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International Service Summit


International Services Summit - BROCHURE

International Service Summit
Naperville, Illinois – February 10, 2018
General Overview

Northern Illinois University, Naperville Conference Center
(View)
1120 East Diehl Road
Naperville, IL 60540
United States

Objective:

Bring together community service organizations, individuals, foundations, technical partners, and corporate sponsors interested in serving, communities in need throughout the world, to share project information, best practices, and seek possible synergies. Through collaboration, we may be more effective in meeting our mutual objectives and better serve these communities.


Background/context:

Many people and organizations are actively engaged in helping people in impoverished areas around the world.  Rarely do these organizations meet to share project details, resources and lessons learned. There is an opportunity for achieving a greater good through facilitating better interaction and sharing resources.  These same organizations are often looking for local volunteers to help with fundraising, marketing, or administrative tasks, or to join their teams on future trips.  People interested in volunteering often don’t know whom to contact to offer their assistance.

The International Service Summit is intended to empower more community members to personally become involved in cultural exchange opportunities with other countries.  Many community citizens of all ages are unaware of the large number of opportunities that exist to volunteer their time or resources or to travel to foreign countries and to personally experience other cultures in their native land.  Those personal experiences will help them appreciate the origins of some of the artistic artifacts and experiences here in our community.  It will also help them to better understand the challenges overcome by community members who have moved to the US from other countries.  Experiencing other cultures in their native land will help all members of our community become more tolerant of others differences and appreciate the uniqueness of each culture we experience.

Greater good can be achieved by looking for projects where the missions overlap.  For example, one group might pursue a project to provide Diabetes testing equipment for a rural town in India, while another might provide vision testing equipment.  If these were enacted together, the local citizens will be better served, the total cost of the projects will be reduced, and better combined project sustainability can be achieved. 

Another goal is to share resources, both locally and globally.  Many of the groups that are facilitating trips to foreign lands are passionate about their commitment to helping underprivileged communities in need, but lack the knowledge of resources that are available and the technical expertise to assess the quality of the work they are offering.  For example, many groups are interested in building homes, churches, schools, medical clinics, etc., but lack the technical expertise to assure that the buildings are built safely.  

Finally, all would benefit by sharing best practices, important travel information and tips, and hearing lessons learned and success/failure stories.  


Who should participate in the Summit?

Organizations that would participate and display in the summit include:
Service clubs who sponsor international programs (Rotary, Lions, Kiwanis, etc.)
Non-profits who provide international assistance
Faith-based organizations 
Philanthropic foundations 
Providers of services that could be potential partners in performing international service work (architects, engineering, community planning, healthcare assistance, etc.)
Businesses doing work internationally
Travel agencies who support arrangements for international service trips
Each participating group is expected to provide a table-top display and hand-out materials that will educate attendees about their mission, current/past projects, assistance opportunities and contact information.

Who should attend the Summit?
Attendees are expected to include:
Service clubs, faith-based organizations, non-profit establishments and philanthropic foundations who facilitate international projects
Community members and potential volunteers who are seeking opportunities to participate in international service work, including high school/college students and seniors 
Members of the business community seeking ways to more fully participate in international service work

Summit Program
This event will be a combination of organization exhibits and a plenary presentation. The plenary session will be intended for all participants and would consist of an opening introduction followed by an internationally renowned keynote speaker. We are working with Anderson’s Bookstores to identify an author who may be available to promote a relevant publication and provide a motivational talk. The exhibit area would open before and after the plenary session, and may include a book signing station. The overall agenda is planned as follows:
7:00 am Exhibit set-up 
8:00 am Doors open for attendees, exhibits open
9:00 am Plenary session starts, exhibits open
11:00 am Plenary session ends – book signing starts, refreshments and exhibits open
1:00 pm End of public sessions, exhibit teardown


Event Funding
Attendees would be charged a small fee to help pay for the conference expenses. Students would be charged a reduced rate. This is not intended to be a money making event, and as a non-profit, we hope to keep expenses as low as possible and make sure we break even and set aside funds for next year’s event.  

Attendees - $20

Students: -$5

Book of Keynote Speaker: Separate cost

Sponsorship Packages
Presenting Sponsorship $2,500
Ten tickets to the event
Opportunity to address audience before the show (5-7 min)
Company Banner and display at Check in
Company name featured in all print advertising 
Company Name & Logo featured on program & ISS Website
Direct link to sponsors Website from the ISS Website
Gold Sponsor $1,000 
Six Tickets to the event
Opportunity to place 8.5” x 5.5”promotional piece on check in table
Company name featured in all print advertising 
Company Name & Logo featured on program & ISS Website
Direct link to sponsors Website from the ISS Website

Silver sponsor $500
Four Tickets to the event
Company name featured in all print advertising 
Company Name & Logo featured on program & ISS Website
Bronze Sponsor $250
Four Tickets to the event
Company Name & Logo featured on program & ISS Website

Exhibitors
Corporate Exhibitors  $150 
Four tickets to event
Company name featured in all print advertising 
Not-for-Profit or Volunteer Exhibitors  $50 
Four tickets to event
Hoopsie crowd funding page linked to ISS website


Future Plans
Our leadership team plans to utilize the experience gained from the first Summit to expand additional collaboration opportunities in the future, potentially on an annual basis.


When:
Saturday, February 10, 2018, 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM
Where:
Northern Illinois University
1129 East Diehl Road
Naperville, IL  
Category:
Club Event
Registration is required
Members pay for their own charges