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Conference Program Selection Criteria

Decisions for conference applications are based on:
  • The relevance of the project to the Foundation’s focus areas and/or to the Foundation’s goals;
  • How the convening fits into the host organization’s wider agenda of work
  • The feasibility of the proposed outcomes and the potential for impact in the relevant field and/or on the lives of poor or vulnerable people,
  • Meeting agendas that promote dialogue and interaction among participants  
  • The diversity of participants and perspectives [note: all participants cannot come from the same organization or country],
  • The qualifications of the conference organizer(s), and
  • The suitability of the Bellagio Center for the proposed convening. [note: Bellagio meetings are small, interactive workshops, typically of less than 22 people]
Applications are reviewed by the senior program leadership of The Rockefeller Foundation, who make the final selection. To get a sense of the Foundation’s perspective on convening, you may want to review Gather: The Art & Science of Effective Convening.