As a first timer, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but Summit turned out to be one of the most beneficial professional development opportunities for me and the organization I lead. I met many people willing to share not only their successes, but also their failures. I walked away really encouraged that we are laying the foundation of a great organization for the future. This is a can’t miss event.

Jason Hoyt

President and COO, Beta Upsilon Chi, Inc.


A retreat opportunity for Foundation Executives

Summit remains the foremost opportunity for foundation executives, FFE Board Members and FFE Alliance Partners to spend dedicated time among peers. The outcome is an enhanced network of executives with whom you can connect and advise throughout the year, and a greater understanding of the work of some of our Alliance Partners and how they can elevate your operations.

Future Dates:
Monday, January 17–Thursday, January 20, 2022


Summit is beneficial for the top 1-2 professionals of a fraternal foundation as well as the FFE Board of Directors and invited Alliance Partners.


The think-tank atmosphere and intimate environment of Summit allows executives to step away from the chaos of the day-to-day and focus on the strategy behind their important work. Program speakers may include university presidents or advancement leaders, nonprofit consulting firms, and other industry leaders.


Summit curriculum is focused on executive-level fundraising and leadership.


Strategist, facilitator, author


The Power of Profitable Conversations

It’s time to think differently! Does your foundation have the right skills to take on tomorrow? Major campaign coming up that needs innovation? Do your people possess the behaviors necessary to create a culture of care and long-term sustainability?

In this provocative and hands-on session, AmyK shares how to generate more creative ideas and how to enact those ideas with your volunteers and staff… fast! Take a refreshing plunge into the boundless waters of big thinking.

Just like the nonprofit series devoted to spreading ideas in the form of short, powerful presentations, FFE hosts a TED Talk-style series at Summit featuring topics of interest or emerging trends highlighting the work of our industry. The 2020 featured speakers were:

  • Allison Rickels, The FarmHouse Foundation | WATCH
  • Scott Bova, Triangle Foundation | WATCH
  • Elizabeth Wojcik, Computer System Innovations | WATCH