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Foundation Leadership Forum 2020

January 26-28, 2020 ❘ Manchester Grand Hyatt ❘ San Diego, California


Forum 2020 spans two and half days: January 26-28. Plan to take in the full program beginning with a half day on Sunday and wrapping up a strong morning program just after noon on Tuesday.

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Sunday, January 26

8:00 am – 7:00 pm | Registration

Arriving early? Our registration desk will be open and AGB representatives ready to greet you as you take your first step towards experiencing everything Forum 2020 offers. Welcome to San Diego!

9:00 am – 7:00 pm | AGB Experience

New this year, the AGB Experience, with a meetup/recharge connection spot, live demos, consultants in the house, a book store, and membership representatives on hand to answer questions and make your Forum experience memorable.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm | Meet the President

AGB President and Chief Executive Henry Stoever joined AGB in July, bringing his vision for growth, engagement, and impact to members, staff, and the broader higher education community. This session offers an up-close and personal view into that vision. Bring your questions and thoughts to this information gathering during which open dialogue and a lively exchange of ideas are encouraged.

Please Note: Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

11:30 am – 12:45 pm | Forum Jump-start: Program Overview and Networking for Newcomers

For Forum newcomers and newly joined members of AGB, this orientation and networking session is a great way to jump-start your first day. Get advice on how to make the most of your Forum experience including an app demonstration, overview of the program, and a Q&A. Connect with other first-timers as well as seasoned Forum “mentors” who will make you feel welcome from your first “hello” to the Forum’s finale. You’ll also learn about what’s new at AGB and how to get the most out of your membership! We’ll be keeping it relaxed and social with lunch provided.

Patti Kunkle, vice president of membership, Association of Governing Boards
Matt Stevens, director of membership outreach, Association of Governing Boards
George Watt, senior consultant and senior fellow, Association of Governing Boards; former executive vice president of institutional advancement, College of Charleston; former executive director, College of Charleston Foundation

Please Note: Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm | Successfully Leading Foundation Boards and Committees

Chairing a board or committee comes with its own set of expectations, challenges – and sometimes, the need for new skills and attributes. Whether you are in a leadership role now, or are an aspiring Chair, join this comprehensive, interactive workshop to learn about the leadership challenges, responsibilities, and good practices of foundation board leaders. Board Chairs, committee Chairs, Chairs-elect – and board members who aspire to leadership roles – will engage with peers and experts through roundtable discussions and presentations about effective work at the full board and committee level. We will open with a plenary session followed by breakout sessions for a deep-dive into specific challenges faced by committees based on the following six groupings: 1) executive (Board Chairs and Chairs-elect only); 2) governance/nominating; 3) investment; 4) finance/audit; 5) development/campaigns and 6) real estate, property, and P3s.

With thanks to Ellucian:

James Lanier, senior consultant and senior fellow, Association of Governing Boards; former vice chancellor for institutional advancement and president, East Carolina University Foundation

Susan Brewer, board member, West Virginia University Foundation
Carol Cartwright, president emerita, Kent State University
Peter Hayashida, president, University of California Riverside Foundation and vice chancellor for university advancement
James Keller, board chair, University of Vermont Foundation

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm | Accelerate Your Effectiveness as a New Foundation Executive

New job, new board to report to, a host of stakeholder interests to satisfy, and a relationship to build with the institution your foundation supports. There’s a lot to learn and plan for as you set out as a new foundation executive. No matter how seasoned you were in your previous role, the first 12 to 18 months following your move are key-critical to accelerating your effectiveness, building teams and relationships, and meeting your immediate goals. In this closed-door session, foundation executives at various stages in their tenures will share their experiences and hard-earned wisdom in a safe space where you can ask your most pressing questions among peers. Learn from experts who have been there: what are the key questions you should ask about your organization; what conversations should you be having with your board and institutional leadership; what are the common hurdles and opportunities you should be prepared to overcome and embrace; and how can you build a personal roadmap for success?

(This session is an excellent precursor to the afternoon Peer Group Roundtables and is designed for executives who have been in their role for one year or less and those who are attending the Leadership Forum for the first time.  In addition to the session learning outcomes, participants will be introduced to a cohort of participants with whom they can continue to connect with over the course of the event.)

