Fundraising for Impact Summit

Announcing the 2018 Fundraising for Impact Summit! This year's program fully integrates programming for Impact professionals with programming for Resource Development professionals. Join us for three days of cross-functional learning and networking with United Way leaders in RD, Impact and Marketing to build a better, stronger, faster community impact and donor-centered machine! The program kicks off in Dallas, Texas, on February 27 and concludes on March 1, 2018. Mark your calendar and invite your colleagues now!

Connecting impact and revenue in a virtuous cycle gives your United Way the best opportunity to extend the reach of both efforts, ensuring maximum benefit to the communities you serve. Participants from both the RD and Impact areas will hear from experts across the network on topics such as:

  • accelerating revenue growth for our impact work
  • designing donor-centered and corporate-centered fundraising practices
  • collaborating with cross-functional teams to build sustainable and scalable community solutions
  • integrating the network-wide strategy across your organization


February 27 - March 1, 2018
Marriott Marquis Houston
1777 Walker Street
Houston, Texas

Once registration opens, we will provide a link to make your hotel reservation at the conference rate.


Details on the 2018 schedule will be announced during the fall of 2017. Until then, plan to arrive on Monday, February 26 so you're well-rested when our opening session begins bright and early on Tuesday, February 27. The program wraps up by noon on Thursday, March 1. The proposed schedule below is subject to change.


  • Networking Reception: 6:00-7:00 p.m.


  • Breakfast & Opening General Session: 8:30-10:00 a.m.
  • Networking Break: 10:00-10:30 a.m.
  • Learning Sessions: 10:30-11:45 a.m.
  • Lunch & General Session: 12:00-2:00 p.m.
  • Learning Sessions: 2:30-3:45 p.m.
  • Networking Break: 3:45-4:00 p.m.
  • Learning Sessions: 4:00-5:15 p.m.


  • Breakfast & General Session: 8:30-10:00 a.m.
  • Networking Break: 10:00-10:30 a.m.
  • Learning Sessions: 10:30-11:45 a.m.
  • Lunch & General Session: 12:00-2:00 p.m.
  • Learning Sessions: 2:30-3:45 p.m.
  • Networking Break: 3:45-4:00 p.m.
  • Learning Sessions: 4:00-5:15 p.m.
  • Networking Happy Hours: 6:00-7:00 p.m.


  • Breakfast: 8:30-9:00 a.m.
  • Learning Lab General Session: 9:00-10:15 a.m.
  • Networking Break: 10:15-10:30 a.m.
  • Closing General Session: 10:30-11:45 a.m.


Our friends at the United Way of Greater Houston are amazing hosts! They're putting together plans for a host city event that you won't want to miss. Check back this fall for more details.


We're already heard from so many of you with great ideas for compelling and engaging content. In the coming weeks, you'll hear more about how we'll be curating our broad range of learning sessions. Stay tuned!


Discounts and suggested providers are coming soon!


Whether you know it as "Space City", "H--Town", "Magnolia City" or "Beyonce's Hometown", Houston is a cosmopolitan city (4th largest in the US!) that does not disappoint! Filled with world-class dining, an impressive Museum District, diverse nightlife, Houston is also home to Space Center Houston, the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center.

First on your TO DO list: go to VISITHOUSTON to narrow down your itinerary. Did you know that:

  • Houston is one of only a few U.S. cities with resident professional companies in the four disciplines of the performing arts: ballet, opera, symphony and theater.
  • Houston is the nation’s demographic future. In racial and ethnic composition, the Houston of today very much resembles the U.S. 40 years from now.
  • More than 145 different languages are spoken in Houston.
  • Houston is home to the second largest concentration of Fortune 1000 companies in the country (49) behind New York (72).
  • Houston is deemed the No. 1 city in America for young couples in new study, according to a study by Credit Donkey (2014).
  • The City of Houston offers more than 300-mile interconnected bikeway network spread over 500 square miles and more than 128 miles of hike and bike trails that loop within its parks or are linear and run along bayous and outside park boundaries.
  • Ninety-two foreign governments have official representation here through consulates or trade offices, ranking Houston's consular corps third in the nation.
  • Houston is considered to have one of the best culinary scenes in the country, with cuisine from around the world. There are more than 10,000 restaurants in the Houston area with culinary choices that represent more than 70 countries and American regions.

Special thanks to the Greater Houston Convention and Visitor's Bureau for sharing all this information.


Details coming soon!


Flex credits may be used towards the Fundraising for Impact Summit.

  • Registration fees (volunteers qualify if a United Way staff person is attending the same learning opportunity or conference)
  • Some travel costs such as airfare, rental car, or mileage (only one form of travel reimbursement, rental car, mileage, or airfare is allowed with a maximum of $500 per trip)
  • Daily per diem – a combination of the hotel room rate, plus taxes and any meal not included during a learning opportunity

Please click here to access your United Way flexible credit balance. If you choose to use Flex Credits to pay for this event, when you get to the payment screen while registering, choose “Flex Credits” from the drop-down payment box. You will need to enter your organization number in the box provided if you choose the flex credit payment option.

All travel reimbursement from flex credits is submitted and processed after the event is over. Each registrant will receive an online travel reimbursement form within 5 business days of the program completion. Once this form is sent, it must be completed within 10 business days, after which further reimbursements cannot be processed. You do not need to keep your receipts to fill out this form, though we do encourage you to keep them for your records.

Learn more about UWW's flexible credit policy. If you have any questions about flexible credits, please contact


Sponsorship at the Fundraising for Impact Summit allows access to over 1,800 United Ways who are providing measurable impact in the communities they serve. Contact us to hear more about the available opportunities.


Should you have any questions related to the summit, please contact Maggie Nichols, Manager of Capacity and Performance, Development, United Way Worldwide.


  • Reinforce your United Way’s positioning as a community impact organization, with fundraising as a core component for the implementation of the United Way business model.
  • Deepen understanding and best practices about product/initiative development, and the role of multiple disciplines within each United Way, to create and offer donors the opportunities to invest in specific community work.
  • Share innovative work and plans to position United Way for growth in the rapidly-changing marketplace.
  • Foster networking to generate new ideas to support each other and our work throughout the network.
  • Share best practices among United Way fundraisers in specific disciplines: major and planned giving, campaign and resource development management.
  • Promote trust to facilitate network partnerships and engagement.
  • Share information and insights into donor needs and interests, and how to strengthen United Way as a donor-centric organization.

Please join us for sessions around corporate partnerships, major and planned giving best practices, new relationship management protocols and much more. Learn from top thought leaders in the field in a wide variety of educational sessions and network with your peers.