This flagship program of the Foundation for Fraternal Excellence is the largest of its kind dedicated to education and professional development for fraternal foundation staff and volunteers. Seminar provides attendees with a forum to collaborate on advancing our organizations’ mission while also offering an opportunity to learn new strategies and tools for our work, collaborate on shared business problems and network peers. In addition, Seminar provides a chance to recognize outstanding achievements of FFE member organizations and individuals through Awards of Distinction.

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.

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. 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.

ABOUT THE VIRTUAL DUAL MEETING

With Seminar part of the 2021 Virtual Dual Meeting, FFE is able to offer an even greater opportunity for fraternal industry peers to grow together. 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. See full details on the 2021 Virtual Dual Meeting experience.

2021 SEMINAR KEYNOTES

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.