Jane Parker,
president, Auburn University Foundation

Shane Jacobson, president and chief executive officer, University of Vermont Foundation
Rickey McCurry, vice president of development and alumni engagement, Northern Arizona University Foundation
Danita Nias, vice president for institutional advancement and chief executive officer, Florida Atlantic University Foundation

2:45 pm – 4:30 pm | Peer Group Roundtables for CEOs and Executive or C-Suite Staff

Back by popular demand! Member feedback resoundingly confirms that Foundation CEOs and Executive Directors value shared time with counterparts from similarly sized foundations. If you’ve ever wondered if yours is the only foundation that’s faced a particular challenge, chances are – it isn’t! Time and again, it’s been proven that knowledge exchange among peers is where some of the biggest magic happens at Forum. Bring your issues and challenges to this session along with your willingness to share experiences and learn from each other. A peer facilitator will guide the discussion, but the agenda will emerge from you – the participants. Select one of the five the peer group roundtable most appropriate for you and your foundation, and get ready to share, learn, and make valuable connections that will last long after this session concludes.

5:00 pm – 5:15 pm | Welcome

Shauna Diggs, regent, University of Michigan; chair, Association of Governing Boards Board of Directors
Henry Stoever, president, Association of Governing Boards

5:15 pm – 6:30 pm | Inside the Amazon HQ2 Decision: A Foundation Story 

You’d be a rare exception if you hadn’t heard about Amazon’s decision to build its second headquarters in Arlington, VA, but did you know it was the Foundation at Virginia Tech that helped seal the deal?  This wasn’t the headline but it could have been: VA Tech Foundation Board Plays Pivotal Role in Landing Amazon HQ2. What were the hallmarks of this board’s approach? Progressive, entrepreneurial, creative – and aligned with the priorities of the institution. A panel of key players whose collaboration resulted in this catalytic partnership will share scalable lessons and shed light on the promise these partnerships hold not only for economic development but in higher education’s ability to deliver talent to market. In addition to getting the inside scoop on a story that grabbed a nation’s attention, you’ll learn about the spin-off benefits to foundations, communities, and the students they serve.

Horacio Valeiras,
member, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Board of Visitors; member, Association of Governing Boards Board of Directors

John Dooley, chief executive officer, Virginia Tech Foundation
Stephen Moret, president and chief executive officer, Virginia Economic Development Partnership
Brandy Salmon, associate vice president for innovation and partnerships, Virginia Tech University
Timothy Sands, president, Virginia Tech University

6:45 pm – 8:00 pm | Welcome Reception

For first-time attendees, this event will have you saying: “Wow, I had no idea governance folks could be so much fun!” For Forum loyalists, this once-a-year gathering is your chance to reconnect and catch up with friends and colleagues. Great food, awesome beverages, and – unlike a lot of social gatherings – so much in common! A much-anticipated reunion for many and a kickoff to the myriad opportunities to connect with colleagues from across the country, this widely attended event offers great conversation, generous bites, and San Diego hospitality.

With thanks to the Bank of America:
Bank of America

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Monday, January 27

7:00 am – 5:30 pm | Registration

Day 2. If you’re just arriving, welcome! We’ll be up at the crack of dawn, ready to greet you with a registration package and that all-important name badge. The registration desk stays open throughout the day as an information hub and friendly way station on your journey through Forum 2020.

7:00 am – 5:30 pm | AGB Experience

New this year, the AGB Experience, with a meetup/recharge connection spot, live demos, consultants in the house, a book store, and membership representatives on hand to answer questions and make your Forum experience memorable.

7:00 am – 8:00 am | Breakfast

Kick-off Day 2 and fuel up for a chock-full day of learning with breakfast in the company of fellow IRF leaders while revisiting the previous night’s festivities thanks to a slide show featuring highlights of Sunday’s activities.

With thanks to AGB Search:

8:15 am – 9:30 am | Master Classes I

Incorporating Institutional Values into the Endowment Portfolio

Key university stakeholders, including donors, faculty, and students, are increasingly focused on aligning endowment investment programs with their core values. Trustees seeking to collaborate often don’t know where to start, citing concerns about fiduciary duty, lack of transparency, implementation, and customization. Hear the story of a university seeking enhanced reporting and engagement ones investing practices and the challenges and opportunities they faced in working with boards of trustees, investment committees, university faculty and staff, and their investment office to incorporate values into portfolio management.

