2018 NASPA Student Affairs Fundraising Conference

July 26 – July 28, 2018
University at Albany, SUNY | Albany, NY

The purpose of the 2018 NASPA Student Affairs Fundraising Conference is to share and exchange strategies, ideas, and resources, and to discuss issues related to student affairs fundraising and external relations. The conference promotes an exchange of best practices. It is designed for professionals who currently have development responsibilities specifically in student affairs and for professionals with backgrounds and experience in either student affairs or development.

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The 2018 NASPA Student Affairs Fundraising & External Relations Conference is sponsored by NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education as a three-day professional development forum for professionals with specific fundraising, development, and donor communication responsibility for student affairs divisions. The primary audience includes prospective, aspiring and seasoned development professionals; new and seasoned student affairs professionals with roles connected to fundraising and external relations; and senior student affairs officers. The conference facilitates an exchange of strategies, ideas, and resources between participants regarding fundraising for student affairs. Conference educational sessions promote an exchange of best practices. 

To view the last conference's proceedings, take a look at the website or the program book. Learn more about this event's history and our 2018 host below.

  • Conference History

    The conference is co-sponsored by the NASPA Student Affairs Fundraising and External Relations Knowledge Community (KC). The vision of the KC is to enable NASPA members to develop fundraising knowledge and skills to enhance programs and services for Student Affairs at their individual institutions. The KC provides a professional home within NASPA for professionals working in, or connected to, student affairs development and external relations. The KC provides senior student affairs officers with a place to connect for the latest fundraising trends and strategies.

    Previous Conference host institutions include University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University (2005); University of South Carolina (2006); University of Illinois (2007); Georgia Tech (2008); University of Florida (2009); University of Missouri (2010); University of Utah (2011); University of Louisville (2012), Louisiana State University (2013), University of Houston (2014), and the Ohio State University (2016).

  • About our 2018 Host: University at Albany

    A comprehensive public research university, the University at Albany offers more than 120 undergraduate majors and minors and 125 master's, doctoral, and graduate certificate programs. UAlbany is a leader among all New York State colleges and universities in such diverse fields as atmospheric and environmental sciencesinformatics, public administrationsocial welfare, and sociology taught by an extensive roster of faculty experts. It also offers expanded academic and research opportunities for students through an affiliation with Albany Law School. With a curriculum enhanced by 600 study-abroad opportunities, UAlbany launches great career.

Networking & Donor Reception

In addition to the extensive professional development the 2018 NASPA Student Affairs Fundraising Confernece offers, the conference committee is excited to once again host a Networking & Donor Reception on Thursday, July 26 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. The evening will include light hors d’ouevres, a cash bar, and an opportunity to network with conference attendees.

Each conference attendee is encouraged to invite up to two (2) of their local alumni, prospects, and/or donors. As you begin to reach out to alumni, prospects, or donors, please utilize the button below to submit their information. You can always go back in to edit your response should your guest list change or you need to add/remove someone. Please note, the committee will ask for a finalized guest list closer to the event.

Submit Prospect Information Here

In the past, some attendees have considered this specific event as a prospect visit and have coupled donor cultivation funding and professional development funding to finance their conference expenses.

Conference Swap Shop

The Conference Planning Committee invites you to bring your favorite collateral materials from fundraising campaigns or events to our Swap Shop. This can include campaign material, invitations, brochures, and even donor recognition or stewardship items such as water bottle, keychains, etc. Bring enough to share or just a few to show off (we’ll provide signage to let attendees know if items are available for the taking or not).

Because student affairs fundraising and external relations are an emerging part of our job responsibilities as well as a growing functional area within student affairs, the Conference Committee also invites you to share job descriptions for staff members who have fundraising responsibilities. We’ll collect these at check-in and put them in a binder in the Swap Shop. Please note this isn’t for job advertisements, just for others to get ideas of the breadth and depth of fundraising responsibilities others have and to bring ideas for how to incorporate these functions at their own institutions.

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2018 NASPA Student Affairs Fundraising Conference


This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • AVP or “Number Two”
  • Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Mid-Level
  • Senior Level
  • New Professional


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Call for Programs

The call for programs is now closed - we look forward to sharing a program schedule with you in Mid-May.

The 2018 NASPA Student Affairs Fundraising Conference is your opportunity to share evidence-based practices from your campus or organization, learn from leading researchers in the field, and engage with other professionals who are committed to student affairs fundraising.

