ICAA May 2023 Newsletter

May 2023



Registration is open for our 2023 Summer Conference!

Click here to register.

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

A special thank you to our conference sponsors, so far!

Vinyl Marketing
Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges
CCS Fundraising
JGA Counsel
KLV Consulting
Massillon Plaque
USI Affinity

Register for Summer Conference!

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.

Let's feature a 2022 presenter!

Dara Gard, Associate Director of Annual Giving at  Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology presented on the Ways to Involve Students in Donor Engagement and Stewardship.

In this session she spoke on ideas and ways that she has been able to engage current students in giving days and donor appreciation that have a low financial obligation. She also spoke on ideas that sounded great but didn't work at all.

Does Dara's presentation give you an idea of a topic you would like to speak on at Summer Conference? Please click here to submit your proposal by May 31, 2023.

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

Ed Lenane, Membership Chair
Senior Associate Director, Varsity D and Athletic Engagement
Office of Alumni & Family Engagement
Denison University

  • How many years have you been a member of ICAA? Of the executive committee?
    • I have been a member of ICAA during my time at Ohio Wesleyan University (2006-2021) and during my time since 2021 at Denison University. I am in my third year serving on the ICAA Executive Committee.
  • What is your favorite ICAA event of the year?
    • Summer Conference - it's a great opportunity to connect with colleagues in the region and participate in some great professional development programming.
  • What is your favorite ICAA memory?
    • Summer Conference 2022 which was located just outside of Cleveland. Coming out of the COVID years it was great to see colleagues in person and re-connect.
  • What is a fun fact about you?
    • I love to travel and am close to crossing one item off my bucket list - visiting all 50 stations. Forty-six down and four to go. Favorite destination to date, Charleston, S.C.

Member Spotlight

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 Webmaster, Carly (Arthur) Workman at for a future issue.

Welcome Back!

Shoutout to the following institutions who have recently renewed their memberships!

Not sure if your institutional membership is up-to-date? Connect with our ICAA Membership Chair, Ed Lenane at   

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 no 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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