Katherine Cahill, trustee, Willamette University
Meredith Heimburger, director of impact, Global Endowment Management
Robert Johnson, chancellor, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Stephanie Lynch, partner, Global Endowment Management

Harnessing Board Member Engagement for Greatest Impact

Like all university volunteers, the members of institutionally related foundation boards want to be engaged in ways that are meaningful, impactful, and gratifying. Often, however, much of their time is spent simply attending meetings and receiving staff reports. Active involvement of board members requires careful planning and a systematic process of clarifying the board’s mission, delineating the members’ responsibilities, assessing their experience, and tracking “key engagement indicators.” With all this in mind, the advancement leadership team at the University of Florida has undertaken a “Principal Partner Engagement” initiative. The team has developed an extensive “toolkit” for maximizing the impact and experience of volunteer leaders and tested the tools in three pilot programs – one with the alumni board, one with a dean’s council, and one with the University of Florida Foundation Executive Board. The Vice President for Advancement and the incoming chair of the Foundation Executive board will describe in detail the goals, the process, and the findings from the first two years of the Principal Partner Engagement initiative.

Tom Mitchell, vice president for development and alumni affairs, University of Florida
Anita Zucker, trustee, University of Florida; chair and chief executive officer, The InterTech Group

Do We Take Bitcoin? Crypto Currency & Philanthropy – A Case Study

The Crypto Currency industry is young and evolving and in a short span of time it has produced many millionaires, a handful of billionaires, and it is anticipated the first trillionaires. So, what does this new wealth mean to philanthropy and are affiliated university foundations prepared to capitalize on this new philanthropy. This master-class will present a case study of the largest cryptocurrency gift received by a public comprehensive university in the United States. In 2018, San Francisco State University Foundation received a blended gift comprised of cash and crypto-currency of $25,000,000 to name the university’s College of Business. This session will highlight the vetting process and due diligence that the University Foundation through to prepare for accepting this historic and transformative gift.

Erik Dryburgh, principal, Adler & Colvin
Bert Feuss, senior vice president of investments, Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Robert J. Nava, vice president of university advancement and executive director, CUSN Philanthropic Foundation
Venesia Thompson-Ramsay, interim vice president of university advancement, San Francisco State University

The Foundation Board’s Role in Supporting Ethical Admissions Practices

In light of the “Varsity Blues” scandal and extensive interest by the Department of Justice in college admission policy and practice, university governance, foundations, faculty, and admission officers face increasing risk in the conduct of university procedures that intersect with undergraduate admission. This session will provide an overview of current legal actions and their potential impact on university admission; encourage institutions and foundations to mitigate risk by clearly articulating bright line policies for activities that intersect with the admission process; and highlight current institutional practice to ensure that the interactions of foundations and admission offices are on firm legal ground.

David Hawkins, executive director for educational content and policy, National Association for College Admission Counseling
Tom Hyatt, senior fellow and general counsel, AGB; partner, Dentons

Partners in One Mission: Foundation and Alumni Association Mergers & Integrations

Whether for efficiencies, greater efficacy or financial survival, Alumni Associations and Foundations are evaluating opportunities varying from sharing operations, all the way to full integration and merger of the boards. In this session Foundation and advancement leaders of combined Foundation-Alumni Association organizations will speak to the cultural and governance challenges; the opportunities for greater success; the planning process and the way forward; and the results of fully integrated Alumni Association-Foundation models. If your institution is considering or embarking on such a path – or simply looking for a stronger alignment with your Alumni Association/Alumni Relations counterparts – this is a must visit session for you!

George Watt, senior consultant and senior fellow, Association of Governing Boards; former executive vice president of institutional advancement, College of Charleston; former executive director, College of Charleston Foundation

Erin Thomas Lewis, vice president of alumni and donor engagement, The University of Iowa Center for Advancement
Kristen DeVries, vice president for development and alumni relations, Western Michigan University; executive director, Western Michigan University Foundation
Kathleen Dore, board chair, University of Iowa Center for Advancement
Patricia Kenney, senior director of talent management, Oregon State University Foundation

The Six P’s of Endowment Stewardship

Six key words – Purpose, Policy, Process, Portfolio, People, and Perspective – form a framework for effective endowment stewardship. This session will provide trustees, investment committee members, and senior leadership with a proven, best practice guide for building and maintaining an effective governance and investment model for “now and next”. In a facilitated and interactive conversation, panelists will share experiences and offer advice for implementing a governance model that maintains effectiveness moving forward.

