The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities seeks proposals from Indianapolis-based organizations and collaborative initiatives to host study tours for social sector leaders attending the Alliance National Conference, to be held Oct. 16-18 in Indianapolis. Study tours provide hands-on, experiential learning by leveraging the host community as a learning laboratory. The Alliance National Conference draws approximately 500 social sector leaders, primarily nonprofit human service executives, directors, and managers.

The Alliance seeks tours that showcase the innovative culture of Indianapolis' nonprofit and social sector community. Up to four study tours will be selected, each one aligned with one of our four conference tracks—areas that advance the social sector’s knowledge and impact:

  • Thriving and Vibrant Nonprofit Sector: Advancing practices and policies that ensure a well-resourced and financially sustainable nonprofit sector that is resilient, able to manage risk effectively, and positioned for innovation and growth.
  • Health and Well-Being: Advancing an integrated, holistic, prevention-first health model that responds to the social determinants of health and achieves improved outcomes, particularly for populations experiencing disparities.
  • Educational Success: Advancing a continuum of educational supports from cradle-to-career to prepare children and youth to succeed in the 21st century.
  • Economic Opportunity: Advancing policies, programs, models, and systems that advance living wages and pathways to financial well-being that support economic mobility and reduce poverty.
  • Safety and Security: Advancing systems work together to ensure that children, adults, and families thrive and are safe from abuse, neglect, violence, and exploitation.

When drafting study tour proposals, consider your organization or collaborative’s unique places and spaces, as well as opportunities for hands-on learning. The most popular and successful tours feature:

  • Context and history on the featured neighborhood or community
  • Hands-on versus lecture-style presentations
  • A passionate tour guide who is aboard the bus when it departs from the conference
  • Access to unique opportunities and places that cannot be experienced in a traditional workshop

Proposal Selection and Deadlines

All tour proposals must be submitted through the online submission form below by Dec. 12, 2018.

All required information must be included for proposal consideration. Submitting a proposal does not guarantee acceptance. Individuals will be notified March 12, 2019 if their presentations have been selected for inclusion in the conference.

The Alliance will not permit any presenter to use his or her presentation to make a sales pitch for any specific firm, publication, or service. Presenters are not paid for their participation but will receive a $75 registration discount off the full conference registration rate. 

Study Tour Logistics

Study tours will be held Wednesday, Oct. 16 and Thursday, Oct. 17. The maximum timeframe is four hours, but tours are not required to use the entire timeframe. The Alliance will arrange transportation for conference attendees between the hotel and the study tour sites.

Each study tour will begin and end at the conference hotel:

Westin Indianapolis
241 W Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Submission Requirements

All submission requirements must be included for the proposal to be considered. Submitting a proposal does not guarantee acceptance.

  • Contact Information. Include the name, title, organization, phone number, and email address for the tour coordinator and all tour guides
  • Biography. Include a biography, no longer than 200 words, for each tour guide
  • Tour Title. Suggest a brief, descriptive study tour title, no longer than 75 characters
  • Tour Availability. Identify which days and times are available for the tour; choose between Wednesday or Thursday and morning, afternoon, or evening
  • Learning Objectives. List three to five specific learning objectives
  • Description. In 350 words or less, describe the proposed study tour, including the featured organization or collaborative initiative, and focus on how the hands-on study tour will offer transferable lessons learned and enhance the learning experience of conference participants
  • Schedule. Outline the itinerary starting and ending at the conference hotel; describe what participants will do, see, or experience at each stop; include time at each stop on the tour and drive times between all locations
  • Addresses. Include the name, address, and description of each tour stop; no additional stops will be included on the tour once it’s been accepted
  • Capacity. Indicate the maximum number of participants permitted to attend the tour