Student Philanthropy Workshop

October 13, 2022 11:00am-4:00pm ET


Institutions that teach students about the impact of philanthropy and engage them in giving before they graduate tend to raise more money and have higher alumni participation rates. Starting from the moment first-year students step on campus and leading up to their commencement ceremony, student philanthropy programs are central to building a culture of philanthropy and ensuring continued and lifelong alumni support after graduation.

Join us on October 13th for an interactive online workshop where you’ll learn how to take your student philanthropy efforts to the next level by engaging in small group discussions with peers, sharing issues and ideas, and learning how others plan and execute successful programs.

Participants will have an opportunity to:

  • Expand their network and meet new colleagues
  • See and hear what others are doing, trying, and learning at their institutions
  • Share their own ideas, challenges, experiences
  • Obtain tools and materials to help improve their program
  • Earn CFRE credit
  • And more!

This event is ideal for annual giving and other advancement professionals at educational institutions who wish to build upon a basic understanding of student philanthropy, expand their network, and learn how others are taking their programs to the next level

  • AGN Members save an additional 20%
  • Receive further discounts when registering multiple attendees from one institution


(all times are EDT)

10:50am - Sign-In 

11:00am - Welcome/Overview of the Day

Review the day's agenda and find out how to get the most out of AGN’s resources.

11:15am - Expanding Your Network

Break into small groups and get to know peers from other institutions.

11:30am - Identifying Issues

Use a self-assessment tool to determine the strengths and weaknesses of your program, and find out the challenges your colleagues at other schools are facing.

12:30pm - Break (30 minutes)

1:00pm - Show & Telling

Take turns sharing and analyzing ideas and examples from a variety of institutions. Give and get feedback and discover ways you can optimize your current efforts.

2:15pm - Break (30 minutes)

2:45pm - Raising the Bar

Reflect on lessons learned, and begin to develop an action plan that will elevate the productivity of your program.

3:45pm - Bringing It All Together

Summarize key findings from the day and plan out where to go next.

4:00pm - Workshop Ends



Mae Parker

Mae has more than 15 years of experience in annual giving and educational fundraising. She currently serves as Director of Annual Giving at Grinnell College and has previously led various programs at Earlham College. Mae holds a B.A. in Business and Nonprofit Management from Earlham College and an M.A. in Executive Development for Public Service from Ball State University. She also received a Certificate in Fundraising Management from The Fund Raising School at Indiana University.


Meredith Johnston

Meredith has over 20 years of experience in annual giving and educational fundraising. She currently serves as Vice President of Philanthropy at Scripps Research, and has previously led programs at UC Riverside, UC San Diego, and Oklahoma State University. Her other experience includes leading teams through change, developing and leading comprehensive campaigns, and building strong teams while nurturing talent. She holds a B.A. in Literature from the University of North Texas.


Melinda Phillips

Melinda has over 15 years of experience in annual giving and educational fundraising. She most recently served as Assistant Vice Chancellor of Annual Giving at Vanderbilt University and previously led programs at its Owen Graduate School of Management. Her other experience includes work with the Annual Giving Directors Consortium and the Rhodes College Alumni Board. She holds a B.A. from Rhodes College and an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School.



Dan Allenby Principal & Founder at Annual Giving Network

Dan is an author, speaker, and consultant who has worked with educational institutions for more than 25 years to improve their fundraising results. An internationally recognized expert on annual giving, he is a CASE Laureate and recipient of the prestigious Crystal Apple Award for Teaching Excellence. His book Ideas for Annual Giving offers designs for helping organizations increase their levels of sustainable philanthropic support.

Dan has led annual giving and membership programs at Boston University, Tufts University, Georgetown University, and the National Geographic Society. He also served on the faculty for CASE’s Summer Institute in Educational Fundraising and chaired its Senior Annual Giving Professionals Conference and Annual Giving Workshop for five collective terms. He holds a B.A. in History from James Madison University and a M.B.A. from Boston College. Outside of work, Dan enjoys spending time with his family, writing songs, and getting away to the beaches of Cape Cod. His philosophy is that success comes from focusing on what’s right in front of you.

For more information about this workshop, please contact us at 888.407.5064 or [email protected].