2021 Virtual Dual Meeting



The Foundation for Fraternal Excellence Seminar and North American Interfraternity Conference Annual Meeting of Members are hosted together to build all aspects of fraternal industry success and encourage collaboration on all sides of our organizations.

AUGUST 23-25, 2021

We know successful fraternities help sustain successful fraternal foundations and the educational initiatives of our organizations. We are once again providing a dual program experience for the NIC Annual Meeting of Members and FFE Seminar. The Virtual Dual Meeting not only benefits executives but also a broad range of staff members and high-level volunteers. We encourage your organization to bring as many team members as possible! Virtual 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 is now open!

The 2021 Virtual Dual Meeting will be an even greater opportunity for us all to grow together as we have expanded our curriculum in membership programming and other areas to engage more deeply across fraternity and foundation teams. We are excited to offer this incredible online experience to your organization.

This event will be hosted entirely virtually. Sessions will be over three partial days, from August 23-25, 2021, using event streaming technology.

Registration deadline is August 15, 2021.

• Single person cost: $250
• Additional attendees from an organization can receive a 50% discount after the first registrant
UNLIMITED PASS: Send ten or more attendees from your organization at a $1,500 flat rate. This is the most popular registration option! Email us to request your pass.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

There's something to benefit and support every team member, from executive leaders
to staff of all experience levels to volunteers.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT?

Programming features a mix of keynote content, focused breakout sessions, guided small group discussions and online networking over the agenda spanning three half-days.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

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

Check out the schedule!

Join the program from wherever you are!

KEYNOTE PRESENTATIONS

FFE Keynote

MOVING YOUR FUNDRAISING FORWARD IN 2021 AND 2022

Gail Perry, MBA, Founder, Gail Perry Group

Let's look at trends and predictions for fundraising in 2021 and ’22. The giving environment has changed — and donors have changed as well. Where are the opportunities? How do fundraisers appeal to today's donors? What are they looking for, and what will make them respond?

Gail Perry will review the new strategies you need for this year, what's working - and what's not working in fundraising today. Take a ride through the events and issues on the philanthropic landscape both now and in the near future.

NIC Keynote

PREPARING FOR WHAT'S TO COME: HIGHER ED AND FRATERNITY TRENDS

Panel (Speakers TBA)

Collectively the industry has navigated unique challenges for the past 18 months — Abolish Greek Life, COVID-19, student safety and mental health, long-term membership trends — but the fraternity and sorority experience continues to be a critical motivator of student success. This session will be a moderated panel discussion with industry leaders and subject matter experts on relevant higher ed trends and current initiatives including discussion on NIC/FFE research, marketing the fraternity experience, and preparing for the year ahead.

FFE Keynote

INSIDE OUT FUNDRAISING: LEVERAGE THIS MOMENT TO REIMAGINE YOUR CULTURE

Alia McKee, Principal, Sea Change Strategies

Extraordinary times can offer extraordinary opportunities. After a year of uncertainty, you have a compelling reason to address a key piece of the fundraising puzzle organizations typically ignore: Fundraising culture.

Culture is often more limiting to fundraising success than a lack of strategic or tactical know-how.

Further, creating a culture in which fund development is a valued and mission aligned component of everything the organization does can help diversify financial risk from any foreseen and unforeseen threats including economic downturns, leadership transitions, and even pandemics.

In this keynote address, fundraising thought leader Alia McKee will inspire you to reimagine your fundraising culture. Sharing insights from a noted research study she co-authored Inside Out Fundraising: How to Create a Culture of Philanthropy by Treating Systems Instead of Symptoms, she will identify internal barriers to fundraising and the key intervention points for strengthening a culture of philanthropy within your organization. After the events of the last year, what’s needed is a profoundly different stance towards fundraising -- where money and mission are aligned, responsibility for raising resources is shared, and fund development is more than just a financial transaction with supporters.

FFE Keynote

THE STATE OF THE INDUSTRY

Patrick Alderdice, President and CEO, and Aaron Parker, Vice President, Pennington & Co.

Pennington & Company has researched, compiled and evaluated the IRS Form 990 (c)(3) filings for fraternal foundations for the past 17 years. Pennington has assessed and analyzed this data to find trends from both the administrative and donor perspectives, as well identify the opportunities and challenges that fraternal foundations face in regard to operations and fundraising. This session provides baseline data in regard to assets, revenue and various expenses, in order to provide the State of the Industry.

Foundation officers, staff, board members and volunteers are encouraged to attend this presentation to learn what’s impacting our organizations while collaborating how to strengthen the State of the Industry. Attendees will be emailed a full copy of the report data at the conclusion of the session.

FFE Keynote

FROM ALUMNI/AE ENGAGEMENT TO DEVELOPMENT: BUILDING THE FOUNDATION FOR PHILANTHROPY

Chris Vlahos, Owner, Chris Vlahos Alumni Engagement Consulting LLC

Join us for a focused dialogue on alumni/ae engagement and philanthropy within the Fraternity and Sorority space – specifically, how successful organizations using strategy, communications, organizational alignment, resources and culture to close the loop between engagement and advancement. As Greek organizations mobilize their broad base of members for advocacy, volunteerism and recruitment, there is a pressing need to convert engaged alumni/ae to donors on a sustained basis.

Critical to this is tightening the relationship between the Greek organization and its Foundation, based on an understanding that growth in the constituent engagement pool has a direct impact on expansion of the donor pipeline.

This session will be conducted by Chris Vlahos, a leading alumni/ae engagement consultant whose clients span the Greek segment, college and universities, independent schools and not-for-profit organizations.

FFE and NIC Keynote

WAVING THE BANNER FOR FRATERNITIES AND SORORITIES!

Stephanie Marken, Executive Director of Education Research, Gallup

The data tells the story — fraternity and sorority experiences matter. Seven years after a landmark research project with Gallup, the North American Interfraternity Conference and National Panhellenic Conference engaged the research leader to confirm with new data what we already know: Fraternity and sorority members have great college experiences, feel more prepared for life after college and are more likely to be thriving than non-affiliated peers. This session will share the data's impact and explore the human element of this research project.

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