COVID-19: Managing an Annual Fund during COVID-19

Recorded On: 03/20/2020


As school advancement teams adjust to the COVID-19 Pandemic, one of the many challenges they face is how to move forward with their annual fund appeals. To explore this issue, Dan Allenby (AGN) led a conversation with industry experts Skylar Beaver (Lawrenceville School), Jenny Daigle Benoit (Penn State), and Emily Kernan (U. of Pennsylvania) in which they shared their experiences, offered perspectives, and tackled important questions.

Register now to learn how to navigate your annual fund through the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • Perspectives on sending appeals to prospects in the current environment
  • Tips for adjusting what you’re asking donors to support
  • Recommendations regarding the timing of upcoming Giving Days
  • Guidelines for helping your team stay focused and productive as they work from home
  • And more!

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Skylar Beaver

Director of The Lawrenceville Fund, The Lawrenceville School

Skylar Beaver is the Director of The Lawrenceville Fund at The Lawrenceville School. A frequent CASE presenter and past Chair of STAFF’s Sharing the Annual Fund Fundamentals, she brings more than a decade of advancement experience to her work with AGN. Previously, she led annual giving efforts at The Spence School, Washington and Lee University, and Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Skylar has a B.A. in Sociology from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and an M.P.A. in nonprofit management from SUNY Brockport.

Jenny Daigle Benoit

Executive Director of Annual Giving, The Pennsylvania State University

Jenny Daigle Benoit is the Executive Director of Annual Giving at The Pennsylvania State University, where she oversees direct appeal and annual fund volunteer programs across the institution. Previously, she served as the Senior Director of Annual Giving at Tulane University, where she worked for over 15 years in positions of increasing responsibility. She's an active member of the Annual Giving Directors' Consortium and a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). Jenny holds a Bachelor's degree from Tulane University and is currently pursuing her Master of Education in Higher Education at Penn State.

Emily Kernan

Executive Director of The Penn Fund at the University of Pennsylvania

Emily Kernan is the Executive Director of The Penn Fund at the University of Pennsylvania, where she oversees all annual giving efforts targeted toward undergraduate alumni. Previously, she led the annual fund team at Rice University and held several positions in development at Lafayette College. Her instructional experience includes presenting for CASE and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), as well as teaching about annual giving at Rice's Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. Current Chair of the Annual Giving Directors Consortium (AGDC), Emily holds a BA in English from Binghamton University and an MS in Nonprofit Leadership from Penn's School of Social Policy and Practice.


Navigating Your Annual Fund Through the COVID-19 Pandemic
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