Recap of the SUNY Community College Chief Advancement Officer Retreat

The ninth annual SUNY Community College Chief Advancement Officers Retreat was held at The Century House in Latham, NY on January 17-18. There were 68 attendees from 18 SUNY campuses and 1 CUNY campus. The retreat offers sessions and opportunities to share best practice on a wide array of important topics to foundations, fundraisers, college presidents, and board of directors.

This year’s topics included Design Thinking for Fundraising & Advancement Success; Key Characteristics of Top Performing Community Colleges; When Campaigns Go Sideways; Challenges Facing Institutionally Related Foundations; MOU’s and Gift Acceptance Policies; Donor-Centric Fundraising; and an Alumni and Career Services Panel Discussion. There were also opportunities to network during roundtable discussions, dinner, and “The Familiar Feud Game Show” hosted by Mark Pastorella.

The event was sponsored by SUNYCUAD, CASE District II Venture Capital Grant, Dupli, the Winkler Group, and Blackbaud.

Do you have an idea for future workshop or would you like to get involved in the planning process? Contact Vice President Kerry Gotham at

Past Workshops

  • SUNY Community College Chief Advancement Officer Retreat, Jan. 17-18, 2019

    Posted on September 28, 2018

    Please mark your calendar for the SUNY Community College Chief Advancement Officer Retreat to be held on January 17 & 18, 2019 in Albany, NY. In its eighth year, the retreat brings together advancement staff, college presidents, and foundation board members for two days of sharing best practice through informative speakers and session. Information will […]

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  • Blended Gifts Summit, Presented by the SUNY Planned Giving Group, Oct. 25-26

    Posted on September 10, 2018

    Thursday, October 25 (2pm – 6:30pm) & Friday, October 26 (8:00am – 12:30pm) Location: University at Albany, Alumni House It is with great excitement that I invite you to join us for this information-packed two-day summit presented by the SUNY Planned Giving Group. We urge every fundraising professional who solicits or would eventually like to solicit major and/or […]

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  • CANCELLED – The 3rd Annual 2017 SUNYCUAD Spring Workshop

    Posted on March 10, 2017

    The third annual SUNYCUAD Spring Workshop will be hosted by SUNY Empire State College in Rochester on May 3 from 10am – 3pm. We are seeking presentations on how to effectively engage our stakeholders, from students, to alumni, to legislators, to the public and everyone in-between. We are hoping to get a wide range of […]

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  • 2017 SUNYCUAD Spring Workshop

    Posted on January 18, 2017

    May 3 10a.m. – 3p.m. SUNY Empire State College in Rochester ( Topic TBA Questions:

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  • 2016 SUNYCUAD Spring Workshop on “Social Media: Tools and Current Trends”

    Posted on January 10, 2017

    The workshop was hosted in Saratoga Springs by SUNY Empire State College on April 6, 2016 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and was webcast via ESC-TV. Links To view last year’s workshop, see here: Any questions can be directed to SUNYCUAD 2016 Spring Workshop on Social Media 10 am Welcome, SUNYCUAD President Dan […]

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  • Town-gown economic development conference in Ithaca / March 31

    Posted on January 9, 2017

    Cornell University’s Office of Community Relations  is holding a one-day conference  on town-gown economic development at Coltivare in downtown Ithaca on Thursday March 31, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thanks to many of you who have already expressed interest in attending. Housing, transportation, infrastructure, business incubators  town-gown economic development success stories, government programs, and other topics will […]

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  • SUNY Community College Chief Advancement Officer Retreat 2016

    Posted on January 8, 2017

    You are invited! SUNYCUAD is once again a proud sponsor of the SUNY Community College Chief Advancement Officer retreat, featuring keynote speaker Laura Fredricks – Founder & CEO of THE ASK©. SUNYCUAD members are invited to attend the keynote address and the lunch FREE OF CHARGE. The keynote is from 10:30 am to 12 pm […]

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  • Measuring Alumni Engagement in SUNY: Social Media Benchmarking and Best Practices

    Posted on January 7, 2017

    Today, paradigms in alumni engagement have shifted. More alumni than ever are interacting with your school on social media—but how are you tracking and measuring that engagement?  How can you use insights from social media and other dynamic sources to drive participation, build relationships, and cultivate donors at all levels of the giving pyramid? On […]

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  • Social Media Workshops 2015

    Posted on January 6, 2017

    The workshop, which was held on Wednesday April 29th at SUNY Empire State College was very successful.  If you missed the workshop, you can view a live stream of the video at the following link:

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