2C | Recognition Events Where Everyone is the Victor!

Wednesday, Sept 21
1:00 - 2:00 PM


Experience Level
Midlevel (2-5 years)

Shop Size
Suitable for any size shop

Many donors feel that recognition events are repetitive, boring, and simply too long. In fact, being kept personally informed of what the gifts were achieving is the most important and valued form of donor recognition. However, many institutions desire the chance to publicly thank donors and the vehicle of choice is an event. How do you satisfy the wishes of your donors and the need of your institution to share the story of an amazing, inspiring gift? Throw the right event and everyone's happy.


Jenny Jones

Prior to her current role, Jenny served as Director of Alumni Affairs for the Duke University School of Medicine. From 2002 - 2008 she served as Duke Medicine's Director for Special Events and Donor Relations. She began her professional career in student affairs, working in Residence Life at Appalachian State University and Western Carolina University before moving to the University of Kentucky where she was Assistant Director for Student Activities. In her role at UK, Jenny advised Student Activities Board committee chairs for the Cinema, Spotlight Jazz, Homecoming and Visual Arts committees; negotiated contracts for major artists; created publicity pieces; and worked all major events sponsored through Student Affairs. Jenny moved into Alumni Affairs at the University of Kentucky when she took on the role of Special Programs Coordinator for the Alumni Association, handling all special events for the Association. She was promoted to the position of Associate Director for Membership, Marketing and Special Programs. In this role she worked with alumni clubs across the country as well as supervising membership/marketing and all special events for the Association.

Jenny earned her bachelor's degree in secondary education and history with a minor in music, as well as a master's degree in education administration from Appalachian State University. She is currently working towards her doctorate in educational policy studies at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.