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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. 

David D. Perlmuter, Ph.D.

AAP Consulting Partner

Former dean and longtime contributor to The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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


Attendance limited to 50.

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

Upcoming Dates & Locations


January 19, 2024


at the Umstead Hotel in Cary, NC. 

Minutes from RDU Int'l Airport.

Discount rooms are available until December 22 at our conference rate of $379 (excluding tax). Call 866.877.4141 for reservations.

Who's attending?

Deans, faculty, and gift officers have already registered from these institutions:

Recent Locations


November 10, 2023



September 22, 2023


Registration Details

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Last day for early registration:  

    Nov. 3 - For Raleigh/Durham

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

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