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Presidents Society Chair 

The Presidents Society (PS) Chair is a class representative who serves as the primary fundraising volunteer for soliciting leadership level gifts for the Skidmore Fund in partnership with the Advancement Office. Presidents Society Chairs are invited and encouraged to participate on the Presidents Society Advancement Council at Large.


  • Lead the way! Set an example by making a Presidents Society level gift or pledge by December 31. Keep in mind that Young Alumni (those who have graduated within the past 10 years) may take advantage of a graduated scale for Presidents Society giving.
  • Author Presidents Society appeal fundraising letters in the spring and fall (with support of Skidmore Fund staff).
  • Be active in class Reunion planning, especially in the area of setting and achieving goals for Reunion Gifts.
  • Select 8-10 classmates annually whom you’ll personally ask to make a Presidents Society commitment.
  • Note that while Fund Chairs and Class Agents do their outreach during specific times, you might be on a different timetable due to the nature of leadership giving.
  • Use the online fundraising tool to track your progress and report your outreach results.
  • Participate in periodic class conference calls and training webinars.
  • Participate in the Presidents Society Advancement Council at Large, which assembles PS Chairs to help shape and drive leadership giving across classes.
  • Thank donors through personal notes, calls or emails.
  • Optional: If you blog, or actively use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Reddit, use social media to encourage giving and share news about Skidmore. Help us stay at the top of news feeds!
  • Keep an ear to the ground and let us know if your classmates are up to anything of note. We’re always looking for interesting alumni stories to highlight.
  • Don’t be a stranger. Our job as Skidmore Fund staff is to make sure that YOU feel great about being a volunteer. If you ever have any questions or concerns, give us a shout.

Time Commitment

  • Average three to five hours monthly of volunteer work from September through May.
  • One to two Advancement Council at Large meetings annually. (Meetings typically take place on campus. Calling in to meetings is often an option.)

Presidents Society Advancement Council

The Presidents Society Advancement Council is a group of committed alumni volunteers who are charged with carrying out the tradition of leadership, investment, and confidence in Skidmore by serving as liaisons between the Presidents Society program and the College’s leadership donors. The Advancement Council is comprised of an Executive Committee, a Young Alumni Executive Committee, and the general council at large. All Presidents Society Chairs are granted membership on the Advancement Council at large.

The mission of the Presidents Society Advancement Council is to serve as advocates and representatives of the Presidents Society program, and to contribute to its overall direction, success, and policies. Advancement Council members raise funds at the leadership level and provide support, oversight, and guidance for Presidents Society Class Chairs and volunteers sharing the common objective to maximize financial support and raising sights to enhance giving into the future.

For more information about volunteering contact Alison Hart at 518-580-5676 or Kara Livingston (Young Alumni) at 518-580-5626.


Presidents Society Council 2016 
Members of the 2016/2017 Presidents Society Advancement Council Executive Committee (l to r):
Nancy Brennan ‘72 (Chair), Fred Braunstein ‘08, Betsy Low Bertoni ‘03, Emily Mopsick ‘07 (Young Alumni Co-Chair), Sheila Salvo ‘59, Bev Gregory ‘64,
Bev Miller ‘67, Sibyl Waterman Haley ‘71, Carol Strickland ‘72, Steffenie Kirkpatrick ‘74, Marge Storrs ‘57, and Meg Jacobs ‘63. Not pictured, Jean
Shaw ’52, Susan Beckerman ’67, Mollie Heron ’62, Judy Wilson ’69, Ali Cooper (ex Officio), Stephen Giacolone ’09, Claire Solomon ’10.