AUGUST 19-21, 2024

Indianapolis, Indiana

The North American Interfraternity Conference Annual Meeting of Members and Foundation for Fraternal Excellence Seminar are hosted together to build all aspects of fraternal industry success and encourage collaboration on all sides of our organizations. We know successful fraternities help sustain successful fraternal foundations and the educational initiatives of our organizations. We are excited to once again provide a dual program experience for the NIC Annual Meeting of Members and FFE Seminar. The Dual Meeting not only benefits executives but also a broad range of staff members and high-level volunteers. When fraternity and foundation leadership attend the dual experience, our organizations grow and find connections in our dynamic yet collective work.

Dual Meeting attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in all opportunties and meetings across both NIC and FFE networks
  • Engage in high-quality educational workshops and deep-dive discussions
  • Learn about the state of the interfraternal industry from featured NIC and FFE speakers and experts
  • Network with member organization leaders, professionals from foundation and membership staffs, and NIC and FFE Alliance Partners
  • Be part of the largest fraternal fundraising industry event, FFE Seminar

Registration Details

Registration includes educational content and lunch/happy hour on Monday, August 19, as well as all programming and meals on Tuesday, August 20. Individual access to digital resources from NIC & FFE educational programming will be available following the conclusion of the program.

Dual Meeting registration per person:
• Early-Bird Registration, May 1 – June 30: $575
• Standard Registration, July 1 – July 31: $675
• Late Registration, August 1 – 5: $775

How to register: Log into FS Central and complete the 2024 NIC Annual Meeting & FFE Seminar registration form on the Events tab. Select Dual Experience registration type.

Interested in registering 8-10 from your organization?
If you would like information about bundle pricing ($4,000 for up to 10 fraternity & foundation staff and/or volunteers) for your group to attend the Dual Meeting, contact Gretchen Foran and include the program your group plans to attend as well as number of attendees.

Check out the schedule!

Who should attend?

The Dual Meeting experience offers something to benefit and support every team member, from executive leaders to staff of all experience levels to volunteers.

Alliance Partners
Learn more here!

Foundation Fundraising Professionals & Volunteers
Learn more here!

NIC Member Organizations
Learn more here!

NIC Fraternity Growth Accelerator Members
Learn more here!

What can I expect?

Programming features a mix of keynote content, focused breakout sessions, guided small group discussions and networking over the agenda spanning two full days and a partial third day (if opting into add-on experiences such as the CSO-Board Chair Symposium, NIC FGA Symposium, FFE Women's Research Symposium or FFE Fraternal Foundation Fundraising Bootcamp).

Both the NIC and FFE also hold their respective annual meeting of members and business meeting during the conference.

What will I learn?

The curriculum is designed to help participants advance our organizations’ missions in a collaborative setting while also offering an opportunity to learn new strategies and tools, dig into shared business problems and advance the industry as a whole.

Attendees will leave the Dual Meeting with:
• Best practices for working with generations across staff and volunteer teams
• How to make technology work for for our fraternity and foundation teams
• And much more!

See NIC Educational Symposium & FFE Keynote details below!

How can I learn more?

By participating in the Dual Meeting, which includes both the NIC Annual Meeting of Members and FFE Seminar, there are a few add-on experiences designed to meet the specific needs of our fraternal organizations and making the most of your time in Indianapolis.

Consider registering for one of the following Dual Meeting pre-con or post-con add on experiences that supports your role:
CSO-Board Chair Symposium
(Chief staff officers and board members only; Aug. 18)
NIC FGA Symposium
(FGA members only; Aug. 18)
FFE Women's Research Symposium (Aug. 19)
FFE Fraternal Foundation Fundraising Bootcamp (Aug. 21)

Educational Symposiums/Keynotes

NIC Educational Symposium

iGen: Guiding the smartphone generation and understanding the challenges of high school and college men today.

Dr. Jean M. Twenge, Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University and Owner of Generation Me

Traditional-age college students are members of Gen Z (born after 1995), the first generation to spend their adolescence with smartphones. National surveys of teens and college students show that Gen Z students are growing up more slowly as adolescents, spend more time with technology and less time with each other in person, and are more likely to experience unhappiness, anxiety, and depression. We'll discuss the implications of these generational shifts for guiding this generation.

FFE Keynote &
NIC Educational Symposium

Every Generation Wins: Why Building Multi-Generational Teams is the Future

Lindsay Boccardo

Generations misunderstanding each other is not a new problem. Every generation thinks the one that comes after them is less competent, more entitled or harder to work with in an organization.

The good news is that no one generation is broken.

According to a 2019 study, multi-generational teams with a range of 25 years or more from youngest to oldest meet or exceed expectations 73% of the time. Those with a narrow range of less than 10 years did so only 35% of the time. The future of collaborative work is truly about inclusion.

In this interactive session, Lindsay will facilitate a dialogue on generational differences and their impact on relationships within membership and volunteer engagement. Participants will explore their individual experiences growing up and how these directly shape their interactions within organizational settings.

In this session, attendees will learn:
• Understand the origins of generational divides within membership and volunteer engagement.
• Identify the key factors contributing to generational tension within organizations.
• Anticipate the cultural expectations of future young employees and volunteers within organizational cultures.
• Discover strategies to enhance the positive influence of multi-generational membership and volunteer teams.

FFE Keynote


Patrick Alderdice and Aaron Parker, Pennington & Company

Eager to know how your foundation compares to its peers across the interfraternal community? Pennington and Company has researched, compiled, and interpreted IRS Form 990 filings for fraternity and sorority foundations for the last 21 years. In this State of the Industry session, Patrick and Aaron will team up once more to present information from this year’s IRS Form 990 data and compare it to two decades of previous trends.

The 990 data is a vast repository of non-profit information such as value of assets, donation dollars raised, grant amounts, and spending on program services. Each year, Pennington and Company analyzes this data for our foundations, allowing them to assess progress and benchmark themselves against fraternity and sorority industry averages. Patrick and Aaron will use their industry insights to identify opportunities and challenges while providing tips and recommendations for sustaining and growing our industry.

FFE Keynote

Overcoming the Competition for Connection

Nathan Chappell, MBA, MNA, CFRE, Chief AI Officer at DonorSearch AI, Co-Founder of Fundraising.AI Collaboration

Connection is the currency of the attention economy.  When there are fewer American households giving to charitable organizations annually coupled with an increased demand for philanthropic dollars, the modern nonprofit needs to dig-deep to understand the forces at play and learn how to win the competition for connection.

This keynote highlights the changing definition of generosity, shedding light on the unprecedented competition for connection facing modern nonprofit organizations. To this end, nonprofits must develop a renewed appreciation for radical connection and learn to leverage technology once only used by for-profit organizations. Using current data and analysis, attendees will learn the importance of measuring and prioritizing connection as well as which technologies can help them to work smarter, not harder.


  • The event will take place at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown.
  • A room block is available for attendees. NIC/FFE rates start at $184/night + taxes/fees for reservations booked by August 5, 2024.
  • Cancellation Policy for NIC/FFE rate: Hotel cancellations made 48 hours or less before arrival will be subject to a charge of one night plus applicable taxes.

Indianapolis Marriott Downtown
350 West Maryland Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46225


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