- NIC Foundation
Fraternities are at a unique time in our history. To thrive today and beyond, fraternal culture must evolve. This will require greater partnership, collaboration and support than campuses, fraternities, chapters and the NIC have ever had. To create change within the global fraternity experience, we must focus attention at the local level.
The NIC’s Campus Support Model strikes against a one-size-fits-all approach. This model prepares the community to take action and empowers interfraternal leaders toward peer governance, helping your community move toward the Vision for Fraternity Communities—Engendering Trust and Confidence in the Fraternity Experience.
The NIC Campus Support Model:
The NIC Campus Support Model bundles the tools you need to improve the fraternity experience—consultation, resources, programs, assessments, and even discounts on services that will benefit your fraternity and sorority community. This maximizes value for your fraternity community, while helping you streamline planning and budgeting. You’ll also find that many offerings in our levels of support—like educational programs—can benefit the larger fraternity and sorority community on your campus, not just IFC.
When your IFC pays its annual NIC dues (by Sept. 1 each year), it will receive the Basic Level of services in the Campus Support Model below. Your IFC will also have access to our new IFC Insurance Program, a critical component of effective peer governance.
Elevate support for your fraternity/sorority community by choosing the Campus Support package—Silver, Gold, Platinum or Diamond—that best fits your campus’ needs.
Our goal is to help improve all fraternity communities. If funding is a concern, we are willing to partner to help you find the resources to enhance your community. Click here to learn about NIC Foundation challenge grants.
Pay your annual IFC dues, select your level of NIC Campus Support, and/or join the IFC Insurance Program by clicking below to submit the online form.
On the form, you can pay by credit card, or you can mail a check to the NIC. IFC dues to the NIC are due each year, by Sept. 1.
Assessing your community is the foundation to fostering positive change. Through a cultural assessment, you will measure students’ behaviors, values and attitudes to gauge their growth and create an understanding of how members experience brotherhood and sisterhood.
To achieve the Vision for Fraternity Communities—Engendering Trust and Confidence in the Fraternity Experience, the NIC has partnered with content experts to provide programming and interventions in key focus areas. These trusted partners have significant experience working with college students, and Diamond-Level campuses can select from an extensive catalog of unique programs and interventions. The catalog will be available on the NIC website by Jan. 1, 2017 in preparation for the 2017-2018 academic year. Click here to “meet” our programming partners.
Investing in the alumni who support the fraternity community can provide greater levels of consistent, long-term support. The NIC will work with experienced facilitators and content experts to provide a Training Summit for alumni—both chapter-based advisors and House Corporation volunteers.
When an NIC staff member visits your campus you will have an experienced, professional consultation to support your IFC, fraternity community, Alumni IFC and campus professionals. We will work with you to determine the priorities for the visit, maximizing the time by meeting with the Alumni IFC or facilitating an educational program. These visits are driven by seasoned higher ed professionals, our Vice Presidents of Campus Operation.
When an NIC staff member visits campus, meeting with the alumni who support the fraternity community is a priority. Investing in these relationships and training can provide consistency and greater levels of intentional support in the long-term. The NIC Vice Presidents of Campus Operations can help develop and provide ongoing support for an Alumni IFC to enhance the guidance the IFC and fraternity community receives. This opportunity can draw in and cultivate advisors, house corporation volunteers and other interested alumni.
When crisis occurs within your fraternity community, there is little time to think about a plan to manage the situation. It’s important to have those resources in place and the support you need to navigate the storm. In partnership with our professional PR firm, Edelman, the NIC will work with you to manage communication and media relations if crisis arises. Think of it like “AAA” roadside service when your car breaks down—for your fraternity community. We provide expertise in a time of urgency—when you need it most.
Students in NIC member fraternities will receive a “member discount” to NIC programs as part of your Campus Support package. Programs like UIFI and IFC Academy are best-in-class leadership experiences that drive elevated commitment to their chapters, councils and communities.