The 2018 Planning Committee knows it’s presenters like you who will make the conference an impactful event. The Planning Committee is seeking innovative and thought provoking programs from a wide range of professional functional areas: student affairs, development, advising, and more. Programs which enhance and progress the understanding of student affairs fundraising, in either research or practice, will be considered.

Presenters will be asked to identify the content level of their session; foundational or seasoned. Additionally, the content advisory committee will select programs based upon their relationship to the conference's learning outcomes.

Conference Themes & Suggested Topics

  • Fundraising Fundamentals

    Sessions in this theme may focus on:

    1. What are the differences between annual fund, major gift processes, planned giving, etc.?
    2. How can the stages of development (identify, cultivate, solicit, steward) be integrated into the work of student affairs?
    3. How can the culture of your institution impact your fundraising efforts? How does one identify key players to work with to meet goals?
    4. How does your division set fundraising goals and develop initiatives to meet those goals?

  • Developing and Maintaining Relationships

    Sessions in this theme may focus on:

    1. What are strategies to inform university development officers on the work of student affairs to aid in the telling of our narrative? 
    2. How can your division identify potential donors and develop a database?
    3. In what ways can prospects be engaged with student affairs? 
    4. How can teams find the connection to student affairs for prospects?
    5. How can institutions and divisions of student affairs communicate the impact of gifts?
    6. How can institutions and divisions communicate the need for a gift? Specifically how can the division distinguish student affairs from an academic major or school?

  • Partnership between Student Affairs and Development Offices

    Sessions in this theme may focus on:

    1. What are effective strategies for relationship building? (Building core principles or creating a shared plan to bridge the disconnect between foundation and student affairs /  Understanding the ways in which the various offices and departments within the foundation work (annual fund, planned giving, stewardship, gift receiving, marketing/communications, corporate and foundation relations, grant proposal writers))
    2. How can divisions maximize technological resources? (Who uses/who has access / Communication: student and student giving -- how are we coding what students are involved in to use post graduation (also loop in alumni association?))

  • Sustainable External Relations

    Sessions in this theme may focus on:

    1. How can divisions of student affairs communicate the value add for community partners? What will they gain/why should they be involved?
    2. In what ways can divisions of student affairs create distinguishable relationships with community partners?

  • Fundraising Innovations for Specific Donor Prospects and Projects

    Sessions in this theme may focus on:

    1. Fundraising campaigns and gifts which benefit student from marginalized backgrounds (e.g., scholarships for minority students, Black Student Union capital campaign, LGBT resource center)
    2. Fundraising campaigns and gifts which benefit specific awareness areas (e.g., suicide prevention)

    3. Innovative ways to engage alumni with marginalized identities

    4. Student-driven fundraising campaigns which benefit the university (e.g., Dance Marathon)

    5. Technology and fundraising (e.g., crowdfunding, social media, Day of Giving)

Submission Timeline
  • April 13, 2018
    [EXTENDED]: Call for Programs Deadline
  • April 27, 2018
    Presenter Notifications Sent
  • May 4, 2018
    Presenter Confirmations Due
  • May 9, 2018
    Schedule Posted Online

Writing Tips

Looking for tips on writing an effective NASPA proposal? See sample submissions and formatting tips in our Program Submission Guidelines.


Please contact NASPA if you have any further questions about submitting a program proposal for the 2018 NASPA Student Affairs Fundraising Conference.

Jake Frasier
Assistant Director of Educational Programs
Phone: 202-719-1180
Email: [email protected]


The schedule was designed to provide participants with interactive and engaging programming, opportunities for deeper discussion, and networking. For a printable schedule at a glance, click the button below.

The schedule is subject to minor changes.

Full Schedule

Thu, Jul 26

7:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Registration Check-In Open
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Pre-Conference Workshops
Additional registration required to attend
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Conference Welcome & Opening Keynote
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions I
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions II
4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions III
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Networking & Donor Reception

Fri, Jul 27

7:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Registration Check-In Open
7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast (Provided)
8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Morning Keynote Speaker
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions IV
11:15 a.m – 11:45 a.m.
Toolbox Sessions I
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch & Plenary Fundraising Panel (Provided)
1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions V
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Topical Roundtable Discussions
4:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Toolbox Sessions II
5:30 p.m.
Optional No-Host Dinner Groups

Sat, Jul 28

7:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Registration Check-in Open
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast (Provided)
8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Closing Keynote Speaker
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions VI
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Actionable Roundtables & Conference Closing

Pre-Conference Programs & Events

Pre-conference workshops for the conference are listed below. There is an additional registration fee to attend pre-conference workshops, and they may be added to your conference registration at any time.

