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2024 NASPA Student Affairs Fundraising Conference

Division/Group Events Student Success Student Affairs Fundraising and Communications

The purpose of the 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.


Presented By


UofL Student Center

All institute activities will take place at the Swain Student Activities Center. Affectionately known as the SAC, is the main hub for student life on the University of Louisville campus. 

Swain Student Activities Center, University of Louisville

2100 S. Floyd St.
Louisville, KY 40208

Attendees will be housed in an on-campus, apartment-style suite with a private bedroom and bathroom. Housing will be availible for booking Winter 2024!

2024 Learning Themes and Outcomes

Developing and Maintaining Relationships
  • Identify opportunities for prospect engagement as it relates to student affairs initiatives

  • Understand the ways institutions and divisions of student affairs communicate the impact of gifts and distinguish themselves from academic programs

  • Articulate the importance of demonstrating the impact of a gift to donors.

  • Identify methods to maintain donor connections to sustain gift-funded initiatives.

  • Understand basic knowledge of Stewardship, including IRS Regulations, Donor Bill of Rights, and principles of Stewardship.

  • Create an annual stewardship plan for each gift, scholarship, program, and facility that includes gift acceptance policy, thank you notes, annual endowment report, event summaries, etc., that includes levels of giving.

  • Discuss the use of student and key Student Affairs directors to interact with donors - Getting students in front of donors - stewardship opportunities.


Leveraging Campus Partnerships for Fundraising
  • Comprehend the different strategies and goals between the Divisions of Student Affairs and institutional development offices.

  • Articulate effective strategies for relationship building both internally and externally.

  • Illustrate the ways in which technology can be used to improve partnerships across the institution.

  • Identify strategies to inform university development officers on the work of student affairs to aid in the telling of the student affairs narrative.

  • Define steps to create a working student affairs development board.


Innovative Fundraising for Specific Prospects and Projects
  • Recognize the various fundraising campaigns and gifts that benefit students from marginalized backgrounds (e.g., scholarships for minority students, Black Student Union capital campaign, LGBT resource center)

  • Identify unique  fundraising campaigns and gifts to support  specific awareness areas (e.g., suicide prevention, food insecurity, student relief funds, etc.)

  • Articulate the ways technology can be used to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward donors.

  • Demonstrate the ways divisions can communicate the need for a gift and distinguish student affairs from an academic major or school


Call for Programs

NASPA, the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession, and the NASPA Student Affairs Fundraising and External Relations Knowledge Community invite you to submit proposals for the 2024 NASPA Student Affairs Fundraising Conference. This conference provides a space to exchange strategies, ideas, and resources and to discuss issues related to student affairs fundraising and external relations. The conference planning committee encourages proposals regarding proven practices with content that will engage participants in fruitful discussions and provide meaningful content to bring back to their campuses. Please note: all presenters must register to attend/participate at the event.

Program Submission Deadline: February 26, 2024

Submission Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated by several program reviewers using the following four (4) standards:

  1. Significant and creative contributions to current research or evidence-based practices centered around student affairs fundraising.
  2. Engaging program format that involves the audience and stimulates discussion.
  3. A conceptually strong foundation, well-written, with clearly stated outcomes and appropriately documented research and/or experience.
  4. Qualified presenters with expertise in the subject matter.


Presenters and co-presenters whose proposals are accepted must be registered for the conference. Presenters will be notified of their program status by late February, and presentation details (date, time, location) will be shared.

Presenters will be expected to cover registration and other related fees associated with attending the conference. All presenters will be expected to provide an electronic copy of their presentation prior to the event which will be posted on the conference website for participants to view afterward.

Helpful Tips and Considerations

Successful Proposals Should Include
  1. Lengthy description about session content that you will present.
  2. Relationship of the program to the conference themes outlined on the website.
  3. Identification of the program format including methods for participant involvement (e.g., discussion, effective practice sharing, case study analysis).
  4. Evidence of the conceptual foundation for proposal content including ways the program content is grounded in research, relevant experience, a cogent model, or appropriate theory.
Session Types
  • Concurrent Session (60 minutes)

    1. Panel - An interactive panel which combines experts in the topic sharing key knowledge and engaging with attendees.

    2. Workshop - An interactive workshop that explores ideas and knowledge derived from professional practice and/or research. These types of sessions should contain a high level of audience participation.

    3. General Interest - A presentation which a presentation might include research, campus and/or community programs, partnerships, and background information. This session is intended for individuals or concise group presentations on trending topics

  • Toolbox Session (30 minute)
    1. Sessions designed to give participants actionable ideas and tools to take back to their campus. Presenters will share ideas for 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes for questions. An example of a session title appropriate for this format is "10 New Ideas to Fundraise with the Parents of New Students."

Please note that your session may be accepted for a presentation in a different format. The Planning Committee selects a diverse array of sessions and session types in order to maximize the experience of conference attendees, and often accepts programs as a different session type.

Proposal Writing Tips

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

Call for Reviewers

We are seeking program proposal reviewers for the 2024 NASPA Student Affairs Fundraising Conference.

Reviewer applications are due by February 26, 2024. Each reviewer will be assigned between 5-10 programs to review. Reviewers will thoroughly read the proposal, and offer rankings and written (anonymous) feedback.

Please indicate in the message section if there are any programs that would be a conflict of interest for you to review.


  • Reviewers must be a current NASPA member. A background in student affairs fundraising is preferred.

Pre-conference Workshops

The planning committee is working to select pre-conference sessions that will enrich and enhance your attendee experience. Pre-conference workshops take place prior to the conference and require participants to pre-register for a fee. Pre-conference sessions are designed as highly specialized opportunities to discuss a specific topic or program 

Please check back often as pre-conference workshop information will be uploaded once finalized.



2024 NASPA Student Affairs Fundraising Conference Registration will Open in the Early 2024!


If you would like to sponsor or exhibit at the NASPA Student Affairs Fundraising Conference, please reach out to Senior Director of Corporate Relations and Development, Fred Comparato