Advancement Officers

Deans, directors and chairs work closely with directors of development and advancement officers. They collaborate on capital campaign strategies, annual giving activities, and identifying major gift prospects.

To augment your International Council of Fine Arts Deans membership, our Advancement Officers group is designed to create a network of advancement professionals working in the visual and performing arts, design, communication, and all industries in higher education. The Advancement Officers group will engage throughout the year to share challenges and successes, best practices, strategies, research, communication models, and trends that support fundraising. Click here to add your Advancement Officers. 

Your institution's advancement staff is invited to participate in this new network to support fundraising for the arts and creative areas in higher education.

Benefits of Advancement Associate participation include, but are not limited to: 

  • a network of colleagues who specifically work in the arts, design, and creative industries in higher education advancement for professional development, information sharing, peer review, exchange and mentorship — Advancement Officers Helping Advancement Officers
  • quarterly online conversations for sharing information and best practices
  • an annual workshop virtually and at the ICFAD Annual Conference
  • ICFAD Advancement Officers membership directory for mentorship, consultancy and exchange
  • on-going communication through a listserv information exchange
  • opportunities for surveying colleagues related to capital campaigns, philanthropy, and stewardship
  • opportunities to advertise advancement searches in ICFAD's Career Center

Here is the presentation shared at our September 2020 meeting: Reimagining a More Inclusive Advancement Office. Here is an article entitled No More Waiting to Push to Increase Diversity in Higher Ed, authored by our speaker. Robin Seymour shared information about Penn State University’s Educational Equity Matching Grant. Recommended reading: Diversity’s Promise for Higher Education: Making it Work by Daryl G. Smith.

Here is a presentation shared at our October 2020 meeting: Scholarship Guidelines & Best Practices when targeting programs and scholarships for under-represented populations. Here is an example of a new advocate scholarship at UNLV. Also, here is a document about scholarship restrictions as authored by National Association of College and University Attorneys.

Here is the presentation shared at our November 2020 meeting: Gratitude and Stewardship Strategies.

In January, Deans and Advancement Officers are invited to join us for an informative presentation by Dr. Russell James, J.D., Ph.D., CFP® who is a professor in the Department of Personal Financial Planning at Texas Tech University. He holds the CH Foundation Chair in Personal Financial Planning and directs the on-campus and online graduate program in Charitable Financial Planning.

In February, Deans and Advancement Officers are encouraged to join us, as we learn more about the cultivation, stewardship and impact of the $20 million gift from the Johnny Carson Foundation to establish the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts in the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.