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Strategic Initiatives Conference Interest Submission

Important Update (May 1): 

We have completed our selection of participants for the 2024 Strategic Initiatives Conference. However, you may still submit an Interest Form if you would like to be considered if a seat opens up.

Columbia University is hosting the 2024 Strategic Initiatives Conference (SIC) and we look forward to gathering with industry leaders to share challenges and best practices while we shape this emerging field within higher education philanthropy. We seek participation from colleagues working on Strategic Initiatives at leading institutions of higher education. To curate a participant group that can most effectively learn and share together, the SIC is by selection only by the SIGAP Board of Directors. 


​We are seeking professionals who are actively planning or executing fundraising for a strategic initiative at a prominent research institution; have demonstrated success in raising principal or transformational, multidisciplinary gifts for initiatives; and those in a position to influence academic and/or advancement/development leadership to support these complex endeavors.

For clarity, SIGAP defines a strategic initiative as:

A multidisciplinary academic endeavor to tackle a societal problem in an innovative way, at scale. It is an institutional priority at the highest level—as indicated by resources, attention, and positioning—with a goal of enhancing the university’s ability to accelerate solutions through transformational philanthropic partnerships.

Multiple colleagues from an institution may be selected to participate by SIGAP.


We are excited to support the community of professionals doing this exceptional work, and deeply appreciate your interest in joining us for the upcoming SIC!

Strategic Initiatives Conference Interest Form

Thank you! We’ll share an update on selections by May 1.

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