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  • Hacking the Non-Alumni Paradox

    Recorded On: 07/18/2016

    Take advantage of the many ways in which your institution engages with the world to reach new, diverse, non-alumni prospects and prospect networks. Explore the topic of donor engagement built on institutional mission and outcomes, with the goal of expanding your prospect pipeline to include major and principal gift prospects outside of your usual sphere. Who is this donor cohort? What will attract them to your organization, and what will they, as donors, expect from their philanthropic partnership? Explore ways to identify, cultivate and solicit new prospects, previously unaffiliated with your institution.

    Take advantage of the many ways in which your institution engages with the world to reach new, diverse, non-alumni prospects and prospect networks. Explore the topic of donor engagement built on institutional mission and outcomes, with the goal of expanding your prospect pipeline to include major and principal gift prospects  outside of your usual sphere. Who is this donor cohort? What will attract them to your organization, and what will they, as donors, expect from their philanthropic partnership? Explore ways to identify, cultivate and solicit new prospects, previously unaffiliated with your institution.

  • Engaging alumni in the LGBTQ Community

    Recorded On: 07/13/2016

    Engaging alumni in the LGBTQ Community

    Engaging alumni in the LGBTQ Community 

  • What are Donors Telling Us?

    Recorded On: 06/30/2016

    In major gift fundraising, there is a more important “ask” than the request for a gift. In prospect strategy discussions, staff members, board members, and other volunteers usually focus on the what, when, and how associated with asking for gifts, and they typically spend little to no time on this more important ask: asking prospective donors what they and their families are hoping and planning to accomplish with their philanthropy. In the words of one leading philanthropist: “Taking the time to learn about donor objectives allows for true dialogue and a more robust conversation. When organization and donor vision can be brought into alignment, some truly exciting things happen.” This webinar will focus on our role as facilitators of philanthropic partnership and on creating an environment in which philanthropic partnership flourishes.

    In major gift fundraising, there is a more important “ask” than the request for a gift. In prospect strategy discussions, staff members, board members, and other volunteers usually focus on the what, when, and how associated with asking for gifts, and they typically spend little to no time on this more important ask: asking prospective donors what they and their families are hoping and planning to accomplish with their philanthropy. In the words of one leading philanthropist: “Taking the time to learn about donor objectives allows for true dialogue and a more robust conversation. When organization and donor vision can be brought into alignment, some truly exciting things happen.” This webinar will focus on our role as facilitators of philanthropic partnership and on creating an environment in which philanthropic partnership flourishes.

  • Volunteer Talent Management Finding, Recruiting, and Keeping the Best

    Recorded On: 06/20/2016

    Volunteer Talent Management – Finding, Recruiting, and Keeping the Best Volunteers can be (should be) force multipliers, especially for advancement programs with a small staff and budget. There is an art to attracting, recruiting, onboarding, and nurturing a wonderful corps of volunteers to help you with all aspects of fundraising and alumni relations. During this idea packed webinar, we’ll help you attract and keep volunteers who generously give their time, treasure and talent.

    Volunteer Talent Management – Finding, Recruiting, and Keeping the Best Volunteers can be (should be) force multipliers, especially for advancement programs with a small staff and budget. There is an art to attracting, recruiting, onboarding, and nurturing a wonderful corps of volunteers to help you with all aspects of fundraising and alumni relations. During this idea packed webinar, we’ll help you attract and keep volunteers who generously give their time, treasure and talent. 

  • Reviewing Current Trends to Drive Future Advancement Strategies

    Recorded On: 06/15/2016

    Each year, Target Analytics, a Blackbaud company, compiles fundraising data from private and public institutions to evaluate annual fund trends such as acquisition, retention, reactivation, patterns in donor migration and much more. This webinar focuses on trends from 2013 data and looks at other aspects of donor behavior.

