NACCE 2019 Institutional Advancement & Fundraising Track


Monday, October 14
Breakout Session 1 from 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM


Room: Sunset

Level: Advanced

In an ever-changing world, community colleges are constant and dependable, responding to the needs of the nation’s citizenry, and the changing economy. Despite the changing politics of the country, community colleges will always remain that fixed point by which people can set their compasses to navigate change successfully.  As consistent as the community college world is in meeting the needs of students, communities, and businesses there are some clear emerging trends at this important time in our history that are shifting, especially from a fundraising point of view.  In this interactive session, we will explore the top trends facing community college fundraisers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the top trends facing community college fundraisers.
  • Discuss fundraising trends taking place at attendees’ colleges.
  • Determine skill sets needed to position development leaders to face these emerging trends.

JOHN J. RAINONE, President, Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, VA

JOSEPH APRIL, Partner & Community College Division Director, Convergent Nonprofit Solutions, GA

Breakout Session 2 from 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM


Room: Sunset

Level: Intermediate

While grant funding, endowments, and donations have played a critical role in institutional advancement, old fashioned tactics of funding are becoming increasingly popular among community colleges. In this session, Hocking College administrators will discuss innovative techniques to raising resources the old fashioned way, we earn it. Participants will be led in a visualization imagining grant funding, endowments, and alumni donations were non-existent. How do you grow and thrive? What resources are available and how can institutions capture true cost of business while also generating funds for growth and expansion?

Learning Objectives:

  • How to develop a differential pricing model.
  • Engaging academic leaders (Deans, Chairs, faculty) in cost-accounting and budgeting.
  • How to create transparency through all-inclusive pricing.

DR. BETTY YOUNG, President, Hocking College, OH

SEAN TERRELL, Dean, Workforce Development & Community Engagement, Hocking College, OH

Breakout Session 3 from 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM


Room: Sunset

Level: Beginner

Inventathon@HCC have become signature events drawing hundreds of high school and college students with dozens of mentors solving for community problems in maker spaces. Learn the elements of this successful event that solves problems, generates community support, and leads to many unexpected wins!

Learning Objectives:

  • How to build and sponsor an effective Inventathon/hackathon at your college.
  • How to attract the community and build awareness.
  • How Inventathon@HCC solves big problems with local creativity!

RAVI BRAHMBHATT, Director of Student Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Houston Community College, TX

MAYA DURNOVO, Associate Vice Chancellor, Houston Community College, TX

Breakout Session 4 from 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Room: Sunset

Level: Intermediate

From day one at Fab Lab ICC at Independence Community College (ICC), we’ve used activities and events at the Lab to leverage community engagement in the development and growth of the Lab. Some were planned strategically, but many resulted from keeping our eyes and ears open to opportunities to engage and collaborate with a diverse group of regional and community partners. The relationships developed from becoming involved in projects with community organizations like schools, libraries, chambers of commerce, government agencies, educational cooperatives and non-profit organizations has paid off to the tune of $1.129M in grants and donations since Fab Lab ICC inception in 2014 in spite of the fact that ICC is the smallest community college in Kansas at about 600 FTE and the population of Independence, Kansas is about 9,500.

The presentation will be a brief run-through of our Top 10 list of most unexpected activities and/or relationships that led to resource opportunities.

The group activity will be in two parts after dividing the group into groups of 2-4:

  1. Group members spend a few minutes remembering some of their own unexpected resource opportunities followed by a report-out from each group.
  2. Using distributed Fab Lab ICC Magic Wands, group members develop a list of three new techniques or strategies to take home and use to leverage their community resources.
  3. Each member will report their list.

Learning Objectives:

  • A realization that effective fund raising does not always come from the Fundraiser’s Handbook.
  • Using a Maker Space to improve self-efficacy in students, youth and community members increases      the donor base far beyond the normal arts and sports supporters.
  • A list of ideas about leveraging community resources that can be taken home and incorporated into their overall strategy.

JIM CORRELL, Director, Fab Lab ICC, Independence Community College, KS

TIM HAYNES, Manager Fab Lab ICC, Independence Community College, KS

JOANNE SMITH, Owner, Fab Creative Services, Fab Lab ICC, KS

Tuesday, October 15
Breakout Session 5 from 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM


Room: Sunset

Level: Advanced

In 2016 when the Rogue Community College Board of Education selected a new college president, the board created an entrepreneurial fund for the president to use at her discretion. Based on past experience in developing an entrepreneurial college culture, the president worked with her executive team to create an application and award process whereby college employees could apply for access to these funds to support entrepreneurial efforts.

The process requires applicants to work with the college Small Business Development Center to create a proposal that includes a business plan with an expected, measurable return on investment with accountability checks. There were very few applications the first year, and some missed the mark in terms of measurable ROI the second year. However, a few were approved and moved forward to implementation. The college executive team now understands the concept of entrepreneurship through experiential learning in the development, review, approval, and accountability processes. The entrepreneurial fund is now seen as an incubator for new ideas that can generate revenue for the college, and data literacy skills are improving through the continued review and tracking of approved projects.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn to identify categories of revenue-generating strategies that qualify as "entrepreneurial."
  • Identify challenges in creating proposals by working in small groups to generate an entrepreneurial proposal.
  • Participants will identify specific data literacy skills needed to submit a quality proposal.

CATHY KEMPER-PELLE, President, Rogue Community College, OR

RON GOSS, Executive Director, Small Business Development Center, Rogue Community College, OR