Is It Time to Just Stop Naming Things After Donors? How to Address Mounting Campus Controversies

Examples of institutions grappling with the problematic history of their founders or early donors aren’t hard to find.

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“A fundraiser’s job is NOT to raise the most money they can…”: Takeaways from CASE V 2019 in Chicago

In December, we served as a sponsor at the CASE District V Annual Conference 2019 in Chicago. While there, we attended sessions and asked professionals in advancement what’s on their minds as we enter 2020. Here are our main takeaways from CASE V 2019…

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Want to Start an Award-Winning Donor Engagement Program in 2020? Check Out Our Guide (Part 2 of 2)

In an effort to share innovative ways other institutions are engaging donors and alumni, we interviewed five schools with award-winning donor engagement programs.

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Want to Start an Award-Winning Donor Engagement Program in 2020? Check Out Our Guide (Part 1 of 2)

We’re bringing you five success stories of how institutions are engaging alumni and donors AND supporting students through award-winning, innovative programs. And we’re going to tell you exactly how they did it so you can replicate it!

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Curious About Becoming a Major Gift Officer? Here’s What You Need to Know (Part 2 of 2)

Welcome back to Part 2 of our Major Gift Officer Insider’s Guide! Two weeks ago we brought you Part 1. If you missed that article, you can find it here.  To bring you the best insight about how to close major gifts, we went to the source and spoke with with five high-impact fundraisers: ➜Shumiala Kinnear,… Continue Reading Curious About Becoming a Major Gift Officer? Here’s What You Need to Know (Part 2 of 2)

Curious About Becoming a Major Gift Officer? Here’s What You Need to Know (Part 1 of 2)

These days, it seems like job postings for major gift officers are everywhere. HigherEdJobs.com currently shows over 200 listings. The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s website lists 172 major gifts-related jobs posted in just the last 30 days.  The work of a fundraiser is rewarding, demanding, and transformative. At top-tier institutions and organizations, these jobs, especially well-paying… Continue Reading Curious About Becoming a Major Gift Officer? Here’s What You Need to Know (Part 1 of 2)

Save Your Trustees, Board Members, and Volunteers From a Hidden IRS Tax Trap!

IT ISN’T TAX SEASON YET, but as the end of the year approaches, now is a good time to start planning. Don’t forget to remind your volunteers and board members that volunteering can produce significant tax benefits.  Taxpayers who incur out-of-pocket expenses in rendering volunteer services for a qualified charity can deduct these expenses if… Continue Reading Save Your Trustees, Board Members, and Volunteers From a Hidden IRS Tax Trap!

Donor Pits Institutions Against Each Other From the Grave

It’s almost as if the donor wanted this to happen.  In 2002, University of Missouri accepted a $5 million bequest from alumnus Sherlock Hibbs. Hibbs’ bequest created three chairs and three distinguished professorships in the college of business.  But the devil was in the details of this one. The conditions of the bequest were that… Continue Reading Donor Pits Institutions Against Each Other From the Grave

Use this Customizable Letter Template to Thank Donors in 2019 (Includes a Stewardship Checklist!)

Want to know one of the most important lessons we’ve learned about engaging donors? It’s that the real work of engagement doesn’t end with the gift. In fact, that’s just the beginning.  How many donors have you lost touch with due to uninspiring, inconsistent, or—worse yet—nonexistent stewardship efforts? When it comes to keeping donors in… Continue Reading Use this Customizable Letter Template to Thank Donors in 2019 (Includes a Stewardship Checklist!)

Press Release: ALUMinate Acquires Rights to Uprising Technology’s Advancement Solutions and Hires Former Key Employees

Chicago, September 5, 2019—ALUMinate, Inc. announced today that it has acquired rights to the software platform previously licensed by Uprising Technology to leading universities. The acquisition includes its Search and Data Integration platform, Comprehensive Data Enrichment solutions, Identity Provider tools, and Volunteer Portal and Alumni Directory applications. ALUMinate is now marketing the data enrichment and analytics… Continue Reading Press Release: ALUMinate Acquires Rights to Uprising Technology’s Advancement Solutions and Hires Former Key Employees