Fundamentals of Fundraising

Thursday, July 26th • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM

Many colleges and universities lack a fundraising professional dedicated to student affairs development. This pre-conference will provide an overall understanding of fundraising on campus and specific ideas to implement for all student affairs leaders. Presenters will explore: uniqueness of fundraising in student affairs; donor/prospect portfolio development; utilizing campus resources; making the ask/major gifts; fundraising with your vice president; and donor involvement strategies.

Taking Your Student Affairs Program to the Next Level

Thursday, July 26th • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM

Fundraising within student affairs divisions is an emerging job function of vice presidents, associate vice presidents, deans, and directors. Many divisions are also hiring directors of development or partnering with their institution’s development office to solicit donations for student affairs projects. This pre-conference will provide all levels of student affairs professionals with the knowledge necessary to assess their fundraising program and to take it to the next level of a divisional culture of donor cultivation which impacts your strategic priorities. The program will end with how one organization developed and initiated a one-year $1 million capital campaign to support student and professional success.


Registration as a member is based on your individual membership status. For more details on member statuses check here.

  • If you are employed by a college or university that is a NASPA institutional member, you can join as an individual member at the $75 rate.
  • If your institution is NOT a member, then you will need to join at the associate affiliate rate of $242.

For questions about membership and to check if your institution is a current member, contact our membership team at 202-265-7500.

For information on group rates and registration policies, please click the Registration Policies button.

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Registration Fees

Early Bird
before 05/18/2018
05/19/2018 to 06/22/2018
after 06/23/2018
NASPA Member
NASPA Student Member
Pre-Conference Workshop


Tonya Murphy
Membership Coordinator
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 202-265-7500 ext. 1183

Jake Frasier
Assistant Director of Educational Programs
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 202-719-1180


View Registration Policies

Cancellation:  The cancellation deadline to receive a refund is May 18, 2018, less a $50.00 administrative fee.  No refunds will be given after the deadline for any reason.  All requests for cancellation and refunds must be in writing and sent to [email protected].

Group Registration Discount: NASPA offers a discount for members registering in groups of two or more individuals from a single institution. To apply for this discount send a request in writing to [email protected] prior to applying payment to registration orders. Please include all registrants’ full names, the institution name, and the title of the event. The membership department will follow up for any additional information required and provide a personalized discount code each member of your group can use when processing payment.

Purchase Orders: NASPA does NOT accept purchase orders as a form of payment. For registrants requiring an invoice to have a check payment processed, please use the Bill Me payment method to complete your registration. The resulting invoice can be found and downloaded under the My NASPA section of the website (must be logged-in), by selecting the View Invoices link from the dropdown menu. Alternatively, email a request to Membership to have a PDF of your invoice sent to you. Bill Me registrations are considered complete and will hold your place in an event, however the balance due must be settled prior to attending.

Click here to view NASPA’s complete Payment Policies and Procedures.

Substitutions: Substitutions are allowed by individuals within the same institution/company. Substitutions should have the same member classification so that the payment is an even exchange transfer of payment. Please email your request for the substitute attendee to [email protected] 

Additional Questions? Please contact the NASPA office at 202-265-7500 or via e-mail to [email protected]


  • Kevin Kruger, Ph.D.

    Kevin Kruger, Ph.D.

    President & CEO
    NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education

    Speaker Bio

  • DeShanna Brown, Ed.D.

    DeShanna Brown, Ed.D.

    Director of Development
    Louisiana State University

    Speaker Bio

  • Marybeth Gasman, Ph.D.

    Marybeth Gasman, Ph.D.

    Judy & Howard Berkowitz Professor of Education
    University of Pennsylvania

    Speaker Bio


If you would like to sponsor the 2018 NASPA Student Affairs Fundraising Conference please fill out the exhibitor application form and e-fax back all pages to 202-204-8443 or scan and e-mail to [email protected] by June 22, 2018. Questions? Contact Kristie Jerde by phone at 218-280-7578 or via email at [email protected].


University at Albany
Albany, NY

Conference Events

All conference workshops, keynotes, and receptions will occur on-campus at the University at Albany. For a detailed campus map, please click here.

Hotel Accomodations

NASPA has arranged special room rates for conference attendees at the Fairfield Inn Albany University Area starting at $129/night (not including 14% state and local taxes). The cut-off date to receive the conference room rate is Wednesday, July 4, 2018. Rooms in the conference block may sell out prior to the cut-off date, so please make your reservation as soon as possible.


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