Aug. 26-28




The Annual Meeting of Members is the yearly gathering of NIC member organizations to conduct the business of the conference. Last year’s joint NIC Annual Meeting of Members and NICF The Foundations Seminar saw record attendance and greatly helped to forward conversation and professional development. We have used feedback from 2017 attendees to build upon our success and continue offering a valuable experience.

For NIC member organizations, we are once again providing the Dual Program Experience that combines the Annual Meeting and The Foundations Seminar. The Dual Program provides over 35 hours of educational programs and time to connect and collaborate with staff, volunteers and partners across the industry.


The NIC Annual Meeting and accompanying events like Governing Council Meetings and the FGA Symposium will be held Aug. 26-28. The NICF The Foundations Seminar is held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting and will continue into Wednesday, Aug. 29.

Use the toggles below to compare and learn more about registration types, including the Dual Program Experience that allows you to attend both conferences, as well as registration types for attending the Annual Meeting only.



This registration type allows NIC members to attend BOTH conferences, which begin Monday, Aug. 27 at 8:30 a.m. and conclude Wednesday, Aug. 29 at Noon. This includes any and all NIC and NICF meetings, programming and meals, as well as the NICF Awards of Distinction Reception and Dinner on Tuesday, Aug. 28.

FGA Symposium

FGA SYMPOSIUM | AUG. 26 | $125

This special event registration allows you to attend the Fraternity Growth Accelerator Symposium on Sunday, Aug. 26. Programming for the Symposium is targeted to meet the specific needs of our FGA members. Includes lunch on Sunday. It does not include any NIC Annual Meeting programs. See the schedule for more details.

SYMPOSIUM + Annual meeting | aug. 26-28 | $250

This registration type allows members of NIC FGA organizations to attend the FGA Symposium and the NIC Annual Meeting, which begins Monday, Aug. 27 at 8:30 a.m. and concludes Tuesday, Aug. 28 at 1:30 p.m. NIC programs/meals included in this registration are:

  • FGA Symposium on Sunday
  • Meeting of Members (business meeting), educational programming, lunch and reception on Monday
  • Educational programming, breakfast and lunch on Tuesday

See the schedule for more details.

Annual meeting Only

FULL MEETING | Aug. 27-28 | $315

This registration type allows you to attend the full NIC Annual Meeting, which begins Monday, Aug. 27 at 8:30 a.m. and concludes Tuesday, Aug. 28 at 1:30 p.m. NIC programs and meals included in this registration are:

  • Meeting of Members (business meeting), educational programming, lunch and reception on Monday
  • NIC educational programming, breakfast and lunch on Tuesday

See the schedule for more details.

SINGLE DAY | AUG. 27 | $250

This registration type allows you to attend the NIC Annual Meeting on Monday, Aug. 27 only. NIC programs and meals on Monday and included in this registration are:

  • Meeting of Members (business meeting)
  • Educational sessions
  • Lunch and reception

See the schedule for more details.

Payment: Fees can be paid online by credit card upon submission of the registration form. Alternatively, organizations can request an invoice by email.

Refund Policy: Registrations are transferable at any time prior to the event. Cancellations made 30 days or more in advance of the event will result in a refund of all but a $50 processing fee. Cancellations made less than 30 days but more than 10 business days in advance of the event will result in a 50 percent refund. Cancellations made less than 10 business days in advance of the event are non-refundable.

Non-NICF member organizations: The registration rates for non-NICF members (inactive or have never been a member) attending The Foundations Seminar or Dual Program Experience includes an additional $200 per registration. Organizations can still pay FY18 dues to qualify for NICF member registration rates; contact NICF Executive Director Ashley VanDewark with any questions related to NICF membership.


We know successful fraternities help sustain succcesful fraternal foundations and the educational initiatives of our organizations. For NIC member organizations, we are once again providing a Dual Program Experience for the NIC Annual Meeting and the NIC Foundation’s The Foundations Seminar.

The Dual Program Experience not only benefits fraternity executives, but also additional staff members and high-level volunteers. Dual Program Experience attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in both NIC and NICF meetings and events/programs
  • Engage in high-quality educational workshops
  • Take part in the Fraternity Growth Accelerator (FGA) summit
  • Learn about the state of the interfraternal industry from featured NIC- and NICF-sponsored speakers and industry experts
  • Network with fellow NIC member organization leaders as well as colleagues and professionals from fraternal foundation staffs, and both NIC and NICF Alliance Partners

Attendees can choose to attend one or both meetings when they register.


Recommended attendees for NIC programming include:

  • Executive Director/CEO
  • 1-2 board members/key volunteers
  • Director-level staff in chapter services/operations: There is a cohort track designed for this group.

Adding The Foundations Seminar programs through the Dual Program Experience creates a well-rounded slate of programming. The entire experience provides more than 50 breakout sessions and 5 general sessions that not only foster professional development in specific functional areas, but also expand knowledge across the organization.

