CASE VIII conferences bring a unique focus on advancement-specific issues including development, alumni engagement, communications, and advancement services. The content tracks of the 2020 CASE VIII Conference are:
- Fundraising and Philanthropy
- Alumni and Engagement
- Marketing and Communications
Proposals for 2020 conference sessions are being accepted through September 30, 2019. Detailed guidelines for session proposals can be found below.
Detailed Proposal Guidelines
These guidelines will assist you in preparing and submitting your proposal. You will be required to identify the session format, audience level, content track, and learning outcomes in your submission.
- Proposals are due September 30, 2019, and speakers will be notified in mid-November.
- Special consideration will be given to proposals that align subject matter with the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the advancement field.
- Special consideration will be given to proposals in which key takeaways may be scaled to all institutions, regardless of type, size, or geographic location.
- Consultants may be part of a presentation as long as at least one presenter is on staff at a CASE District VIII member institution.
- By submitting a proposal, you acknowledge that if you are selected to speak, you and any co-presenter(s) must register and pay for attendance to the 2020 CASE District VIII Conference.
Presentation: The presenters have significant skills and experience in the subject matter and will share their knowledge in a formal presentation. The goal is to inform, challenge and inspire participants representing nonprofit foundations, independent schools, colleges, and larger universities. Audience participation is through Q&A. Two or more speakers required.
Master Session: Master Sessions feature accomplished speakers and take an in-depth look at a wide range of topics that have a broad interest across all areas of advancement. Sessions are generally 2-3 hours long.
Panel: A panel of experts in the subject matter are guided through a topical presentation by a moderator. Each member of the panel brings an insightful angle on the topic by describing his or her personal or institutional experience. The goal is to allow participants to get a cross-institutional overview of the topic. Audience participation is through Q&A. Sessions in the panel format should have no more than three speakers. Panelists from diverse backgrounds and/or institutions serving diverse segments of the population are encouraged to consider this opportunity.
Case Study: The presenters provide an in-depth description of a specific experience that yielded success. The planning process, methods, and outcomes are shared. The goal is for participants to extrapolate from specific situations information that may be relevant to their own shops. Audience participation is encouraged through active dialogue and Q&A.
Facilitated Group Discussion: Led by experienced and dynamic speakers, all participants are invited to share ideas and explore the content area through breakout groups. Groups then share findings or ideas with all participants. Audience participation is the primary focus of the session. Facilitators are asked to tailor their presentation in a way that is applicable to advancement shops of all sizes.
Intended Audience Level
Practical: Sessions provide introductory information to share with those who are looking to gain and improve skills in areas within advancement.
Strategic: Sessions are for those who would like to gain deeper insight into the strategic thinking behind trending activities within the industry, thus enhancing their emerging skill set.
Leadership: Intended for those with over 10 years of experience in the field, these sessions will explore the multi-layered implications of key decisions and the impact on the outcomes.