Animal Grantmakers 2022 Conference

October 23 – 26, 2022
Residence Inn
Berkeley, California


Animal Grantmakers is the nation’s only funder affinity group focused on protecting and enabling the well-being of all animals. Together, we envision a safer and kinder world for animals—and a better and more sustainable future for us all. Join us in the beautiful Bay Area of Northern California as we gather with peer funders, grantees and other experts in the field, and leaders of animal and environmental protection organizations in the region to strengthen our collective impact.

This unparalleled conference will feature: 

Rich presentations and discussions with leading experts on a wide range of animals and animal issues, with a focus on Animal Sentience
In partnership with Farmed Animal Funders, sessions on ending factory farming and other topics of mutual interest
Opportunities throughout to connect and collaborate with dozens of other animal funders
Discussions about how funders can advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in our work
Dynamic formats, including keynotes, film clips, panel discussions, workshops, receptions, a gala dinner and other meals, and a series of TED Talk-style presentations

Field trips to a marine mammal center (includes a nature hike in the Marin Headlands), four local organizations serving companion animals, and alt protein food-tech innovator, Eat Just.

See the full program →     See our confirmed speakers →


Registration for the Animal Grantmakers Conference is open to staff, board members, and trustees of current Animal Grantmakers members and peer funders that support the protection and well-being of animals. (A number of non-funder speakers and presenters have been invited. The conference is not open to the general public and is a fundraising-free zone.)

If you are a member of Animal Grantmakers, up to two people from your organization can register for free. Additional people from your organization can register at $400 per individual. If you are a funder that is not yet a member of Animal Grantmakers, one person from your organization can register for free (excludes past conference guests, who are welcome to register for $400). Additional people from your organization can register at $400 per individual. All funder participants also may register for one of two concurrent field trips at $50 per individual. One field trip will be to a marine mammal center (includes a nature hike in the Marin Headlands); the other will be to four local organizations serving companion animals.

If you would like to learn more about the benefits of joining Animal Grantmakers, please let us know!

E-mail Jill Hoffman, our membership coordinator 

Location, Hotel Booking & Travel

The San Francisco Bay Area, the site of our 23rd annual gathering, is one of the world’s most beautiful and dynamic places. The Bay Area features everything from serene ocean beaches and waterfront towns to diverse, vibrant neighborhoods and cities; from Victorian architecture to modern arts and culture; from tech innovations in Silicon Valley to award-winning vineyards in Wine Country; from world-class colleges and universities to the stunning outdoors—mountains, woods, redwood groves, islands, and national, state and local parks. The Bay Area is also an animal lovers’ paradise, home to highly respected animal welfare and rescue organizations, and wildlife sanctuaries. It’s one of the most vegan-friendly cities in the country, with cutting-edge businesses developing plant-based foods.

The conference will be held at the Residence Inn in Berkeley, California—a brand-new hotel in downtown Berkeley, right next to the University of California, Berkeley campus. Book online or call 888-236-2427 and ask for the Animal Grantmakers 2022 Conference room block to get the special group rate of $254 (plus taxes) per night for a standard guest room.

Room block closes on Friday, September 30, 2022.
After this date, please contact Lisa Rapps at for availability

Check-in time: 3 p.m.;
check-out time: 12 p.m.

Parking fees: $49 for daily valet;
no self-parking is available at the hotel.
Limited street parking available

    The Residence Inn is accessible by car, ride-sharing services and bus from all three of the Bay Area’s major international airports—Oakland, San Francisco, and San Jose. (The hotel does not provide shuttle service.) BART, the Bay Area’s rapid-transit rail system, is a great option if you’re flying in and out of the Oakland or San Francisco International airports. There are several BART stations close to the Residence Inn; in fact, the Downtown Berkeley Station is just a block away from the hotel.

    Health & Safety Protocols

    Animal Grantmakers is committed to the health and safety of all who will attend our 2022 Annual Conference. We take the ongoing and evolving risks of COVID-19 transmission and infection seriously.

    Current public health guidance indicates that with proper protocols in place, we can gather safely in person this month.

    Please continue to check this site for updates.


    Your sponsorship of the 23rd Annual Animal Grantmakers Conference is critical to our ability to draw prominent and diverse speakers and perspectives, provide compelling and actionable programming, and enable participants to build meaningful relationships—all of which will strengthen our collective impact on behalf of animals. See Sponsorship Levels and Benefits to learn more.

    If you are interested in sponsoring the conference, please e-mail Lori Grange, Animal Grantmakers’ board president, at We would be honored to partner with you.

    We would like to thank the following sponsoring organizations confirmed to date:





    Conference Committee

    Many thanks to the following Animal Grantmakers members and allies for their time and commitment in putting together the 2022 conference!

    Melanie Anderson
    Summerlee Foundation, co-chair

    Mitchell Fox
    Summerlee Foundation, co-chair

    Lori Grange
    Hewlett Foundation, co-chair

    Katherine Doelger
    Thelma Doelger Trust for Animals

    Kim Domerofski
    Maddie’s Fund

    Lori Falcon
    Farmed Animal Funders

    Camilla Fox
    Project Coyote

    Jill Hoffman
    Animal Grantmakers (consultant) – Project Manager

    Louisa McCune
    Kirkpatrick Foundation

    Bill Nimmo
    Tigers in America

    Dave Phillips
    Earth Island Institute & Free Keiko Foundation

    Lisa Rapps
    Anthill Events – Conference Coordinator

    Andrew Rowan
    Edith J. Good Residuary Trust & Wellbeing International

    Melissa Rubin
    Greater Good Charities

    Mikaela Saccoccio
    Farmed Animal Funders

    Lisa Ward
    Maddie’s Fund

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