A virtual educational experience targeted to new and mid-career professionals

FFE is committed to providing preeminent professional development for fraternal foundations. We are offering the Advance program as a virtual guided learning experience to support entry to mid-level professionals in 2020. The intentionally-designed curriculum provides comprehensive education and skill-building sessions to accommodate varying levels of experience.

NEW: Attend both tracks! The sessions will be offered on consecutive days. Dual track attendees receive a discount on program fees.

Online Education

This event will be hosted entirely virtually. We will be utilizing event management technology to live stream sessions, host robust discussion and provide valuable connections to peers and partners. Advance is focused on job-function skill-building with two tracks: Annual Giving and Road Warriors.


The program schedule has been revised, now stretching across four days, to better accommodate attendees and their workflow, with two educational tracks each offered across half-day sessions.

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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! Through the new virtual format, attendees will be able to share, view and discuss work through the event message boards.



The Annual Giving track will offer multiple 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


The online format allows for a cost reduction and savings to our members.
  • The cost to attend one track (Road Warriors or Annual Giving) is $75.
  • The cost to attend both tracks is discounted to $125.
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 michael.wilson@nicfraternity.org.
Alliance Partners should contact Mike McRee at mike.mcree@nicfraternity.org about registering.
The program will be offered through the Whova platform. Whova offers program access through a mobile application and a browser-based stream, so attendees will be able to participate from computers, tablets, mobile phones and most other web-capable devices. Internet access will be required. We will provide detailed information and portal access to attendees after registration.
The program is being hosted through the Whova event management platform and streamed via Zoom. View more on the draft schedule:


The best avenue to discuss a fraternal foundation-related topic or crowdsource a problem is the Foundation for Fraternal Excellence private Facebook group. Before and after the program, you can discuss the session topics, seek recommendations from others, share your work and just connect with your fraternal foundation industry friends.
Yes, Advance will offer quality networking with FFE partners. Thank you to the Alliance Partners who support Advance and all FFE programs!

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Please direct any questions to Ashley VanDewark at ashley.vandewark@foundationfe.org.