ONLINE | AUGUST 24-26

FFE’s flagship program is dedicated to education and professional development for fraternal organization staff and volunteers. We are excited to further this mission in a virtual setting for 2020.

Register now for Seminar!

EXPANDED IMPACT

Engage your whole team and save: We have a special bundled rate on multiple attendees from one organization. Email us for details before registering.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Seminar benefits fraternal organization staff in all functional areas, foundation and fraternity, as well as volunteer leadership. This shared educational experience offers staff and volunteers a full slate of programming aimed toward expanded knowledge across the organization that drives greater benefit for each attendee and greater overall impact.
Because we find such value in Seminar 2020, we have thoughtfully structured pricing to promote a broader reach among our organizations.

WHAT SHOULD 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. The curriculum is designed to help participants advance our organizations’ missions while also offering an opportunity to learn new strategies and tools, dig into shared business problems and collaborate in a variety of settings.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

Seminar content is curated specifically to cover a variety of curriculum areas for fraternal industry professional development, including membership data, communications, engagement, fundraising, management and stewardship.

VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE DETAILS

Invest in all aspects of your organization with this unique Seminar 2020 opportunity. The online experience allows for a reduction in event costs that we are passing on to our members. We have a special bundled rate for organizations to provide savings on multiple attendees; contact us before registering to receive a discount code.
  • First representative from an organization or company: $250 per person
  • Second through seventh organization representatives: $125 fee per person
  • Unlimited pass: Eight or more representatives: $1,000 flat rate. This option will have the greatest impact on your organization! Take advantage before this deal closes on August 1.
Register now! For additional questions, contact Ashley VanDewark.  
Seminar content is curated specifically to cover a variety of curriculum areas for fraternal industry professional development, including membership data, communications, engagement, fundraising, management and stewardship. View the schedule
Alongside the Seminar program, FFE is proud to recognize outstanding achievements of member organizations and individuals through Awards of Distinction. Look for further details to come on celebrating our accomplishments virtually.
Please see below the best contact for specific questions by topic.

Contact FFE Executive Director Ashley VanDewark with questions about:
  • General Seminar registration, programming or technology
  • FFE Board of Directors Meeting
  • FFE Awards of Distinction nominations or winners
  • FFE Membership
Contact NIC Chief Operating Officer Mike McRee with questions about Alliance Partner membership and registration.

Contact Chief Financial Officer Michael Wilson with questions about invoicing and registration payments.

Contact NIC Chief Executive Officer Jud Horras with questions about the NIC Annual Meeting of Members.
We’ve been great partners with the North American Interfraternity Conference for many years, and we look forward to returning to a dual meeting setting in 2021. Mark your calendars and plan now to join us:
  • 2021: August 22-25, Indianapolis Marriott Downtown
For 2020, the NIC has made the decision to also move its Meeting of Members online with an abbreviated schedule and no registration fee. To register for the NIC Meeting of Members, log in to FS Central and select Events.

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The best avenue to discuss a fraternal foundation-related topic or crowdsource a problem is the Foundation for Fraternal Excellence private Facebook group. Before and after the program, you can discuss the session topics, seek recommendations from others, share your work and just connect with your fraternal foundation industry friends. Opportunities for networking are included in the Seminar 2020 schedule.
Yes, Seminar will offer quality networking with FFE partners. Thank you to the Alliance Partners who support Seminar and all FFE programs!

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KEYNOTE PRESENTATIONS

DISRUPTION AND CREATIVITY

Gregory Offner

Offner is a professional speaker on the topic of Disruption. Greg’s deep experience in corporate leadership, sales, marketing, risk management, and the entertainment industry make him one of the most sought after “edu-tainers” on Disruption & Creativity. As an dueling piano performer, Greg has performed for audiences on 4 continents, in 9 countries, and in over 15 U.S. States.

2020 FRATERNITY/SORORITY RESEARCH RESULTS

Dr. Gary Pike, Indiana University; Dr. Dawn Watkins Wiese, Plaid; Justin Kirk, NIC Research Committee Chair/Delta Upsilon Executive Director; and Judson Horras, NIC President and CEO (Moderator)

The North American Interfraternity Conference has pursued an aggressive research agenda since August 2019 in areas including the value of the single sex experience; student success and fraternities; mental health and fraternities; the impact of fraternities on first generation students; and substance use and fraternities. This panel will discuss initial findings of The Impact of Fraternal Membership on Student Engagement and Educational Outcomes Study 2.0 in an exclusive session for Seminar attendees.

CYGNUS RESEARCH RESULTS

Jeff Dubberley, Vice President, Cygnus Applied Research

This session will provide a detailed recap of the responses of your members and donors from the 2020 Foundation for Fraternal Excellence Alumni & Donor Engagement Survey, exploring the opportunity that exists to grow both supporter numbers and contributions; identify the messages members and donors find the most compelling; and determine how fraternities and sororities can forge stronger relationships with members at all stages of their lives.

A REVIEW OF 990 DATA

Pennington & Co.

Pennington & Company will deliver the findings of their IRS Form 990 research and discuss the trends from both the administrative and donor perspectives, as well as analyze the opportunities and challenges that fraternal foundations face in regard to operations and fundraising.

WINNING AT HARVARD

Panelists TBA

How a variety of players came together to protect and advocate for the fraternity/sorority experience and reach a successful outcome.

FUNDRAISING AND LEADERSHIP IN 2020

TBA

This active session will look ahead to the fall semester and beyond. How can we as fundraisers plan to support our organizations through the unique challenges of 2020?