Alumni Lead the Way
Who We Are
We're educators, storytellers, philanthropists, design thinkers, and higher education practitioners. We created ALUMinate because we want to offer turnkey solutions to alumni engagement & major gift fundraising so every student has access to opportunities. Read more about how we started here.Learn More About What We Do
What We Do
Did you know that 80% of high-potential prospects go uncultivated? Or that each gift officer prospect visit can cost an average of $2,000?
Does your institution struggle to create lasting and meaningful relationships with alumni and top prospects who live far from campus?
You are not alone. Major cities across the world are filled with supporters who yearn to connect to their alma mater. But the logistical challenges of managing engagement and philanthropic activities in distant regions can be prohibitive. Fortunately, ALUMinate has developed a fresh approach to solving these problems—an expert, on-the-ground team to help you engage alumni and find donors in the cities where they live.
As soon as students receive their diplomas, they’re off: changing, growing and developing at a pace that is unrecognizable to their alma mater. How are colleges and universities supposed to keep them engaged across multiple decades?
The ALUMinate team is an extension of—not a substitute for—your central advancement or alumni association staff. We’re not trying to duplicate or replace your advancement team. Rather, we provide a set of complementary strategic advantages that might otherwise take years of planning and investment to create. Here is why it works...
First, we're local—we're based here 24/7. Our team works and lives alongside your alumni. We’re intimately familiar with neighborhoods, venues, local cultures and even traffic logistics. Second, we’re storytelling experts. Alumni need to be able to see where and how their passions fit in the university's story. They also want to know the stories of other local alumni. We provide regular, relevant and interesting communications for and about them. Third, we are design thinkers. We use the principles of Design Thinking and data insights to create events and interactions that drive engagement and philanthropy.
Email us today to learn how we can help you supercharge your regional engagement!
*Learn more about ALUMinate President Bob Fealy and the impact giving back has made on his life & his alma mater.
*Learn more about ALUMinate COO Esther Choy's expertise in storytelling for business and advancement:
Our Company Beliefs
Alumni Lead the Way We believe alumni, especially those who live far away from the institution’s central campus, crave a lifelong connection to their alma mater. Our team fosters that connection by considering the needs, interests, and challenges of alumni in all life stages. We believe alumni know the best — their input drives our strategy.
Research-Driven, Evidence-Based, People-Focused We believe we need to be on the forefront of discussions and research related to regional alumni engagement, so our services will be cost-effective, meaningful, and evidence-based. Most importantly, our on-the ground team is an extension of — not a substitute for — your central advancement or alumni association staff, delivering the enduring personal touch that drives affinity, engagement, and elevated levels of support for your institution.
By Donors, For Donors We believe inspired university philanthropy is achieved by creating vibrant regional alumni communities. We ensure transparency, high-level professionalism, and accountability at all times. In addition, since ALUMinate was founded by donors for donors, we understand the unique nature of higher education philanthropy and alumni engagement.