Workshop: Increasing Support from Faculty & Staff


Welcome to AGN’s Increasing Support from Faculty & Staff workshop! This virtual event will take place online using Zoom and will begin on Wednesday, November 17th at 11AM EST. You will be able to access each general session 5 minutes prior to its start time. To join the event, review the information and zoom links on the "Join Sessions" tab.

This small group workshop will address the fact that faculty and staff can be an extremely important—yet often overlooked—source of support for educational institutions. But securing their support can be a sensitive subject on many campuses, and success requires a unique and thoughtful approach. Understanding, engaging, and soliciting the institution’s employees in a meaningful way will not only help to achieve fundraising goals—it will go a long way toward developing a culture of philanthropy on campus. 

Participants will have an opportunity to:

  • Hear from experts about the latest trends and best practices in faculty and staff giving
  • Network with peers and learn how other institutions are approaching their work
  • Participate in small-group discussions to share ideas, issues, and examples
  • Obtain tools, templates, and other workshop materials
  • Earn CFRE credit
  • And more!

If you need technical or customer support at any time prior to or during the event, please contact our dedicated support representative at 888.407.5064 or


Join Sessions

To participate in a live session, please click below on the title of the session you wish to join. When a separate window opens in Zoom, please enter the password listed under the session title. Event audio is available via streaming (through your computer speakers) or you may listen over the phone by calling 929.205.6099 and entering Meeting ID 828 0565 0304. If you have any issues with the audio through your computer, we strongly advise you to dial in using the phone number. 

Welcome/Overview of the Day
(Password: FACULTY21)
11:00-11:15 AM Eastern Time

Understanding Faculty and Staff as Special Constituents
(Password: FACULTY21)
11:15-11:45AM  Eastern Time

Discover what makes the philanthropic interests and motivators of faculty and staff unique, how their perspectives can influence others around campus, and which individuals may—or may not—be viable prospects for annual, major, and planned gifts. 

Small Group Discussions
(Password: FACULTY21)
11:45-12:30PM Eastern Time

Engage in small-group discussions to talk through issues, share examples, exchange ideas, and participate in collaborative exercises.

12:30-1:00PM Eastern Time

Engaging Faculty and Staff in Development Activities
(Password: FACULTY21)
1:00-1:30PM  Eastern Time

Explore ways to teach faculty and staff about philanthropy and involve them in your work through volunteer opportunities, events, giving days, crowdfunding campaigns, and other fundraising initiatives.

Small Group Discussions
(Password: FACULTY21)
1:30-2:15PM Eastern Time

Engage in small-group discussions to talk through issues, share examples, exchange ideas, and participate in collaborative exercises.


Soliciting Faculty and Staff for Support
(Password: FACULTY21)
2:45-3:15PM Eastern Time

Learn how to plan and implement individual and broad-based faculty and staff appeals that not only include compelling messaging and optimal ask amounts but are carefully coordinated with other activities on and around campus.

Small Group Discussions
(Password: FACULTY21)
3:15-4:00PM Eastern Time

Engage in small-group discussions to talk through issues, share examples, exchange ideas, and participate in collaborative exercises.

Bringing It Together/Wrap-up
(Password: FACULTY21)
4:00-4:15PM Eastern Time

To conclude the workshop, we will review lessons learned and discuss next steps, including optional time for Q&A.

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Jeremy Allen |  UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Jeremy Allen is Executive Director of Alumni Engagement and Individual Giving at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, where he leads a team focused on alumni and parent engagement, individual giving, and advancement communications. Previously he served as Senior Director of Annual Support and Advancement Communications at Kenan-Flagler, and prior to that he held leadership roles in advancement at Elon University and the University of Northern Colorado. Early in his career, Jeremy served as a high school history teacher in Greensboro, NC. He is a speaker and mentor with CASE, a board member at Cary Academy, and a campaign volunteer at Elon University. Jeremy holds a B.A. from Elon University and an M.A. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.


Mae Parker |  Grinnell College

Mae Parker is the Director of Annual Giving at Grinnell College, where she leads a team that carries out the comprehensive annual fundraising efforts for the institution. Prior to joining Grinnell in 2013, she served in alumni relations and reunion giving roles at Earlham College. Mae is currently the Co-Chair for the STAFF organization, and Co-Chair for the Grinnell-Newberg Schools efforts in fundraising development for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work. Mae received a Certificate in Fundraising Management from The Fund Raising School at Indiana University. She holds a B.A. in Business and Nonprofit Management from Earlham College and an M.A. in Executive Development for Public Service from Ball State University.


Meredith Johnston |  The Scripps Research Institute

Meredith Johnston is the Vice President of Philanthropy at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, where she currently oversees the comprehensive fundraising efforts. She's led annual and major gift programs at The University of California, Riverside and the University of California, San Diego and served previously as the Associate Vice President for Annual Giving at Oklahoma State University. A recognized industry speaker and CASE presenter, Meredith holds a B.A. in Literature from the University of North Texas.


Dan Allenby | Principal & Founder at Annual Giving Network

Dan is an author, speaker, and consultant who has worked with educational institutions for over 25 years to improve their fundraising results. An internationally-recognized expert on annual giving, he is the recipient of CASE’s prestigious “Crystal Apple” award for teaching excellence. His book – Ideas for Annual Giving – offers designs for helping organizations increase their levels of sustainable philanthropic support. Dan served as the assistant vice president for annual giving at Boston University during its $1 billion capital campaign, and previously led fundraising and marketing programs at Tufts University, Georgetown University, and the National Geographic Society. He served on the faculty for CASE’s Summer Institute in Educational Fundraising, and chaired its Senior Annual Giving Professionals Conference and Annual Giving Workshop for five collective terms. Dan holds a B.A. in History from James Madison University and an M.B.A. from Boston College.

Event Materials

Please click on the links below to access the workshop materials and additional training tools. 

General Materials

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