Conferences & Training
Program - Annual Conference for Institutionally Related Foundations

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
Day 1, Wednesday, April 18

Preconference workshop

9:00 AM
Conference Registration
Welcome to Miami! Stop by the registration desk between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM to check in and pick up your conference materials.

10:00 AM -NOON
IRF Newcomers Workshop
Intended for people new to the IRF field, learn how to access CASE resources for foundation executives and maximize this conference experience. Networking opportunity available. CASE members and nonmembers welcome.

Separate registration fee required.

Main Conference

Welcome and Opening Session
Chair Julie Falgout, president and CEO of the University of Lousiana-Lafayette Foundation, will welcome attendees to the 26th annual conference. Businesswoman and philanthropist Anita Zucker will share her thoughts and perspectives on the role of philanthropy in public higher education.
Anita Zucker, Chief Executive Officer, The InterTech Group, Inc.

Elective Sessions

Affinity Groups
An opportunity for foundation executives to discuss issues in an informal setting with your peers.

Welcome Reception
Join conference speakers and your colleagues to network and unwind after the first day.

Conference Adjourns for the Day
Dinner on your own

[back to top]


Day 2, Thursday, April 19

Breakfast Roundtables
Small and interactive, facilitated discussions.

Separating Fact from Fiction: State Scrutiny of Institutionally Related Foundations
As public colleges and universities continue to raise more and more private support, state lawmakers and officials are beginning to ask more questions about the role of foundations. An expert panel will discuss IRF scrutiny in their states and share strategies on how foundation leaders can demonstrate their value to state officials.

Elective Sessions

Awards Luncheon
Honor the 2018 recipients of the 2018 CASE Commonfund Institutionally Related Foundation Awards.

IRFx Sessions
Experts from local Miami business schools will provide quick-hitting presentations on topics related to leadership and management.

Elective Sessions

Strengthening Foundation Communications
How is your foundation perceived by students? Donors? The public? Are your foundation and institution on the same page when it comes to messaging? A panel of senior leaders in foundation communications will share insights on how IRFs can strengthen their brand. Tips for working with media will be discussed.

Evening Networking Reception

Conference Adjourns for the Day
Dinner on your own

[back to top]


Day 3, Friday, April 20

8:00-8:30 AM
Continental Breakfast

Elective Sessions

Commonfund Seminar
Commonfund Institute staff lead a discussion on endowment performance. Data from the 2018 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments will be referenced.

11:00 AM-NOON
Closing session: Washington Update

Conference Adjourns

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3