    Each year, Target Analytics, a Blackbaud company, compiles fundraising data from private and public institutions to evaluate annual fund trends such as acquisition, retention, reactivation, patterns in donor migration and much more. This webinar focuses on trends from 2013 data and looks at other aspects of donor behavior.

    Speaker

    Shaun Keister, Vice Chancellor of Advancement,  UC Davis

    Jenny Cooke, Smith donorCentrics Solutions Consultant,  Target Analytics

  • Structuring a Small Advancement Shop

    Recorded On: 06/13/2016

    Whether you are presented with the opportunity to restructure your existing staff, or to add new members, this webinar will review how to analyze your current needs, identify available resources within your organization, and how to augment existing assets with external sources.

    Whether you are presented with the opportunity to restructure your existing staff, or to add new members, this webinar will review how to analyze your current needs, identify available resources within your organization, and how to augment existing assets with external sources.

  • Leadership Transition

    Recorded On: 06/09/2016

    his session explores how to best maneuver the fundraising operation through leadership transitions and specifically explores ways to close gifts and/or transition key prospects before a leader moves on, maintain constituent relationships in an interim period, support the search effort by evidencing fundraising momentum, retain fundraisers, prepare a leader for his/her role in the advancement effort and, finally, introduce the new leader to alumni and friends of the institution.

    Changes in institutional leadership (deans, provosts or presidents) pose challenges for fundraising.  Indeed, it’s not uncommon for prospect activity that had been pacing smoothly to come to a screeching halt.  Turnover can give prospective donors not yet committed to a gift a reason to pause, and institutional leadership can appear less than confident when a key position is open.  But momentum doesn’t have to slow during a transition; in fact, a leadership transition can actually fuel fundraising.  This session explores how to best maneuver the fundraising operation through leadership transitions and specifically explores ways to close gifts and/or transition key prospects before a leader moves on, maintain constituent relationships in an interim period, support the search effort by evidencing fundraising momentum, retain fundraisers, prepare a leader for his/her role in the advancement effort and, finally, introduce the new leader to alumni and friends of the institution.

    Speakers:

    • Howard Heevner
    • David Beidleman
    • Daniel Helwig
  • Best Practices in Student-Alumni Programming

    Recorded On: 06/07/2016

    Student Alumni program help institutions establish values while enhancing the academic experience. Often sponsored by the alumni relations office, these programs help to create traditions for students. Listen as a student advancement practitioner shares best practices of organizational structuring, student lead programming and publications strategies.

    Student Alumni program help institutions establish values while enhancing the academic experience.  Often sponsored by the alumni relations office, these programs help to create traditions for students.  Listen as a student advancement practitioner shares best practices of organizational structuring, student lead programming and publications strategies.

  • Developing a Pipeline into the Profession Through an Internship Program

    Recorded On: 06/02/2016

    What tools are needed to build a successful student internship program in a development office? Find out from the University of Michigan Development Summer Internship Program, which uses meaningful work on fundraising projects, course work for credit, and a professional development component to introduce undergrads to fundraising as a career.

    What tools are needed to build a successful student internship program in a development office? Find out from the University of Michigan Development Summer Internship Program, which uses meaningful work on fundraising projects, course work for credit, and a professional development component to introduce undergrads to fundraising as a career.

    Speaker:

    Katy Wallander, Program Director, Development Summer Internship Program

  • The Endowment Debate

    Recorded On: 06/01/2016

    With the changing national economy, the power of endowments has become increasingly evident for educational institutions. Understanding the endowment debate is critical for modern-day fundraisers and institution leaders. This webinar investigates current trends seen with endowments in secondary and higher education and their implications – good and bad – for the branding and fundraising success of organizations.

    With the changing national economy, the power of endowments has become increasingly evident for educational institutions. Understanding the endowment debate is critical for modern-day fundraisers and institution leaders. This webinar investigates current trends seen with endowments in secondary and higher education and their implications – good and bad – for the branding and fundraising success of organizations.