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A conference for professors, department chairs, deans, and provosts, 

and the fundraising staff who support them.

What You Get

All participants receive this award-winning book and program binder.

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Winner of the

2023 AFP/Skystone Partners Prize

for Research on Fundraising and Philanthropy

Grounded in research and published by an academic press, this book provides evidence-based insights on raising transformational philanthropic support. Each chapter concludes with "Actionable Strategies" to explore and implement with fundraising staff. 

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All presentation materials are included in this binder along with additional tools, templates, and research findings.

Program Faculty

Learn from these veteran thought leaders of higher education fundraising, communications, and donor engagement.

Aaron Conley, Ed.D.

AAP Founding Partner

Co-author of the award-winning book, Fundraising Principles for Faculty and Academic Leaders.

Melinda Church

AAP Senior Partner

Communications and storytelling expert. 

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Eric L. Barker, Ph.D.

Special Guest Speaker

Jeannie and Jim Chaney Dean

College of Pharmacy

Purdue University

What You Will Learn

Topics covered in this highly-engaging and interactive experience, which includes extensive use of donor videos. 

  • Research Insights: How High Net Worth Individuals Think About Philanthropy

  • Identifying and Engaging Potential Donors

  • Communication Principles for Building Your Case for Support

  • Purposeful Donor Meetings and Recognizing Cultivation Triggers

  • Getting to Donor Readiness and Gift Discussions

  • Storytelling for Stewardship and Continued Donor Engagement

9:00 A.M. TO 4:00 P.M.  -   LUNCH INCLUDED


Gift officers encouraged to attend with their dean or other faculty member. 

Upcoming Dates & Locations


June 21, 2024


The Conference Center at Waltham Woods

860 Winter St. | Waltham, MA | 02451

On the campus of the Massachusetts Medical Society


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Stay & Explore


Nearby Lexington and Concord are full of historic sites, quaint shops, and great restaurants. 


Check out the North Bridge, site where the first shots of the American Revolution were fired in 1775.

Recent Locations

January 2024  |  RALEIGH/DURHAM

November 2023  |  PITTSBURGH

September 2023  |  DALLAS/FORT WORTH

Registration Details

  • Registration Fee =

  • Early Registration Discount  Fee = 


$800 (Before May 1) 

Refund Policy

Cancellations and refunds are allowed according to the following terms: 

  • Full refund if cancellation is provided in writing (via email) up until four (4) weeks prior to the conference date. 

  • 50% refund if cancellation is provided two (2) weeks prior to the conference date.

  • No refunds granted for cancellation requests less than two (2) weeks prior.  

Strategic Partners

One Day Development is presented in partnership with these leaders in advancing higher education.


ACAD and CCAS members may register at the discount rate of $775. Members must use the discount code provided by their organization when registering.  


American Conference for Academic Deans


Council of Colleges of Arts & Sciences

Can't Attend?

We can deliver a custom program on your campus and already have to universities in the U.S. and abroad including:  

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...and many more.

Visit our Teaching & Coaching services to learn more.

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