Workshop: Engaging Students in Philanthropy


Welcome to AGN’s Engaging Students in Philanthropy workshop! This virtual event will take place online using Zoom and will begin on Thursday, December 9th 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 institutions that teach students about the impact of philanthropy and engage them in giving before they graduate tend to raise more money and have higher alumni participation rates. Starting from the moment freshmen step foot on campus and leading up to their commencement ceremony, student philanthropy programs are central in building a culture of philanthropy and ensuring continued and lifelong alumni support after graduation.

Participants will have an opportunity to:

  • Learn about the latest trends and current best practices in student philanthropy
  • Participate in interactive exercises and focused small-group discussions
  • Network with peers to share ideas, examples, and experiences
  • 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 869 0432 8881. 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: STUDENTS21)
11:00-11:15 AM Eastern Time

Educating Students about Philanthropy
(Password: STUDENTS21)
11:15-11:45AM  Eastern Time

Learn how to teach students about the important role that giving plays and the impact it has at their institution.

Small Group Discussions
(Password: STUDENTS21)
11:45-12:30PM Eastern Time

Engage in small-group discussions to talk through issues, share samples, and exchange ideas.

12:30-1:00PM Eastern Time

Engaging Students as Volunteers
(Password: STUDENTS21)
1:00-1:30PM  Eastern Time

Discover ways to recruit and mobilize student leaders to support your efforts.

Small Group Discussions
(Password: STUDENTS21)
1:30-2:15PM Eastern Time

Engage in small-group discussions to talk through issues, share samples, and exchange ideas.


Soliciting Students for the First Time
(Password: STUDENTS21)
2:45-3:15PM Eastern Time

Learn how to plan, organize, and execute senior class gift campaigns and other student-focused fundraising appeals.

Small Group Discussions
(Password: STUDENTS21)
3:15-4:00PM Eastern Time

Engage in small-group discussions to talk through issues, share samples, and exchange ideas.

Bringing It Together/Wrap-up
(Password: STUDENTS21)
4:00-4:15PM Eastern Time

Conclude the day with a summary of lessons learned and opportunities to continue learning.

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Craig Waltman |  Haverford College

Craig Waltman is Director of Annual Giving at Haverford College, where he oversees all aspects of the College’s annual giving program. Prior to joining Haverford in 2010, he served as a fundraising strategy and communications consultant for nationally-known universities, public broadcasting stations, and others. He also held positions in annual giving at Swarthmore College and in advancement at The Pathway School. Craig is an active volunteer with STAFF, Elizabethtown College, and serves on the Board of his local YMCA. He has frequently served as a volunteer and presenter with CASE. Craig holds a B.A. in Psychology from Elizabethtown College.


Geoff Hallett |  Penn State University

Geoff Hallett serves as the Associate Director of Annual Giving, Next Generation Philanthropy at Penn State University, where he has been a member of the annual giving team for nearly 10 years. In his current role, Geoff oversees student and recent graduate engagement and philanthropy, digital fundraising initiatives, and the university’s day of giving. Prior to his time at Penn State, Geoff worked in student and recent graduate giving at Bucknell University. Geoff holds a B.A. in Political Science from Bucknell University.


Samantha Hill |  Duke University

Samantha Hill is the Director of Phonathon and Student Engagement at Duke University, where she oversees the university’s phonathon program and all aspects of engaging students in philanthropy for the institution. Prior to her current position, she held roles in phonathon management at both Duke and UNC Greensboro, and originally learned the ropes as a student caller. Samantha has a B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities from University of North Carolina at Greensboro.


Becca Widmer |  Drake University

Becca Widmer is the Director of Annual Giving at Drake University, where she leads comprehensive annual fundraising efforts for the institution. She has more than 10 years of experience working with higher-education annual fund programs, most recently as the Director of Annual Giving Programs at Rollins College. Becca has also worked in annual giving at Columbia University and the University of Iowa Foundation. She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies from Wartburg College and an M.S. in Fundraising Management from Columbia University.


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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