Cathleen Rittereiser, executive director, Commonfund Institute

Mary Jane Bobyock, managing director of the nonprofit advisory team, SEI’s Institutional Group
William Trapp, board of trustees vice president pro tempore, University of North Alabama

9:45 am – 10:45 am | Spotlight on Issues

Advancing Inclusive Excellence: Aspirations and Strategies for Foundations

Our foundations can play critical roles in our institutions’ efforts to become more inclusive and equitable. As stewards of philanthropic resources, a foundation board’s attention to diversity, equity, and inclusion has the capacity to narrow achievement gaps and respond to today’s students’ needs. How can our boards and advancement teams prioritize equity and inclusion? Are our board cultures and ways of working inclusive and welcoming to all members? By sharing experiences and strategies, this session generates dialogue about the role of equity and inclusion in foundations and encourages participants to identify actions they will take to prioritize inclusive excellence.

Abby Kelso, associate vice president for advancement operations, The Evergreen State College
Amanda Walker, vice president for advancement, The Evergreen State College; executive director; The Evergreen State College Foundation
Greg Mullins, faculty representative on the board, The Evergreen State College Foundation; dean of library and media services, The Evergreen State College
Korbett Mosesly, board member, The Evergreen State College Foundation

Engaging the Next Generation Leader and Donor

Want to engage more millennials? See what the Arizona State University (ASU) Foundation is doing differently to embrace the “differences” this new generation brings. Learn how we have launched an innovative approach to activating our alumni who are industry-leading disrupters and influencers and tap into their desire to have an impact. Join us and hear directly from our newly activated Next Generation Council members on why the re-engaged, and how they are helping us change the way we think about advancement at ASU.

Mark Antonucci, assistant vice president and chief of staff, Arizona State University Foundation
Justin Graham, chair, ASU Next Generation Council
Amber Martinez, member, ASU Next Generation Council

ERM View on Investment Pools

While Foundations are distinct entities apart from their particular university, knowledge of the university as the overarching enterprise, and considering enterprise level risks in the management of the Foundations assets, leads to improved insight and alignment. Approaching risk management from an Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) perspective helps universities better assess and quantify risk with a more complete view.  As investment programs increasingly play a greater role to support operations, an ERM-approach to managing assets is critical to ensure alignment and enterprise goals.

In this panel session, a foundation executive and Aon experts will use a current case study as an example of how institutions are evaluating and addressing these risks from an investment focused ERM perspective.

Heather Myers, partner and non-profit practice leader, Aon Investment Consulting
Mike Rask, national practice leader for higher education and commercial risk and health solutions, Aon
Christine Devocelle, senior vice president for financial, administrative operations chief financial officer, and treasurer, University of Illinois Foundation

Fundraising in the Subscription Economy Era: How Advancement Can (and Must!) Adapt

With the explosive growth of Netflix, Spotify, HelloFresh, and Dollar Shave Club, we’ve entered the era of the subscription economy. It’s changed the way customers interact with businesses and escalated donor expectations. This industry has grown 200% annually, yet at the same time, giving rates have dropped 33% and total giving declined in FY18. Advancement needs to adapt to reverse those trends and hit ever-escalating campaign goals. In this session, we’ll cover how to incorporate the structure and strategies of these for-profits and help advancement teams improve donor reactivation, mid-level prospect discovery, and front line fundraising productivity.

Brent Grinna, founder and chief executive officer, EverTrue
Mark Koenig, assistant vice president for advancement services, analytics and digital strategy, Oregon State University Foundation

Risk Committee or Not? Why A Foundation Should Have A Risk Oversight Function

Proactive risk management in today’s scrutinized higher education foundation world is non-negotiable. Learn about how a Board Risk Committee can work in conjunction with institution and Foundation leadership to understand potential risks and opportunities and put into place effective mitigation strategies to reduce unwanted liabilities, and anticipate likely impact of decisions and actions. Gain insights into specific tools and approaches that can be effective to analyze and communicate key steps for proactive risk management. Also take away key lessons learned during the evolution a risk management strategy and the establishment of a foundation risk committee.

James Schmidt, chancellor, University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
Christine Smith, risk committee chair and executive committee member, University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire Foundation

What Board Members Need to Know About Higher Education in America and How to Talk About It

To lead well, foundation boards need their members to understand the environment in which their institutions operate. In this session, participants will gain essential insights about the complex ecosystem in which their institutions compete, collaborate, and coexist. What are the big issues affecting various elements of American higher education? What are the sector-wide issues whose effects vary by type of institution? Discover new information, develop new insights, and become conversant on a practical level about the issues driving value for U.S. colleges and universities.

Andy Lounder, director of programs, AGB
Tom Hyatt, senior fellow and general counsel, AGB; partner, Dentons

11:00 am – 12:15 pm | Aspiring to Perpetual Value: Managing, Growing, and Defending the Endowment

Whether from the market, Congress, or student/faculty/donor stakeholders, perpetually endowed funds are being challenged. Beyond performance expectations, these challenges also include spend rates, administrative fees, asset allocation, demands for divestment, long term vs short term institutional needs, and an overall lack of understanding of the purpose and value of the billions of dollars being held in permanently restricted funds. The question may be asked: “Do endowments still matter at all?”

