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)

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

Higher Ed Fundraising in Times of Division and Upheaval: 3 Insights from the ABA Development Conference

How do we demonstrate the authentic value of philanthropy during the uncertain temper of our times? Earlier this month, ALUMinate took part in the American Bar Association (ABA) Law School Development Conference in Chicago, which was attended by advancement staff and law school deans from major institutions across the country. Both ALUMinate co-founders spoke at… Continue Reading Higher Ed Fundraising in Times of Division and Upheaval: 3 Insights from the ABA Development Conference

More Work Does NOT Lead to Better Results: 3 Essential Insights from Our Time at the 2018 AGB Forum

How do you measure the connection between alumni engagement and alumni giving?  Last month, we attended the 2018 AGB Foundation Leadership Forum in Los Angeles. We sought to continue our research and connect with institutions that may be interested in more effective approaches to regional outreach. On January 22nd, we hosted a breakfast session with… Continue Reading More Work Does NOT Lead to Better Results: 3 Essential Insights from Our Time at the 2018 AGB Forum

What role does philanthropy play in your institution’s future?

When planning for your institution’s future, what role does philanthropy play? In an article titled “The Future of Philanthropy on Campus” on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ website, Margo Wolanin, senior associate vice president for development, discusses the role of fundraisers in UNLV’s future. One of the key arguments of this article is that donors are no longer “giving blindly… Continue Reading What role does philanthropy play in your institution’s future?

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

Secrets to the Alumni Lifecycle

When you think about your institution’s alumni, who do you picture? What is their age? Gender? Race? Religious affiliation? Political leaning? Where do they live? Where do they work? What is their income? Do they have a family? What are their passions? If you had trouble picturing an average alum — or if you resisted… Continue Reading Secrets to the Alumni Lifecycle