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Conference Information & Registration

Conference Eligibility

Conference attendance is only open to GIA members, as well as staff and trustees of organizations that are eligible for GIA membership. These include private, community, corporate, and family foundations; public-sector grantmakers; regranting organizations whose primary purpose is arts grantmaking; and individual donors who give through eligible organizations. Membership is not required for conference attendance.

If you have questions about eligibility, please email us at

A Brief Word on Fundraising Ethics

To preserve the capacity for open discussion, all attendees must refrain from fundraising or solicitation. Organizations that solicit funds are expected to be represented only by individuals whose roles involve programming and/or policy, and not by fundraising or development staff.

Online registration is now closed. To register by phone, call the GIA office at (206) 624-2312. To make a change to an existing registration, click here.

Registration Desk Hours

The registration desk at the Hotel ZaZa Houston will be open during the following hours:

Saturday, October 11
4:00pm - 8:00pm (Déjà vu)

Sunday, October 12
7:30am - 10:30am (Phantom Pre-Function)
2:00pm - 8:00pm (Phantom Pre-Function)

Monday, October 13
7:30am - 6:30pm (Phantom Pre-Function)

Tuesday, October 14
7:30am - 3:00pm (Phantom Pre-Function)
5:00pm - 6:30pm (Phantom Pre-Function)

Wednesday, October 15
8:00am - 11:00am (Phantom Pre-Function)

Registration Rates

Early Registration Rates (Payment received by August 31, 2014)

GIA Members, first individual from organization$575  
GIA Members, additional individuals from organization*$500  
Single Day Rate$300  
Museums Tour$75  

Regular Registration Rates (Payment received on or after September 1, 2014)

GIA Members$625  
Single Day Rate$300  
Museums Tour$75  

  * Group Registrations

In order to receive the group discount, all participants from the same organization must be registered together on the same registration. We recommend registering all participants in your group at one time. If you wish to add additional participants after your registration is complete, you must log in using the password you designate for this account and add them to the existing registration in order to receive the group discount.

Conference Hotel Information

Hotel ZaZa Houston
5701 Main St
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 526-1991

Special conference rate: $194.00. For reservations, call the Hotel ZaZa Reservations Line at 888-880-3244. Be sure to specify the GIA conference rate code: “Grantmakers”.

Guest rooms at the Hotel ZaZa at the conference rate are selling out. There may be rooms or suites available at other rates at the discretion of the hotel.

Below is information on two other hotel options. Both of these hotels are accessible to stops on the Houston METRORail, that goes directly to the conference location at the Hotel Zaza.

Courtyard by Marriott—Houston Medical Center
GIA Conference rate: $179
7702 Main Street, Houston TX 77030
(713) 668-4500

Houston Marriott Medical Center
Standard rate: $299
6580 Fannin Street, Houston TX 77030
(800) 975-9952

Guest Fee

The guest fee is $125. The guest fee permits an individual accompanying a conference registrant to attend these social events:

Please note that conference plenary sessions, meals, and conference breakout sessions are not open to guests.

Cancellation Policy

Refunds for cancellations will be processed as follows:

If you have already registered, you may log into your registration profile if you wish to cancel or make changes to your registration.

Sharing Resources

In keeping with GIA’s commitment to sustainability, we will no longer offer a resource table for distribution of materials at the GIA conference. GIA regularly provides current reports, research, and materials of interest and relevance to the GIA membership on our website news feed. We ask that you email links or digital copies to for consideration for inclusion in the GIA news feed. Thank you!