Superintendents, school board members to meet for education foundation conference

National School Foundation Association to host 7th annual conference

More than 40 speakers and 60 sessions highlight 3-day event, April 11-13 at Conference Center and Embassy Suites, Frisco

(Frisco) Most states have severely cut school funding, and as a result most schools and districts in the United States are seeking alternative financial revenue streams to underwrite vital educational programs.

Known as the “Education Foundation Movement,” school foundations have taken a leadership position raising additional resources for K-12 schools and districts nationwide.  Led by the National School Foundation Association based in Des Moines, IA., this movement is gaining momentum and the NSFA now represents school foundations in 45 states and Canada.

School foundation personnel, superintendents and school board members from around America will meet for the 7th annual NSFA (National School Foundation Association) National Conference to be held April 11-13, 2012 at the Conference Center and Embassy Suites in Frisco.

Texas K-12 Foundation and school personnel may attend the conference at no charge. Thanks to the generosity of the Texas Pioneer Foundation registration fees will be covered for each participant representing a Texas K-12 education foundation or a Texas school/district wishing to attend the conference. –

Encouraged by Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley with an original Department of Education grant in 2002 to develop a web presence to support the education foundation movement, the NSFA has grown to be the largest and most prestigious school foundation association in America.

Senator Grassley will be awarded the NSFA Green Apple Award at the conference, NSFA’s highest honor, for his pioneering work in helping establish NSFA.

With over 40 speakers and 60 sessions, school foundation leaders, board members, school superintendents and school board members will meet to share ideas about local fundraising and hear how to streamline their activities for building new revenue streams.

NSFA will be announcing a major business partnership for developing revenue streams at the local level to generate dollars to local schools through a unique and ambitious program to begin in April, 2012.

Drew Pearson, former All-Pro Receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, will present “From the Locker Room to the Boardroom”,

Five well-known keynote speakers will address the conference including Drew Pearson, former All-Pro Receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, “From the Locker Room to the Boardroom;” Aly Sterling,  Aly Sterling Philanthropy LLC, Toledo, OH,  “This is Not Your Parent’s Wallet: Preparing for a New Philanthropy;” Sam Davidson, speaker, author, entrepreneur of Nashville, TN, “Simplify Your Life;”  Mike Bacon  “Building Strong and Engaged Boards;” and Dr. A. Marcus Nelson, Superintendent of Schools, Laredo TX Independent School District, “Beyond Rhetoric for School Foundations.”

Author, etnrepreneur Sam Davidson will speak on how to simplify your life.

Attendees will have a choice of numerous concurrent sessions relating to Foundation development, networking and idea sharing.

State Affiliate members will meet at a special dinner on Wednesday evening.

The Texas Pioneer Foundation is the Presenting Sponsor for the conference and has encouraged Texas school foundations, superintendents and board members to attend. This will be the largest gathering of Texas school foundation members to ever assemble at one conference, thanks to the keen support of Fred Markham and Michelle Coburn of the Texas Pioneer Foundation.

To register for the conference, visit  NSFA Executive Director is Jim Collogan. Lynne Grasz is Board Chairperson.

Submitted by Denise Stokes, PR/Communications Manager, Frisco Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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