A provocative question, to be sure, especially when it comes from the beneficiaries of the funds. Hear from a panel of industry experts and institutional foundation leaders who are prepared to engage in debate, provide context and offer their perspectives on how best to position the endowment as a source of perpetual value to the institution.

William Jarvis, managing director, Bank of America

Kate Murtagh, managing director of sustainable investing and the chief compliance officer, Harvard Management Company
Ellen Ellison, chief investment officer, University of Illinois Foundation
Lori Redfearn, vice president, California State University Foundation
Nathan Shetty, head portfolio manager, multi-asset investments, Nuveen

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm | Lunch

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm | Dessert Social

After the midday plenary and lunch, keep the ideas flowing and the conversations bubbling over dessert and some casual networking. Make your way to the AGB Experience and explore all that AGB, our partners, and our speakers have to offer. Sharing stories and solutions—that’s the power of peer exchange.

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm | Master Classes II

Advancement: The Five Defining Challenges of the Next Decade

The pace of change in advancement is accelerating as we enter the 2020s. Returns at the top of the giving pyramid continue to grow, but so too have the opportunity costs of inefficiencies within our major and principal gift teams. At the same time, participation rates keep free-falling, and donor pipelines have started to dry up. Amid all this, institutional leaders are pushing advancement to achieve higher and higher fundraising goals, perhaps at the expense of sustainability and mission-impact. This session will explore these how these challenges are playing out in higher education and how the boldest, most innovative advancement teams today are getting in front of the growing threats they face by placing big bets on different-in-kind strategies.

Jeff Martin, practice manager for advancement forum, EAB
Stephen Rosfeld, vice president for development, University of Cincinnati Foundation
Liz Rothenberg, managing director for strategic research, EAB
DeAnna Zink, CEO, University of North Dakota Foundation

Flipping Our Boardrooms: An Interactive Journey

Restructuring board meetings and creating new practices to encourage deeper engagement is hard. Tim Huebsch, past president of the Minnesota State University Mankato Foundation Board and Kent Stanley, Executive Director, VP University Advancement will share their board’s transformation story that began after reading “Flipping the Boardroom” in a 2015 edition of Trusteeship Magazine. We will share tips to get directors to invest in advanced preparation, ideas to spark dynamic discussions, outline what worked & didn’t work and what we wish we would have known when the journey started. Attendees will join this interactive journey to discuss different options and approaches.

Tim Huebsch, past board president, Minnesota State University Mankato Foundation
Kent Stanley, executive director and vice president of university advancement, Minnesota State University Mankato Foundation

From Competition to Alliances – Collaborating for the Win-Win

Join us for a panel discussion exploring the proposition that the future is about partnerships, alliances, and efficiencies with natural partners AND unnatural partners.

What possibilities exist for: working with peer institutions to outsource gift receipting to reduce costs, streamline processes, and improve operational efficiencies; consolidating multiple public university endowments into one large pool for reduced fees; aligning with similar institutions to contract with consulting firms for reduced rates as preferred vendors; orchestrating private support through IRFs to encourage coordination of academic program expansions with similar institutions; and collaborating between IRFs towards shared fundraising objectives?

Lance Burchett, chief executive officer, Kennesaw State University Foundation

Steve Blair, chief executive officer, University of South Florida Foundation
Tom Mitchell, vice president for development and alumni affairs, University of Florida; executive vice president, University of Florida Foundation
Mike Morseberger, chief executive officer, University of Central Florida Foundation
Danita Nias, vice president for institutional advancement and chief executive officer, Florida Atlantic University Foundation

Cutting Through the Noise: Ways to Benchmark and Improve Endowment Performance

What is the best way to benchmark the performance of an endowment?   How should an endowment’s performance be evaluated against its peers given differing goals and risk appetites?  What are some ways to improve performance if returns don’t look strong compared to NACUBO averages?

This expert panel will answer these questions and more as participants recommend concrete methods for Foundations to get a clear view of how their portfolio is performing relative to market benchmarks and peers.  The panel will also explore investment and risk management best practices that can improve performance, if it is lagging.

