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The Research Consortium

Members get priority access to our alumni and donor engagement research and tools through the ALUMinate Research Consortium. It's all free! Scroll to the bottom of this page and complete the quick form for instant access.

What is it?

The Research Consortium, an association of advancement and alumni affairs professionals, seeks to be at the forefront of the following issues and to explore the intersections between them:

  • Alumni and donor engagement

  • Alumni and donor giving and philanthropy

  • Changing technologies and demographics

  • Storytelling and design thinking

Learn what other professionals are doing and the new tools that are available to help you advance your department's reach.

In addition, the Consortium allows its members to hear and share success stories, take part in broader discussions and make networking connections as well as access weekly content, including research findings, articles, interviews, profiles and more.

Membership Benefits

All members receive the following benefits:

  • In-depth survey results and findings in the areas of alumni outreach, advancement, and technology, like our 2018 Career Services for Alumni Assessment Report

  • Priority, free access to our live digital discussions and webinars, like this popular webinar on how to address donors’ toughest questions

  • Access to our research team. Pose an alumni engagement or advancement research topic or question and we’ll return a report to you with what we find.

  • Complimentary regional alumni engagement and major donor strategy session with our team (contact

  • Complimentary copy of Esther Choy’s Let the Story Do the Work: The Art of Storytelling for Business Success

  • Timely, research-driven blog content

  • Resource Hub of ALUMinate-generated materials and curated multimodal resources and tools for alumni and donor outreach and engagement

How did this idea come about?

Through a digital survey, phone interviews, and in-person focus group with leadership in alumni affairs and advancement across the nation, this idea was born.

The participants in these conversations continued to stress the need for ongoing research and information-sharing on how to best serve and reach alumni and donors. So we wondered — what would this research-driven, idea-sharing platform look like?

We envision a vibrant online community of institutions, nonprofits, and other organizations sharing information, pooling resources, and accessing premium, evidence-based content, all facilitated by ALUMinate.

Join the following institutions who are taking part!

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The Research Consortium provides a network for sharing ideas and best practices with fellow colleagues. It conveniently provides a ready group of interested professionals that would otherwise be difficult to access.

Linda Cook Chief of Staff and Director of Community Relations, Kansas State University

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