ICAA November 2020 Newsletter

November 2020



Thanksgiving Wishes from ICAA

In this brief issue, we give thanks for YOU, our members who keep the independent college advancement community in our region vibrant and connected. Your enthusiasm, insights and willingness to share your expertise on our platforms and at events is what keeps the ICAA mission alive.

This year presents challenges to observing our favorite traditions and gatherings, both at our institutions and in our lives outside of work. While this holiday may be smaller and quieter for many of us, we hope it will be full of gratitude, warmth and hope for the future.

We look forward to seeing you on December 8 for the ICAA Fall Workshop, Reimagining Alumni Metrics: A Holistic, Collaborative Approach. In the meantime, have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.  


Greetings from the ICAA President!


Director of Development for Dicke College of Business Administration

Ohio Northern University


My membership in ICAA started 6 years ago and has been one of the best professional development experiences that I could have imagined. Through ICAA there have been numerous different educational opportunities that have helped hone my skill set and expand my knowledge of advancement in private higher education.

These opportunities are the cornerstone for all of the good work that ICAA does on an annual basis from the workshops to the summer conference. Going beyond that cornerstone you’ll find a deep network of professionals that you can call upon to find shared experiences at similar institutions. This network gives us a better perspective from a diverse set of voices in our field. All of which is in our collective ICAA backyard.

This year I am honored to serve as president of this organization. The entire volunteer team that serves on the executive committee and summer conference committee is dedicated to providing the best content possible for our member institutions. We want to drive the conversation and move advancement in private higher education forward.

Thank you for choosing to be a member of ICAA. Your choice is what allows us to continue providing educational opportunities. We are grateful that you are a member. During these uncertain times, it's refreshing to know for certain that ICAA remains committed to providing you the best educational content delivered in new ways with familiar faces. I look forward to seeing you at future programming events both virtually and in person.



ICAA Fall Workshop

Reimagining Alumni Metrics:
A Holistic, Collaborative Approach

Virtual Zoom Event

Tuesday, December 8, 2020
9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. 
*This event is free of charge for ICAA member institutions 

Join ICAA for a workshop featuring an overview of utilizing Alumni Engagement Metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs) in our work followed by two breakout sessions focused on functional areas. In this time of Advancement teams wearing multiple hats, our goal is to provide the same breakout sessions twice and we invite you to join the sessions that best mirror your current work.

Click here to learn more and register today!


Welcome Back!

ICAA thanks Mercyhurst University for recently renewing their membership. It’s great to have you back on the roster!


Stay Connected!


If you haven’t already, join the Independent College Advancement Associates LinkedIn group. It’s a great way to establish connections and continue the conversations from virtual events. Make it your destination to share and compare ideas. Start a topic or respond to an established topic, all within the company of colleagues at other small, independent institutions in the region. Job postings and other resources may be shared directly in the group!

The ICAA Articles page continues to feature a variety of articles and webinar links on a range of advancement topics. Many of the experts who authored these articles have been featured as ICAA speakers at past workshops and conferences. 



  Job Postings

Do you know the most clicked page on the ICAA website is job postings? Check out current opportunities at ICAA member institutions here. Institutions with current memberships can post openings anytime.





Is your staff listing current?

Log in and check the staff list for your institution under “member directory.” You may be surprised by how many changes have occurred at your institution since you last viewed this list. Contact Lauren Kennedy for assistance with updating your member list so your entire team can receive future communications and invitations from ICAA.  


Have new staff or promotions to celebrate? We love good news more than ever! Share with us for future newsletters by emailing ICAA Secretary Lisa Judge at


Be sure to visit the ICAA Membership page to update your information, review the list of active members from your institution, or help new employees sign up for their own accounts! 


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