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The 2022 Strategic Initiatives Conference

SIGAP is grateful to UC Berkeley for hosting the most recent Strategic Initiatives Conference (SIC). The invitation-only conference was held in person from Sunday, August 7 to Tuesday, August 9, 2022.

Themes and features of the 2022 conference included:

  • A comprehensive retrospective of SIGAP best practices

  • Insights on the largest SI gifts of recent years, including presentations by peers

  • Best practices of staffing, launching, and strategic initiatives teams

  • Inter-institutional and multi-institutional initiatives

  • A fireside conversation with a transformative global philanthropist


2023 Conference Details

This is an event by invitation only, convening a group of 40-60 leading professionals. They are specifically selected based on their submission of interest. A call for interest will go out in Spring of 2023. In support of our culture of keeping conversations in the room, which allows for more open participation, a remote/hybrid option is not offered, nor are sessions recorded.

We are so pleased that Duke University will host the next conference on August 6 - 8, 2023.

5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception
With remarks from Benjamin Hermalin, Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost, UC Berkeley; 

and Leti McNeill Light, President, SIGAP, and Executive Director, Principal Gifts & Strategic Initiatives, UC Berkeley

Monday, August 08, 2022

9:00 - 10:15 a.m.

Session 1: How to Successfully Launch Strategic Initiatives: a 10 Year Retrospective

10:15 - 11:30 a.m.

Session 2: Multi-University Partnerships & Collaborations

12:45 - 1:45 p.m.

Fireside Chat and Q&A, featuring Outstanding Philanthropist 
in conversation with Leti McNeill Light

2:00 - 3:15 p.m.

Session 3: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Access  and Strategic Initiatives —  
Challenges and Opportunities


3:15 - 4:00 p.m.

Session 4: Closing the Gap Between Ideas and Impact: The Ballmer Institute for Children’s Behavioral 

7:15 - 8:00 p.m.

Keynote and Q&A: Strategic Initiatives – the Cal Experience 

Tuesday, August 09, 2022

9:00 - 9:50 a.m.

Session 5: Sustainability at Stanford – The Making of a Transformational Gift 

10:00 - 10:50 a.m.

Session 6: 500 Days to $500 Million – Kempner Institute for the Study of Natural and Artificial Intelligence at Harvard University

11:00 - 11:45 a.m.

Session 7: Promoting an SI Fundraising Culture – How We Created a Custom-Built SI Course for MG Fundraisers at McGill

12:00 - 1:30 p.m

Closing Remarks from Leti McNeill Light

2:15 - 3:45 p.m.

Optional: Campus Tour, including the Campanile

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