Sharing the Annual Fund Fundamentals
31nd Annual Conference
July 17-19, 2017
St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN


Registration is now open for this year’s conference at St. Olaf College from July 17-19!

Early bird registration of $400 is available through June 1, 2017. After this date, regular registration is $450.

Registration will close on July 1, 2017.

On-campus lodging is available through the registration form. You will also have the option of attending a baseball game at Target Field featuring the Minnesota Twins against the New York Yankees on Tuesday, July 18for $45 that includes dinner and transportation.

General information can be found below. The schedule will be updated as details become available. Your Steering Committee is working hard to produce a superior professional gathering that serves the needs of annual giving officers at every career stage. We'll have fun, too!



The Conference will begin with our Keynote Address at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, July 17. Registration will open that morning for early arrivals to campus. The Conference will end at lunchtime on Wednesday, July 19.

Please plan your travel so as to arrive in time for the Keynote, and after our morning sessions end on Wednesday so as to provide our break-out presentations the most engagement possible.



St. Olaf College is situated on top of a hill overlooking the historic river town of Northfield, MN, also home to both Malt-o-Meal cereal and fellow STAFF member Carleton College. Northfield is a 40 mile drive from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP), featuring airline hubs of Delta and Sun Country. We recommend either renting a car from the airport, or using EcoTrans (www.goecotrans.com) to travel from MSP to St. Olaf.



On-campus housing will be offered at St. Olaf for $90 total for July 17-19, with an option to stay the evening of Sunday, July 16 for an extra $45. Conference members will stay in air-conditioned rooms with single-gender bathrooms shared for the floor.

Hotel options are also available, with block room rates for our Conference by mentioning the STAFF Conference when booking:

• Country Inn & Suites ($80/night + tax, 507-645-2286 or www.countryinns.com/northfield-hotel-mn-55057/mnnorthf)

• AmericInn ($98/night + tax, 507-645-7761 or www.americinn.com/hotels/mn/northfield)

• Archer House (rates vary by room*, 507-645-5661 or www.archerhouse.com)

Please note that all three hotels are near campus, though reasonably require a car to travel between the hotel and St. Olaf.

            * A handful of us can attest from prior experience that the “cozy” room is, indeed, a bit cozy



Despite popular belief, Minnesota is not covered in snow all year long! Summertime weather can fluctuate wildly. Daytime temps are often in the 70s or 80s, with evening lows in the 60s. Plan on bringing cool, comfortable clothing with sweaters or other long-sleeved options for the evening. Rain is common during the summer, so bring your umbrella, and don’t forgot your mosquito repellent, too!