January 31 - February 3, 2013
Cavallo Point

Sausalito, California

Presented by:                

-- Illuminate the path forward.
-- Activate your whole portfolio to fuel social change.
-- Find inspiration, support and collaboration with peers and experts.
-- Come away with greater clarity about next steps.

Featured play BIG Stories

Our lead story comes from visionary activist Joshua Mailman who has played BIG integrating money, meaning and progressive social change around the world for over thirty years. A legendary organizer, Josh founded the Threshold Foundation, a national network of philanthropists; the Social Venture Network U.S., Europe, and Asia, an international network of socially driven businesspeople; and co- founded Business for Social Responsibility and Grameen Phone, Bangladesh among others.

Josh’s story at play BIG is bound to inform, inspire and challenge. Click to learn more about Josh Mailman.
Sallie Calhoun is a software and ranchland pioneer. An engineer by training, she spent twenty-five years growing a software company with her husband which they sold in 2000. Then they did the craziest thing they'd ever done: they purchased a 7600 acre ranch south of San Jose, Ca. Sallie will share her story-in-progress including how she is activating her portfolio in service of her passion for grasslands and soil.  Click to learn more about Sallie Calhoun.
What to Expect

In an intimate setting of 15-20 attendees, participants’ own stories, aspirations and insights are at the core of the play BIG experience. A team of supportive and experienced social investment experts, strategic thinkers and financial advisors are also an essential part of the convening. Through creative self-reflection, strategic planning sessions, case studies and one-on-one consultations, attendees explore questions of vision and mission as well as the nuts and bolts of activating wealth to stimulate social and environmental change.

Who Should Attend

play BIG is designed for people with discretionary capital of $15 million or more who are seeking ever greater alignment of their money as a expression of their values and vision for an equitable and ecologically sustainable society. We welcome newcomers and play BIG alumni, seasoned investors and philanthropists as well as beginners to this unique gathering. Please spread the word to those for whom play BIG might be a fit.

“play BIG was a catalyst to move to action!

2012 play BIG participant


Carol Newell and Marian Moore launched play BIG in 2004 with a desire to support the repurposing of great wealth to tackle issues at the root of systemic problems. play BIG was inspired by an experiment that activated Carol’s entire portfolio of over 60 million dollars over a twenty-year period with a mission to stimulate a regional green-solutions presence and economy in British Columbia through grants, investments and innovative collaborations.


For more information, questions and to register, please contact Marian Moore at or 612.817.2426.

play BIG begins at 5pm on Thursday, January 31st and ends at noon on Sunday, February 3rd.

Cavallo Point Lodge

Set in an idyllic location on the San Francisco Bay at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, Cavallo Point is an understated, luxury lodge in one of America’s most popular National Parks. Details about how to book your room at Cavallo Point will be provided during the registration process.

Click to view the Play BIG invitation.

Presented by:

RSF Social Finance is a community of investors, donors, and social entrepreneurs dedicated to transforming the way the world works with money. Since 1984, RSF has provided over $230 million in loans and over $100 million in grants to non-profit and for-profit social enterprises in the areas of Food & Agriculture, Education & the Arts, and Ecological Stewardship.

Tides is a values based, social-change platform that leverages individual and institutional leadership and investment to positively impact local and global communities.  Tides facilitates effective grantmaking with individuals, families, government agencies, foundations and corporations.  In 2010 Tides granted nearly $150 million to U.S. and international organizations.  Tides further supports the social-change sector by providing fiscal sponsorship for over 200 groups across the country.

Tides Canada provides uncommon solutions for the common good by leading and supporting actions that foster a healthy environment and just society. Providing a range of philanthropic advisory services, Tides Canada’s donor advised funds support and enable donors to shape their legacy and increase the efficiency of their philanthropy. Our team – with backgrounds in philanthropy, business, government, environmental organizations and academia – is committed to helping donors build high-impact, tailored grant-making strategies.

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