Northern New England

Regional Programs in Northern New England

This signature series features professional development opportunities on timely and relevant advancement topics in Northern New England. These programs are designed to offer professional development to our colleagues from independent schools, community colleges, and all colleges and universities.

Events are held at various times and locations, enabling you to engage with colleagues from neighboring institutions.

Recent northern New England regional events

Launching a Successful Giving Week (It’s a Team Effort!)
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
University of New England, Biddeford, Maine

Join us to learn how to launch or improve your giving day or giving week. Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth will share the results of their first time-bound giving campaign. Learn how a small shop created a successful giving campaign, bringing in a record number of gifts and engaging new and lapsed donors. Following the presentation, we will have roundtable discussions to brainstorm best practices for each part of the team: Communications, Annual Fund, Alumni Relations, Donor Stewardship and Major Gifts. Bring examples of things you have done or would like to do. Last but not least, we will end the afternoon with a networking happy hour!


Ethan Darling, Web Information Manager, Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College

Ethan Darling manages all digital content, facilitates digital communications strategy, and designs/develops all web systems at Thayer School of Engineering. Prior to joining Thayer, he was lead information architect responsible for designing and building new information systems for a healthcare IT startup company operated by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Ethan’s additional work experiences include information technology manager for the State of Vermont, director of website and publications at Sterling College, senior technologist at Wild Branch Solutions, and avionics systems engineer for the United States Air Force. He has an insatiable appetite for learning new web technologies, and is passionate about using information technology to solve problems, share ideas, and make knowledge more accessible.

Get some insights from Ethan and find out why he thinks you should come to our program!

Brenda Beard, Director of Annual Giving and Special Fundraising Initiatives, Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College

Brenda Beard is the director of annual giving at Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering and has overall responsibility for the development and implementation of the program. Prior to joining Thayer School in 2010, she was the program coordinator for Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine where she organized the student ambassador and class agent programs, and managed the reunion gift campaigns. Brenda has master’s degrees in nonprofit management & philanthropy and communications & information systems from Bay Path University.

See insights from Brenda and find out why she thinks you should come to our program!

Sharon Giguere, Associate Director of Alumni Engagement and Communications, Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College

Sharon Giguere started as associate director of alumni engagement and communications for the Thayer School of Engineering at the beginning of February 2017. Prior to that, she served as the annual fund coordinator and reporting specialist for the Thayer School. In that position she managed the mailings (electronic and direct mail) for the annual fund, worked on special fundraising initiatives (e.g., Giving Week), produced annual fund reports, and managed the volunteer website. Prior to joining Thayer, she was the program coordinator for the Geisel School of Medicine and was responsible for coordinating mailings, writing appeals, and working on data, for the school and Dartmouth-Hitchcock, the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth, and Norris Cotton Cancer Center. Sharon’s additional work experience includes database management, social media, customer service, and sales. In her new position, she hopes to grow the outreach to alumni in a systematic approach.

Learn why Sharon doesn’t want you to miss this event!

Welcome Remarks

William C. Chance, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, University of New England

Bill was born and raised in Iowa, and came East thanks to a generous scholarship to attend the Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire.  After graduating from Yale University with a double major in English and Theater Studies, he became a professional stage manager in New York City, working on and off Broadway, on national and international tours and in regional theater.  In 1988 he moved to Maine with his wife, Deborah Wray, to work at Portland Stage Company where he served as Managing Director from 1992 – 1995.  He began working at UNE in 1998 when he was hired as the Associate Director of Development.  During his time here he has served as Associate Vice President for Advancement, Interim Vice President of Advancement, Vice President for Government and Foundation Relations, and in 2014 was appointed as Vice President for Advancement.  He lives in Portland with his wife and has two grown children, Harper and Emma Chance, and a twin brother Robert Chance who also works at UNE.

CASE Members; $45, Non-Members; $55


1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Registration
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Program