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Institute for Greek Advancement 2019

January 21-24
The Cape, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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Program At-A-Glance

Institute for Greek Advancement (IGA) is a retreat for fraternal foundation executives and provides an opportunity for education, skill building and the exchange of best practices in a think-tank setting. Keynote speakers at IGA 2018 focusED on major gifts and alumni/ae engagement, drawing from the NICF Curriculum Plan and the way alumni/ae engagement and major gift fundraising go hand-in-hand. Some of the topics covered include:

    • Successful major gifts programs, and their potential to be life-changing for organizations.
    • Major gifts help ensure the necessary operational support and sustainability of our organizations.
    • Greater alumni/ae engagement can increase the health of our organizations.
    • Addressing engagement issues, like low connection, helps us get to the bottom of fundraising issues like individuals’ decisions not to give or to stop giving.

Stay tuned for announcements and information about the 2019 IGA program and keynote speakers.

Schedule At-A-Glance

Monday, January 15

5 – 5:30 p.m.                First-time Attendee Registration

5:30 – 6 p.m.                First-time Attendee Orientation

6 – 6:30 p.m.                Registration

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.         Welcome Reception

7:30 – 9 p.m.                Welcome Dinner

Tuesday, January 16

7 – 8 a.m.                        Breakfast

8 – 8:30 a.m.                 IGA Kickoff Welcome & Introductions

8:30 – 11 a.m.              Morning Session

11 a.m. – Noon            Executive Pairings

Noon – 1 p.m.               Lunch

1 – 1:30 p.m.                 Group Photo

1:30 – 4 p.m.                 Afternoon Session

4 – 5 p.m.                       Casual Reception

5 p.m.                             Early Dinner Departure (Panchos Restaurant, Cabo San Lucas)

6 p.m.                             Late Dinner Departure (Maro’s Shrimp House, Cabo San Lucas)

Wednesday, January 17

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.                             Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.                Morning Session

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.                           Lunch

1:30 – 3 p.m.                                    Afternoon Session

3 – 4 p.m.                                          Executive Pairings

4 – 5 p.m.                                        Casual Reception

5 p.m.                                                Dinner On Your Own

Thursday, January 18

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.                  Breakfast

8:30 – 10 a.m.                      Closing Session

Registration Information

**Registration is now closed. Contact Ashley VanDewark, Director of NICF Programs and Services, with questions about IGA or your registration.

Who should attend

The program is designed for the top 1-2 key decision-making professionals in a fraternal foundation. These professionals must have responsibility for governance and major gift fundraising. NICF Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond Alliance Partners (including Distinguished levels) are also eligible to attend per the IGA benefits included in the Alliance Partner Guide.

Registration rates

In 2018, IGA registration rates will fall into four categories – NICF Member, NICF Non-Member, Alliance Partner and Guest. The registration rates for each category are as follows:

  • NICF Member and Alliance Partner Rate – $549
  • NICF Non-Member Rate – $749
  • Guest Rate – $399

Registration fees include the following meals – Monday dinner, Tuesday breakfast, lunch & dinner, Wednesday breakfast & lunch (Wednesday dinner is on your own), and Thursday breakfast.

IGA 2018 Keynote Speakers

Brian Breittholz

Breittholz serves as the Assistant Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Executive Director of the Cleveland State University Alumni Association, representing 125,000 alumni worldwide. In this role he leads professionals and volunteers in planning initiatives designed to engage alumni and students in the life of CSU. He began this role at CSU in 2013 after 25 years of higher education service at Miami University (OH), Indiana University and the University of Akron.

Prior to working in advancement, Breittholz enjoyed a distinguished career working closely with students and alumni volunteers as the Director of Greek Affairs at Miami where he served as chief officer to 50 chapters of fraternal organizations comprising 5,000+ undergraduate students. Even after leaving this role, he maintained close ties with students as a fraternity chapter advisor at Miami, Indiana, Case Western Reserve and Cleveland State. A native New Yorker, he attended Ohio University where he earned his Bachelor of Science (BSJ) degree from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and Master of Education degree majoring in student personnel.

