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.
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 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.
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
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 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 Lucas, is 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
- Transportation to and from the airport and hotel is also available through TransCabo
- Attendees book and pay for their own transportation
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