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A Rejection Letter to Advancement

The Office for Alumni of Colleges and Universities Advancement Office 1 Development Dr. Collegetown, USA Dear Alma Maters, We have carefully reviewed all of your information and credentials as an applicant for our annual act of philanthropy. After much consideration, we regret to inform you that we are unable to offer you a financial gift... Read More

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Prospect Research, Big Data, and Poetry

Sarah Bernstein is an independent consultant in Milwaukee, WI, supporting nonprofit organizations with prospect research and database analysis. She earlier worked in both the social service and higher education sectors. Sarah is an active member of APRA International and past president of the APRA Wisconsin Chapter. She blogs at The Fundraising Back-Office and can also be found... Read More

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The Importance of an Alumni Association Blog

Dan Klamm is Director of Young Alumni Engagement for the NYC office of his alma mater, Syracuse University. He has six years of experience across higher education career services, alumni relations, and marketing. Feel free to connect with Dan on Twitter and LinkedIn.   Alumni organizations have many constituents—first and foremost, alumni. Secondarily, alumni offices connect with students, prospective students,... Read More

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A Day in the Life of a Fundraiser – Mike Meech of Brown

At EverTrue, we are working with all-star nonprofit institutions, from higher-ed schools like Union College to independent schools like Millbrook (both located in New York state!). Despite the differences in the way these schools approach fundraising, they all have at least one thing in common: building relationships is at the heart of what they do. We... Read More

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Striking Out: What Fundraising Can Learn From the American Pastime

Baseball is back! The “American Pastime” has just raised the curtain on its 145th season, and everyone is excited!   Well, by “everyone,” I mean “not nearly as many people that used to be excited about opening day, or baseball in general.” Whether it’s declining stadium attendance, TV ratings, or Little League participation, baseball is... Read More

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5 Reasons Why I Love Being an Annual Fund Volunteer

Annual fund leaders across the country are hitting the homestretch and ramping up efforts as the June 30th fiscal year end approaches. For many of these leaders, the picture has been grim over the last decade as alumni giving rates have fallen into the single digits. Alumni have never been easier to reach. But they’ve... Read More

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Rethink Your Advancement Budget to Raise More. It's THAT Simple.

If you work for a university, you may have noticed the ceiling above your head creaking a bit. Maybe it’s just the building settling, or maybe it’s the sign of a problem “overhead” with the foundation. Higher ed’s rate of hiring non-academic staff is starting to make headlines—making it harder and harder to convince our donor base... Read More

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And the March Madness Social Media Winner Is…

Dan Klamm is Director of Young Alumni Engagement for the NYC office of his alma mater, Syracuse University. He has six years of experience across higher education career services, alumni relations, and marketing. Feel free to connect with Dan on Twitter and LinkedIn.   College basketball is in the air! As the NCAA Championship Game looms closer, let’s see how... Read More

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How to Promote Your Alumni Facebook Page in Minutes

So you run your institution’s alumni Facebook page. You’re sharing great content (hopefully incorporating these five types of posts), and you’ve got a solid number of “likes” on your page. But in the back of your mind, you know that only a small fraction of your alumni base follows your page and sees this content. You’re looking to ramp up social engagement—and... Read More