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Aldon Knight has spent more than 30 years in external relations, fundraising, and communications, primarily in the higher education arena, including senior-level development positions with Erskine College, Clemson University, the University of Tennessee and the University of Georgia.
Aldon grew up on the Erskine campus in Due West in Abbeville County. His experience includes the areas of major gift fundraising, planned giving, annual giving, branding, communications, and website management. In his role at Upstate Forever, Aldon has overseen the implementation of a best-practices approach to fundraising. He is a member of the senior leadership team at Upstate Forever and consults with partner organizations and other nonprofit entities.
Aldon’s community and professional engagement has included participation in leadership programs, local boards, and municipal government. Aldon holds a Bachelor’s degree from Erskine and a Master of Public Administration from Clemson. He and his wife, Anna, reside in southern Spartanburg County and have five grown children. In his spare time, Aldon enjoys a variety of activities including traveling, reading, cooking and entertaining friends and family, golf, writing music and poetry, and working on his property.