IMPACT: This campus-based leadership institute is designed to foster relationships among campus leaders through an intensive, interactive 2.5-day program. The NIC will provide program curriculum, two lead facilitators and staff support for an IMPACT weekend program for your fraternity/sorority community. Additional costs for this program are the off-campus retreat facility and food, which are managed by the campus.
LAUNCH: This one-day, on-campus program helps fraternity and sorority leaders to kick off the officer term together through a positive, forward-thinking perspective. Through this engaging, participant-driven experience, chapter presidents and council officers will build relationships, explore individual and shared issues, and set goals to address them. The NIC will provide program curriculum and a lead facilitator. This retreat can be held in conjunction or in addition to existing programming and can be tailored to meet the needs of your campus community.
This will cover the registration fee to the NIC’s premier leadership program, UIFI. Participants will pay travel. At UIFI, you will spend five days learning with and from fraternity men and sorority women from across North America. You will explore the fraternity leader you want to be and where you can take your chapter, council or community. (Note: These registrations could be used for any Greek student on your campus.)
The NIC has partnered with the National Panhellenic Conference and four regional interfraternal leadership programs to bring IFC officer training to students starting in 2017. In its pilot year, the new IFC Academy curriculum will be facilitated at four regional conferences: AFLV Central, AFLV West, NGLA and SEIFC. The goal of IFC Academy is to help council officers understand the bigger picture of fraternity and sorority membership, provide nuts-and-bolts training on how to be effective in council officer roles, and engage in council and community goal setting. Eight officer tracks will be provided.
To support the development of the student affairs professionals who advise the leaders, councils and chapters in fraternity and sorority communities, the NIC will provide one complimentary registration to an interfraternal conference or program (up to $500). The professional may choose the event they would prefer to attend.
IFC Insurance is a key ingredient of peer governance, and the NIC’s program covers peer monitoring and most IFC-hosted events. When purchasing insurance independently, IFCs can pay almost $6,000 for council coverage and more than $2,600 (and often much higher) for stand-alone event coverage. The NIC’s IFC Insurance Program offers immediate savings, as pricing is tiered based on the number of IFC fraternities on campus and starts at $599/yr. The NIC’s IFC Insurance Program is also flexible enough to add the host institution (which would include the fraternity/sorority advisor) as an additional insured to provide an extra layer of protection for our trusted campus partners.
IFC Insurance is not included in your annual IFC dues to the NIC, but it can be purchased in the online form when you pay your dues (annually by Sept. 1). Click here for more information about the IFC Insurance Program and pricing.
Through the NIC’s online resource library, you will have access to tools that will help you lead your IFC to optimal operation. It includes model documents for operation like IFC Constitution & Bylaws, officer descriptions, and officer training materials, as well as recruitment, marketing and financial resources.
Utilize this survey tool to audit Council operational effectiveness. For the top two levels of support, an NIC staff member will help you interpret your survey data.
Do you need a tool to help organize recruitment? How about to bring in potential members, funnel leads to chapters, run registration and even operate recruitment? Through the NIC, you will get complimentary access to TechniPhi‘s recruitment tools to help grow your fraternity community. Under the Basic Campus Support level, the Recruitment Registration Engine will help you streamline sign-ups.
If you move up to the Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond levels of support, you can gain complimentary access to TechniPhi’s premier recruitment tools.
Asking your members for money is never fun. LegFi helps you simplify your group finances and increase your collection rate! As a trusted NIC partner, we take the stress out of money management and make it easy to handle all your chapter’s financial needs. The IFC will be able to bill its member chapters via the LegFi platform for at no cost. The only fee is a 2.% processing fee for credit cards.
Your web presence is a critical tool to promote and share news about your fraternity community. OmegaFi will develop your IFC an attractive, mobile-optimized website. View a portfolio of sites here.
