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Using Shutterfly for stewardship

In one of the stewardship round table discussion groups at AVAP conference in Washington DC, a couple folks mentioned doing nice Shutterfly books for their donors. I’m working on a similar project related to our oncology service, and I’d love to see some screen grabs or photos of pages in these books to see how people designed theirs if possible and to get some ideas. 
Monika Blackwell
Assistant Director of Development and Client Relations




This summer marks the beginning of our relationship as a component organization of the AAVMC. Here is the signed Memorandum of Understanding between the two organizations. Below is the formal announcement from the AAVMC:


AAVMC Establishes Formal Relationship with Association of Veterinary Advancement Professionals (AVAP)

September 13, 2018, WASHINGTON, D.C.–The AAVMC and the Association of Veterinary Advancement Professionals (AVAP) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that creates a formal relationship between the two organizations. Under the terms of the agreement, the AAVMC will provide meeting management services, maintain AVAP’s financial accounts and conduct their business operations.

Established in 1998 from a prior group of fundraising officers, AVAP is an organization of about 150 fundraising, communication and alumni relations professionals working in academic veterinary medicine. The group organizes an annual meeting and continuing education conference held in conjunction with the AVMA Annual Convention.

“Institutional advancement plays a vital role in the success of our member colleges and schools,” said AAVMC CEO Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe. “AVAP professionals build understanding and support for academic veterinary medicine among a broad range of stakeholders in both the public and private sectors, locally and nationally. That facilitates philanthropic contributions as well as government appropriations, and it helps develop political support at the state and federal levels. This is a very important relationship for us to establish and we’re looking forward to the collaboration.”

Creating a formal linkage between the two organizations makes a great deal of sense, since advancement officers work very closely with the deans at AAVMC member institutions, who comprise the AAVMC Assembly.

“We’re very excited about the opportunity provided by the AAVMC and are honored to become a component of this prestigious organization,” said AVAP President Danielle R. Johnson, senior director of development for The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. “We’ve grown a great deal in recent years, and the professional and administrative support provided by the AAVMC is going to help us become more effective at what we do.”

In the late 1990’s and early 2000’s the AAVMC operated an Advancement Committee which included three deans and three representatives from AVAP. The goal of the committee was to examine strategies for helping AAVMC institutions develop more successful fundraising and communications programs.

That followed action taken by AAVMC Director of Communications Jeff Douglas to organize AVAP and arrange programming focused on the importance of communications and fundraising for deans at several AAVMC and AVAP conferences. Over the past 20 years, deans have more fully embraced their responsibilities as “chief external relations officers” and more broadly staffed advancement operations within their organizations.

Over the past five years, the AAVMC has created two professional recognition awards within the institutional advancement area: the AAVMC Communications Excellence Award and the AAVMC Scholarship Fundraising Excellence Award. The new arrangement enables the AAVMC to provide increased support for this important part of academic veterinary medicine and explore opportunities for continued enhancement of the function within its member institutions.

The AAVMC is a nonprofit membership organization working to protect and improve the health and welfare of animals, people and the environment around the world by advancing academic veterinary medicine. Members include 49 accredited veterinary medical colleges in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean Basin, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico.

$50M Gift to OSU College of Veterinary Medicine


Dear colleagues and friends,

This was a historic day for the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University. At a lunch-time gathering, OSU President Ed Ray announced that a donor has made a $50 million gift commitment to the college that will support Oregon State veterinary medicine teaching, research and service in powerful ways.

This is the largest gift in the university’s history and is an incredible testament to the achievements and dedication of our faculty, staff, alumni, students and many friends of the college. In recognition of this remarkable act of generosity, the college will now be known as the Gary R. Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine, the first named college at OSU and only the second named veterinary school in the country.

Dr. Carlson is a 1974 alumnus of Oregon State. After studying science at OSU, he went on to medical school and eventually established a dermatology practice in Southern California.

As Dr. Carlson is quoted in the press release, “[Our pets] give us a special comfort and support that allows us to embrace life more fully. I wanted to do something that would enrich that experience and help us better understand and care for our ‘best friends.’”   Dr. Carlson’s generosity will have both short- and long-term impacts on our work.  Most immediately, his gift will allow us to double the size of our small animal hospital, a pressing need, as many of us know firsthand.  In addition to this construction, his legacy will touch generations of veterinarians with an endowment to attract and retain top-tier faculty and support other strategic priorities in the college.

