Alumni Lead the Way

Training and Advisory Services

We can help you raise more major gifts, find new donors, and strengthen the relationships you already have.


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Benefits of ALUMinate Training

Interactive. Action-based. Fun. Relevant. Immediately Applicable.

Don’t lose donors due to uninspired and irrelevant engagement efforts.

Instead, articulate areas of need. Built trust with donors. Support students. Advance your school or organization’s mission.

ALUMinate leaders offer highly interactive half-day, full-day, or two-day workshops for new advancement staff to seasoned professionals.

Our trainings aren’t about gimmicks or shortcuts. ALUMinate workshops and consulting services are shaped by our in-depth, ongoing research and customized to fit the needs, challenges, and culture of your institution and your constituents.

Each fundraiser will leave our workshops with a roadmap to navigate fundraising’s toughest challenges.


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Workshop and Consulting Menu

Learn how to:

  • Use storytelling and principles of design thinking to engage alumni and donors

    For example, how to convert data-heavy content into a story-centric presentation

  • Improve advancement leadership and communication skills

    For example, ways to guide decision-making without dominating the process

  • Address prospects and donors’ toughest questions

  • Build effective strategies for planned giving & bequests

  • Enhance board engagement and effectiveness

  • Strengthen donor relations and stewardship

  • Utilize best practices for career services for alumni

  • Successfully on-board new or seasoned gift officers

  • Best utilize complex data to cultivate donors

  • And much more!

    Let us know what you’re looking for.


Your Experts in Storytelling, Philanthropy, and Advancement

For Donors, By Donors

34% of fundraisers are dissatisfied with their access to leadership training.*

In the age of mega-gifts and longer and longer capital campaigns, give your fundraisers a winning edge. ALUMinate leaders have over 30+ years combined experience in philanthropy, storytelling, and advancement.

Bob Fealy is the President of ALUMinate. He recently served as interim president and chairman of the board of trustees for the University of Cincinnati Foundation, which supports the University of Cincinnati. He is a board member and previous chairman of the Chicago Children’s Choir, where he co-led their most recent capital campaign.

He serves as a trustee of the Morton Arboretum and co-chaired its recent $70 million “Growing Brilliantly” capital campaign. Bob was the president, chief operating officer and director of The Duchossois Group, a $3 billion privately held operating and investment company.

Esther Choy is the Chief Operating Officer of ALUMinate, author of Let the Story Do the Work: The Art of Storytelling for Business Success, and a contributor for Forbes. She has a Master’s degree in Higher Education from Texas A&M University and she is an alumna of Kellogg School of Management’s full-time MBA program, as well as a lecturer in its Executive Education Program.

*According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy.


What have advancement professionals said about our workshops and trainings?

  • It's good to revisit these topics, even after 18 years [in development].

  • Now our development officers are prepared to answer [donors'] difficult questions.

  • I found this to be very thoughtfully developed and informative!

  • I've learned that what we do and how we talk about our [institutional] story is important.

  • My greatest takeaway was brainstorming new ways of answering [donors'] hard questions with colleagues.

  • I will use this knowledge to better steward donors.

  • I will use what I've learned in every single planned gift interaction.

  • I've learned the daily use of storytelling—its not about me, its about you [the donor]!

Bob's Expertise in Philanthropy

Learn more about ALUMinate President Bob Fealy and the impact giving back has made on his life & his alma mater

Esther Choy's Storytelling Leadership

Learn from Esther why storytelling is so important in fields like business and advancement

Create action plans for each important prospect. Drive change at your organization.