When is registration available?
Registration is open now through June 6, 2018.

Where is the Conference being held?
Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel
800 Washington Avenue
St. Louis, MO, 63101

Hotel rates will be $174.00 per night for both single and double occupancy. Reservations through any of the conference hotels at the BBBS rate must be made by 5/23/2018.

When is the Conference?
June 25 - 28, 2018

How much does it cost to attend? 

  • Early bird rate of $375 (including Gala) is available until April 6, 2018.
  • The standard registration rate is $395 starting on April 7, 2018.
  • Workshop speakers from the network will be at a discounted rate of $300.


Big Brothers Big Sisters has negotiated a 50% discount on parking. For overnight guest, discounts will be applied to the room as long as reservations are made within the room block. For daily guests, coupons can be picked up at the Conference Registration Desk during the event.

  • Standard Overnight Valet Parking: $28
  • Standard Overnight Self-Parking: $20
  • Standard Event Valet Parking: $14
  • Standard Event Self-Parking $8

Who Should Attend?
Attendees typically include Big Brothers Big Sisters Agency leaders, program staff, fund development and marketing staff, and BBBS board members! Click here to see the full conference schedule.

Will there be certification classes?
There will be fund development specific sessions that will provide 1.25 points each in in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification. Participation in these sessions may assist you in learning or reviewing concepts covered on the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) examination as detailed on the Test Content Outline provided by CFRE International. CFRE International does not sponsor or endorse any educational programs and these sessions were not developed in conjunction with CFRE International.  The sessions will be announced in early spring, 2018.

Please note that point totals are based on complete participation in these activities. Complete participation is defined as an individual attending an educational session during each time slot in which such a session is offered. Partial participation in this activity qualifies for 1 CFRE Continuing Educational Point per educational session contact hour; partial hours may be counted in increments of .25 points per 15 minutes.

Who can I contact for other registration questions?
Nicholas Van Stratt at nvanstratt@helmsbriscoe.com

Who can I contact for other conference questions or suggestion?
Please reach out to the Conference Planning team at: Conference@bbbsa.org

Where can I find a schedule of Conference events?
Click here for a current schedule. (subject to change)

How can I get to the Marriot St. Louis Grand?
The hotel is about 15 miles from the St Louis Lambert International Airport. The hotel does not provide shuttle service:
GO BEST Express (toll-free 1-877-785-4682); fee: $21 (one way) on request
Bus service, fee: $7 (one way)
Subway service, fee:  $3.5(one way)
Estimated taxi fare: $40 (one way)

What is the cancellation policy? 

  • All cancellations should be put in writing to nvanstratt@helmsbriscoe.com
  • Refunds will be issued 8-12 weeks after the request
  • Refunds will be issued minus a $100 fee for cancellations made before June 1, 2018
  • Refunds will not be issued for cancellations after June 1, 2018

What is the cost of attending the Gala?

The gala cost is included in the registration fee.


Can I get extra tickets for the Gala?

Additional tickets are $100 and are available for purchase through the registration website. To purchase a full table for guests NOT attending the conference, please contact Charleston Edwards at Charleston.Edwards@bbbsa.org.


What is the attire for the Gala? 

The attire for the Gala is Business Formal/Cocktail.