Student Affairs Fundraising and Communications KC

Student Affairs Fundraising and Communications

The vision of the Student Affairs Fundraising and Communications Knowledge Community is to enable NASPA members to develop fundraising and communication knowledge and skills to enhance programs and services for Student Affairs at their individual institutions.

Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Student Affairs Fundraising and Communications Knowledge Community. This group of professionals is dedicated to sharing knowledge, best practices, innovations, opportunities, and resources related to fundraising, communications, and connecting with external constituents. We hope you will join our email list, follow us on social media, and attend the KC's events and programs. Lastly, feel free to share relevant information, offer your expertise, and let us know what else you would like to see from the KC.



The mission of the Student Affairs Fundraising and Communications Knowledge Community is to serve as a clearinghouse for Student Affairs communications and fundraising professionals to share and discuss information, resources, and best practices related to fundraising and communications within the field of Student Affairs and Higher Education.


  • Provide Student Affairs fundraisers (whether reporting through their respective division of student affairs or an institution-wide development office) and communications professionals (at the divisional or unit levels) with a platform to share and discuss best practices and emerging trends within Student Affairs and Higher Education
  • Provide all Student Affairs professionals, including senior leaders, with a foundational knowledge of Student Affairs fundraising and communications
  • Maintain a visible and strong presence within NASPA by expanding the KC’s membership and engaging in NASPA conferences, publications, and other in-person and online platforms

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Leadership Team

Knowledge Community leaders are NASPA volunteers who have generously devoted their time to their Knowledge Community. Chairs are elected by the Knowledge Community members while Regional Representatives are selected from within the region. Additional roles are selected by the Knowledge Community.

Available Positions

We accept applications on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

Current Leadership Team

  • Alma Garcia, Chair
    Assistant Director of Development, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Blake Weiss, Vice Chair
    Coordinator of Special Projects, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Ashlee Roberts, Region II Representative
    Executive Director of Student Affairs Planning and Operations, Stockton University
  • Arigayle Skinner, Region III Representative
    Director of Development, University of North Texas
  • Everrett Smith, Faculty in Residence
    Assistant Professor of Higher Education, University of Cincinnati
  • Hannah Wiese, Co-Communications Coordinator
    Student Communications Manager, Montclair State University
  • Natalia Dempsey, Co-Communications Coordinator
    Alumni Communities Coordinator
  • Aidan Andrews, Virtual Learning and Engagement Coordinator
    Fraternity & Sorority Life Coordinator, University of Vermont

Recent Blogs


The Student Affairs Fundraising and Communications Knowledge Community compiled the following list of resources. However, inclusion on this list does not represent an endorsement of the information, site, or organization by NASPA and any of its entities.


  • NASPA's "Student Affairs Fundraising: Raising Funds to Raise the Bar"
  • “Three and a Tree” by 160over90
  • “Start with Why” by Simon Sinek
  • “Applied Empathy: The New Language of Leadership” by Michael Ventura
  • “Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation” by Tim Brown
  • “This is Marketing” by Seth Godin
  • “Media U: How the Need to Win Audiences Has Shaped Higher Education” by John Marx and Mark Garrett Cooper
  • "Digital Leadership in Higher Education: Purposeful Social Media in a Connected World" by Josie Ahlquist

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