CFR18 Be where the funders are.




Day 1 Day 2 Day 3

Wednesday, May 22



Newcomers and Master Class Workshops: Details to be posted by January 2019


8:00 AM

Affinity Group Discussions for Liberal Arts and Academic Medical Centers (optional)
All are welcome to join a structured conversation on the unique challenges and opportunities involved in running a corporate and foundation relations office at a liberal arts college or academic medical center.


Main Conference

Noon-1:00 PM

1:00-2:15 PM
Conference Welcome and Opening Key Session

Elective Sessions (choose one)

  • Finding Support for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research
  • Best Practices in Working with International Foundations and Corporations
  • How Foundations are Changing the Landscape of Cities and Neighborhoods
  • How to Build Large-Scale Data Science Partnerships

Featured Sessions (choose one)

  • Tides of Change: Science Funding in the Age of the Me Too Movement
  • Corporate Engagement: Creating Multiple Stakeholders for Optimal Success

Networking Reception

Conference Adjourns for the Day
Dinner on your own


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Day 2, Thursday, May 23


7:45-8:45 AM
Breakfast Roundtables

Elective Sessions (choose one)

  • Diversity from the Funders' Perspective
  • Evaluating and Accepting Controversial Funding
  • Building Partnerships with Corporate and Community Leaders
  • Research Administration: Friend, Not Foe

Elective Sessions (choose one)

  • Grand Challenges and Big Bets as Platforms for Fundraising
  • Using Data Analytics to Identify and Prioritize Corporate and Foundation Prospects
  • What's the Big Idea about the Big Picture?
  • Working with Community Foundations

Luncheon and Key Session

Elective Sessions (choose one)

  • Global Development
  • Guiding Faculty to the Department of Defense: Why, When and How
  • Owning Your Role
  • No Unsolicited Proposals: Mastering the Secret Handshake and Getting in the Door

Elective Sessions (choose one)

  • Improving the Limited Submission Process
  • Assessing CFR Performance: Are We Doing It Wrong?
  • Corporate and Foundation Relations for Community Colleges: Building Partnerships
  • Working with Tech Companies

Elective Sessions (choose one)

  • Translating Your Talent: Growing Your Role; Growing Your Career
  • Subject Matter Forecasting: Don't Wait for the RFP
  • Setting the Agenda: How Foundations and Government Agencies Collaborate to Advance a Common Goal
  • Funding for Racial Equity Program at Universities

Conference Adjourns for the Day
Dinner on your own


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Day 3, Friday, May 24


7:30-8:30 AM
Breakfast Roundtables

Closing Key Session

Elective Sessions (choose one)

  • Diversifying the Profession: Proactive Strategies for Hiring, Retaining and Developing Inclusive Teams
  • Nontraditional and Emerging Foundations
  • Finding Funding for Research that Informs Policy Change
  • Internal and External Communication Strategies

Conference Adjourns


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Interested in a sponsorship?

Contact: Anthony Mitchell, Director, Corporate Relations or Wanda Harris, Corporate Relations Manager