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

What’s Your Alumni Leaders’ Journey? (Part 1 of 2)

Do you know the secrets to using customer journey mapping to transform your students and alumni into superstar regional leaders? Most alumni relations and advancement professionals know all too well the challenge of finding and keeping topnotch alumni volunteers and leaders. But what if we approach this challenge with an entirely new mindset and model? What… Continue Reading What’s Your Alumni Leaders’ Journey? (Part 1 of 2)

The 4 Key Ingredients to an Awesome Regional Alumni Event: Part 2 of 2

Is it time to reimagine your regional event strategy? This week, we return with Part 2 of our series on the key ingredients to designing awesome regional events (and, perhaps more importantly, creating that intentional regional event strategy). If you haven’t already, read Part 1 here. Ingredient 3: Intentional Follow-up The event went off without a hitch… Continue Reading The 4 Key Ingredients to an Awesome Regional Alumni Event: Part 2 of 2

The 4 Key Ingredients to an Awesome Regional Alumni Event: Part 1 of 2

Is it time to reimagine your regional event strategy? All institutions are familiar with the challenges of planning alumni events in cities far from their central campus. Especially in the age of ROI and budgetary constraints, effective planning and execution of regional alumni events should multiply the return on your efforts and resources. You and your alumni… Continue Reading The 4 Key Ingredients to an Awesome Regional Alumni Event: Part 1 of 2

How to Reach Alumni through Nostalgia & History: Spotlight on K-State Memorial Stadium

We’ve generated a lot of ideas and discussion about how to engage alumni through story lately, including our first digital Idea Lab session, but what about engaging alumni through history? One of the most effective ways to forge (or reforge!) the connection between alumni and their alma mater is through nostalgia—by reminding them of how their experiences at the… Continue Reading How to Reach Alumni through Nostalgia & History: Spotlight on K-State Memorial Stadium

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