The conference will begin on Monday, May 9 at 3 p.m. PT and will conclude on Tuesday, May 10 at 3 p.m. View the full schedule here.
The conference will be at Los Angeles' Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel, at the crossroads of Brentwood and Bel-Air and within minutes of the UCLA campus, the J. Paul Getty Museum and Getty Villa, and Skirball Cultural Center. The hotel is just 12 miles from Los Angeles International Airport and a short drive from Malibu, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, and downtown Los Angeles.
The hotel offers limousine and shuttle transportation services. To arrange transportation, please contact the hotel concierge at [email protected].
11461 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles (310) 476-6571
To reserve a room (special conference rates available through April 6), go to https://bookings.travelclick.com/113612?groupID=3397764#/guestsandrooms
On Monday, snacks will be served at the hotel under the rabbinic supervision of the RCC (Rabbinic Council of California). Dinners will take place at private homes. All home meals will be kosher or vegetarian. Please let us know if you have specific dietary requirements or need a particular type of heksher (kosher certification).
On Tuesday, breakfast, snacks, and lunch will be provided at The Luxe Hotel under the rabbinic supervision of the RCC (Rabbinic Council of California).
We will comply with all required Covid requirements in Los Angeles County/City. All participants must be fully vaccinated (including booster).
Who Can Attend
"Be the Story" is a convening of Jewish funders. Participation is open to donors, foundation professionals, and some staff of other organizations eligible for membership in JFN. Membership is not required to attend.
All attendees must be approved before they can register. Please review the criteria below to confirm the eligibility of everyone you wish to register before making the request for approval.
"Be the Story" welcomes:
- Independent donors, trustees of private foundations, and full-time grantmaking professionals whose annual philanthropic allocation is US $25,000 or more.
- Donors under 40 years of age who give $7,500–$24,999 per year.
- Fund-holders of donor-advised funds not yet granting $25,000 if the fund contains at least US $500,000.
- Board members, the president/executive director, and the grantmaking staff from public charities (e.g. Federations, Jewish Community Foundations) whose primary purpose is allocating or granting funds to multiple grantee organizations. Unless otherwise authorized, a public charity may send a maximum of two staff representatives. Board members of public charities must be eligible as funders per the above criteria (allocating at least $25,000 philanthropically per year). Staff members—other than the CEO—who have development or partnerships responsibility as any part of their work are not eligible.
- Philanthropic consultants, or the part-time grantmaking staff of a donor, must be approved by JFN’s membership staff to participate.
Philanthropic consultants/advisers may attend only on behalf of a member funder. JFN membership staff may require a letter from the funder authorizing the consultant’s participation. Consultants may only participate if their consulting work is their primary employment; a person who leads an NGO full-time but does consulting work on the side is not eligible. Consultants whose principal work for their clients focuses on fundraising or finding partners for a donor’s nonprofit organization or other business ventures are not eligible to attend.
- Individuals who make the requisite philanthropic allocation, or who are trustees of eligible organizations, but who also work as the paid staff of a nonprofit organization, must be authorized by JFN on a case-by-case basis.
- People who do not fit any criteria above may be approved to register on a case-by-case basis if their work supports the overall community of Jewish donors and Jewish philanthropy.
Please see our complete membership guidelines for more information.