Monday, August 29 – Wednesday, August 31, 2022

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 with peers. In addition, Seminar provides a chance to recognize outstanding achievements of FFE member organizations and individuals through Awards of Distinction.


Registration Deadline: August 15

Seminar Registration Rates

  • Early-Bird (register through July 1): $450 per person
  • Standard (register between July 2 and August 1): $550 per person
  • Late (register after August 1): $650 per person
  • Fraternal Foundation Fundraising Bootcamp (optional, add-on experience on Wednesday, August 31): $50 per person
  • A bundle registration option is available through August 1 at $4,000 which includes up to 10 in-person dual experience registrations (NIC Annual Meeting & FFE Seminar) and an unlimited use digital pass for the organization. This offer is only available through August 1. Download the bundle registration instructions here.
  • Digital passes are available at the following rates and include access to recorded NIC educational symposiums and FFE keynote presentations one week following the conclusion of the program.
    • Individual digital pass: $150
    • Organization digital pass (unlimited users): $1,000

If your organization is not an active FFE Member, you will be manually charged an additional $200 non-member fee per registrant. To renew or activate your foundation’s FFE Membership, contact Ashley VanDewark


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.


Programming features a mix of keynote content, focused breakout sessions, small group discussions and networking over the agenda spanning two full days and a partial third day (if opting into add-on experiences such as the FGA Symposium or FFE Post-Con Workshop).

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.


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.

Seminar 2022 will feature engaging, dynamic keynote and breakout sessions where fraternal fundraisers gain insight and knowledge about the future of fundraising and getting back into the game post-pandemic.

Schedule At-A-Glance

Registration will open Monday, August 29 at 7 a.m. Seminar programming kicks off on Monday, August 29 at 12:30 p.m. with a luncheon highlighting our Alliance Partners who support our work, to be followed by our opening keynote “Creating a Culture of Belonging” from Mari Ann Callais.

View the full NIC Annual Meeting of Members/FFE Seminar schedule of programming and events (schedule subject to change).

Key times for Seminar attendees:

  • Celebrating Our Impact Dinner – Sunday, August 28 from 6 to 9 p.m.
  • First Timers Orientation – Monday, August 29 from 12 to 12:30 p.m.
  • FFE Business Meeting – Monday, August 29 from 4:15 to 5 p.m.
  • Alliance Partner-Executive Speed Dating – Tuesday, August 30 from 1 to 2 p.m.
  • Awards of Distinction Reception & Dinner – Tuesday, August 30 starting at 5:30 p.m. at The Indiana Roof Ballroom
  • Fraternal Foundation Fundraising Bootcamp – Wednesday, August 31 from 8 a.m. to noon
    • Join us for a morning of collaboration, action planning and dedicated time spent with content experts in the areas of annual giving, major gifts and development operations. With detailed information about how to incorporate Cygnus data to your work as well as hands-on activities and exercises, participants will walk away with tactical (and practical!) skills to better support their foundation’s fundraising operations as a whole.

We can't wait to see you!



Mari Ann Callais, Ph.D., Delta Delta Delta Fraternity & The For College For Life Speakers Team

We all want to feel like we are cared about and that we belong. In your business, listening to stories, passions, what's important to your donors happens long before you make the ask. Maybe now more than ever, understanding what others are feeling and where they would like to invest their treasure might look different. The pandemic created an even greater need for this sense of belonging and community, but the struggle is real. It might be that we all need to feel a little more connected, a sense of belonging, and that who I am is even more important than what I do. This keynote will discuss the importance of belonging, bring some joy to our time and space together, and hopefully leave you with a sense of you are important to helping others feel like they belong. It's who you are, not just what you do.


Patrick Alderdice and Aaron Parker, Pennington & Company

Pennington & Company has researched, compiled and evaluated the IRS Form 990 (c)(3) filings for fraternal foundations for the past 18 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.


Rachel Muir, CFRE

Can you snap your fingers to see the future of fundraising? Come get a front-row seat in this eye-opening exploration loaded with practical and aspirational fundraising ideas. Discover the biggest fundraising trends and enjoy eye candy fundraising campaigns from budgets small and large. You’ll leave energized, entertained, and ready to win your donors hearts, minds & wallets!


Seminar breakouts will largely cater to the following peer groups (click the schedule button below to view details breakout information):

  • Foundation Executives
  • Board of Trustees
  • Annual Giving Staff
  • Major Gift Officers
  • Marketing/Communications Staff
  • Development Operations Staff


With Seminar part of the 2022 Dual Meeting (inclusive of the NIC Annual Meeting of Members), FFE is able to offer an even greater opportunity for fraternal industry peers to grow together.


The event will take place at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. A room block is available for attendees at a rate of $159 if booked by Monday, August 15.

Indianapolis Marriott Downtown
350 West Maryland Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46225


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