Breittholz has been the recipient of numerous awards including: CASE V Gold Awards for innovation in alumni relations and outstanding alumni and communication programs; Award of Distinction from the North-American Interfraternity Conference; the Innovative Programming Award from the Ohio College Personnel Association; and a number of other recognitions from organizations dedicated to student development and alumni engagement.

Jeremy Galvin

Jeremy is a career non-profit leader having worked in this industry for 20 years. For the past 14 years he has worked in higher education fundraising and is the Vice President for Development at the Iowa State University Foundation. He co-leads a team of over 80 employees who are all focused on increasing philanthropic support to the University. Through his program at IGA, Jeremy will share his expertise about prospect management, leading fundraising professionals and inspiring gifts of a lifetime. Jeremy is the Vice-President/President-Elect for the National Council of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity.


Hotel & Accommodations

The host hotel, The Cape, Cabo San Lucasis a boutique hotel with all rooms enjoying a stunning ocean view. Services and amenities at The Cape include:

  • Transportation services available upon request through Concierge
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Seven eclectic restaurants, including The Rooftop, Cabo San Lucas’ only rooftop bar and lounge with sweeping views to downtown Cabo San Lucas and El Arco
  • State-of-the-art meeting spaces
  • An on-site spa
  • Fitness center with beach views

Airport transportation

  • Transportation to and from the airport and hotel is also available through TransCabo
  • Attendees book and pay for their own transportation

Frequently Asked Questions

What is IGA?

Founded as an executive retreat, the program has become an opportunity for fraternal foundation professionals to build skills, get continuing education and exchange ideas and best practices in a think-tank setting.

How do I register for IGA?

Registration for IGA 2019 will open in October 2018. The registration process, including booking rooms at the hotel, is fully-managed by the NICF.

Who should attend IGA?

The program is designed for the top 1-2 key decision-making professionals in a fraternal foundation. These professionals must have responsibility for governance and major gifts fundraising. NICF Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond Alliance Partners (including Distinguished levels) are also eligible to attend.

How are IGA speakers chosen?

IGA speakers are experts in the nonprofit and fundraising indsutry who can provide insight and lead discussions on critical operations of fraternal foundations. They may also have expertise in alumni/ae relations, marketing and other related areas.

Is traveling to Mexico safe?

Cabo San Lucas is an active and popular travel destination, and considered one of Mexico’s safest tourist regions.

What is the hotel like?

The Cape is a boutique hotel on a singular beachfront retreat where every room overlooks El Arco and the Bahia San Lucas horizon.

Can I use my cell phone/other wireless devices?

Cabo San Lucas can accommodate most U.S. cell phones and service. Be sure to contact your provider in advance about service options in Mexico.

Do I need a passport?

Yes. While you are not required to present a passport to enter Mexico, you will need to present your passport upon reentry to the U.S.

Can I come early or stay late?

The Cape usually honors the IGA group rate for 3 nights before and 3 nights after the conference dates. All additional room nights outside of the NICF’s contracted reservations are subject to availability and must be requested and reserved on your own. More details about 2019 reservations will be announced at a later date.

What do I need to pack?

Attire for IGA is resort casual. Men often wear polo shirts and khaki shorts or pants. Women often wear sundresses, skirts, or capris. You may want to bring a light sweater or jacket for cooler evening temperatures and the hotel space. Stay casual for receptions and dinners or you can dress up if you wish, Also, don’t forget sunscreen! The sun in Cabo San Lucas is intense. Pack a bathing suit for the hotel’s beach and pools.

Should I convert my dollars?

Many businesses in Cabo San Lucas accept U.S. dollars and most major credit cards. Note that American Express and traveler’s checks are not as widely accepted. Most cards will work in ATMs as well. Bank ATMs are the most reliable, providing cash in pesos at the daily international banking rate. Remember to alert your bank and credit card company that you are traveling.

Is the water safe to drink?

Yes. The Cape’s water filtration system has both biologic and ultraviolet filtering systems for extra safety. Water and ice served at The Cape’s on-site facilities is safe for consumption. In addition, in each guest room, two bottles of water are provided at nightly turndown and two are placed in the bathrooms if guests prefer using bottled water to brush their teeth.

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Have more questions? Contact Ashley VanDewark, Director of NICF Programs and Services, or call (317) 872-1112.