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

Quick Takeaways from the ALUMinate Planned Giving Webinar

 

How to Address Donors’ 5 Toughest Questions

When a potential donor asks questions, they may be taking an interest in making a gift. When a prospect asks TOUGH questions, it can be a sign that they’re engaging with a fundraiser’s major gifts proposal. That’s why, in April, we hosted a complimentary professional development webinar for fundraisers and advancement professionals on how to… Continue Reading How to Address Donors’ 5 Toughest Questions

What Teaching First-Year College Writing Taught Me About Major Donor Communications

Writing is a social act. Sometimes, we get so bogged down in the solitary process of writing that we forget that we are, essentially, communicating. Even if I’m just journaling, I’m communicating with myself and trying to make sense or meaning of an issue. Many of the lessons that I’ve learned about what makes writing… Continue Reading What Teaching First-Year College Writing Taught Me About Major Donor Communications

Press Release: ALUMinate Launch

For Immediate Release Chicago Company Reshaping Alumni and Donor Engagement Chicago, March 15, 2019—​To address the changing landscape and needs of higher education fundraising efforts, innovative approaches are essential. ALUMinate, a Chicago based company, provides turnkey solutions to help schools supercharge their alumni engagement and major gift fundraising. The company is pleased to announce innovation… Continue Reading Press Release: ALUMinate Launch

3 Ways to Increase Alumni Engagement with Human-Centered Design

Is it time for your institution to embrace human-centered design to increase alumni engagement and alumni philanthropy? I read recently that just 5% of alumni from public universities gave back to their alma maters in 2017. This statistic makes me nervous for the future of higher education. Why aren’t more alumni giving back to their… Continue Reading 3 Ways to Increase Alumni Engagement with Human-Centered Design

Forget Those Cliché Resolutions: 4 Goals for High-Impact Fundraisers in 2019

It’s the second week of February. According to U.S. News and World Report, if you’re like most people, you’ve probably already failed at 80% of your New Year’s resolutions. I love this time of year for this reason. When we start to struggle with our cliché or unrealistic resolutions, we get the chance to have… Continue Reading Forget Those Cliché Resolutions: 4 Goals for High-Impact Fundraisers in 2019

Stop Wasting Your Gift Officers’ Time: Interview with Joseph Volin on Engagement Metrics

What if you could figure out exactly how undergraduate involvement influences future giving and use it to find alumni donors and leaders waiting for your call? Fundraising in higher education is hard. Not only is it challenging to identify donors with the capacity to give, you have to find those who also want to give.… Continue Reading Stop Wasting Your Gift Officers’ Time: Interview with Joseph Volin on Engagement Metrics

Finding the “Lowly” Million Dollar Donor (Part 2 of 2)

Part 2: The Nitty Gritty Financial Side of Major Gifts Last month, we laid out ways to identify and cultivate major gift prospects, especially those living far from campus. But the work isn’t over once you cultivate a major gift, in fact, this is when the real fun starts! As summarized in last month’s blog,… Continue Reading Finding the “Lowly” Million Dollar Donor (Part 2 of 2)

Finding the “Lowly” Million Dollar Donor (Part 1 of 2)

This month and next we’re talking about major gift prospects. According to The Chronicle of Philanthropy, 48% of the $5.6 billion that America’s 50 biggest donors gave in 2016 went to colleges and universities.   While these super-rich donors are the dream of every university advancement leader, the success of college and university capital campaigns… Continue Reading Finding the “Lowly” Million Dollar Donor (Part 1 of 2)