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!

3 Ways Career Services Can Prove ROI to Alumni

How can institutions prove ROI for alumni through career service and professional development programs? Last month, we released our 2018 Career Services for Alumni Assessments report. We were startled to see that almost all of the respondents reported that 25% or less of their resources for career services go to alumni! With ever-shrinking resources, alumni… Continue Reading 3 Ways Career Services Can Prove ROI to Alumni

2 Ways to Radically Rethink Career Services for Alumni

Institutions say they want to offer better career services for alumni, so why aren’t they? This spring we conducted a nationwide assessment on the state of career services for alumni (a topic our Research Consortium members requested) and the results are in! One of the most concerning trends from that data was how many institutions… Continue Reading 2 Ways to Radically Rethink Career Services for Alumni

Top Takeaways from Our First Idea Lab Session: Engaging Alumni with Story

On Thursday, September 28, 2017, ALUMinate held its first digital Idea Lab session, “Engaging Alumni with Story.” This hour long member-only session was a featured opportunity for all ALUMinate Research Consortium members. All participants received a complimentary copy of Esther Choy’s Let the Story Do the Work. Five institutions (Notre Dame University, Kansas State University, Reed… Continue Reading Top Takeaways from Our First Idea Lab Session: Engaging Alumni with Story

How to Engage Alumni with Story

Engaging alumni can be a real challenge. We know there are a plethora of solutions out there, but have you considered storytelling as a way of reaching alumni? What does storytelling have to do with raising alumni engagement and philanthropy levels? A lot, actually! How alumni identify with their alma mater in the institution’s broader story after they graduate… Continue Reading How to Engage Alumni with Story

4 Ways You’re Neglecting Young Alumni

In our recent welcome questionnaire, we asked all Research Consortium members, “What is your most pressing question or concern about alumni engagement and philanthropy?” Second to the topic of career services and alumni, the most popular response was research and content related to engaging young alumni. You aren’t alone. According to the results of the… Continue Reading 4 Ways You’re Neglecting Young Alumni

6 Innovative Approaches to Career Services for Alumni

In the Regional Alumni Engagement Assessment we conducted in fall 2016, one of the questions we asked alumni relations and advancement professionals was: “What are some resources, programs, practices, or services you think your institution still needs to provide or offer to regional alumni?”  Over 42% of responses to this question related to the desire to provide or… Continue Reading 6 Innovative Approaches to Career Services for Alumni

Five Secrets to Effective Alumni Club Websites

If we think of regional alumni outreach as a recipe, what are the key ingredients? ✓ Strong volunteers and leadership ✓ Dedicated staff ✓ Relevant programming and events ✓ Open communication ✓ Effective use of alumni data Another ingredient that is often overlooked is web presence. When your alumni visit their local club or chapter’s website,… Continue Reading Five Secrets to Effective Alumni Club Websites

How Notre Dame Creates a Culture of Alumni Engagement

*Image info: Eck Vistors Center, Home of Notre Dame Alumni Association. Photo Credit: Copyright © 2017 University of Notre Dame Campus Tour. We’ve already discussed the challenges of engaging alumni in our first post, but what if we consider this from the other end? What can we learn by taking an in-depth look at an alumni association that… Continue Reading How Notre Dame Creates a Culture of Alumni Engagement

5 Surprising Challenges to Regional Alumni Engagement and How to Overcome Them

Did you know that over two-thirds of institutions report* that at least 60 percent of funds raised are from alumni, supporters, and friends who live outside a 75-mile radius of their central campus? Yet, 25 percent or fewer of the staff in these departments are focused primarily on engaging alumni outside that 75-mile radius. Institutions dedicate a lower percentage… Continue Reading 5 Surprising Challenges to Regional Alumni Engagement and How to Overcome Them