The S.T.A.F.F. organization is a representative group of 48 small, selective liberal arts colleges, which joined together nearly 30 years ago to implement successful and innovative annual giving programs through the sharing of information and networking. The organization relies upon the expertise and involvement of its volunteer membership for the management and execution of the annual conference and related activities.
Beginning with the first conference hosted by Colgate in 1986, S.T.A.F.F. has grown and changed to bring its members the latest information and ideas that have led to success in annual giving campaigns. This conference has addressed topics from the "Challenge of Integrating Annual Fund into a Comprehensive Campaign" to "The Next Generation - Getting Young Alumni on Board", presenting the latest cutting edge thinking, and more important, the opportunity to discuss and debate with peers. As S.T.A.F.F. enters its twenty-fifth year, the conference sessions are as strategic and topical as ever.
S.T.A.F.F. membership is limited to 48 member institutions at any given time. In 1986 when the first conference was held at Colgate University, the founding members created a gathering with the objective of bringing together a small group of like institutions in an inexpensive way. The group set out the following criteria for membership:
In addition representatives of member institutions are expected to attend the annual conference each year. Each institution may bring three annual giving professionals to the conference annually. Active participation in S.T.A.F.F. requires that members serve as session panelists or presenters at the annual conference, facilitate a session, host an activity or event in conjunction with the conference or serve as a volunteer on one of the planning committees, and complete the annual surveys.
The S.T.A.F.F. organization produces a number of documents annually that assess that status of the member organizations. These include
There are two listservs available for use by our member schools. The director's listserv is designated for annual fund directors and supports inquiries regarding the management of annual fund practices. This listserv also is the vehicle where official STAFF business is presented and where voting is conducted. The assistant/associate director's listserv is open for all other annual fund administrative staff and supports communications that incorporate best practices in our various fields.
For information about signing up for these lists, please contact Barbara Knauf at email@example.com.
Four guest institutions are invited to participate in the summer conference each year. These guest institutions must meet the STAFF membership criteria (see above). After two consecutive years of attendance, a guest institution must skip at least one conference before being considered for a guest institution slot again.
If you are interested in becoming a STAFF Conference guest institution, please contact Mae Parker (Grinnell College) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To suggest additions or changes, or to submit documents for posting, please contact the site manager, Kaylen Addison (Simmons College) at email@example.com.