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Call For Session Proposals

2024 HBCU Philanthropy Symposium
14th Annual HBCU Philanthropy Symposium
June 30 – July 3, 2024
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
National Harbor, MD

The Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Philanthropy Symposium convenes fundraising professionals and other leaders in the philanthropic community from across the nation. The Symposium partners with organizations including the Kresge Foundation, Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), Strada Education Network, United Negro College Fund (UNCF), Complete College America, and many others. 

The HBCU Philanthropy Symposium is a philanthropic safe space for Advancement leaders to share ideas and challenges. The primary goal is to collectively develop solutions in collaboration with our partners to ensure the sustainability of HBCUs. Additionally, the Symposium has expanded the discussion of how philanthropy impacts all areas within HBCUs to ensure student success. As a result, ongoing professional development is critical to our ability to generate philanthropic dollars and effectively work across institutional departments successfully.

Therefore, the HBCU Philanthropy Symposium Planning Committee is conducting a call for session proposals for our 2024 convening, June 30 – July 3. These breakout sessions will be approximately 45 minutes in length.  We encourage higher education leaders and stakeholders to submit proposals. Please note that we are not seeking sales pitches, but relevant information that will benefit beginning professionals and junior and senior-level leaders.

Presenters should be able to share relevant content that includes best practices, data-driven and successful strategies, hands-on resource materials, emerging trends, and innovative ideas for college and university leaders, particularly related to HBCUs.  We are looking for presenters to provide content for the following topic areas:

  1. Annual Giving, Alumni Relations and Events
  2. Athletic Fundraising
  3. Campaigns and Major Gifts
  4. Capacity Building and Advancement Organizational Structure
  5. Deans and Academic Leaders’ Roles in Philanthropy
  6. Donor Relations, Donor Stewardship and Advancement Services
  7. Governance Boards and Volunteer/Alumni/Affinity Group Management
  8. Marketing Communications and Branding
  9. Strategic Partnerships (corporate, government, etc.)
  10. Planned Giving

Submissions that best demonstrate the criteria above will receive the strongest consideration.

The deadline for presentation proposal submissions is Monday, April 8, 2024. Complete all requested information via the form below. All session presenters must register and pay the applicable registration fee to attend the Symposium.

HBCU Philanthropy Symposium Details:
Location: The Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, Maryland
When: Sunday – Wednesday, June 30 – July 3, 2024
Target Audience: HBCUs, Community Colleges, and Minority Serving Institutions. 
Who Should Attend: Presidents/Chancellors, Vice Presidents/Vice Chancellors and all levels of staff in: Advancement; Alumni Relations, Academic Affairs to include Deans, Marketing and Communications, Career Services, and Athletics. 
For more information, contact:
Gina Sacchetti
(302) 857-7803
gsacchetti [at] desu.edu


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