Summer 2016: Davidson College

S.T.A.F.F
Sharing the Annual Fund Fundamentals

30th Annual Conference
July 18-20, 2016
Davidson College, Davidson, NC

Registration is now open for the 2016 STAFF Conference hosted by Davidson College—July 18-20! The early bird registration rate of $400 will be available until June 1 at which time the rate increases to $450. The rate for all guest schools is $450. Please note—registration closes July 1 and additional registrations or changes to registrations will not be accepted after July 8. Your Steering Committee is working hard to produce a superior professional gathering that serves the needs of annual giving officers at every career stage. We'll have fun, too!
 

Schedule

Monday, July 18


10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Registration
Brown Atrium, Alvarez College Union

Noon Conference Steering Committee Meeting
Arthur Vining Davis Room (Room 313), Alvarez College Union

1:00 p.m. Campus Tour - optional
Meet in the Brown Atrium, Alvarez College Union

3:00 p.m. Keynote Address
C. Shaw Smith 900 Room, Alvarez College Union
Wendy Raymond, Davidson College Vice President of Academic Affairs/Dean of Faculty and Professor of Biology
Introduction by Vice President of College Relations, Eileen Keeley ’89

4:00 p.m. Break
C. Shaw Smith 900 Room, Alvarez College Union

4:20 p.m. Breakout Sessions I

Session A
Re-Imagining Volunteer Engagement

Lori Burrows, Denison University, Associate Director, Reunion & Leadership
Hance Auditorium, Chambers Building

Session B
Don’t Order a Sandwich—And Other Annual Fund Tips and Tricks
Laura Christian, Wellesley College, Director of The Wellesley Fund
Mike McCord, Middlebury College, Assistant Director of Annual Giving
Room 209, Alvarez College Union

Session C
How to Eat an Elephant—Making Annual Giving Participation Goals More Attainable|
Ramy Rahal, Franklin & Marshall College, Director of Annual Giving
C. Shaw Smith 900 Room, Alvarez College Union

Session D
Parent Volunteers to the Rescue—Challenging Times Call for a CHALLENGE-ing Situation
Jessica Kurrle-Bair, Claremont McKenna College, Assistant Director of Annual Giving
Room 3106, Chambers Building

Session E
Creating a Philanthropy Education Program for Your Campus
Michelle Czarnecki, Grinnell College, Assistant Director of Student Programs
Room 3234, Chambers Building


5:45 p.m. Welcome Reception—wear gear from your institution
Patio in front of Lilly Family Gallery, Chambers Building

6:30 p.m. Dinner
Lilly Family Gallery, Chambers Building

8:00 p.m. Triviacash bar available
Summit Outpost, Patterson Court

 

Tuesday, July 19

6:30 a.m. Running GroupTown of Davidson Greenway
Meet Alison Brown from Colby outside of the Alvarez College Union, overlooking the football field
Maps for those wishing to run on their own are located at the registration table.

8:00 a.m. Breakfast Roundtable Open Discussions
Brown Atrium, Alvarez College Union

9:00 a.m. Plenary Session I
Women: An Undervalued Asset for Philanthropy
Andrea Pactor, Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
C. Shaw Smith 900 Room, Alvarez College Union 

10:15 a.m. Coffee Break
C. Shaw Smith 900 Room, Alvarez College Union

10:35 a.m. Breakout Session II

Session F
In Fundraising, Engagement is More Priceless than a Diamond Ring

Andrea Pactor
C. Shaw Smith 900 Room, Alvarez College Union

Session G
Managing Teams, Programs and Portfolios
Garrett Preisser, Rollins College, Director of Development
Hance Auditorium, Chambers Building

Session H
Student Philanthropy Panel
Moderated by Amy Leveen, Barnard College, Director of Annual Giving
Allison  Maupin, Washington & Lee University, Assistant Director of Annual Giving
Gloria Noel, Barnard College, Associate Director, Annual Giving
Hope Wayman, Trinity College, Assistant Director of Annual Giving
Room 3106, Chambers Building

Session I
He Said, She Said—Building a Collaborative and Clear Advancement Communications Program
Danielle Strickland, Davidson College, Director of Advancement Communications
Room 209, Alvarez College Union


