Registration is now open for 2021!

Real-world, practical education for fraternal fundraisers

Annual Giving: March 30-31
Road Warriors: Fundamentals Workshops, April 20-21; Cohort Series continues on subsequent Fridays, April 30, May 7, May 14 and May 21

See below for full details on each track or click here to download the schedule (PDF).


Advance offers something for everyone working in or supporting fraternal fundraising. New and mid-career professionals benefit the most. This program centers around two tracks: Annual Giving and Road Warriors.


Both tracks will heavily focus on tactics, innovations and real-world experiences. Sessions will be hosted exclusively over Zoom. Participants should plan for dynamic sessions rooted in sharing, small group discussion and networking connections within the fraternal fundraising industry.


The Annual Giving track focuses on annual funds, campaigns, programs and communications. Road Warriors will discuss development, major gifts and face-to-face fundraising. New to Advance or the industry? Join us for the optional Newcomer Orientation that covers basics of the fundraising cycle and development terminology.

Annual funds, campaigns, programs, communications

Development, major gifts, face-to-face fundraising


Start with the basics of the fundraising cycle and development terminology, opportunities for engaging with FFE and how to maximize the Advance experience. Professionals who are new to the industry or those who have been in their current role for two years or less are the ideal audience.

All sessions in the Newcomer Orientation will be facilitated by FFE Executive Director Ashley VanDewark and the Advance Planning Committee.

Friday, March 26

All times Eastern

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Fundraising Cycle

Learning objectives: Why you and your organization need a comprehensive fundraising plan. Outlining the four major areas of fundraising strategy and where your role fits.

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Types of Giving

Learning objectives: Building blocks of fundraising including annual giving, major gifts, planned giving and campaigns. Types of donors and where these individuals fit into your portfolio. Specific aspects and tactics in these areas related to fraternal fundraising.

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Annual Fund Basics

Learning objectives: How direct mail fits into your strategy. Digital marketing in 2021 and beyond. The importance of stewardship.

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Your FFE Network

FFE members go further together. Our foundation operates to advance the various needs of the dynamic fraternal foundation industry. We will discuss the ways you, personally, and your organization benefit from engaging through FFE!

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Advance will have significant use of small group discussion via the Breakout Room feature in Zoom. Attendees should plan to have their cameras and audio connections enabled.

  • Advance’s success depends on attendees showing up authentically, intentionally and ready to engage in meaningful discussion.
  • Get in the right headspace and stay there. Plan ahead for what you need to reach a good level of energy and maintain it. Do you need to move to a different space? What distractions do you need to address? Do you need caffeine?
  • Protect your calendar, blocking it off from other appointments just as you would if you traveled to be at an in person conference.
  • Close all other programs running on your device for the duration of the program. Be as engaged virtually as you would be in person. Imagine sitting in the room alongside your peers. Try not to check out to do other work/take meetings if you can help it.
The online format at Advance allows for a cost reduction and savings to our members.
  • The cost to attend one track (Road Warriors or Annual Giving) is $100 per person.
  • The cost to attend both tracks is discounted to $150 per person.
Click here to register!   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 should contact Mike McRee at about registering.
Advance will offer quality networking among fraternal fundraising and FFE Alliance Partners. Thank you to the partners who support Advance and all FFE programs!
  • How can I participate? Partners are welcome to attend Advance at the regular registration rate.
  • Does my membership include registration fees for this program? Platinum, Diamond, Titanium, Distinguished Diamond and Distinguished Titanium level partners receive complimentary registrations.
We encourage you to review the FFE Alliance Partner Benefits Guide for full details on your what you get for your partnership.

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