Conference for Community College Advancement

We invite you to attend the annual meeting of community college advancement professionals October 12-14, 2017 in Anaheim, California. The Conference for Community College Advancement is organized by CASE, in collaboration with the Network of California Community College Foundations and the Foundation for California Community Colleges.

Who should attend: Foundation executive directors and fundraising staff, marketing and communications professionals, alumni relations staff, advancement services staff, newcomers to the profession, CEOs, chancellors and board members.

Significant savings for Network members. Contact us for information on discounted conference registration. 



Relatively new to community college advancement? Attend a special preconference workshop designed especially for newcomers.

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Contact us to for instructions to redeem the Network member registration rate (up to 45% off CASE member pricing).



The conference will be held at the Anaheim Marriott 700 Convention Way, Anaheim, CA 92802. The deadline for the discounted room rate is September 8, 2017.

Hotel Reservations

California Colleagues Reception

Network members are invited to an evening of friendship, fireworks, and incredible vistas at the Fifth Rooftop Restaurant and Bar in Anaheim's Resort District. The Fifth is located on the roof of The Grand Legacy At the Park Hotel and is Anaheim's only rooftop restaurant and bar. 

Purchase of the ticket includes hosted dinner, beverages, and discounted transportation*.

 California Colleagues Reception

Thursday, October 12th from 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

The Fifth

Grand Legacy at the Park

1650 S Harbor Boulevard 

Anaheim, CA 92802


 Tickets: $45 for Network members; $65 for non-members. Includes dinner and hosted beverages. 

 *Each ticket includes a $5 *LYFT credit, courtesy of The Network. Alternatively, the venue is a comfortable 15-minute walk from the Anaheim Marriott. Download LYFT

California-specific sessions

Join the Network for a California-specific breakfast session. Conference badges are required for entry. 


Managing the California Community Colleges Scholarship Endowment: Your College's Guide to Compliance, Distribution, and Financial Reporting

Friday, October 13 | 7:30-8:45 a.m.
In 2008, the California Community Colleges made history with the announcement of a lead $25M gift and additional matching commitment from the Bernard Osher Foundation, culminating in an approximately $70M endowment that generates approximately 4,000 scholarships per year, in perpetuity. This session will review the ongoing management and disbursement standards of the California Community Colleges Scholarship Endowment funds. Presenters will cover best practices shared by California Community College foundations in financial accounting of the endowment and address frequently asked questions for annual reporting and audit examinations. The fund's overall investment strategy and disbursement policies will also be covered.

The session will conclude with a panel addressing best practices in the scholarship outreach and selection processes. Come away with tips to ensure scholarships are fully distributed and avoid being placed on a corrective action policy.


Keetha Mills, President and Chief Executive Officer, Foundation for California Community Colleges 
Constance Crawford, 
Director of Strategic Partnerships, Foundation for California Community Colleges
Kris McPeak, Director of Operations, Pasadena City College Foundation

Community College Executive Symposium

Calling all Community College Executives! Join your peers at the CASE Community College Executive Symposium. Community colleges—and the people who lead them—have always had unique needs and challenges. This special program is designed specifically to help community college executives turn those challenges into opportunities. This one-day workshop offers expert advice and ideas for building a more effective advancement operation. To attend, add the symposium to your itinerary upon registering for the CASE Conference.  


Presentations by Californians

During the Conference for Community College Advancement, choose from more than 50 electives designed specifically for community college professionals. Outstanding colleagues from California will be presenting on a variety of topics, refer to the conference program for more details.


Thursday, October 12

10,000 Friends: Increase Your Social Media Presence with Facebook Ads

Speakers: Karen Childers, Director, Development and Community Relations, San Bernardino Valley College; Samantha Valencia, Writer/ Photographer, San Bernardino Valley College


Creating Engagement and Networking Opportunities Between Students and Alumni with a Comprehensive Web Strategy

Speakers: Lisa O'Leary, Alumni Relations and Foundation Coordinator, Antelope Valley College; Glenn Zimmerer, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, 360Alumn



Friday, October 13

Are Promise Programs Our Future?


Paula Allison, Associate Vice Chancellor and Resource Development President, Los Rios Foundation, Los Rios Community College District
Mitch Andrews, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, Tyler Junior College
Mike Barzacchini, Director of Marketing, Harper College
Michele Smith, Associate Provost and Special Assistant to the President for Diversity and Inclusion, Harper College

Employee Giving Campaign Using #GivingTuesday

Speakers: Bobbi Abram, Executive Director, Pasadena City College Foundation; Elaine Cartas, Development Manager, Pasadena City College

Success Story: Alumni Relations and Fundraising, One Team at a Time


Cameron Brown, Men’s Head Crew Coach, Kinesiology and Athletics, Orange Coast College
David Grant, Elected Trustee and Former College President, Orange Coast College
Elizabeth Parker, Development Specialist, Orange Coast College Foundation

What you need to know about College Promise Development and Research


Geoff Green, Chief Executive Officer, SBCC Foundation
Gretchen Hewlett, Chief Development Officer, SBCC Foundation
Lucille Ramirez, Director of Scholarships,  SBCC Foundation


Fundraising Can Be Fun! It’s More than the Dollars that Make Cents (Sense)

Speakers: Erich Foeckler, Executive Director of Development, Foundation for Grossmont and Cuyamaca  Colleges; John Valencia, Vice Chancellor - Workforce and Organizational Development, Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District


How a Community College Built a Database of 600,000 Alumni

Speakers: Robert Schwartz, Executive Director, Los Angeles City College Foundation


How Engagement Will Spark Your Alumni Initiatives:  The Unending Saga of Creating Loyalty Now, Part I


Ethan Bukowiec, Content Manager, CampusTap
Remy Carpinito, Founder and CEO, CampusTap
Elaine Cartas, Development Manager, CampusTap
Kris McPeak, Director of Operations, Pasadena City College
Deirdre Weaver, Director of Student and Alumni Relations, Santa Monica College


How Engagement Will Spark Your Alumni Initiatives:  The Unending Saga of Creating Loyalty Now, Part II


Ethan Bukowiec, Content Manager, CampusTap
Remy CarpinitoFounder and CEO, CampusTap
Elaine Cartas, Development Manager, CampusTap
Kris McPeak, Director of Operations, Pasadena City College
Deirdre Weaver, Director of Student and Alumni Relations, Santa Monica College