ICAA March 2023 Newsletter

March 2023



Next week is our Spring Drive-In Workshop. We hope to see you there!

ICAA Spring Drive-In Workshop

Thursday, March 30, 2023
9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Baldwin Wallace University
Berea, OH

$25 per person - includes refreshments, lunch and all programming

Registration is now open for spring workshop!

Join us for our spring drive-in workshop at Baldwin Wallace University featuring a day full of exciting presentations, active participation exercises, benchmarking, and networking with colleagues. Whether you are in alumni relations, a front-line fundraiser, advancement services, or communications, you are sure to walk away from this workshop with tools and insights to help you excel in 2023.

To register, first login to your ICAA account, then visit the events page.

It's time to mark your calendars for Summer Conference!

July 25 - 27, 2023
The Graduate Hotel
Cincinnati, OH

ICAA Summer Conference 2023 is supported with funds from the CASE District V Venture Fund.

Call for Summer Conference Presenters

Interested in sharing your ideas, hard work, and advice? We are looking for educational programming for the conference. ICAA members want to hear what you are doing that is positively impacting your advancement area.

Apply to present at Summer Conference!

Past and first-time presenters, co-presented sessions, and referrals of non-ICAA member presenters are welcome to submit proposals. Your participation is key to offer a wide range of programming.

Below are a few topics that our members are always interested to hear about:

  • Affinity-based Alumni Engagement and Giving
  • Annual Giving
  • Campaign Management
  • Major and Principal Gifs
  • Donor Relations and Stewardship
  • Peer-to-peer Fundraising
  • Student Philanthropy

Each session lasts approximately 45 minutes with 15 minutes for Q&A. The application will be open until May 31, 2023. Please click here to submit your proposal today!

Have questions? Contact the Educational Programs Chair, Beau Slater. Thank you for your willingness to share your ideas, innovations, best practices, and lessons learned with fellow ICAA members.

Keep an eye out for more information regarding registration and session previews!

Call for Award Nominations

It's never too early to send in your award nominations! This is your chance to recognize the great work of your colleagues, your advancement division, and even yourself (self-nominations are welcome and encouraged!). ICAA recognizes outstanding individuals and contributions to the industry through four awards presented at the annual ICAA Summer Conference. 

Ernest A. Sheetz Mentor Award

Newcomer Award

Program of Excellence Award

David T. Smittle Distinguished Service Award

Click here to learn more about each award and to nominate yourself, a colleague, or a program from your Advancement division!

Executive Committee Member Spotlight

Aimee Bell, ICAA President Elect
Associate Vice President for Advancement
Lake Erie College

  • How many years have you been a member of ICAA? Of the executive committee?
    • I have served on the executive committee for four years but have been participating in ICAA professional development opportunities as a member for more than ten years. 
  • What is your favorite ICAA event of the year?
    • It’s difficult to choose just one event! The day-long spring and fall workshops are great for diving deeper into specific topics and gives me the opportunity to visit other campuses. But, it’s hard to beat the ICAA Summer Conference for the variety of programming and the many opportunities to benchmark, network, and connect with others in our field.  
  • What is your favorite ICAA memory?
    • My first ICAA summer conference in Indianapolis, IN. I was new to the advancement field and the programming helped me to get off to a fast start in my new position. I walked away feeling motivated and inspired, and with many new friendships and connections which I continue to cherish to this day!
  • What is a fun fact about you?
    • I love to be outside and my two favorite outdoor activities are tending my backyard vegetable garden and kayaking on the Cuyahoga River. 

Job Postings

Do you know the most clicked page on the ICAA website is job postings? Check out current opportunities at ICAA member institutions here. Institutions with current memberships can post openings anytime.

  • Assistant Director of Advancement Services - Otterbein University
  • Director of Annual Giving - Ashland University
  • Senior Director of Development, Cancer & Stem Cell Research - Case Western Reserve University
  • Senior Director of Development, Community Health - Case Western Reserve University
  • Director of Development Activities - Bethany College (WV)

Member Spotlight

Follow Hiram College through their student Philanthropy Week, which brings philanthropic awareness to students and the campus. Items around campus will be tagged, students will write thank-you notes to donors, learn how philanthropy personally impacts them and get the chance to participate in Your Philanthropy is Right, our gameshow spinoff of The Price is Right!

We would love to highlight projects you are working on or are proud of!

If you have good news to share, new staff to announce, promotions to celebrate, or a suggestion for an in-depth feature, submit to ICAA Secretary Tammy Shadley-Hutton at for a future issue.

Welcome Back!

Shoutout to the following institutions who renewed their memberships:

Let's Connect!

In an effort to raise awareness about ICAA, our membership, and professional development opportunities, we will be transitioned to a more visible LinkedIn page. You can find the page here.

At the same time, we will concentrate our social media efforts solely within LinkedIn as we feel this is the best space online for our organization and members to share and network in a professional environment. ICAA will not longer maintain active Twitter or Facebook accounts.

Be sure to share the link to the new LinkedIn page with your colleagues and others in the advancement, alumni relations, communications, and advancement service areas at independent colleges within the Midwest. 


  Job Postings

Do you know the most clicked page on the ICAA website is job postings? Check out current opportunities at ICAA member institutions here. Institutions with current memberships can post openings anytime.





Is your staff listing current?

Log in and check the staff list for your institution under “member directory.” You may be surprised by how many changes have occurred at your institution since you last viewed this list. Contact Carly (Arthur) Workman for assistance with updating your member list so your entire team can receive future communications and invitations from ICAA.  


Be sure to visit the ICAA Membership page to update your information, review the list of active members from your institution, or help new employees sign up for their own accounts! 


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