Collaborating for Fundraising Success:

Practical Strategies for Community College Presidents, Foundation Chief Executives, and Board Leaders to Grow Philanthropy

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Virtual Series

This series of five interactive, online seminars provides a strategic roadmap for community college leaders to develop a unified strategy to grow fundraising. Participants will learn from community college and other higher education leaders with a track record of successful philanthropic leadership.

Each online seminar will include a presentation by sector leaders and experts and associated discussion (one hour) followed by optional 30-minute peer group breakout sessions to allow for more informal discussion and networking. Session descriptions and dates found below.

Who should attend?

  • Community college presidents
  • Foundation chief executives/executive directors
  • Foundation board members
  • Provosts, deans, and chief advancement officers

Series Facilitators:

David Bass, executive director, philanthropic governance, AGB
Betheny L. Reid, consultant, AGB; CEO and principal, Betheny L. Reid & Associates LLC

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Attending each session is not required for participation, jumping in at any point in this series is encouraged. Previous session recordings are also available for AGB members.

Upcoming Seminar Sessions

Session 4: Engineering the Foundation Board for Fundraising Success

June 4, 2024
1:00–2:00 PM ET
, followed by optional peer group discussions, 2:00–2:30 PM ET

A diverse, engaged foundation board can be a force multiplier for a college, leveraging needed perspectives, experience, expertise, and relationships to advance the college’s mission. This seminar will provide an overview of the governance practices needed to engineer an engaged board aligned with an eye toward advancing the strategic priorities of the foundation and the institution. The session will provide guidance on developing a foundation board composition matrix, ensuring board diversity, building a pipeline of board candidates, developing board orientation and education, and maintaining board engagement—in short, engaging the right people and providing them with the tools to lead and succeed.

Participants will explore:

  • Board engagement
  • Board responsibilities and priorities
  • Board composition and succession planning
  • Board assessment

Katherine Sawyer
, executive director, Oakton Community College Educational Foundation; chief advancement officer and associate vice president of marketing and communications, Oakton Community College; member, AGB Board of Directors
Lynnette Heard, consultant, AGB

Session 5: Leading Forward: Practices to Build and Sustain Fundraising Capacity

July 17, 2024
1:00–2:00 PM ET
, followed by optional peer group discussions, 2:00–2:30 PM ET

In this seminar, participants will learn principles in building and sustaining effective fundraising that, when implemented as a “habit,” naturally prepare an institution for a campaign and continued success, even as leadership changes.

Participants will explore:

  • The leadership trio
  • Succession planning—the continuity factor
  • Campaign planning
  • Benchmarking investment in philanthropy

Anne Paul King
, executive director, Ventura College Foundation

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