Upcoming Events

    • February 23, 2021
    • (EST)
    • February 26, 2021
    • (EST)
    • 4 sessions
    • Virtual Conference App

    The National School Foundation Association's National Conference is your unique opportunity to increase visibility for your company and to cultivate and enhance business relationships with education foundation leaders.

    All sponsorship opportunities are designed for maximum visibility at the Conference for your company.

    Sponsorship Opportunities include:

    • Presenting, Platinum, Gold, and Silver packages
    • Virtual Exhibit Booth
    • and more!

    View sponsorship inclusions and fees in the Sponsorship Spec Sheet.

    All sponsors with exhibit booths will have the opportunity to distribute a giveaway item selected from people who have visited their booth! In addition, all exhibitors and sponsors will receive at least 1 conference registration and are able to join our attendees in educational sessions, interaction within the virtual conference app and connecting during our networking sessions.

    Questions? Contact us at info@schoolfoundations.org or 410.527.0780.

    About the Virtual Conference App

    NSFA will use the Socio Event Platform. This virtual platform is designed with many features to drive attendees to interact with our sponsors, such as event games with challenges, a virtual exhibit hall linked to sponsor pages, rotating banner ads that showcase sponsors, etc. Sponsors can utilize the social-media-like wall to engage attendees OR can connect with attendees and directly message them to set up a meeting!

    If you would like an inside look to the virtual conference platform and how you can showcase your company to Education Foundation professionals, reach out to the NSFA team at info@schoolfoundations.org.

    Thank you to our Sponsors!

    Superintendent of the Year Sponsor

    Platinum Sponsor

    Silver Sponsors


    • February 23, 2021
    • (CST)
    • February 26, 2021
    • (CST)
    • 4 sessions
    • Socio App

    Re-Imagining Education Foundations in a Virtual World

    Learn from innovative and highly skilled education foundation leaders and philanthropy experts from across the country-- virtually via the interactive, easy to use and fun app, Socio!

    Meet Our Keynote Speakers!

    Gus Schmedlen serves as President & Chief Revenue Officer at a technology startup company currently in stealth mode. He formerly served as Vice President and Head of Worldwide Education at HP where he oversaw a period of rapid expansion, leading to the creation of a multi-billion-dollar global education technology business. During his tenure at HP, Gus also led international efforts to improve access to quality education for students in marginalized contexts, contributing innovation, support, and scale to help realize UN SDG4. Earlier in his career, Gus led education and public sector industry solutions units for both IBM and Lenovo.

    He currently serves on the Board of Governors of JA Worldwide, the Leadership Council of the Brookings Institution Center for Universal Education, and the Board of Directors of the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts. He previously served in leadership and consulting positions at a range of non-profit efforts, including the World Economic Forum’s New Vision for Education project, the UN Education Data Roundtable, and the Public School Forum of North Carolina. Gus was awarded an Eisenhower Fellowship by former US Secretary of State, Gen. Colin Powell, to study human capital development systems in the European Union, focused on the democratizing force of pervasive mobile technology. He earned a BA in Classics from Colgate University, an MBA from Duke University, and an EdD from the University of Pennsylvania.

    Donna Frisby-Greenwood is the first President and CEO of the Fund for the School District of Philadelphia, a unique foundation that aligns private foundations, corporations and businesses, community organizations and individual donors with school district leadership to achieve schools’ plans and strategies.

    Before joining the Fund in 2015, Donna was the Philadelphia Program Director for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, overseeing grant making in the arts, journalism and multiple civic engagement programs that helped expand economic opportunity in the city.

    Prior to her work with the Knight Foundation, Donna built an exemplary career in education. She served as Director of College and Career Awareness for the School District of Philadelphia where she secured and managed grant funding of more than $40 million. Earlier, she co-founded and served as Executive Director of Children First, Inc., a leadership development and civic education program for low income urban adolescents, and After-School All-Stars. Nationally, Donna also was Executive Director of Rock the Vote and served as a National Urban Fellow at HUD where she was responsible for coordinating the University/Community grant portfolio and co-authored the Youth Development section of the White House Urban Policy Report.  

    Educated exclusively in public schools, Donna graduated with Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Virginia and holds a Masters of Public of Administration from Baruch College/CUNY.