Phired Up has one main goal, to grow fraternity and sorority life. With that aim, this trusted NIC partner provides on-campus workshops and training around recruitment and retention. They combine “ah ha” moments with “ha ha” moments to help Greeks grow their membership and influence through values-based relationships. At the Silver, Gold, Platinum or Diamond level, you and your chapters will have a 10% discount when booking educational programs with Phired Up. Note: This discount cannot be combined with any other discount for Phired Up services. It only applies to regular-price programs.
Plaid adapts corporate-level training from Fortune 100 companies and applies it to programs related to: officer training and transitions, leadership and management development, community and organizational health, career development, alumni training, diversity, and corporate etiquette. The discount even applies to Plaid’s mobile app, PlaidServe; the tool that allows individuals and organizations to track community service, study hours and event attendance. Starting at the Silver level of support, both men’s and women’s organizations can receive discounts on these valuable services.
Prevention Culture was founded by Aaron Boe, an expert in sexual misconduct prevention education and a fraternity man. He studied the issue for a decade because of the experience of someone close to him, saw fraternity men as a key part of the solution if you could provide education and training that would reach them in a better way. Prevention Culture’s programs take a unique approach that is based in science, but is both positive and practical. Their approach to education and training has been proven to reach fraternity men, and has received praise from students, campuses, national headquarters, and alumni. At the Silver, Gold, Platinum or Diamond level, you will receive a 10% discount when booking educational programs with Prevention Culture.
Thrive helps organizations keep new members engaged, retained, satisfied, and prepared to meet expectations. Through a series of interactive lessons, leadership teams critique and improve their chapter’s new member experience. Along the way, they address underlying challenges in the organization’s culture and learn how to sustain changes for the long-term. This program provides a safe place for organizations to restructure questionable activities and get expert feedback without fear of judgement or consequence. At the Silver, Gold, Platinum or Diamond level, you will receive a 10% discount when booking this program with RISE Partnerships.
CAMPUSPEAK Interactive Workshops provide an intimate environment and opportunity to focus on a specific subject. Bringing the expertise of a trained facilitator to your community provides an outside perspective and challenges students to view things differently. The interactive philosophy encourages students to ask questions and take an active role in their learning experience. Students walk away with a stronger sense of community, feeling empowered to make changes. Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond-Level campuses will receive a discount when booking an Interactive Workshop with CAMPUSPEAK.
Professionally designed and produced communication materials help you engage alumni. In its alumni communications program, Pennington & Co. can provide the following for chapters and councils:
Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond IFCs and their chapters receive discounts on this service.
A campaign undertaken without a clear assessment of the need, ability and willingness is a campaign in jeopardy. Pennington & Co.‘s professional feasibility study lays the groundwork to ensure the greatest possibility of success. Platinum and Diamond IFCs and their chapters receive a discount for this service.
CSL Management will conduct an onsite facility assessment designed to evaluate the health, security, and overall competitiveness of your chapter house. This includes a five-year capital expenditure plan with recommendations regarding immediate, near and long-term investments to be made in an effort to improve each member’s residential experience. The discount is good for any chapter in your fraternity/sorority community. (If a chapter is an existing CSL client that has already conducted an assessment, a discount can be negotiated for an update.)
For independently incorporated IFCs, OmegaFi can assist in filing IRS forms including 990-N for $30 or 990-EZ for $40. For IFC chapters already working with OmegaFi via Vault, OmegaFi will allow the chapter to process 10 contracts complimentarily.
At the Gold, Platinum and Diamond Levels, all IFC chapters have the opportunity to use the LegFi platform at the chapter level to bill/invoice members, collect money online, mass text / email chapter members, and set up event ticket sales and fundraisers with a 10% discount on the LegFi monthly subscription fee.
Receive 10-50% off your custom CrowdChange website to unite and improve your chapter or council’s philanthropy work. CrowdChange unites campus philanthropy events on one centralized platform, with features that help students raise more money and increase engagement. This platform has everything they need, including tickets, team pages for competitions, individual pages, and more. At the end of a year with CrowdChange, you will have a dashboard that showcases all of the philanthropy work your chapters have done, a powerful marketing tool to help show the world what fraternities and sororities are all about.