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Family Foundation Retreat

Event Details


3 pm - 1 pm EDT


Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center


$75 to $495 (See details below)


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About the Event

Register now to join your CMF family foundation peers in Kalamazoo for an interactive, informative and engaging retreat! We are excited to host this gathering in person, where you can grow and deepen your family foundation network. You will leave with strategies and tools to both address current challenges and plan for future opportunities. During the retreat you will:

  • Reconnect with your peers and enjoy ample opportunities for networking and time to explore Kalamazoo.
  • Reflect and engage with experts in the field through sessions focused on national family foundation trends, new ways of approaching board leadership, policy updates and foundation operations.
  • Reimagine the future together. Sessions will include activities and conversation spaces to support your organization’s long-term visioning, with actionable ideas you can take back to your foundation.

Youth Programming
The CMF Family Foundation Retreat will also feature programming for youth (ages 5 and above). Together they will discuss how they can be a part of the world of philanthropy and advance their own leadership development through philanthropy and their respective family foundations. Programming will be tailored with age-aligned content based on the youth who register. Please note that youth programming is most impactful with three or more youth from different families/foundations engaged, therefore if youth participation is limited CMF staff will connect with those registered to discuss alternative options. 

Dedicated Foundation Staff Programming
Staff of family foundations are invited to join their peers from 3-5 p.m. on Friday, August 12 for dedicated programming unique to their roles. Staff who register for the full retreat can participate in Friday's programming at no extra cost. Or staff may register for the “Friday Only” option which includes staff programming as well as a reception, dinner and main stage session on Friday evening. 

Registration Fees

Full Weekend, Adult registration
CMF Member: $395
CMF Nonmember: $495

Full Weekend, Youth registration (5 to 17 years old)
CMF Member and Nonmember: $250

Friday Only, Staff registration
CMF Members and Nonmembers: $75  (Friday programming is included with the “Full Weekend” registration) 

Before you Register

COVID-19 Protocols – Highlights
We continue to prioritize the health and safety of CMF members, staff and partners in our event planning. As such, the following are highlights of protocols we anticipate putting into place for the Family Foundation Retreat. Please review the full COVID-19 Procedures here prior to registering; please note that protocols are subject to change.

  • A COVID-19 test with negative results will be required within 72 hours of the program.
  • A signed waiver will be required for each registered attendee prior to the event.
  • All attendees will be invited to wear one of three color-coded bracelets or lanyards to indicate to other attendees their personal comfort with in-person interaction: red (greet from six feet), yellow (elbows only), and green (high-fives permitted).

Hotel Information

Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center, 100 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

A block of rooms has been secured at the Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center. Cost is $160 per night for a single or double, $170 per night for a triple and $180 per night for a quad plus taxes, parking and additional fees. Reservations can be made by calling (269) 343-3333 and mentioning the CMF Family Foundation Retreat block. It is strongly recommended that you make your reservations by Friday, July 22 as room availability and rates are not guaranteed after that date. Cancellations can be made up to 1 full day prior to your date of arrival to receive a full refund.

Agenda Preview

3-5 pm: Staff Programming (Family Foundation Staff Only)
5-8:30 pm: Reception, Dinner & Session 1 (All Participants)

8:30 am: Breakfast and Networking
9:45 am: Session 2 
11:30 am: Break followed by Lunch
1:15 pm: Session 3
2:30 pm: Offsite Activities/Free Time
5 pm: Break
6-8 pm: Reception, Dinner & Session 4

8 am: Breakfast
9:30 am: Session 5
11 am: Closing 
11:30 am- 1 pm: Lunch


Denise Temple via email
or call 616-850-2136


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