Amita Schultes, managing director, Agility / PWP
Chris Bittman, partner, CIO & CEO, Agility / PWP
Carrie Callahan, investment committee chair and executive committee vice chair, University of Central Florida Foundation
Bert Feuss, senior vice president of investments, Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Today’s Enrollment Candidates = Tomorrow’s Donors

Foundations are playing a growing role in fueling enrollment. Whether it’s explaining the impact that endowments have on tuition discounting, fueling donor support for underrepresented student populations, or growing the group of alumni advocates who recommend and encourage applicants, your advancement shop can have a huge impact. The increased pressure from institutional leadership to grow enrollment and increase donations goes hand in hand.

Attend this session to learn: new and innovative strategies for strategically linking enrollment, student success outcomes, and alumni relations; how to integrate and leverage the admissions data mine to impact advancement; and why new and next technologies will help maximize student, family, and donor engagement to impact institutional sustainability.

Chris Bingley, senior vice president, RNL
Rickey McCurry, vice president of development and alumni engagement, Northern Arizona University Foundation

Real Estate Investing Trends

Which cities around the world have the most favorable economic and demographic outlook? How should foundation leaders leverage real estate investment trends to capitalize on the latest outlook for city specific trends? Learn about direct investment options leveraging these trends as well as impacts to other asset class trends that could be influenced by regional and geographic real estate trends.

Dimitri Stathopoulous, senior managing director and head of institutional sales, Nuveen

Jeff Mindlin, chief investment officer, ASU Enterprise Partners
Melissa Reagen, head of research, Americas at Nuveen

4:00 pm – 5:15 pm | A Story of Hope, the Promise of Higher Education, and Why Foundations Matter

University foundation trustee, businessman, philanthropist, and self-proclaimed ambassador of hope, Lameck Humble Lukanga has come a long way since he arrived in America as a child refugee, his family having escaped famine and genocide in Uganda. But at least as remarkable as his journey from the slums of Masaka to the mansions of his Beverly Hills clientele is Humble’s commitment to lifting up others. Join University of Illinois Foundation President Jim Moore for an intimate and revealing conversation during which you’ll be inspired by Humble’s story and informed by his unique experiential insights about the value of education and the important work of foundations.

Jim Moore, president and CEO, University of Illinois Foundation

Lameck Humble Lukanga, founder, Life Line Financial Group; trustee, The University of New Mexico Foundation

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm | Reception

Wrap up a day of learning in a relaxed social setting in the second of two end-of-day networking receptions.

With thanks to Agility /PWP:

Agility PWP

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Tuesday, January 28

7:00 am – 1:00 pm | Registration

Day 3. If you haven’t registered yet, you’ll have missed a few things, but our AGB representatives will be on hand to welcome any last-minute arrivals and, in true AGB fashion, provide helpful assistance and information right up to when you say your good-byes.

7:00 am – 1:00 pm | AGB Experience

New this year, the AGB Experience, with a meetup/recharge connection spot, live demos, consultants in the house, a book store, and membership representatives on hand to answer questions and make your Forum experience memorable.

7:00 am – 8:00 am | Breakfast

Kick-off Day 3 and fuel up for a chock-full day of learning with breakfast in the company of fellow IRF leaders.

With thanks to AGB Search:

8:15 am – 9:30 am | Master Classes III

Board Assessment: Discover Hidden Opportunities While Improving Performance

You may be surprised to learn about leadership aspirations of board members and new ideas to advance the mission of the foundation, through a board assessment that unlocks hidden gems. Assessment should have real return on investment and bolster board performance, not just check the box for board obligations. Learn about tools for board and board member assessment that can provide actionable information and lead to enhanced board member engagement, better meetings, and a better board.

Lynnette Heard, former executive director of foundation board relations and secretary of the board, University of Cincinnati Foundation; consultant, Association of Governing Boards
Merrill Schwartz, senior vice president for content strategy and development, Association of Governing Boards

Financial Regimes and Institutional Governance

The investment regime—the economic, political and social environment that in many ways determines what is possible for investors to achieve—can be a powerful influence on endowment results. How can your board or investment committee use internal and external resources to discern the current regime and optimize your investment performance over time?

William Jarvis, managing director, Bank of America
Michael Strauss, managing director and senior institutional portfolio strategist, Bank of America
Keith Sauls, former investment committee chair, College of Charleston Foundation

Institutional Presidential Search: The Foundation’s Role

Today’s university and college presidents have ever-increasing responsibility for fundraising, resource development, and asset stewardship, making the institution-foundation partnership even more important. This raises important questions: What is the role a foundation could and should play when its related institution undertakes a leadership search for a new president? How does the foundation ensure it has input in the search? What can the foundation do to help evaluate the candidates’ experience and facilitate the transition? This session will generate dialogue about the role of the foundation in an institutional leadership search, the importance of the relationship between the foundation board chair and the institution board chair, and other key considerations to ensure that the presidential search outcome is the best outcome for both the institution and the foundation.

