Message from the Chair
Welcome to the Student Affairs Fundraising and Communications Knowledge Community. Formerly, the Student Affairs Fundraising and External Relations KC, this group of professionals is dedicated to sharing knowledge, best practices, innovations, opportunities and resources related to fundraising, communications and connecting with external constituents. Recently, we have expanded to increase our focus on marketing, communications and branding. We hope you will join our email list, follow us on social media, and attend the KCs 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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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.
Applications to join the NASPA Student Affairs Fundraising and Communications Knowledge Community leadership team as a regional representative are now open. Although we will accept applications on a rolling basis until all positions are filled, we have set a priority deadline of February 25 so that we can review applications, coordinate brief interviews, and make final selections before the annual conference in mid-March.
Curent Leadership Team
- Dorsey Spencer, Chair
Dean of Students, Colgate University
- Mike Piacentino, Vice Chair and Chair-Elect
Manager for Marketing, Communications, and Development, University of Miami
- Blake Weiss, Region III Representative
Coordinator of Special Projects, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
- Willie West, Region VI Representative
Director of Development, Student Affairs, University of California, Los Angeles
- Alma Garcia, Conference Engagement Coordinator
Development Engagement Coordinator, The University of Texas at Austin
- Zane Landin, Marketing Coordinator
Communication Student, Cal Poly Pomona
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
- Inside Higher Ed's Call to Action: Marketing and Communications in Higher Education