More than 240 advancement professionals gathered at Winston-Salem State University for the 2016 UNC System Advancement Symposium. The Symposium provided professional development and interaction with colleagues through plenary sessions, workshops and roundtables designed to promote exchange of ideas and sharing of best practices.

The symposium received the first-ever Council for the Advancement and Support of Education’s Third District (CASE III) New Initiatives Fund grant of $5,000. The funding was awarded to the event, which matched the CASE III’s goal of benefiting a large number of institutional members with an enhanced opportunity to strengthen their work and their institutions.

Under the theme “Campaign Season,” speakers and workshops covered comprehensive campaigns on many levels from prospect research to gift planning and from alumni and annual giving to communications.

UNC system President Margaret Spellings and Board of Governors Chair W. Louis Bissette, Jr. participated in a panel discussion. Holly Chatman of Education Advisory Board, Bruce Flessner of Bentz Whaley Flessner and Amy Bronson of Boston University led plenary sessions.

Symposium co-chair and Vice President for University Advancement, Timothy Minor said, “We were pleased to be able to share knowledge from nationally recognized speakers and presenters from within our universities with colleagues throughout the 17-campus UNC system. One of the many benefits of working in a system is the collaboration among campuses. The ability to offer this professional development opportunity for Advancement professionals should translate to increased productivity, enhanced business models and increased fundraising.”

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