Our Partners Are Your Partners
Alliance Partners are key contributors to the work of fraternal foundations and our professionals. These organizations have committed to providing excellent service and support to FFE member foundations in nonprofit finance, fundraising strategy, accounting processes and management, print and digital design, legal services, database solutions, educational programming and more. FFE strives to build relationships with partners who understand the work of fraternal foundations and how they can best serve your needs. “Distinguished” level partners support both the Foundation for Fraternal Excellence and the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC).
Distinguished Diamond Partners
BILLHIGHWAY | GREEKBILL
In 2018, Billhighway and greekbill joined forces to create a combination of top organizations in the fraternal space. They will collaborate on their mission of simplifying finances and developing innovative solutions to support the fraternal industry and their clients’ visions for the future.
For the past 18 years, Billhighway has helped fraternal organizations simplify and take control of chapter finances. We help clients better chapters dues billing and collection, expense management and house corporation finances. Our partner-centric approach allows for solution flexibility to enable and connect the best technology in the industry. Billhighway has helped 20+ national fraternal organizations streamline accounting, increase cash flow and reduce expenses so they can focus more on their members.
Greekbill has provided financial solutions to fraternal organizations for over 20 years. Our flexible and newly re-designed platform focuses on budgeting, billing and payment processing for fraternities and sororities. Greekbill enables individual chapters and house corporations as well as national organizations to streamline financial operations.
FRATERNAL LAW PARTNERS
Fraternal Law Partners, a division of Manley Burke, LPA, was founded in 2012 to serve the legal needs of fraternities, sororities, student life organizations and their related charitable foundations. Fraternal Law Partners provides legal counsel on business matters – real estate and housing, corporate governance, employment issues, tax, grant-making, and fundraising and stewardship support – as well as risk management and hazing counsel, crisis and incident management, litigation and other liability issues.
GREEK HOUSE CHEFS
Greek House Chefs is the industry leader in custom food service for Fraternities and Sororities across the country. We provide chapters with made-from-scratch meals, custom menus, complimentary special event services and most importantly, we’ll bring your Chapter home for dinner.
memberplanet, with 35+ fraternal partners, is a best-in-class online engagement platform designed to address every aspect of chapter and alumni group management, including multi-tiered membership billing for chapter and alumni, digital membership cards, event management, email newsletter communication, online forms, donation sites, member data management, and more. We provide administrators and members with access to a full suite of easy-to-use tools on one platform, accessible through desktop or mobile device (including a custom-branded mobile app). memberplanet is designed to meet the needs of any size organization, either acting as primary database or integrating with your current AMS.
With an intimate understanding of the unique needs of the Fraternity community, coupled with knowledge of engagement best practices derived from our work with member-based organizations in the association, fraternal, educational, nonprofit and military verticals, we offer our collaboration as an active and passionate partner. We look forward to sharing the benefit of those best practices with the NIC and NICF member organizations and other fraternal industry organizations. Together we may more effectively recruit, retain, and engage members, as well as facilitate coordinated community action.
PENNINGTON & CO
Pennington & Company is unique in the world of fundraising counsel because, like you, we have a passion for the life-changing experience that membership in a Greek-letter organization provides. In our 22 years, we have raised more than $650 million (more than all of our competitors combined) and are the leading provider of alumni communications and fundraising services, having worked with 800 house corporations on more than 145 college campuses and 22 national foundations. For the past 15 years, we have been compiling the IRS 990s as a service to the industry to help establish benchmarks and gauge trends for the FFE.
Plaid is a professional, evidence-based consulting company specializing in all aspects of personal and organizational development. We assist individuals with their self-awareness in their commitment to personal growth and development, while helping organizations stay true to their purpose and achieve the highest possible performance.
Distinguished Platinum Partners
At the intersection of FinTech and fraternity, OmegaFi, headquartered in Columbus, Georgia, provides financial, fundraising and communication software, payment solutions and support for fraternities and sororities across the United States. Their innovative tools, expertise and customer-centered approach help fraternal chapters, house corporations, headquarters and foundations optimize operational efficiency and increase revenue. Partnering with OmegaFi provides administrative relief and support allowing key officers and staff members to focus on mission-driven priorities.
AMG NATIONAL TRUST BANK
AMG National Trust Bank elevates mission-driven institutions with expert counsel and comprehensive services including investment management, investment consulting, trust administration, back-office financial management and banking services. With a nearly 40-year tradition of commitment to our clients, AMG is a nationally chartered investment firm with assets under management of $3.8 billion and offices across the country. Organizations rely on our investment expertise, independent perspective, white-glove service and innovative research to help protect and grow the assets that allow them to carry out their missions. We strive to help organizations realize the retail value of building assets and financial strength: the ability to further your mission.
