Advancement Administrators (JAA)

Chair: Gary Massa, Xavier University
Phone: (513) 745-3335
E-mail: massag@xavier.edu
Next Conference
Location: Fordham University
Dates: July 13-15, 2014

Register for the 2014 JAA Conference today! Click here to visit the JAA registration site.



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.


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