Fraternal Excellence Starts Here

The future of our organization and progress is due to our supporters. We hope to achieve great things for our member foundations and the interfraternal community overall. That’s why fraternal excellence starts here with us, and with you.

YOUR SUPPORT DRIVES OUR FOCUS

Strategic Priorities

Culture of Care

Community

Capacity Building

Data-Driven Decision-Making

CULTURE OF CARE

GOAL: To be the hub of organizational and professional development for fraternal foundations, growing the collective sophistication and impact of fraternity philanthropy

INITIATIVES: Educational programs & events, online knowledge center, continuing education webinars

The Foundation aims to provide top-notch programs and resources for members because we care about your development and interfraternal experience. Further, educational events foster networking relationships that will help you navigate the profession. Your gifts support continued growth of our existing educational programs and creation of new experiences, all to ensure premier continuing education and skill building for fraternal foundation professionals and volunteers at all levels of experience.

COMMUNITY

GOAL: To provide grants and scholarships to advance the industry’s educational priorities

INITIATIVES: Broad-reaching industry resources, UIFI scholarships, Balfour Fellowships

Fraternal foundations impact the success of fraternities and sororities. Whether you’re funding mental health programming, or annual training for consultants, each foundation has a host of ways it enables success of the overall organization. Similarly, with your gifts we are uniquely positioned to support initiatives that benefit campus fraternity and sorority communities and their students, as well as create resources that impact the entire industry. This includes projects like the North American Interfraternity Conference’s (NIC) Health and Safety Initiative to address hazing, drugs and alcohol abuse, scholarships to the student-based leadership program the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI), or research that will inform data-driven decisions for growth and change.

CAPACITY BUILDING

GOAL: Providing cooperative service to support fraternal foundations

INITIATIVES: Community Foundation Model

The Foundation is committed to increased interfraternal granting and support through adopting a Community Foundation Model, which will also operationally assist emerging foundations. Your gifts help make this model possible and enable us to fund programs like the first-ever philanthropy-focused workshop for new and developing fraternal foundations, offered free of charge as a pre-conference option before The Foundations Seminar. Your support also enables us to secure key partnerships and procure benefits for member foundations that increase operational excellence and grow fundraising capacity, such as the recently-announced offering from DonorSearch for a free wealth screening.

DATA-DRIVEN DECISION-MAKING

GOAL: Coordinate and share research to help inform decisions within the industry

INITIATIVES: Research agenda, grants

The Foundation champions research on the value of the fraternity/sorority experience in partnership with key fraternal stakeholders. We will facilitate our research agenda by providing grants for graduate- and doctoral-level research on topics related to the broader fraternity and sorority experience and fraternal fundraising industry. The FFE also is collaborating with Cygnus Applied Research to bring member foundations the third iteration of the Donor and Alumni Engagement Survey beginning fall 2019.