and Field Trips (Tuesday afternoon) for an additional fee. Non-member advisors cannot attend the Tuesday morning and afternoon programming.

The Practitioners Institute, Tuesday morning, is open to Practitioner and Advisor Members only.

During the conference’s regular programming, Tuesday evening through Thursday afternoon, non-members are welcome to attend all sessions and events, except invitation-only meals and the Confluence Membership Meeting on Thursday afternoon.

I am a Confluence member, but not a Practitioner. What can I attend?

Basic and Advisor members are welcome to attend all sessions during the conference. Advisor Members are also welcome to attend the Practitioners Institute Tuesday morning. Basic members may not attend Tuesday’s Practitioners Institute with keynotes Kate Wolford and David Simas.

What is a second-line parade and how do I participate?

A second-line parade is a New Orleans tradition, designed purely to have fun. We will walk together from the hotel to the site of the evening gala (about 15 minutes) accompanied by the Kinfolk Brass Band and Mardi Gras Indians in elaborate ceremonial costumes. It will begin directly after the Toast to Impact Advisors at 6:45 PM. Wine, beads and other goodies will be provided, and festive attire is highly encouraged!


Pre-Conference Events FAQs:

What are the pre-conference events and who can attend?

Throughout Monday, March 13th and Tuesday, March 14th, Confluence is hosting several special programs. Registration is required to attend all pre-conference programs and certain events are reserved for Practitioner Members only. See an overview of each event here:

Welcome Intensive – Spanning from Monday at 1:00 PM – Tuesday at 12:00 PM, this two-day intensive is open to asset owners interested in learning about the basic concepts in mission related investing. Dinner and cocktails will be provided at Domenica Restaurant (offsite, nearby/walking distance) for Intensive participants only Monday evening from 6:30 – 10:00 PM.

Tuesday Practitioners Institute – This 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM session is for Practitioner and Advisor Members only. It will feature plenaries by David Simas and Kate Wolford as well as an opening session, What’s Love Got to Do With It? Aligning our Values to Build a Sustainable, Inclusive America.

All Institute registrants are invited to participate in the afternoon field trips. Attendees must register for each trips in advance.

Field Trips – From 12:30 SHARP! – 4:30 PM, all Practitioner and Advisor Members participating in the Institute as well non-member asset owners are invited to attend a unique fieldtrip. These include:

•       Affordable Housing in the Aftermath of Katrina (Bus Tour)

•       Building Community Resilience in the Face of Sea Level Rise (Kayak Expedition)

•       Supporting Local Economies through Sustainable Food (Bike Tour)

•       The Legacies of Slavery: The Prison Industrial Complex and Human Trafficking (Trip to the Whitney Plantation)

•       An Uncommon Conversation: Shift the Culture – Change the Game

I’m not currently registered for a pre-conference event but want to attend. What do I do now?

Contact Confluence staff at

What should I wear on the bike or boat field trips?

New Orleans will be between 60-85 degrees Fahrenheit and it will likely rain at some point. We recommend bringing comfortable clothing and a rain coat in case there are light showers throughout the trip.