A few times every month, I receive an email or Linkedin message with a request to check out a new web-based platform. There are several amazing products out there designed to increase alumni engagement, help with volunteer or event management, and there are plenty of social media listening platforms and content aggregator systems. As I […]
Although not every university has a membership driven alumni association, many of the largest schools in the U.S. are recruiting alumni members through creative benefits including, discounts, access to exclusive events and other perks. To market these memberships, administrators have gotten creative with how they get alumni to join and renew each year. Advancement Live […]
New evidence of success in the digital realm of advancement communications can be found in recent “Giving Day” results both in terms of dollars raised and donor participation percentages. Columbia University, Colgate University and Washington and Lee University come to mind as great examples. Several universities have tried and many more are planning 24-hour giving […]
In this episode of Advancement Live, host Ryan Catherwood interviews three alumni relations pros about their recent Reunion Weekends. Watch the episode below for more information about managing Reunion volunteers – both alumni and students, event promotion and development, social media strategy and kids’ programs. All three guests represent small or medium sized schools.
Partnerships with vendors will become increasingly central to Advancement work over the upcoming decade. In areas ranging from Big Data to the mobile web, from strategy to tactics, vendors are offering tools and services that make it possible for Advancement offices to do more, more effectively, than would ever be possible relying on internal resources […]
In this clip from Advancement Live (original air date: 5.27.14), host Ryan Catherwood interviews Heidi Kozuch from the University of Virginia on ways to personalize donor relations efforts during the stewardship process.
In this short clip from Advancement Live, host Ryan Catherwood interviews Kenna Boyd at the University of Virginia on crafting a campaign event strategy. Find out what U.Va. does to maximize its time and resources during critical campaign phases. (Original air date: 5/27/14)
Advancement Live host Ryan Catherwood interviews Kenna Boyd from the University of Virginia on the subject of donor relations strategy and events involving the President of the University, Teresa Sullivan. Original air date: 5.27.14.
Tune-in on Tuesday, May 27th at 1pm for a great edition of Advancement Live on the topic of donor relations and stewardship. Host Ryan Catherwood will interview his colleagues at the University of Virginia, Kenna Boyd and Heidi Kozuch.
In this segment of Advancement Live (original air date 4.29), host Ryan Catherwood discusses with Jon Ruzek, some of his findings as the Director of Alumni Relations at the College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota. His segment features advice as to the keys to collaboration across the university, how to build strong […]
The forces of change in higher education have been accelerated by the economic, political and cultural changes of the 21st century. Internationalization encompasses the strategies, policies and practices that institutions adopt to cope with, and capitalize on, this environment. And, in order to advance an institution´s international strategy and the associated benefits it can provide, […]
The Game of Giving – an Innovative Online Interactive Game to Foster Alumni Giving” In this segment from Advancement Live (original air date 4.29), host Ryan Catherwood introduces part of the team that helped a European business school triple the alumni giving participation rate in six weeks, and eventually reached the campaign goal of beating […]
My wife and I went together to our twenty-week ultrasound appointment the other day. Our daughter, due in August, looked to have all her bits and parts in the right places. I have to admit though, if the ultrasound tech told me that there was actually a swing set and sandbox in there, I could […]
Join Advancement Live co-host, Ryan Catherwood, on Tuesday, April 29th at 1pm for a broadcast featuring three unique topics.
Checkout Advancement Live 2/11: Host Ryan Catherwood chats with Daniel Brennan, Alumni Relations Manager at the University of Queensland and Khatmeh Osseiran-Hanna, Director of Advancement, UQ North America. Watch Advancement Live to learn more about how one of Australia’s leading universities is working to engage alumni around the globe.
I know… I know… it’s not a good platform yet for regular, day-to-day engagement with alumni or anyone else for that matter. There’s a stadium full of people in Google+ but only a few people in the stands are watching the game. That’s not why I’m advocating the platform.
Today’s show was all about alumni engagement programs centered around learning and travel. Kevin Conley, Director of Alumni & Parent Travel at the University of Virginia and Robin Albing, Director of Continuing Education and Travel at Dartmouth College discussed the challenges, rewards and opportunities associated with travel and both regional and on-campus learning environments. Robin […]
Last July, my unit here within University Advancement at U.Va. acquired oversight responsibilities for the Annual Giving program. We are now the “Alumni & Parent Engagement and Annual Giving” team. So I was thrilled to read Andy Shaindlin’s thoughtful piece called, “The Future (Part 1): Fundraising’s Relationship to Alumni Relations,” because we also believe that […]
My wife tells me she’s making “Buffalo Chicken Sliders” in the slow cooker this New Year’s Eve. We’re having our friends over from across the street. They have an infant. We have a two-year-old. The sliders might be the highlight of the evening and with an adult beverage or two consumed, we’ll all be in […]