Rod McDavis, managing principal, AGB Search
Kimberly Templeton, principal, AGB Search

Shifting Trends in Business Models: How IRFs are Adapting and Excelling at Funding Their Foundations

It’s an age-old question that has become more critical as state resources for education are being cut: How do we fund the important work of our institutionally related foundations? In this session we’ll look at how foundations across the country fund their operations and how the funding mix is changing to reflect the current reality. We’ll also hear from some foundation leaders who have recently shaken up their business models.

David Bass, senior director of research, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education
Lisa Eslinger, chief financial and administrative officer, Iowa State University Foundation

The IRF/Institution Relationship: Foundations as Drivers of Innovation

In this era of every greater and ever more divergent expectations, foundations must not only respond to the increasing needs of universities and colleges, but lead. How? The answer lies in the all-important relationship between the foundation and the institution it serves.

A stand-out approach that has garnered national attention at The University of Iowa Center for Advancement is grounded in its culture. Ubiquitous in the mindset of leadership is the understanding that the Center doesn’t simply work with the university. Rather, it is intentional in working for the university and outside of traditional fundraising. When a foundation consistently proves to be an essential partner to the institution, something significant emerges: trust, collaboration, and most profoundly, room to lead.

This session provides examples of foundation-driven initiatives that deliver measurable results through a servant-leader dynamic that harnesses entrepreneurism and the power of data.

And, you will get answers to these questions:

  • What does it mean to help advance your institution; how can you measurably contribute to fulfilling its aspirations?
  • How do you inspire teams to be innovative and “think like a Fortune 500 company”?
  • How can you position your foundation as a valued thought leader and strategic partner?
  • How can you leverage trust to achieve your institution’s greatest aspirations?

Tiffani Shaw, executive vice president and chief operating officer, The University of Iowa Center for Advancement

Federal Policy Update: What Is and Isn’t In Store for 2020

Given the likelihood of a tumultuous year in national politics—a deep partisan divide that can only intensify with the impeachment inquiry and with what will surely be a contentious presidential campaign and election—the panel will candidly discuss federal policy affecting public colleges and universities and their institutionally related foundations. Despite the likelihood of continued political gridlock, session participants will learn about the outlook for several issues, including: federal higher education funding, reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), immigration and foreign student issues, and new tax incentives that could benefit students, institutions, and foundations. Participants will also gain a fuller understanding of the still-evolving implications of the 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act on charitable giving and private institution endowments.

Rich Novak, senior fellow, Association of Governing Boards

Steven Bloom, director of government relations, American Council on Education
Brian Flahaven, senior director for advocacy, Council for Advancement and Support of Education

9:45 am – 10:45 am | Sharing Forums

Can Your Foundation Use More (Artificial) Intelligence?

With the growing demand for increasing resources, Foundations of all shapes and sizes are now being asked to do more than ever. Gone are the “good old days” of only worrying about governance and fiduciary duties. Instead, we must now play a larger and more strategic role with the same resources. Artificial Intelligence (AI) represents an opportunity to re-imagine and position everything we do to support our Institutions. From the impact of AI-enabled software to help raise more money, to the way these tools challenge the status quo, find out why one Foundation embraced this new technology, the outcomes achieved, and ways AI can impact your Foundation and Institution.

Jeff Kinard, board chair, College of Charleston Foundation
Adam Martel, cofounder and chief executive officer, Gravyty
Chris Tobin, executive vice president of institutional advancement, College of Charleston; executive director, College of Charleston Foundation

The Transformative Power of #DisrUPtion

Hear how the WVU Foundation transformed from a silo based, reactive “old world” view, not achieving its holistic potential, to an organization that is nimble, forward-thinking, outcomes oriented, laser-focused and donor-centric. Participants will hear about the methodical, bold series of disruptive projects that brought about incredible success in three main areas: technology advancement, fundraising transformation and culture change. You will be empowered to not just change your organization incrementally but be transformative. Watch out… your successful outcomes may be disruptive! The WVU Foundation has a story that will help you use disruption to your advantage!

