Advancement Administrators (JAA)

Chair: Peter Wilch, University of San Francisco
Phone: (415) 422-4461
Next Conference
Location: Marquette University
Dates: July 17-19, 2016

For more information on the 2015 JAA Conference at the University of San Francisco, please click here.

Conference Mission Statement: The objective of the organization of Jesuit Advancement Administrators (JAA) is to bring together in friendly relationship the professional workers of organized advancement activities (development, fund raising, public relations, marketing, publications, public information, alumni relations, government relations and advancement services) in all of the member institutions of AJCU, that they may study to mutual advantage the philosophy and challenges of their work, improve their technical competence, and keep their professional advancement programs contemporary and ready to adapt and respond to new situations resulting from the changing needs of society.

JAA has existed since 1990. The conference's greatest achievement is the development of a national annual summer meeting that provides professional development and networking opportunities for advancement professionals from all AJCU member institutions. Planning the conference is the main work of the JAA Executive Committee, which meets two times per year. This conference plays an important role in enhancing the professional competency of advancement and development staff at Jesuit institutions. A major JAA achievement is the development of a benchmarking project that compares fundraising and other advancement metrics across the AJCU network, providing important measurements for productivity and trends.

Providing quality professional development and networking opportunities within a Jesuit context has long been a key priority for JAA. The annual conference provides an excellent occasion for members to discuss how their institutions' Jesuit, Catholic mission makes them distinctive, attractive and vital.

Quote of the week

“As a product of Catholic schools, continuing my education at a Jesuit institution was a logical part of my journey. The emphasis on using your talents and skills to improve the lives and conditions of others, rather than focusing on personal enrichment, resonated deeply with me. I truly believe that living my life in service of others - both personally and professionally - has allowed me to thrive in unimaginable ways.”
Major General Marcia Anderson, Creighton University '79

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