Conferences & Training

Annual Conference for Corporate and Foundation Relations Officers

May 10 - 12, 2017
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
Chicago, Ill., United States

This annual event brings together more than 400 development professionals, grant writers, officers and prospect researchers to engage in conversation about the challenges in securing external support for our institutions. Join us in May for a program that will focus on strategies that will work for your institution.

This conference is designed for professionals with mid- and senior-level responsibility.

Program starts midday on Wednesday and ends midday on Friday.

Featured Organizations in the 2017 Program:

•  The MacArthur Foundation
•  The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
•  The Spencer Foundation
•  Ford Foundation
•  The Robert R. McCormick Foundation
•  Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
•  Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation
•  Melanoma Research Alliance
•  The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
•  Pfizer Centers for Therapeutic Innovation
•  William T. Grant Foundation

•  Silicon Valley Community Foundation
•  Chicago Community Trust
•  Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
•  Kenneth Rainin Foundation
•  Grace Science Foundation
•  Alzheimer's Association
•  Cancer Research Foundation
•  CureSearch
•  Foundation Fighting Blindness
•  Glenn Foundation for Medical Research
•  Jet Blue


Benefits of Attending
  • Hear directly from a range of senior corporate and foundation representatives what their priorities are and what they consider key drivers in forming partnerships.
  • Review the latest best practices for cultivating and securing corporate and foundation support.
  • Build your skill base in writing successful proposals, researching corporate and foundation prospects and developing effective stewardship efforts.
  • Develop a network of contacts from across the corporate and foundation relations community who can become long-term colleagues, ad hoc consultants and mentors.
  • Expand your working knowledge of current and possible future trends in corporate and foundation funding.

Who Should Attend
  • Development professionals—at any level of experience—who are responsible for securing external support from corporations and foundations for educational institutions
  • Assistant, associate and directors of corporate and/or foundation relations
  • Grant writers and officers who work primarily with non-government solicitations
  • Prospect researchers who work to support corporate and/or foundation fundraising efforts from across their campus
  • Directors of development for schools/units who routinely seek corporate sponsorships, underwriting, and gifts or foundation grants for their school/institutional activities. 

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