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April 5-8, 2020
CFUnited 2020 Relocation Statement
The four organizations that make up CFUnited – AdNet, CommA, Council on Foundations and ProNet – are focused on bringing the best possible conference to you, our attendees and sponsors, in an environment inclusive of all our members.
We no longer feel Texas can provide our conference the inclusive environment we need because the Governor recently signed Texas Bill S.B. 1978, which protects people and businesses affiliated with, or in support of, religious organizations – even ones known to discriminate – into law.
Currently, there are no federal protections based on sexual orientation or gender identity. As such, this bill allows for a person or business to deny service to members of the LGBTQ community for religious reasons.
We fundamentally oppose this bill and have therefore decided to move the CFUnited 2020 conference from San Antonio, Texas, to Detroit, Michigan. With the planning for CFUnited 2020 underway, we did not make this decision lightly. However, above all else, it is imperative that we create a welcoming environment for all attendees.
We believe, under S.B. 1978, the rights of our valued members, particularly those in the LGBTQ community, are not fully protected. Hosting a conference focused on advancing the philanthropic community in a state that is open to discrimination does not speak to the core values of the community foundation world.
We thank you for your support and understanding. We hope you’ll save the date and plan to join us in Detroit in April 2020.
–The CFUnited Conference Committee