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Summer Symposium

Summer Symposium 2018

Register Now for Summer Symposium 2018!

Navigating the Future of Philanthropy
July 12-14
Charleston, South Carolina
The Mills House Hotel

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Preliminary Schedule

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Governance Schedule

7:30am - 1:00pm
Registration Open

7:30 - 8:30am
Joint GI.GUSA Executive Committee Meeting (Breakfast served)

8:45 - 9:45am
Committee Meetings, 3rd Floor
Program & Education
Resource Development

10:00 - 11:00am
GUSA Foundation Board Meeting

11:00am - 12:00pm
GI Board Meeting

12:00 - 1:00pm
GI Annual Meeting (lunch served)

1:00 - 6:30pm
Registration Open

1:45 - 2:00pm
Welcome to Summer Symposium
Symposium Chairs:
Brenda Asare and June Bradham

2:00 - 3:15pm
Crafting a Civic Agenda

3:15 - 3:30pm
Networking Break

3:30 - 4:45pm
Sector Thought Leader

6:00 - 9:00pm
Signature Dinner

Friday, July 13, 2018
8:30 - 9:30am
Breakfast Roundtables

9:30 - 10:45am
Cracking the Code of Big Data

10:45 - 11:15am
Networking Break

11:15am - 12:30pm
The Tides Are Changing - Keeping Up with Philanthropists

12:30 - 2:00pm
Lunch and Networking

2:00 - 3:15pm
Racial Justice in the Wake of Mother Emmanuel

3:15 - 3:45pm
Networking Break

3:45 - 5:00pm
Today's Fundraising Climate: A President's Perspective

Dine Arounds

Saturday, July 14, 2018
8:30 - 9:15am
Breakfast Roundtables

9:15 - 10:30am
Future Proofing Your Business for Tomorrow

10:30 - 10:45am
Networking Break

10:45am - 12:00pm
Storytelling - Media

12:00 - 12:15pm
Closing Remarks


Future Summer Symposium

Summer Symposium 2019
July 11-13, 2019
Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle
Seattle, Washington


Past Summer Symposiums

Summer Symposium 2017
Re-Imagining Philanthropy
July 13-15
Detroit, Michigan

Summer Symposium 2016
July 7-9, 2016
Silverado Resort and Spa
Napa, California
"Great Philanthropy. Great Wine. Great Times"
View photos

Summer Symposium 2015
July 9-11, 2015
W Boston in Boston
"Achieving the Leading Edge"

Summer Symposium 2014
July 24-26, 2014
Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside in Vancouver, BC, Canada
"Philanthropy: The Future, The Firm"

Summer Symposium 2013
July 25-28, 2013
Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, VA
"Advocacy Talent Impact Global"

View past Summer Symposium final programs and resources (members only).

History of Summer Symposium

The Giving Institute (formerly The American Association of Fundraising Counsel) began planning the first Summer Institute for Consulting Professionals in 1991. They perceived the meetings as an opportunity to:

  • Give leading consulting professionals in the philanthropic sector a chance to identify and discuss the most important issues facing not-for-profit organizations in their fund-raising endeavors.
  • Initiate ongoing review and discussion of the technologies employed in the fundraising profession.
  • Provide an opportunity for professional leaders, inside and outside the AAFRC, to interact collegially, and to look at new ideas and methods in the profession.
  • Offer a national setting for the exchange of ideas about the profession.
  • Explore standards and changing practices.
  • Augment the training of younger professionals.

The first Summer Institute was held in July of 1992 in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Over the years, the Summer Institute topics have allowed participants to explore aspects of the industry in depth.

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