Below are topics of particular interest; however, papers/presentations may include any issue pertaining to education finance.


The Forum will consider issues pertaining to primary and secondary schools, and tertiary institutions including community colleges, public and private colleges and universities.


Philanthropic Communication and Marketing

Principal Gift and Planned Giving Foundations

Emerging Challenges of Institutional Foundations

Re-thinking Philanthropy in a Post-pandemic World

Public and Private Costs and Benefits

Financing Equity

Funding Universal Access to Higher Education

Social Externalities

Comparative International Education Costs

Tax Credits and Vouchers

Human Capital Theory

Legal Costs and Risk Management

Measuring Fiscal Capacity and Tax Effort

Financing Technology

Health Cost Growth

Capital Outlay Financing

Pandemic Cost Challenges 

Performance Funding


Papers and presentations regarding the above areas are of particular interest to the Forum. However, these suggested areas of research and writing are not meant to be limitated. Investigators may present papers documenting relevant activities, pilot studies, feasibility studies or developmental work. “Structured presentations,” by definition, must convey viewpoints supported by a framework of literature essential to the matter under discussion.

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