    With a focus on equity, innovation and quality, Dr. William R. Hite serves as Superintendent of The School District of Philadelphia, the largest public school system in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

    Dr. Hite joined the School District in 2012 and has worked to create a system of great schools in every neighborhood. Under his leadership, the School District has opened innovative high schools, expanded successful school models, launched in-district turnarounds and redesigned schools in partnership with communities. His overall focus remains on strengthening all elementary and secondary school offerings.

    Dr. Hite’s professional experience includes serving at every level – teacher, principal, central office administrator and Superintendent. He was previously Superintendent of Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland.

    Dr. Hite has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Richmond School of Continuous Learning and taught school leadership courses at Virginia State University, Bowie State University and the University of Maryland. A member of numerous national, state, and local boards, he has participated with national agencies and associations to reform K-12 education.

    Dr. Hite holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Virginia Tech, master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Virginia and a doctorate in education specializing in educational leadership from Virginia Tech.

    Dr. Mary Kelly is an internationally renowned author and keynote speaker on leadership, productivity, and business growth. In 21 years as a Navy intelligence and logistics officer, Mary trained more than 40,000 military and civilian personnel.

    Mary holds a degree from the U.S. Naval Academy, master’s degrees in both in Economics and History, and a PhD in economics. She has more than 20 years experience teaching economics, finance, leadership, and management at the Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy, and Hawaii Pacific University.

    Mary is also a member of MENSA and the American Economics Association. She is the recipient of the U.S. Air Force Academy Outstanding Educator and Instructor of the Year awards. She has published books on leadership, productivity, communication, and business growth.

    Mary loves business strategy, succession planning, and leadership development that yields results.  She also loves helping other people succeed, which is what makes her an effective executive business coach.

    About the App

    The 2021 NSFA National Virtual Conference will be hosted on the Socio app, allowing attendees to access all sessions via their mobile devices AND desktop, laptop or tablets.  The app will feature opportunities to interact with other attendees, sponsors and exhibitors.  It will feature games and networking opportunities and allow attendees to interact before, during and after the conference.

    Registration Fees

    Member - $290
    Non-Member - $370

    Want to register multiple staff, volunteers or Board Members from your organization?
    Use our bundle discounts!

    Members attend for $290 & bring Guests for only $145 each! 
    Non-Members attend for $370 & can bring Guests for $185 each!    

    OR For Larger GROUPS OF UNLIMITED Registrants

    Organizational Registration

    Member/ $1,180; Non-Member/ $1,480


    Interested in sponsoring the Conference? Call 410.527.0780 for more information or click here!

Past events

December 01, 2020 What You Need to Know About Online Fundraising Compliance & Donor Trust
August 26, 2020 A Panel Discussion on Supporting Anti-racism, Diversity & Inclusion Programming in Your School District
August 12, 2020 The Education Foundation’s Role in the Reopening of Your School District-- SESSION TWO
August 12, 2020 The Education Foundation’s Role in the Reopening of Your School District-- SESSION ONE
August 12, 2020 The Education Foundation’s Role in the Reopening of Your School District-- SESSION THREE
July 01, 2020 Leader 2 Leader Regional Forum - West
June 24, 2020 Leader 2 Leader Regional Forum - Southeast
June 17, 2020 Leader 2 Leader Regional Forum - Southwest
June 10, 2020 Leader 2 Leader Regional Forum - Northeast
June 09, 2020 The Intangibles That Matter For Executive Directors' Success
May 27, 2020 Leader 2 Leader Regional Forum - Midwest
May 20, 2020 National Leader 2 Leader Kick-Off Forum
May 05, 2020 Employee Giving From Start to Success
April 07, 2020 When Disaster Strikes: LEF Roles in Responsiveness
April 02, 2020 The CARES Act for Nonprofit Organizations
March 25, 2020 NSFA Guiding Principles Webinar
March 03, 2020 Industry Leadership Council Reception
March 02, 2020 Marketing That Matters: How to Build a Social Media Marketing Strategy That Really Works
March 02, 2020 2020 NSFA National Conference
February 04, 2020 Forecasting the Fundraising Auction: A Framework for Planning an Event
January 07, 2020 Capital Campaign Basics: Get Ready for your Future
December 17, 2019 Be Intentional: Building a Resource Development Plan
November 01, 2019 Career Center
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