Fall 2019 Conference

Catholic Schools: Living in the Present with Purpose

Breakout sessions for elementary schools, high schools, admissions, development and marketing.  

Conference Chairs
Michael Habeeb
Jim Scholl

joyful kindergarten students wearing school uniforms and backpacks

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Thursday, October 17th, 2019 at College of the Holy Cross

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Tom Bebbington Director of Communications Diocese of Manchester in brown suite and purple striped tie

This session will cover: why you and your your school should be working with the media, how to prepare for and give an interview, dos and don'ts of working with reporters, and the basics of communications during a crisis.
Tom Bebbington, Director of Communications, Diocese of Manchester NH

Rick Blain ACAAP Board Member and Philanthropy Consultant

As technology plays a growing and important role in the solicitation of charitable gifts, it is important that we also remember the "art of the ask" through personal contact and direct mail solicitation. There is still no more effective way to communicate than in person, and therefore no more effective way to solicit support than to do so face-to-face. And in this age of social media, direct mail solicitation still plays an important role, if you offer an almost irresistible appeal.
Rick Blain, CFRE Owner, Richard R Blain & Associates, LLC    


See the best practices in website and digital communications that are working for Catholic schools helping them to achieve their institutional goals. Successful working examples and strategies will be discussed as well as common pitfalls to avoid.
Chuck Putney, Website Project & Content Manager, Central Catholic High School - Lawrence, MA
Anthony Tata, Senior Client Success Manager, Finalsite - Glastonbury, CT

Using case studies relevant to both elementary and high schools, this presentation will explore the costs and benefits of cultivating volunteers as donors.
Maricele Riemann, Director of Institutional Advancement, Sacred Heart Academy - Hamden, CT


8:00 am
Check In, Continental Breakfast, Exhibitors, Marketing Swap
8:45 am
Welcome & Opening Prayer
9:00 am
10:00 am
Breakout Sessions A
10:45 am
Break - Visit our exhibitors
11:00 am
Breakout Sessions B
11:45 am
Networking, Exhibits, Marketing Swap
12:30 pm
Lunch (Ballroom) & Recognition Awards
1:45 pm
Breakout Sessions C
2:30 pm
Departure Thank you for coming - have a safe trip home!

Marketing Swap

The Swap is back again! Bring your best school swag to share with your ACAAP colleagues and grab some new ideas of your own. Everything from viewbooks, recruitment giveaways, alumni giveaways, etc. is welcome!

ACAAP Marketing Swap