Mark Cottrill, vice president of infrastructure and advancement solutions, West Virginia University Foundation
B.J. Davisson, executive vice president and chief development officer, West Virginia University Foundation
Cynthia Roth, president and CEO, West Virginia University Foundation

A Framework for Successful Strategic Planning: Developing a Strategic Plan That Sticks!

Working with a board of 45 members and 8 committees, the Medical College of Virginia Foundation (MCV Foundation) created a three-year strategic plan in 2016. In this session presenters will cover how to focus on the foundation’s vision for the future and build a plan based not only on stakeholder input but that’s also grounded in data. Presenters will explain the processes for establishing plan goals and strategies, creating committee workplans, benchmarking progress, and determining how to implement a continuous process after adoption to keep the board and staff engaged in goal achievement.

Margaret Ann Bollmeier, president, Medical College of Virginia Foundation
Wyatt Beazley, board chair, Medical College of Virginia Foundation
Ellen Spong, chair elect, Medical College of Virginia Foundation

Meet the President

AGB President and Chief Executive Officer Henry Stoever joined AGB  in July, bringing his vision for growth, engagement, and impact to members, staff, and the broader higher education community. This session offers an up-close and personal view into that vision. Bring your questions and thoughts to this information gathering during which open dialogue and a lively exchange of ideas are encouraged.

Please Note: Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

OCIO: Optimizing Alignment Toward Achieving Desired Outcomes

Insuring that the Investment Committee and the OCIO are in alignment is critical to advancing an institution’s mission and strengthening its financial health.  This means a mutual understanding of risk/return expectations, outcome benchmarking and all points in-between.  Whether you have recently entered into an OCIO relationship or are in a long-tenured one, we will provide ideas for maximizing success in this important partnership.  An investment committee chair and two OCIO industry veterans will provide tangible, straightforward recommendations that you can implement with your committee.

Mike Condon, head of portfolio management, FEG Investment Advisors
Nicole Krauss, managing director and global head of client development, Strategic Investment Group
Howard Lipman, senior vice president of university advancement, Florida International University; and chief executive officer, FIU Foundation

Beneficial Investing for Higher Education and Society

Leaders in higher education and stakeholders, including donors, faculty and students, are increasingly focused on aligning endowment investments with the mission and core values of the institutions. In response, investment committees are being challenged to consider a broad array of factors, e.g., environmental, social and governance issues, that are material to reducing investment risks, providing opportunities for strong financial returns and helping create a more just, inclusive and sustainable economy.  This session is designed to help foundation leaders understand the importance of mission-aligned investing, the advantages and the short-term challenges, the trends in higher education and how endowment managers are evaluating and implementing innovative investment solutions.

Tony Cortese, co-founder and senior fellow, Intentional Endowment Network

Jodie Gunzberg, managing director and chief investment strategist, Graystone Consulting
Emily Lawrence, director of sustainable investing for the institutional client group, Northern Trust Asset Management
Jeremy Tennenbaum, senior nonprofit strategist, Vanguard

Cybersecurity in a Brave New World

Although 21st century technology, web-based transactions and artificial intelligence offer incredible new opportunities in higher education advancement, these opportunities are countered by new areas of risk. Foundation Boards now include data/cyber risk as a critical area of risk assessment and evaluation. Imagine the reputational risk involved in a breach of donor and/or financial data. Or, the operational risk associated with the hijacking of files and programs. It’s a scary new world where cybersecurity takes on greater importance. Join an expert panel of practitioners as they discuss threats, risks and strategies to ensure your Foundation’s cybersecurity plans are up to the challenges of today and in the future.

Tom Hyatt, AGB senior fellow and general counsel; partner, Dentons

Greg Lohrentz, chief operating officer and chief financial officer, Kansas State University Foundation
Carolyn Krass, senior vice president and general counsel, general insurance & deputy general counsel, AIG

11:00 am – 12:15 pm | Choosing College, Choosing Students: Innovating Our Way Towards Serving Students Better

As public colleges and universities face greater financial and demographic challenges in the years ahead, the need to innovate and find other sources of revenue will increase. Michael Horn will explain where the demand for innovation comes from, the importance of creating student-centric experiences that motivate learners, and how that motivation informs their choices around attending and completing college. There is no overlooking the fact that innovation requires funding, and financial support will be needed to invest in innovative strategies and revenue generation initiatives. Michael will discuss research from his groundbreaking book, Choosing College, on why students enroll in higher education and its implications for innovating and designing programs, as well as related thoughts on how foundations are essential to the effort.

Michael Horn, cofounder and distinguished fellow, Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation; head of strategy and senior partner, Entangled Group; and executive editor of Education Next

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