MARCH 26–27, 2020


A focused educational experience for
new to mid-career professionals

Advance gathers entry to mid-level professionals in an informal and collaborative networking and learning setting. Attendees are surrounded by peers with similar roles and can discuss shared challenges, opportunities and experiences. The intentionally-designed curriculum is supported by a workbook which guides the learning experience and serves as an effective takeaway for later use.


Advance is focused on job-function skill-building with two tracks available to choose from: Annual Giving and Road Warriors.

Blocks in gray indicate joint programming; blocks in white indicate track-specific programming.

Work Showcase

A staple at Advance, the Work Showcase allows you an opportunity to share and discuss your organization’s successes over the past year!
It is appropriate to display examples of any of the following items: solicitations, stewardship pieces, annual reports, impact reports, major gift proposals, acknowledgements and special fundraising works (i.e. donor events, giving day, etc.). The showcase will be set-up at the start of Advance and items will be available for viewing throughout the program. Please mail items to arrive at the FFE Office no later than Friday, March 20. There is no limit on the number of items an organization may display.


The Advance experience features a casually programmed networking session and happy hour where Alliance Partners and Advance Committee Members drive conversation around hot-topic areas related to annual giving, major gifts fundraising and industry trends. Following the happy hour, informal dinners will take place at nearby restaurants. Some of the best learning and connections are likely to happen in these two sessions – make sure you join us! (Cocktails and light appetizers provided.)


The Annual Giving track will offer 101 and 201 sessions to accommodate varying levels of experience.


Annual giving strategy and its components.


• Confidently plan and execute a comprehensive annual giving schedule integrating direct mail, email, digital engagement, and stewardship
• Use data, examples, and case studies to identify opportunities to improve and grow your annual giving campaign
• Network with peers and mentors to help execute your ideas
• Feel inspired to try something new, scary, and/or innovative


The Road Warriors track will be a cohort experience.


“Face-to-face fundraising” strategies and techniques.


• Maintain a major gifts portfolio with best practices for maximizing every stage of the solicitation cycle, from discovery to stewardship
• Depart with tangible, executable resources to be an efficient Road Warrior
• Network with peers, mentors and experts in the industry
• Regardless of skill or experience level, leave with a renewed focus increased fundraising success and a fulfilling professional experience for you


Pre-Con Orientation

The Orientation will focus on the basics of the fundraising cycle and development terminology, opportunities for engaging with FFE and how to maximize the Advance experience by learning from and networking with peers and Alliance Partners. Professionals who are new to the fraternal philanthropy industry or those who have been in their current role for two years or less are the ideal audience for this session. Breakfast included.

Post-Con Mid-Level Professionals Leadership Workshop

The Mid-Level Professionals Leadership Workshop will provide an opportunity for robust dialogue around leadership best practices and their application to our fraternal fundraising organizations. Attendees will have an opportunity to explore the concept of “The Disciplined Pursuit of Less” found within Greg McKeown’s book Essentialism, reflect on how their leadership style impacts their work and action plan for growth in the coming year. Professionals in a supervisor role or those with three or more years of experience in their current role are the ideal audience for this session. Lunch included.


The FFE member organization attendee rate is $199 if registered before March 20. Additional programming is available at:
  • Pre-con orientation (includes breakfast) is $30
  • Post-con leadership workshop (includes lunch) is $50
A late fee of $100 will be assessed to registrants after March 21. If your organization is not an active FFE Member, you will be charged a $200 non-member fee per registrant. To renew or activate your foundation’s FFE Membership, contact Michael Wilson at
Alliance Partners
  • FFE member Alliance Partner rate is $299.
  • Non-FFE Alliance Partner vendor rate is $499.
The Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at Keystone is at 8787 Keystone Crossing, Indianapolis, IN 46240 (Map). The nearest airport is Indianapolis International Airport (IND). The hotel does not offer shuttle service. Rideshare service costs from the airport to the hotel are approximately $40 to $50. Taxi charges would be $50 to $50. For those driving to the event, parking is available at the property.
The host Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at Keystone Crossing is directly connected to The Fashion Mall at Keystone. Guests may also reserve by calling the property at 1-888-627-7814. Reference the group name “FFE Advance 2020” to get the discounted rate. Nightly rate is $159 Block closes March 3, 2020. FFE guests receive complimentary parking at check-in.    
Recommended attire is casual.
Alliance Partners should register via FS Central. Advance offers a casual networking atmosphere. Rather than traditional booths, each Alliance Partner is given a high-top cocktail table as a designated space for networking with attendees.
    • The Alliance Partner Hall will be open Thursday, March 26 10:30am – 6:30pm and Friday, March 27 7:00am – 1:00pm.
    • For the high-top tables, we’ll provide a co-branded sign with the AP logo and the FFE’s Advance logo. Additionally, the sign will display, “Ask Me About…” with a list of relevant services, products and resources that the company can provide to attendees. FFE staff will request content and provide specifications for these signs following registration.
    • APs are encouraged to bring business cards along with any standard brochures, samples, etc. that can be given to attendees/displayed at their high-top.
  • Alliance Partners are invited to attend the pre-conference orientation sessions at no additional cost. These sessions, intended for new(er) professionals, will focus on the basics of annual giving or face-to-face fundraising, opportunities for engaging with the FFE and how to maximize the Advance experience. Any APs in attendance will be given a chance to introduce themselves and their company, and meet those in attendance.
  • Thursday’s Networking and Happy Hour session will be held in the Alliance Partner Hall 5:15pm – 6:15pm.

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Joining us for Advance? Connect with your peers and fellow attendees before you arrive for the program! Join the Foundation for Fraternal Excellence private Facebook group and discuss the session topics, seek recommendations from other organizations, ask questions or just say hello to your new fraternal foundation friends.


Please contact Ashley VanDewark at