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Annual Giving

Class Gift Chair Description

Class Gift Chairs play a vital role in the life of the College by leading their class in fundraising and communication efforts for the Annual Fund. Their work in recruiting and managing a team of Class Agents produces gifts that enable Hamilton to provide scholarship aid, support for faculty members and their programs, and a myriad of activities throughout the academic year.

Class Gift Chairs enjoy many benefits from their volunteer work for the College. They include:

  • Membership to the College’s Alumni Council and Class Leadership Committee;
  • Access to volunteer events, roundtable conference calls, and more;
  • Recognition on the Alumni Office website and through Class Participation awards;
  • Ownership over the legacy of your class and - during reunion years - reunion planning;
  • An inside view of institutional priorities through personal contact with senior staff in the Alumni Office.

In return, Class Gift Chairs are expected to coordinate at least two classmate outreach periods each year – one at the end of the calendar year and another at the end of the fiscal year. During this time, Class Gift Chairs will:

  • Organize a conference call with class agents before each outreach period to discuss goals and strategy;
  • Motivate and support Class Agents to call, email, message, or text their assignments and encourage them to make a gift;
  • Function as digital ambassadors on social media during special match periods, such as the Young Alumni Spring Challenge;
  • Update the volunteer module so that class managers are aware which classmates have been contacted and which have not;
  • Thank classmates who have made a gift to the Annual Fund.

Additionally, Class Gift Chairs will also write a personalized solicitation letter for their class twice a year that makes the case for giving. They will be supported by alumni office staff in crafting a letter that encourages their classmates to make a gift to the College.

Other Requirements and Responsibilities

  • Philanthropic support is an important way to demonstrate commitment to the College's mission. As such, Class Gift Chairs are expected to lead by example and make a gift to Hamilton according to what their own personal circumstances will allow. Further, the Class Leadership Committee, in concert with the entire Alumni Council, has set as one of its goals 100 percent participation in giving by the members of the Committee. 
  • Class Gift Chairs will assist staff in identifying potential donors and new Class Agents for their class.
  • Class Gift Chairs must maintain a working knowledge of the College’s current programs, projects and needs.  The role also requires leaders to respect the confidentiality of alumni giving history.
  • The term for the Gift Chair position coincides with the 5-year reunion cycle. The Gift Chair always has the opportunity to renew their term. If Gift Chairs decide to step down, they are responsible for helping to identify and train a replacement.
  • In periods leading into a reunion cycle, Class Gift Chairs will assist staff in recruiting and training a robust reunion committee.
  • Update your contact information regularly in MyHamilton, which has replaced the Alumni directory as the way to connect and interact online with alumni, parents, students, faculty and staff.
  • Participate in regional and on-campus alumni activities whenever possible.Class Gift Chairs are members of the Alumni Council and the Class Leadership Committee. They should make a special effort to return to campus for the Council’s fall and spring meetings.