I am proud to continue the work of fellow deans, advancement professionals and colleagues.  I look forward to celebrating with each of you the many great accomplishments to come from the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine and veterinary programs across the country.

Susan J. Tornquist
Lois Bates Acheson Dean

Stay connected with the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine

2018 AAVMC Communications Excellence Award

2018 AAVMC Communications Excellence Award

Nominations are now open. The deadline for entry is March 31, 2018.

Eligibility is open to any college- or university-based communications officers primarily engaged with the management and operation of the communications program at an AAVMC member institution. Any individual employed at an AAVMC member institution may submit a nomination. See full details at the link above.

For more information visit: http://www.aavmc.org/Awards/Communications-Award.asp

Or click here for the Nomination Form

Conference Materials Added

Videos, PowerPoint presentations, handouts and samples shared during the conference are being uploaded daily. Check back regularity for updates to the 2017 Conference Page.

Post-Conference Survey

For those who attended the 2017 AVAP Conference, please take a few minutes to share your thoughts on the conference to be used to help us plan for the 2018 conference in Denver!

2017 Post-Conference Survey

2016 AVAP Business Meeting Minutes

Conference member attendees, please take a few minutes to review the 2016 AVAP business meeting minutes and advise of any corrections.

AVAP 2016 Meeting Minutes final

Deadline for approval is Friday, Aug. 11.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact AVAP President Gretchen Morgan at: [email protected]


June President’s Note

Cheryl CobbsAnother academic year has come to an end for most of us. With it, comes an opportunity to pause, celebrate the past year’s accomplishments and recharge ourselves before the cycle begins again.

By nature we tend to look forward to what is next: the next deadline, the next task, the next visit, the next meeting, the next ask, the next article to write, the next alumni event to plan. Or we look back at what didn’t get done and, perhaps, feel badly. Seldom do we stop to assess — to see where we are and where we have been.

Reflection is an essential part of learning, and, as a lifelong learner, I encourage you to take a time to ask and reflect on these questions. You may also want to consider a team exercise of discussing these questions.

  • What did you accomplish this year that you are proud of?
  • What was the most challenging part of this year for you?
  • What are the three most important things you learned this year?
  • In what areas do you feel you made your biggest improvements?
  • Were there any “aha” moments this year?
  • What did you learn about yourself this year?
  • Is there anything you learned this year that you want to apply to the future?

Learning new skills is another way to recharge yourself. This year’s AVAP conference, July 19-21, provides just this type of experience — offering thought provoking presentations on a variety of topics: alumni programs, building donor pipelines, marketing, developing a culture of philanthropy, donor communications and donor relations. Invest in yourself and plan to attend the conference to be inspired by experts, look more creatively at your programs and network with some of the most innovative advancement professionals in the country! You’ll be glad you did as the next academic year begins.

It’s not too late to register! We hope to see you there. http://www.avaponline.org/2017-conference/

Cheryl Cobbs, MA, CFRE

Meet the 2016/2017 Executive Committee

During the 2016 AVAP Conference Business Meeting, the following individuals were elected to lead our organization in the next year. If you might be interested in joining the leadership team, contact Cheryl Cobbs.

2016-2017 AVAP Executive Committee

Top row: Karen Johnson, Chad Rohlfs Middle row: Joe Montgomery, Cheryl Cobbs, Lynne Haley Bottom row: Gretchen Morgan, Danielle Ford, Jo Ann Winn

Top row: Karen Johnson, Chad Rohlfs
Middle row: Joe Montgomery, Cheryl Cobbs, Lynne Haley
Bottom row: Gretchen Morgan, Danielle Ford, Jo Ann Winn

Thank you to Pam Jones and the 2015-2016 Executive Committee!


L to R: Eliana Mijangos, Cheryl Cobbs, Jodi Peeler, Jo Ann Winn, Pam Jones, Lynne Haley, Gretchen Morgan, Jonathan Burton, Sherrie Whaley

Visit the Contact Page for more information about past AVAP leaders.

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