11:50 a.m. Assistant/Associate Director and Guest Lunch
Brown Atrium, Alvarez College Union

11:50 a.m. Director Lunch (Directors and Acting Directors of member schools)
DuPont Room, Vail Commons

1:30 p.m. Breakout Session III

Session J
Management vs Leadership—What’s the difference? Why should I care?
Connie Skingel, Oberlin College, Director of the Oberlin Annual Fund
C. Shaw Smith 900 Room, Alvarez College Union

Session K
Planned Giving—Beyond the Bequest
Gray Dyer, Davidson College, Director of Planned Giving
Room 209, Alvarez College Union

Session L
Purple Cows Seek Greener Pastures
Laura Day, Williams College, Director of Annual Giving
Room 3106, Chambers Building

Session M
Phonathon—Fresh Ideas and New Approaches
Samantha Bailey, Wellesley College, Assistant Director of The Wellesley Fund
Alicia Rea, Bates College, Assistant Director of Annual Giving, BOLD
Mario Winburn, Carleton College, Assistant Director Alumni Annual Fund
Hance Auditorium, Chambers Building


2:45 p.m. Ice Cream Break
C. Shaw Smith 900 Room, Alvarez College Union

3:15 p.m. Breakout Session IV

Session N
Volunteer Management Panel—This Is How We Do It
Moderated by Alison Brown, Colby College, Associate Director, Office of Engagement and Annual Philanthropy
Emiko Boezeman, Colby College, Director of Class Giving and Programs
Margie Gudaitis, Davidson College, Associate Director for Reunion Giving
Stacey Kerr, Rollins College, Assistant Director of Annual Giving
Kara Pickler, Denison University, Associate Director, Class Agents & Leadership
Hance Auditorium, Chambers Building

Session O
Road Warriors—Getting in Front of Your Annual Giving Donors
Mae Parker, Grinnell College, Director of Annual Giving
Room 3106, Chambers Building

Session P
Don't Let a Crisis a Day (Or a Few Per Year) Keep the Donors Away...
Ellie Swain Ballard, Amherst College, Director of the Annual Fund
Room 209, Alvarez College Union

Session Q
Sensation vs. Sustainability—Challenges and Successes of Flash Campaigns
Genevieve Leslie, Bates College, Director of Annual Giving
Hance Auditorium, Chambers Building


5:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. Bus Shuttles to U.S. National Whitewater Center
Parking lot side of Baker Sports Complex
5:00 p.m. shuttle recommended for those registered for USNWC activities
6:00 p.m. shuttle recommended for those having dinner only
Parking is free for those driving themself by mentioning Davidson College STAFF Conference at the guard gate

6:30 p.m. Dinner and Live Music from Hot Monica
Conference Center at the U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28214

9:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m., and 10:00 p.m. Bus Shuttles to Davidson College


Wednesday, July 20

6:30 a.m. Running Group—Town of Davidson Greenway
Meet Alison Brown from Colby outside of the Alvarez College Union, overlooking the football field
Maps for those wishing to run on their own are located at the registration table.

8:00 a.m. Breakfast Roundtable Open Discussions
Brown Atrium, Alvarez College Union

9:00 a.m. Plenary II
What are Donors Telling Us?
Ron Schiller, Founding Partner of the Aspen Leadership Group LLC and Philanthropy Career Network; Author of “Belief and Confidence”  
C. Shaw Smith 900 Room, Alvarez College Union

10:15 a.m. Coffee Break
C. Shaw Smith 900 Room, Alvarez College Union

10:35 a.m. Breakout Session V

Session R
Positioning for Partnership

Ron Schiller
C. Shaw Smith 900 Room, Alvarez College Union

Session S
Meeting Millennials Where They Are—Creating Effective Student Philanthropy Events through Social Media
Allison Maupin, Washington & Lee University, Assistant Director of Annual Giving
Suzanne Gardner Speck, Washington & Lee University, Assistant Director of Annual Giving
Room 209, Alvarez College Union

Session T
Life Beyond the Challenge
Skylar Beaver, Washington & Lee University, Director of Annual Giving
Hance Auditorium, Chambers Building

Session U
A Winning Combination—When Athletics and Annual Fund Work Together
Alyse Eggebrecht, Carleton College, Associate Director of the Alumni Annual Fund
Room 3106, Chambers Building

