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NEWS FROM CONNECTICUT COLLEGE April 2013

Anna Longstaff '00 is back where she belongs


04/1/2013
 Anna Longstaff ’00

Anna Longstaff ’00

The one job Anna Longstaff ’00 knew could bring her back to Connecticut College was director of Annual Giving.

She’s now on board and excited to get to work, officially beginning her new role this month.

“I know how important the Annual Fund is to Connecticut College,” said Longstaff. “The life-changing experiences and opportunities I had as a student, as well as the friendships I made, wouldn’t have been possible without the support from alumni, parents and friends.” 

Annual Fund gifts provide critical current-year support for academic programs, student scholarships, campus improvements and more. Last year, gifts totaled $4.7 million.

Longstaff graduated from the College in 2000 with a major in psychology and a minor in religious studies. As a student, she was a member of the sailing team, a phonathon caller and member of the senior gift committee. Since graduation, she has been an active volunteer, serving as a class agent and admission representative. 

A native of Waterville, Maine, Longstaff most recently was the senior development officer at Portsmouth Abbey School in Portsmouth, R.I. She also helped lead the annual fund program at Milton Academy in Milton, Mass.

Longstaff couldn’t have started her new role at a better time, arriving in the final months of a successful $200 million comprehensive campaign bolstered by the generosity and commitment of the College’s supporters. Her ambition: to involve increasing numbers of alumni and parents in supporting the College through the Annual Fund, creating a strong foundation to benefit every facet of the Connecticut College experience.

Longstaff was quick to offer high praise for the more than 5,000 alumni and parents who have made Annual Fund gifts this year. “They are an inspiration to all of us, and we should take note of their amazing commitment and love of the school.”