Be more equipped to raise money for your school, college, or department.
Fundraising has increasingly become a required component of every dean’s responsibilities. This day and a half conference will equip academic leaders with the skills necessary to most effectively fundraise. During this conference, deans will:
- Gain an understanding of the current fundraising environment
- Examine three building blocks for developing a philanthropic culture on campus
- Outline specific priorities to share with development officers and faculty
- Get tips for better informing advancement about interactions with alumni
- Troubleshoot advisory board challenges to make those interactions more effective
Past participants have consistently said that our expert presenters, Jim Langley and Chet Gillis, provide practical advice for tackling the unique fundraising challenges facing deans. Academic deans will leave this conference better prepared to raise funds for their school, college, or department.
Who Should Attend
Academic leaders will leave this event with a framework to more effectively fundraise. This training will be especially beneficial to:
- New deans who are looking to develop their fundraising knowledge and skills
- Experienced deans who have had limited exposure to fundraising
- Deans who have a donor in mind, but aren’t sure how best to approach the cultivation and solicitation process
- Deans looking to improve their relationships and partnerships with university advancement
- Chairs or associate deans who are looking to become a dean
Bring Your Team - Register 2, Get the 3rd 50% off!
Do you know of several academic leaders who will find this event helpful? Sending a team of people together can strengthen your overall fundraising efforts. When you register two attendees, the third is 50% off.
Chester Gillis, Ph.D.
Appointed dean in April 2009, Chet previously served Georgetown as chair of the Department of Theology, then as interim dean. He is an expert on the U.S. Catholic Church, the history of Catholicism, the papacy, interfaith dialogue, and religious pluralism. Chet received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Liberal Studies Program in 2005, and, as a member of the American Theological Society, he served on the Academic Relations Task Force of the American Academy of Religion.
Chet previously chaired the Arts and Humanities Committee for the Heinz Awards and the national Teaching Award Committee for the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies. He is co-editor of the Columbia University series on Religion and Politics and past editorial board member of Confluence: Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies. Frequently consulted by the media about contemporary issues in religion, Chet has appeared on Face the Nation, Meet the Press, NewsHour, Good Morning America, Nightline, and National Public Radio, among other outlets. He is also a contributor to the Washington Post/Newsweek website On Faith.
James M. Langley
Before forming his own comprehensive advancement consulting firm, Jim served as vice president for advancement at Georgetown University. At Georgetown, he led the institution’s offices of alumni affairs, strategic communications and marketing, development, medical center development, and advancement services. During his tenure, he produced record numbers in new commitments and dollars, despite a difficult economy. He also launched a number of innovative programs, including the acclaimed Student Discovery Initiative.
Jim arrived at Georgetown after spending eight years as the vice president for advancement at the University of California, San Diego. At UCSD, he led the planning and execution of the institution’s seven-year $1 billion campaign, then raised almost half the target amount in three years, despite a weak economy. Jim also previously served as vice president for external affairs at Georgia Institute of Technology, increasing annual gift income from $26 million to $76 million and more than tripling the institution’s endowment to well over $500 million. Operations under his management have won awards in virtually every area of university advancement.
Purchase the conference binder, which includes all presentation slides, worksheet, action plans, and additional resources.
Note: Conference attendees do not need to purchase materials separately.
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