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Prefix/Suffix formats (not gender related)

  • 1.  Prefix/Suffix formats (not gender related)

    Posted 08-29-2022 09:29 AM

    Good morning,


    We are working to clean up/enhance our suffixes in our database and I have a couple of questions regarding best practices.


    1. Are you using periods or not in the suffixes? (ie. M.D. vs MD)
    2. Do you add any suffix that a constituent has at the end of their name or do you have a policy regarding that?
    3. Is there a list somewhere that has the proper format for suffixes and their definitions?  We have three different versions of licensed social worker and we also have some suffixes that we have no idea what they are.


    Thank you for any insight!




    Amanda L. Haney

    Director of Gift & Data Management

    Gift & Data Management



    University Advancement I Elliott Alumni Center I 9 Edgewood Rd I Durham, NH 03824

    Office: 603-862-2041 I


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  • 2.  RE: Prefix/Suffix formats (not gender related)

    Posted 08-30-2022 10:04 AM

    Hi Amanda,

    I think it is a matter of preference regarding punctuation. We have opted not to use punctuation in professional suffix, but we use it in title (Ms., Dr., etc.) and also in the Jr. and Sr. suffixes. Here is a good resource - We used it as guidance, but we have not gotten too specific regarding the order of multiple credentials. We use whatever professional suffix and order the constituent requests, as we are seeking to address them as they prefer, and it is too cumbersome to manage strict standards on this.



    Kelli Crispin

    Business Analyst/Quality Assurance Specialist



    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

    Office of University Development

    208 W. Franklin Street

    Chapel Hill, NC 27516

    W 919.962.2815

    C  919.265.8623