Seminar programming is designed to engage:

  • Executives
  • Staff members in the development, major gifts, annual fund, stewardship, communication, finance/operations and program areas
  • Board chairs
  • Volunteers engaged in the fundraising process, especially campaign chairs


Special Program: Fraternity Operations and Services Track 

Designed for Chief Operating Officers, Director of Chapter Services, and other similar roles, this session with the NIC Campus Support Team will focus on: Discussing fraternal and interfraternal operations

  • Key changes to the NIC Standards
  • Campus response protocols
  • Campus Support efforts
  • NIC Health & Safety Initiatives
  • Maximizing interfraternal cooperation at the chapter, community, and organizational level.

With significant new developments in these areas, this will be a critical session for fraternity staff and volunteers who lead and are responsible for organizational operations and chapter support.


Many fraternal staff members can benefit from the programming and experience available at the NIC Annual Meeting and within the Dual Program Experience. We have a special bundled rate for Dual Program registrations, a flat fee of $3,500 for up to 10 attendees, that will save your organization up to 15 percent on registration costs. This package includes all NIC and NICF programs, events and meals, as well as a ticket to the NICF Awards Dinner and Reception for each registrant. Select “Bundle” as your registration type for this option. 



In 2017, the NIC hosted the first Fraternity Growth Accelerator (FGA) Symposium in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of Members. The gathering provided an opportunity for participants to focus on topics and issues unique to emerging and culturally-based fraternal organizations. The 2018 Symposium will provide the same opportunity with more robust educational content, including a pre-conference program focused on philanthropy within new and developing fraternal foundations.


This interactive workshop is open to FGA organizations with new or developing foundations. It is offered at no cost through funding provided by the NIC Foundation, but is invitation only with a separate registration process. Interested organizations must contact NICF Executive Director Ashley VanDewark for further information.

When building new fundraising programs, how do you choose which strategies are right for your organization and potential donors? Facilitated by Aly Sterling Philanthropy, this workshop will help new and developing foundations identify effective fundraising strategies and design a customized action plan. It also includes a pre-assessment to gather information on current and past fundraising practices, outcomes and organizational culture/infrastructure.


During the 2018 Symposium, participants will see a broader range of topics covering growth of both the fraternity and foundation aspects of interfraternal organizations. Topics include:

  • Proper use of your 501(c)(3)
  • Hot topics and trends in fraternal law
  • Creating effective risk management policies and practices
  • Expansion best practices
  • Effective strategies in member retention
  • Generational trends of the entering college student

“The FGA Symposium was a worthwhile experience. The sessions were informative and provided me a space to critically assess my fraternity’s practices. I also enjoyed networking with the organizations present.”

Rafael Matos | Phi Beta Sigma


This is the full schedule for the NIC Annual Meeting of Members—including FGA programs—and NICF Seminar. If you register for the Dual Program Experience, you can attend any program on the schedule. Jointly-held program events are in red, NIC-specific events are navy and Seminar-specific events are blue.

SATURDAY, AUG. 25 | FGA Pre-Conference Program

2 – 7 p.m.

Fraternity Growth Accelerator (FGA) Pre-Conference

Building Your Philanthropy Blueprint Workshop (invite only)

This program is facilitated by Aly Sterling Philanthropy free of charge through funding provided by the NIC Foundation. Only FGA organizations with new or developing foundations are eligible to attend, and must contact NICF Executive Director Ashley VanDewark for further information.


7 a.m. – 1 p.m.

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
NIC Governing Council Meeting (invite only)

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
NICF Board Meeting (invite only)

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
FGA Symposium Education Block I: 501(c)(3) Permissible Costs

10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
FGA Symposium Education Block II and Working Lunch

  • Hot Topics and Trends in Fraternal Law
  • Creating Effective Risk Management Policies and Practices

1 – 2 p.m.
FGA Symposium Education Block III: Expansion Best Practices

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
FGA Symposium Education Block IV: Effective Strategies on Member Retention

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
FGA Symposium Education Block V: Generational Trend of the Entering College Student

4:45 – 5:45 p.m.
FGA Member Meeting

6 p.m.
NICF Board of Directors and NIC Governing Council Dinner (invite only)

MONDAY, AUG. 27 | NIC Annual Meeting of Members + the foundations seminar

7:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

8 – 11:30 a.m. 
NIC General Session

11:30 a.m. – Noon
Networking Break

Noon – 1 p.m.
NIC Lunch

1 – 4 p.m.
NIC Meeting of Members

1 – 4 p.m.
Fraternity Operations and Services Track

1 – 2:30 p.m.
NICF Opening Session
Uncharitable – Revised and Updated | Dan Pallotta
NICF Member Meeting

2:30 – 3 p.m.
Networking Break

3 – 4 p.m.
NICF Breakout Sessions 

4 – 4:15 p.m.
Networking Break

4:15 – 5:30 p.m.
NIC/NICF General Session
Panel: The Future of Fraternity/Sorority and the Role of Fraternal Foundations

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Welcome Reception
Dinner on your own

TUESday, AUG. 28 | NIC Annual Meeting of Members + The Foundations Seminar
7 – 10:45 a.m.