COMPUTER SYSTEM INNOVATIONS
Computer System Innovations (CSI) is a dynamic, team-oriented technology consulting company committed to providing value-added Engagement Management Software (EMS) solutions, websites, and services to top Fraternal Groups in the U.S. Contact CSI for a range of services including Business Process Optimization, IT Planning, Solution Implementation, Website Development, Data Migration, Analytics & Reporting, User Documentation, Technical Support and Training as well as software solutions such as iMIS EMS, Interactive Chapter Experience (ICE), and Kentico Web Content Management Solution.
FAEGRE BAKER DANIELS
The firm’s Exempt Organizations attorneys represent more than 40 fraternity and sorority organizations headquartered throughout the nation and also represent more than 30 colleges and universities across the country and internationally. Our attorneys’ Greek affiliations, legal expertise and appreciation of the unique issues Greek organizations face enable them to assist clients in complying with the rules and achieving their goals.
One of the first companies to specialize in improving the fundraising performance of college fraternal foundations, Gabriel Group continues to rank among the most productive. Led by a CFRE-credentialed management team with extensive industry knowledge and special expertise in annual giving and planned giving lead generation campaigns, Gabriel Group uses data as the compass to inform all elements of campaign strategy including productive audience segmentation and individualized gift arrays. The team then weaves together industry expertise, client-specific knowledge, compelling creative and complete in-house production capabilities into strategic communication plans and solicitations.
Digital history leader HistoryIT helps transform archives into engaging web sites that are easily accessed by scholars, members and/or the general public. The company’s team of historians and technologists partners with organizations of all types and sizes to develop and implement strategic plans that leverage historical collections. Clients include Sigma Alpha Epsilon, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.
Over 800,000 people across the world have used SmarterSelect to create, manage, analyze, apply for, and evaluate online applications. Whether you are managing scholarships, grants, recognition awards, or any type of program that requires an online application form, SmarterSelect has solutions that will meet your online application management needs.
SUNTRUST FOUNDATIONS & ENDOWMENTS SPECIALTY PRACTICE
Since 1985, SunTrust has been recognized as a leading provider of investment advisory and administrative services to not-for-profit institutions. We offer independent, conflict-free fiduciary investment advice through an Outsourced Chief Investment Officer (OCIO) model. SunTrust’s OCIO practice was developed to allow the implementation of tailored portfolios for each of our clients allowing flexibility to incorporate all goals, objectives and constraints. Each client’s portfolio benefits from our collective best thinking and manager implementation utilizing our rigorously selected global manager platform.
Building on its history of over 150 years, UBS is committed to bringing its global resources to bear on the portfolios of endowments and foundations to help them pursue their wealth management goals. Today, as the world’s largest wealth manager,* we are strongly positioned to help our clients address the realities of the global economy and their sophisticated needs. Customized solutions are delivered by dedicated Financial Advisors who are aligned to help give clients confidence in reaching their goals no matter what the environment.
* Scorpio Partnership’s “Global Private Banking Benchmark 2017” rank of global wealth managers by assets under management.
ALY STERLING PHILANTHROPY
Aly Sterling Philanthropy is a full-service consulting firm specializing in building sustainable solutions for nonprofits. We provide fundraising, board governance, strategic planning and executive search services to organizations of all shapes and sizes.
Since partnering with their first fraternal foundation over 18 years ago, Aria has made the commitment to create the most successful fundraising strategies and assist with the growth and development of fraternal fundraising. Aria’s unique combination of telefundraising, handwritten direct mail strategies, and their newest service – relationship management – has resulted in exceptional results. With Aria you can reach more prospects, retain more donors and raise more dollars in the most cost-effective manner.
Columns Fundraising is a nation-wide, full-service, nonprofit fundraising consulting, nonprofit management consulting, and nonprofit executive search firm. We specialize in fraternal organization’s foundation’s capital campaigns and executive search. We have active fraternal clients headquartered from California to Maine.
Shelle is a marketing/communications firm with focus on advocating for the fraternity/sorority experience. We channel the passion for your organization into creative energy that speaks to your members. Since 1988, Shelle has been partnering with fraternal teams to transform the narrative, elevate brand presence, ignite fund growth and build support through engaging experiences.
Trek Advancement believes donor-centered strategic philanthropy can change the world. We see ourselves as stewards of philanthropy and as such we feel a strong commitment to helping the nonprofits, companies and individuals we serve effectively leverage their philanthropic investments. We take a holistic approach to institutional advancement and tailor our services to help clients develop specific solutions and promote sustainable fundraising practices.
Named for one of fundraising’s most well-known leaders, Carter is a philanthropic consulting firm that advises nonprofit organizations all over the world. Bob Carter and Steve Higgins, both Certified Fund Raising Executives, formed Carter in 2011 with a commitment to providing philanthropic consulting at the highest standard of practice. Each Carter consultant has at least 20 years of experience, giving our partners the benefit of over 300 years of collective nonprofit expertise.
