317-872-1112 foundation@nicindy.org

August 28-30, 2017

Save the Date

Downtown Indianapolis

Hyatt Regency Indianapolis

Registration Opens May 1

The premier educational event for fraternal foundations

Since the 1990s, THE Foundations Seminar has provided fraternal foundation professionals and volunteers with a forum to collaborate on issues unique to advancing their organization’s missions.

It’s an amazing opportunity to learn, collaborate, explore solutions to shared business problems and network with 300 industry professionals.

Planning is underway for THE Foundations Seminar, to be held Aug. 28-30, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis. Mark your calendars now for the NICF’s flagship program. With 35 educational sessions and outstanding keynote speakers, this year’s Seminar is a must-attend event. Registration will go live on May 1!

Inspire. Ask. Renew.

This year’s theme—Inspire. Ask. Renew.—will explore how foundations connect to members, donors, and even volunteers and staff to motivate engagement and enhance commitment.


The Call for Programs is open!

Contribute to the learning community by submitting an educational program proposal. The 2016-18 NICF Curriculum Plan will drive program selection. Program submissions should directly address at least one of the Curriculum Plan’s five key areas—Communications, Engagement, Fundraising, Management and Stewardship—and relate to this year’s Seminar theme: Inspire. Ask. Renew. 

  • How do you INSPIRE connection and loyalty within your organization’s donor base?
  • How are you INSPIRING effectiveness and commitment from volunteers and staff?
  • What impact stories could/should you be telling to INSPIRE an ongoing commitment to giving among your members?
  • Are you approaching “the ASK” in the most effective way? What knowledge/skills do you need so that answer can be “yes?”
  • What fear(s) hold you back from making “the ASK?”
  • How do your organization’s stewardship efforts RENEW donors and create “raving fans?”
  • What does it/would it take for every member and/or donor to RENEW their commitment to your organization?
  • How do you RENEW your own drive, focus and relationships as you take on your job?

More information and the online submission form can be found here. Speaker submission guidelines can be found here.


Program proposals are due March 24.

Keynote Speakers


Dr. Adrian Sargeant

Director of the Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy

Dr. Sargeant is one of the world’s leading authorities on how to achieve growth in philanthropy. His program, The Social Psychology of Giving, will kick off the 2017 Seminar, exploring the results of a major new research project on relationship fundraising. Dr. Sargent will share insights into the science underpinning how human beings form relationships with friends and family and how nonprofits might use this knowledge to build more meaningful relationships with their supporters.


Marc Pitman

Founder, Concord Leadership Group

Marc A. Pitman is an international leadership coach and fundraising trainer. He helps nonprofit staff and board members get excited about asking for money. He is the founder of The Concord Leadership Group and of FundraisingCoach.com and the author of Ask Without Fear!® Through his program of the same name,  Marc will share his fundraising expertise, providing proven techniques to improve your fundraising skills and a simple method that will take the fear out of the “ask.”


Dr. Mari Ann Callais

Educator, Speaker, Consultant

Dr. Mari Ann Callais’ unique blend of music, humor and storytelling is the perfect combination for our closing general session. In addition to being an on-demand keynote speaker on campuses and for organizations across the country, Mari Ann is a fundraiser and knows the challenges we all face. She wants nothing more than for you to leave Seminar renewed and ready to advance your organization in the year ahead.

Questions? Contact Sue Kraft Fussell at sue.kraftfussell@nicindy.org or (317) 872-1112 ext. 370.

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