Advancement/Development/Alumnae Relations Directors

2019-2020 Schedule and Topics

Headways for Advancement/Development/Alumnae Relations Directors: Women in the Philanthropic Driver’s Seat will be facilitated by Christine Knight, Assistant Head of School for Advancement at Chatham Hall, and will occur from 4:00-5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the below dates:

October 2, 2019: Key Trends in Women’s Philanthropy

Topics to consider: historic wealth transfer, women’s giving patterns, key decision-makers/influencers in couples/families, millennials vs. boomers, motivations to give, impact of these trends on advancement work


November 20, 2019: Creating an Effective and Efficient Team

Topics to consider: office structure, roles and responsibilities, role of the head, staff needs vs. budgetary constraints, performance metrics/benchmarks, major gift donor portfolios, research, foundations


January 15, 2020: Alumnae and Parent Giving: Short-Term Gains, Long-Term Goals

Topics to consider: alumnae and parent participation, making the case beyond tuition, remaining connected with recent alumnae, affinity alumnae groups, alumnae regional chapters, naming opportunities, annual giving campaigns, giving circles, endowed and planned giving


February 12, 2020: Making Advancement a Community-Wide Responsibility

Topics to consider: involving faculty and staff, developing student philanthropists, role of the board, adapting school traditions to include friend-raising opportunities


April 1, 2020: Building for the Future: Implementing a Successful Capital Campaign

Topics to consider: developing a successful campaign committee, pros and cons of a comprehensive campaign, role of annual gifts in a campaign, endowment fund-raising, alignment with strategic plan, campaign donor recognition, making the case, timing and marketing, choosing a campaign consulting firm