Call for Sessions

The call for sessions period for CFUnited 2018 has ended.

Interested in speaking at

CFUnited 2018?

The goal of CFUnited is to present a broadly-based program that speaks to the wide range of attendees with a balance of professional development, inspiring new ideas and ways of thinking, and providing educational benefit.  CFUnited represents a wide variety of community foundations from across the US and as such, we are committed to diversity and inclusion.  We urge proposers to use the conference sessions as an opportunity to include new voices and offer diverse viewpoints.

If you submitted a session proposal you will be notified in November regarding the status.  Should you have any questions please contact



All session submissions are peer-reviewed.  Submissions will be peer reviewed by a panel chosen in a broad range of expertise by the CFUnited Board. The CFUnited Board uses the ratings from the Peer Review Panel to schedule the conference.

Peer reviewers comment on the overall quality of the proposal and considers these things:

  • Is the topic timely? Does it reflect current discussions in the field?
  • Is there new information being presented?
  • Is there an effort to bring in new voices on the subject?
  • How broad an audience does this topic speak to?
  • Has the topic been discussed already or been repeated frequently?
  • Is there a speaker outlined that is crucial to the success of the panel?
  • If a single presenter, does the proposal outline a clear perspective?
  • If a panel presentation, is a balanced point of view presented or are there other areas to be considered?

After the reviewers have completed their reviews based on the criteria outlined, the CFUnited Board then begins their review. Using the comments from peer review, the committee will also finalize any streams of programming that were proposed or that emerged during the proposal process.

Then, relying on the comments from the peer reviews, the committee bases their final selections on the goal of creating balanced, broadly-based program that speaks to the wide range of attendees.

Once the committee has finalized the selections, the proposal contacts will be notified if the session has been accepted or not. At that time, you will be asked to confirm that the chair(s) and speaker(s) are still committed to presenting at CFUnited 2018.

If so, the CFUnited Board conference management team, ARB Meetings, will work directly with you through the rest of the process, including working with you on deadlines, final abstracts, and scheduling.


After you submit your proposal online you will be automatically sent a receipt letter.  If your submission is incomplete or if there are questions about your submission, you will be contacted within a few days indicating that either the proposal is complete or additional information is needed.

The committee plans to make final decisions about session proposals by the beginning of November and will notify you then of the outcome.


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