ICAA February 2022 Newsletter

February 2022



Please join us for the ICAA Spring Workshop

What do we Value?
Confronting Difficult Situations in Advancement

It is no secret that we are experiencing an incredibly challenging time for our global community. As an organization, and as a country, we are being asked what we truly value, and how we represent that. The mission of ICAA is to enhance the professional development of its members and their understanding of the issues facing private higher education and institutional advancement. Join us, in-person, to talk about these important topics at our Spring Workshop.

Wittenberg University

Thursday, March 24, 2022
9am - 3pm
*$25 per person - includes refreshments, lunch, and all programming.

Featuring Keynote Speaker...

When Donor Passion Meets Institutional Priority…Or Not!

Melanie J. Norton, CFRE, MBA
President & CEO
Norton Philanthropic Counsel

*sponsored by Wittenberg University

Click here to learn more and register now!


Save the Date

ICAA Summer Conference is back!

July 27-29, 2022

Sheraton Suites Akron/Cuyahoga Falls


Call for Presenters: 

Interested in sharing your ideas, hard work, and advice? We are looking for great educational programming for the 2022 ICAA Summer Conference. ICAA members want to hear how you’re being innovative for your institution. Apply to present at Summer Conference!

Past and first-time presenters, co-presented sessions, and referrals of non-ICAA member presenters are welcome to submit proposals. Your participation is key to offering an inspiring conference of idea sharing, networking, and fun for our attendees!

Below are a few topics that our members are always interested to hear about:

Alumni Engagement
Annual Giving
Building Major Gift Pipelines
Donor Relations and Stewardship
Affinity-based Alumni Engagement & Giving
Peer-to-peer Fundraising
Student Philanthropy

Each session lasts approximately 45 minutes with 15 minutes for Q&A and may be presented in person or remotely via Zoom. The application will be open until April 22, 2022. Please click here to submit your proposal today!

Have questions? Contact the Educational Programs Chair, Melissa Clarke BeckettThank you for your willingness to share your ideas, innovations, best practices and lessons learned with fellow ICAA members.


Call for Award Nominations:

It's time to send in your award nominations! This is your chance to recognize the great work of your colleagues, your advancement division, and even yourself (self-nominations are welcome and encouraged!). ICAA recognizes outstanding individuals and contributions to the industry through four awards presented at the annual ICAA Summer Conference. 

Ernest A. Sheetz Mentor Award

Newcomer Award

Program of Excellence Award

David T. Smittle Distinguished Service Award

Click here to learn more about each award and to nominate yourself, a colleague, or a program from your Advancement division. Submission deadline May 31. Questions? Email Vickie Wilkins, Past President of ICAA.


Keep an eye out for more information regarding registration and session previews! 

If you have any questions about the ICAA Summer Conference, please contact the conference chair: Kyle Vaughn, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, Ashland University.


Networking Opportunity

Are you interested in joining a series of ongoing roundtable discussions on Athletic Alumni & Parent Engagement & Fundraising initiatives? Then complete this interest form to be notified when the roundtables are scheduled.

WHAT: An ongoing opportunity to informally meet, network, and discuss topics of interest related to engagement and fundraising efforts with Athletic Alumni and Parents. Topics will generally fall into one of the following categories:

1) Engagement initiatives
2) Fundraising initiatives
3) Communication
4) Recognition (Hall of Fame, etc.)

WHERE: Virtually via Zoom.

Questions, contact Ed Lenane.


 Welcome Back!

ICAA thanks the following institutions for recently renewing their memberships. It’s great to have you back on the roster!


Have good news?

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


We’re Raising our Game on Social!

We Need Your Social Content Suggestions!

ICAA is bolstering its social media presence and needs your input for future content. Contribute your ideas here for what you would like to see on our platforms.

In addition to the ICAA LinkedIn group, you may also find ICAA on Facebook and Twitter @MYICAA1958. Follow us on all three platforms!  


  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.  


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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