Contributions Academy Forum

September 27-29, 2017 I Chicago, IL

Special thanks to our 2017 host, William Blair.

The Program

Widely recognized as one of the most comprehensive professional development programs available, the Contributions Academy Forum is an interactive three and a half day program targeted toward corporate citizenship professionals with limited experience.

During this intensive, three and a half day workshop, you will gain understanding of topics such as:

  • the strategy of giving
  • employee engagement
  • signature programs
  • cause branding & cause marketing
  • matching gift campaigns

You will participate in a hands-on exercise building a contributions program from scratch. You will practice making key decisions about the structure and what to include. You will also receive comprehensive materials covering the basics for planning and managing an effective corporate contributions program.

Following rigorous educational sessions, you will have time to relax in the evening at several networking events held at local venues. These events offer you an opportunity to forge long-lasting relationships that continue well beyond the conclusion of the program.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the Contributions Academy Forum, you will be able to:

  • Explain the value of corporate responsibility to the business as a whole
  • Identify the motivation for corporate giving and analyze its role in planning community programs and grants
  • Understand the full scope of the corporate responsibility role
  • Describe the different components that can make up the corporate responsibility function
  • Become familiar with an impact measurement model

Key Learning Points

  • Understand the legal aspects of foundation donations and giving domestically and internationally
  • Learn how dinners, events, and sponsorship can be strategically positioned in the CR function
  • Gain insight into the nonprofit budgeting process to better assess the financial strength of your NGO partners
  • Learn about the importance of impact measurement on programming decisions
  • Learn about the CR program of a leading organization
  • Explain key components of a CR function including matching gifts, federated campaigns, employee volunteerism, cause marketing and branding

Highlighted Learning Activity

Work through a CR case study, building a CR program from scratch to understand the considerations involved.

The Participants 

Forum is consistently rated the best short-term management education program in the nation for corporate contributions, community relations and employee volunteer managers. Forum focuses on the individual needs of attendees, whether they are relatively new in their roles or have extensive business experience, because it is limited in size (usually no more than 30 attendees). Connect with your fellow attendees using #accpforum.

Who's Attending

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Abbott
ACCP
Aetna Inc.
AON Corporation
Bank of America
Best Buy Co., Inc.
Collette
ComEd - Corporate Relations
Frontier Co-op/Simply Organic/Aura Cacia
GCM Grosvenor
Georgia-Pacific LLC
GoDaddy
Gulfstream Aerospace
Hasbro, Inc.
Health Care Service Corporation
Kellogg Company
KPMG, LLP
Lake Michigan Credit Union
Morgan Stanley

Tuition

Members: $2,300
Nonmembers: $2,795

Includes:

  • Educational services and materials
  • Most meals
  • Access to peers after the Forum via provided contact information
  • All events

*Hotel, airfare and ground transportation not included

Orientation

Save-the-Date!
What to Expect Webcast
Thursday, September 14, 2017 @ 2pm ET

Post Contributions Academy Forum Template
(Microsoft Word Document)