Session V
The Young Alumni League—Reimagining Young Alumni Volunteer Engagement
Beth Dixon, St. Lawrence University, Associate Director of Annual Giving
Laura Festine, Colgate University, Assistant Director of Annual Giving
Dennis Morreale, St. Lawrence University, Associate Director of Annual Giving
Room 3234, Chambers Building


11:50 a.m. Farewell Boxed Lunch
Brown Atrium, Alvarez College Union

Noon Conference Steering Committee Meeting
Arthur Vining Davis Room (Room 313), Alvarez College Union

 

Watch for updates to this site as we shape and perfect the 2016 program. Please register on the STAFF 2016 Conference Registration Page.
 

Additional Details

 

Location
Davidson College is located in beautiful Davidson, North Carolina approximately 25 miles from the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT).

 

Travel from the Airport to Campus
We recommend planning to rent a car for the duration of your visit, so make sure to plan flights with your colleagues so that you can carpool!

 

On-Campus Housing
Campus housing will once again be available in Duke Hall. Rooms will be single occupancy with many sharing a bathroom between two rooms, though some will share a hall bathroom. Rooms will be assigned by gender and institution. All buildings on campus are air conditioned, including the dorms.

 

Off-Campus Lodging
You may also choose to take advantage of group rates at the following two hotels:

 

Homewood Suites Davidson by Hilton
Call 704-987-1818 and mention the group name "STAFF Conference 2016"
Visit davidson.homewoodsuites.com and use the code "STF"
Rooms will be held until June 24

 

Davidson Village Inn—FULL
Call 704-892-8044 and mention the group name "STAFF Conference"
Email reservations@davidsoninn.com
Rooms will be held until June 20

 

For other hotel options, click here.

 

Attire
North Carolina in July is HOT and HUMID. We suggest cool, casual and comfortable clothing. A light sweater can be useful as all buildings on campus are air conditioned. Pack shoes that make it easy to walk around campus and socialize on the lawn. For those opting into activities at the U.S. National Whitewater Center Tuesday evening, please pack the attire required for your activity. There will be places to change before dinner.

 

Presenters
We will be in touch in the next several weeks to confirm conference presentations.

 

U.S. National Whitewater Center

On Tuesday night, we will travel off campus to the U.S. National Whitewater Center. There will be buses available to and from campus or directions for those wishing to drive themselves. Dinner at the Whitewater Center is included in the cost of the conference, but if you would like to opt into an additional team building activity, you will have the option of adding rafting or a flatwater or land activity in your registration. Rafting is an additional $40 and one flatwater or one land activity is an additional $25. Visit the Whitewater Center website and click on individual activities to learn more. Those interested in rafting will be placed in groups of six or eight along with other conference attendees. All conference attendees participating in an activity will be required to complete a USNWC waiver.

 

Direct Mail Exchange and Tchotchke Display
In addition to the direct mail exchange, please bring a favorite tchotchke, gift, give-away, or promotional item to put on display. Suggested quantities: 25-30 of each direct mail piece and 1 tchotchke. If you would like to mail your materials ahead of time, please mail to:

ATTN: Margie Gudaitis
BOX 7170
Davidson College
Davidson, NC 28035

 

Attendee Limits
Each member institution is permitted to register four administrators (one director and three staff members). Guest institutions may register two professionals (one director and one staff member). Members of the STAFF Steering Committee are not included in member institution counts. You can register at the STAFF 2016 Conference Registration Page.

 

Conference Refund Policy
Davidson College reserves event space, entertainment and catering services in advance of the STAFF Conference to ensure conference quality. In the event that you need to cancel your reservations, please provide a written request to Margie Gudaitis (magudaitis@davidson.edu). Refunds will be granted at 100% 30 days prior to the conference start. Refunds at 50% will be granted up to 15 days from the conference start. No refunds will be granted 14 or fewer days before the conference start.

 

Questions about Davidson College or visiting the area
Contact Margie Gudaitis at magudaitis@davidson.edu or 704-894-2189.

 

Questions about the Conference or STAFF
Contact Alison Brown at ajbrown@colby.edu or Jeff Stauch jstauch@middlebury.edu.