Carter handpicks consulting teams uniquely suited to address the goals of each of our partners. Services are focused in the areas of fundraising, governance and organizational planning and range from capital campaigns and mega gift counseling to development program audits and leadership coaching. We believe in doing things the right way, not the easy way. In the competitive world of fundraising, Carter brings creativity and passion to every project and the best practice experience needed to bring your vision to life.
At CISabroad, we believe that education abroad experiences positively impact our students, and they, in turn, positively impact the world. In 2000, our first student landed on the shores of Newcastle, Australia for a semester abroad. Today, thousands of students learn abroad on our study, intern, and custom programs in 60+ countries, on all continents but Antarctica. We have a reputation as an affordable, student-centered organization with a commitment to getting every student abroad. We are grateful to be recognized through national awards for our diversity programming as well as our excellent service. CISabroad is headquartered in Northampton, MA and has 48 staff members based in the United States with another 26 staff members overseas. We are members of NAFSA, the Forum on Education Abroad, the Diversity Abroad Network, and a partner with IIE’s Generation Study Abroad initiative. Fun fact: We currently have five NPC organizations represented in our staff, three of whom are members of our executive leadership team.
Using sophisticated modeling and advanced analytics, DonorSearch provides development staff with prospect research services that help them identify, qualify, and build relationships with 30% more potential major gift donors.
GiveCampus is the leading social fundraising and volunteer management platform for educational institutions. Schools of all sizes use GiveCampus for everything from record-breaking giving days, to reunions, to crowdfunding. Advancement professionals have called it “a game changer for annual giving.”
MCM CPAS & ADVISORS
MCM CPAs & Advisors offers expertise in audit and assurance services, tax planning, business valuation, litigation support, fraud examination, business start‐up and consulting for non‐profit, public and privately held organizations, and individuals. The company has offices in Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky; Jeffersonville and Indianapolis, Indiana; and Cincinnati, Ohio, and was recently ranked by Inside Public Accounting’s Top 100 list as the 79th largest accounting firm in the United States (based on net revenue). MCM is an independent member of PrimeGlobal, one of the world’s top five associations of independent accounting firms. The firm has been awarded Best Places to Work distinctions in multiple states and cities.
NICHE ADVISORY GROUP
Known for his integrity, accountability, and innate ability to navigate and lead in volatile, uncertain, and complex environments, Peter Niche is appreciated by the executives, professionals, organizations, and individuals he serves for his expertise in:
- A visionary approach to creating possibility in outcomes beyond the current results and the underlying thinking and comfort of precedence.
- Presentations and communication that build and foster relationships as a trusted advisor and as a leader who provokes and evokes excellence in individuals, teams, and organizations.
- Integrity in relationships, business practices, and personal conduct that builds trust, credibility, and growth.
- Innovation enabling organizations to achieve breakthrough results.
- Communication in relationship building to foster collaboration and communication across all levels of the organizations and external partnerships.
- Decision making when presented with rapidly changing facts, effectively communicating and acting on time sensitive issues, information, and opportunities.
- Innovative development and presentation of workshops and symposiums.
PATRIOT SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS
The Patriot V2 database management suite was built to solve the business needs of Greek fraternal and foundation organizations. With Patriot V2, staff, officers and members can access the information they need, when they need it. From online donations to membership induction, Patriot V2 streamlines all your business processes and manages your data effectively.
PCI services includes alumni/membership directories, fundraising and online services.
RHYME & REASON DESIGN
It’s not Greek to us. Whether you are in the market for some big strategic ideas or animated whimsy, we’ve got you and your organization covered. From a la carte options to multi-faceted campaigns, you’ll enjoy an open and honest client-designer relationship and custom creative that will put your marketing materials on the map and a smile on your face. Our services include branding, print design, national website, direct mail, capital campaigns and more.
RUFFALO NOEL LEVITZ
Ruffalo Noel Levitz is the leading provider of higher education enrollment, student success, and fundraising solutions. The firm serves more than 1,900 colleges and universities through data-driven solutions focused on the entire lifecycle of enrollment and fundraising, assuring students find the right program, graduate on time, secure their first job in their chosen field, and give back to support the next generation. With a deep knowledge of the industry, Ruffalo Noel Levitz provides institutions the ability to scale their efforts by tapping into a community of support and resources.
VONLEHMAN CPA & ADVISORY FIRM
Founded in 1946, VonLehman is a forward-thinking CPA and business advisory firm that deftly guides closely held businesses, nonprofits and governmental entities through the rough terrain of an ever-changing landscape. VonLehman goes beyond accounting, tax and auditing services to offer strategic business advice that is in high demand among small and mid-sized organizations. True to our longstanding commitment to building the community, we specialize in sectors that drive our regional economy – including manufacturing and distribution, construction and real estate, nonprofits, healthcare, and professional services. VonLehman’s Nonprofit Group understands the unique challenges and opportunities facing charitable and tax-exempt organizations. Since 1946, we have helped nonprofits of every type negotiate the push-pull between capacity and mission.