As May approaches, we’re preparing to welcome thousands of students into the alumni family. How do we ensure our newly minted alumni will stay engaged for life? What are some of the best programs to gather their post-graduation plans, communicate alumni benefits, and encourage them to stay connected? In this episode of Advancement Live, Kim Brown speaks with […]
On February 14, 2017, Holy Cross broke the all-time 24-hour giving record for all liberal arts colleges. With 6,100+ participants (far surpassing their goal of 4,000), the college raised $1.64 million dollars through their Valentine’s Day themed challenge. In this episode of Advancement Live, Kim Brown chats with the team behind #ILoveHC about their decision […]
Let me take you on a journey my friends. Today we’re going to attend an alumni networking event together. It could be a happy hour at Trendy Bar du Jour or a Campaign Celebration event for “Believe in Us Now, Give Money So There’s a Later” at a fancy art gallery. The choice is yours. […]
What makes a great print edition of an alumni magazine? How do editors decide on a magazine’s cover, layout or new design elements? Where do alumni magazine stories come from, and how, if at all, should alumni magazines be used as vehicles for fundraising or the marketing of other university priorities? For the answers to […]
Our Engagement & Annual Giving team within University Advancement at the University of Virginia works to create inroads and contacts by supporting over engagement activities all over the world through the UVaClub, Lifetime Learning and Cavalier Travels programs. Reaching an all-time high in the 2014 fiscal year, 19,000 individuals registered for almost 1,400 events, resulting […]
So you’ve taken the plunge and you’re exploring crowdfunding. Now, it’s time to shift your focus from making the case for crowdfunding to making sure that your projects are positioned to succeed. There tends to be plenty of interest in crowdfunding among students, staff, and faculty, but when it comes to raising dollars, interest is […]
Advancement Live co-host Ryan Catherwood interviews Arthur Criscillis, Ed.D, Managing Partner at Alexander Haas, an Atlanta-based consulting firm dedicated to advancement programs. This edition of Advancement Live is focused on providing tips for fundraising professionals, particularly those working at the annual giving level, as they work to set appointments and prepare to make one-on-one solicitations […]
Over the last year, we’ve successfully added 640 acts of individual digital engagement to our central fundraising database. Our goal was to establish a baseline of digital engagement data and determine the best way to compare it with event registrations as a precursor to giving over time. I outlined some of the approach in “8 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]