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
NIC/NICF Breakfast

8:30 – 10 a.m.
NIC Breakout Sessions
Positive Storytelling through #myFraternity

8:30 – 10:15 a.m.
NICF General Session
2018 Giving USA Report | Melissa Brown
Industry by the Numbers | Pennington & Co.

10:15 – 10:45 a.m.
Networking Break

10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
NIC Breakout Sessions

  • Trends in Addressing High-Risk Behaviors in Fraternities: An Evidence-Driven Approach to Prevention | EverFi
  • Trends in Changing Chapter Culture: Intervening Before It’s Too Late | Plaid
  • Trends in Fraternity Growth | PhiredUp
  • Trends in Member Motivations: Understanding the Brotherhood Assessment Results | Dyad Strategies

10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
NICF Breakout Sessions 

11:45 a.m. – Noon
Networking Break

Noon – 1:30 p.m.
NIC/NICF Lunch and Keynote
From Transactional to Transformational Giving | Deborah Eschenbacher

**NIC programming ends Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.; Dual Program attendees are able to attend the remaining sessios:

1:30 – 2 p.m.
Networking Break

2 – 3 p.m.
NICF Breakout Sessions 

3 – 3:15 p.m.
Networking Break

3:15 – 4:15 p.m.
NICF Breakout Sessions 

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
NICF Awards of Distinction Reception

6:30 – 9 p.m.
NICF Awards of Distinction Dinner

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 29 | the foundations seminar

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
NICF Breakfast

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
NICF Breakout Sessions

9:30 – 9:45 a.m.
Networking Break

9:45 – 10:45 a.m.
NICF Breakout Sessions 

10:45 – 11 a.m
Networking Break

11 a.m. – Noon
NICF Closing Session
Design Thinking Workshop



Hyatt Regency Indianapolis
1 South Capitol Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 632-1234


Please note: The primary NIC/NICF room block at the Hyatt Regency is almost sold out. An overflow room block available at the same rate has been reserved at the Westin Indianapolis if needed. Please check the Hyatt first for availability.

hyatt regency

Standard, king or double rooms are available for $156/night. Reservations must be made using this link by Aug. 1 to lock in that rate. **If you do have a reservation at the Hyatt Regency, please note that cancellations must be made at least 48 hours in advance.

westin indianapolis

241 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204 (approx. 2 blocks from the Hyatt)
(317) 262-8100 | Visit website
Traditional king rooms with twin pull-out sofa sleeper are available for $156/night. You must register by Aug. 12 using this link to secure this rate.


The Go Green Express Shuttle provides nonstop service from the Indianapolis Airport to downtown. Stop at the Convention Center, next door to the Hyatt. Reservations can be made at or by calling (800) 589-6004.


Through their dedication to the mission and vision of the fraternal experience, Alliance Partners are key contributors to our work. They have made an important commitment to the NIC and our organizations by deciding to join the Alliance Partner program. Partners at the Distinguished level have made a commitment to both the NIC and the NICF. All NIC Alliance Partners are invited to attend the NIC Annual Meeting of Members.

Networking breaks indicated on the schedule are a great time to visit the Alliance Partner Hall and either connect with your current partners or get to know new partners. They are passionate about preserving the interfraternal experience and have a wealth of knowledge, resources and services to share. **If you are an existing Alliance Partner with questions about registration or exhibiting, or you wish to become an Alliance Partner, please contact Chief Operating Officer Mike McRee.


NIC and NICF staff are available leading up to and during the event to answer any questions. Please see the details below to find the best contact person for a specific question. If you need additional assistance not mentioned here, please fill out the Contact Form.

Contact NICF Executive Director Ashley VanDewark with questions about:

  • General registration confirmation or changes
  • Hyatt Regency Indianapolis hotel block and reservations
  • NIC Annual Meeting
  • The Foundations Seminar
  • NICF Board Meeting
  • NICF Awards of Distinction Dinner

    Contact Chief Operating Officer Mike McRee with questions about:

  • Alliance Partners and their services
  • Your current or potential Alliance Partnership, AP renewal or AP event registration or involvement

    Contact Chief Financial Officer Michael Wilson with questions about:

  • Status of a dues payment
  • Invoicing and registration payments

    Contact Chief Executive Officer Jud Horras with questions about the NIC Governing Council Meeting.

    Contact Director of Emerging and Culturally-Based Fraternal Initiatives Veronica Moore with questions about the Fraternity Growth Accelerator (FGA) and the            FGA Symposium.


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