Frequently Asked Questions

When is the conference?

The conference officially begins at the Welcome Reception, Tuesday, March 13th at 6:30 PM, and ends at 3:00 PM Thursday, March 15th (see below for information related to pre and post conference events). Working group meetings and an open space for networking will 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 Berkeley Marina Hotel in Berkeley, California. The address is 2200 Marina Blvd, Berkeley, CA 94710.

Where do I check in?

The registration table will be located in the 1st floor lobby of the hotel. The Welcome Reception will be held in the Bayview Ballroom and adjacent lawn.

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 and Gala. There will be time to change before buses depart for the Wednesday evening gala at 5:15 PM.

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 Investor and Practitioner 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?

Confluence Practitioner members are welcome to attend all sessions during the conference. Advisor Members are also welcome to attend the Practitioners Institute Tuesday morning. Associate members may not attend Tuesday’s Practitioners Institute.


Pre-Conference Events FAQs:

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

Throughout Monday, March 12th and Tuesday, March 13th, 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 investors interested in learning about the basic concepts in mission related investing. Dinner and cocktails will be provided 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 Investor and Practitioner Advisor Members only. It will feature an opening session on the Future of Jobs.

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

Field Trips – From 12:00 SHARP! – 4:00 PM, all Practitioner and Advisor Members participating in the Institute as well non-member investors are invited to attend a unique field trip. 


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 field trips?

March in the Bay Area can be quite chilly, but also sunny and warm. Plan for temperatures between 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit during the day with noticeably cooler evenings. We recommend bringing comfortable clothing and a rain coat in case there are light showers throughout the trip.