Meredith College Hosts NC Independent Colleges and University Development Conference

Meredith College hosted the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) annual development conference on January 24-25. The event brought to campus more than 75 development professionals from 23 institutions of higher education.

The conference had speakers and breakout sessions that were aimed to meet the interests of people early in their development career as well as staff who have been fundraisers for most of their career.

Talks included: “Widening the Scope of the Fundraising Lens: The Power of Emotional Intelligence” by Bill Crouch with Crouch and Associates; “What I Wish I Knew When I Started Fundraising” by Jay Davenport with Wake Forest University; “Helicopter Donors” by Allan Burrows and Michelle Schneider with CapDev Associates; “Overcoming Obstacles in Major Campaigns” by Allan Burrows; “A Partnership between Annual Giving and Alumni Engagement” by Tricia Teter with Elon University;  and “Donor Retention and Lifestyle Marketing” by Christopher Endicott with Duke University.

A special breakout session designed for vice presidents in advancement gave these professionals the opportunity to discuss best practices at their institutions.

Lennie Barton, vice president of institutional advancement, and many members of Meredith institutional advancement helped organize the conference.

“I thought it was important to have a two-day conference that focused on relative issues in the fundraising world,” said Barton. “All of the institutions have common issues and goals and we can learn by sharing and listening to each other and the guest speakers.”

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