Big Ten Fund Raisers Institute

A Premier Forum for Development Leaders

BTFRI Application

The deadline to apply for the Big Ten Fund Raisers Institute has closed. Thank you for your interest.

Registration Fee

The Institute fee of $1,200 will be collected once your application has been approved and you submit your registration form. This fee includes all program materials and planned, group meals (note there are several meals on your own listed on the institute schedule). A $200 fee will be assessed for cancellations received after Monday, June 17, 2019.  No refunds will be made for cancellations received after Monday, July 8, 2019.


Guests are welcome to attend the optional activities listed below (additional fees noted for guests only) and a separate invitation will be extended closer to the Institute date.

  • Optional Reception and Dinner – Saturday, August 3, 2019 ($50 for guests)
  • Lake Geneva Dinner Cruise – Sunday, August 4, 2019 ($100 for guests)
  • Closing Dinner – Tuesday, August 6, 2019 ($75 for guests) 


A block of rooms has been reserved at The Abbey Resort in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Reservations must be made by Monday, June 17, utilizing the instructions below. 


  • Visit The Abbey Resort website and click on RESERVATIONS
  • Click on the drop down arrow next to "Add Code"
  • A box will appear that reads “Discount/Corporate Code;” click on the drop down arrow in that box and select "Group Attendee"
  • In the blank box that appears, type in 1198V6 and click ADD
  • A dialog box will appear; click "Select and Go To Next Step"
  • A calendar will appear with available check-in dates; select the dates you will be checking in/out and click CONFIRM DATES OF STAY (if you want to extend your stay, please call the hotel directly)
  • Choose a room type and click BOOK
  • Select ADD ROOM & CHECKOUT and you will be taken to the payment page to complete your reservation

Airport Information

For those traveling by air, please consider using one of the following airports:

Mitchell International Airport

Located in Milwaukee, WI,  Mitchell International Airport is  approximately 54 miles (1 hour, 11 minutes) from the resort.

Chicago O'Hare International Airport

Located in Chicago, IL,  Chicago O'Hare International Airport is  approximately 70 miles (1 hour, 22 minutes) from the resort.

Dane County Regional Airport

Located in Madison, WI,  Dane County Regional Airport is  approximately 69 miles (1 hour, 18 minutes) from the resort.