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Class Gift Chair Description


Class Gift Chair Description


Class Gift Chairs play a vital role in the life of the College by leading their class in fundraising efforts for the Annual Fund. Their work recruiting and managing a Class Gift Committee results in irreplaceable financial support for College priorities: financial aid, Career Center initiatives, and Hamilton’s speaking- and writing-intensive curriculum.

Gift Chairs are given:

  • Membership on the College’s Alumni Council and Class Leadership Committee;
  • Access to special events for College volunteers, roundtable conference calls, and more;
  • Recognition on the Annual Fund website, in the Honor Roll of Donors and by Class Performance awards;
  • Ownership of the legacy of their class on the Hill and — every five years — leadership in reunion planning;
  • An inside view of College priorities through personal contact with alumni leaders and Alumni Office staff.

Gift Chairs coordinate at least two classmate outreach periods each year — at the end of the calendar year, and at the end of fiscal year. During this time, Class Gift Chairs will:

  • Organize a conference call with their committee before each outreach period to discuss goals and strategy;
  • Motivate and support committee members to call, email, message, or text their assignments to encourage them to make a gift;
  • Serve as digital ambassadors on social media during special match periods;
  • Approve periodic personalized solicitation messages sent to classmates over the signature of the Gift Chair(s);
  • Update the Annual Fund Volunteer Site so that the Alumni Office is aware of classmate contact activity;
  • Thank classmates who have made a gift to the Annual Fund.

Other Requirements and Responsibilities

  • Make a thoughtful annual gift to Hamilton according to personal circumstances, leading by example in recognition of the role of philanthropy in Hamilton’s future.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of current College programs, projects and needs. 
  • Assist staff in identifying and soliciting potential donors, respecting the confidentiality of alumni giving history and activity.
  • Update contact information regularly in MyHamilton, the College’s online portal for connecting and interacting with alumni, parents, students, faculty and staff.
  • Participate in regional and on-campus alumni activities and events whenever possible.
  • Help the Alumni Office identify and train a replacement at the conclusion of Gift Chair service.
  • Serve as a constituent member of the Alumni Council and the Class Leadership Committee, making a special effort when possible to return to campus for the Council’s fall and spring meetings, and participating in regional and on-campus alumni activities whenever possible.

To serve on your Class Gift Committee, contact Katie Boyer '93, Associate Director, Annual Giving.

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Office of Alumni Relations

   
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