Nominate a Diamond Honoree for the ACPA Diamond Honoree Class of 2018!

The ACPA Diamond Honoree Program, established by the Foundation in 1999, is both a recognition program and a fund raising activity. Those nominated for consideration are recognized for their outstanding and sustained contributions to higher education and to student affairs. They may be former leaders of the profession, supervisors, teachers, or anyone who has had a continued and significant influence on the quality of the college student’s experience.

The funds raised on behalf of the ACPA Diamond Honoree are used to support many of ACPA’s priorities including: research and other scholarly activities; and scholarships for members to participate in ACPA’s professional development opportunities. Since its inception in 1999, the program has generated nearly $500,000 in support of the work of the Foundation and ACPA.

Diamond Honorees receive their award at the annual ACPA Convention.

Please note: All nominations are confidential until the Foundation Board of Trustees announces those selected as Diamond Honorees, and the Honorees have confirmed their acceptance of the recognition.

1. Local Coordinators

Invite one person from every university where the Honoree has history to serve as the local coordinator for the campus. The local coordinator can identify and contact potential donors from the campus staff and other associates. Outreach efforts may include the Honoree’s staff (both students and professional staff), supervisor, campus peers, and corporate associates. The local coordinator might also provide the Champion a list of potential contributors who have moved to another university. Those names and contact information can be sent to the Champion for follow-up.

2. State/International Division or Commission Coordinators

An executive officer or a past president of a Commission or State/International Division is always a good source. They may know and support the Honoree. This person has access to the email lists of the State/International Division or Commission members and can set the tone within the Division or commission to rally support for the Diamond Honoree.

3. Include the Honoree

Request from either the Honoree directly, their assistant or significant other, a list of colleagues who have been an important part of their career development. Make these colleagues aware of the significance of this award, and request their support, not only financially but with additional outreach to potential contributors.



Expectations of Campaign
There is a minimum expectation to generate $2500 in support of an Honoree. It is the Foundation’s hope that the average funds generated by a class of Honorees would be $3500 per person. The fundraising aspect of the program is never complete – please continue to solicit funds to support the good works of the Foundation, even if your initial goal is complete.

How to Accomplish Your Goal

Past successful champions have used these approaches:

Cast a Wide Net – Group potential contributors (for example, all colleagues from a specific institution) and invite 100% contribution from the group. Many will be willing to participate in some small way as part of a group, even if they do not know the Honoree well.

Campus Colleagues – Rely on a local coordinator at the Honorees’s present institution to solicit a group of peers (not direct reports) on behalf of the Honoree, and ask them to invite others whom they know to join the effort. The Honoree’s supervisor may be able to add suggestions of campus peers to contact.

Former Colleagues – Identify and contact the Honoree’s former colleagues (e.g., staff from previous schools where the Honoree has worked) to encourage them to give individually or as a group to their colleague. The Advocate can individually solicit members of this group, or invite one of them to contact other colleagues and submit their donation as a group.

Suggested Giving Levels for Professional Colleagues – Challenge subgroups to support the Honoree at the following levels:
Senior-level professionals: $100+ (less than $10/month)
Mid-level professionals: $40+ (less than $4/month)
New professionals: $20+ (less than $2/month)

Family Members – If you can make contact with an Honoree’s significant other, this person may be able to provide a list of other family members and personal friends who would want to support the Honoree.

Corporate Partners – Reach out to ACPA’s list of Corporate Partners. You never know whether they have developed a relationship with your Honoree over the course of their career.


We’re Here for You
To assist Champions Co-Chairs of Foundation Board Trustees have been assigned to coordinate the Diamond Honoree program. The Trustees will offer ideas and suggestions, discuss approach, and help the Champions achieve their goals.

Champion’s Checklist

Submit a completed nomination form

As soon as Honorees are announced, set a timeline for identifying coordinators identifying potential donors, and implementing the solicitation plan

Submit a professional headshot and 200-word biography of your Honoree

Recruit coordinators

Identify list(s) of potential donors

Choose your method; develop your message

Inform potential donors that contributions are tax-deductible

Communicate progress reports to coordinators every three weeks

Thank contributors

Confirm the Honoree’s attendance at the annual conference

Produce a 90-second video introducing your Honoree to be shown at the Diamond Honoree Reception

Help invite and remind contributors to attend the Reception

Attend the Diamond Honoree Reception at the ACPA annual conference

Email reception photo of Honoree to all contributors