With a storied history including a top-20 national ranking in all-time victories, a top-10 national ranking in both all-time winning percentage and 20-win seasons, and ranking third in regular season conference titles behind perennial NCAA men’s basketball powers Kansas and Kentucky, Western Kentucky University is no stranger to post-season play. So perhaps it is expected […]
BWF Client Advisory — July 26, 2017 2015 CASE Campaign Report Earlier this month, the results of CASE’s 18th survey of educational fundraising campaigns were released in the 2015 CASE Campaign Report. Below, we’ve highlighted some of the fundraising campaign trends and what we think they could mean for your organization. The top 1% of donors continue to […]
It is now that time of year when the class of 2017 is thinking about graduation and the next step coming in their lives. As advancement officers at colleges and universities, you are once again hoping you can crack the code to engage these recent graduates. For that matter, finding ways to engage not just the […]
Why Alumni Salaries Matter and Why Some Colleges Wish They Didn’t Lydia Frank, editorial director at PayScale.com, shares in a Huffington Post blog why alumni salaries are a useful metric. “As long as attending college costs money (and a lot of money, in many cases, even after financial aid is considered), students have a right […]
Earlier this month, US News and World Report released its 2014 college and university rankings. This year saw slight tweaks to the methodology for calculating rankings with a stronger focus on output measures (or how well students are educated) and less weight assigned to input factors (a reflection of the student body). Each year the […]
We often say that alumni associations are the lifetime connection between alumni and their alma mater. Never is this connection more important, or more tested, than in a crisis. Consider Penn State’s Sandusky scandal (2011), Virginia Tech’s campus shooting (2007), or the University of Virginia’s Board of Visitors governance crisis (2012). The alumni associations at […]
In this edition of 5 Things, you’ll get some ideas on how you and your alumni counterparts can work together to further the goals of both programs. How do you work together? Please share other ways that you’ve worked with your partners is the alumni office. P.S. My colleagues at engagealumni.com have some ideas too!
Years ago, I created this image and phrase “integrated advancement ecosystem.” It guides my thinking, and I’ll be building on and detailing the concepts in this framework in the months to come. Some of the components are called different things by different (types of) organizations. For example, “constituent programs” for a university are generally “alumni […]
Good board leadership can help your alumni program achieve more than you think is possible. But for most organizations, board development is one of the toughest areas to navigate. In our upcoming posts, we’ll guide you step by step through this important topic and give you some tools to use as you develop your alumni […]
The Thunderbird School of Global Management enjoyed a 400 percent increase in the number of donors – many of them alumni – to its annual end-of-fiscal-year campaign 2010. Everything they did that year was the same, with one exception – Thunderbird had a small team of social media managers creating and monitoring conversations with the school’s supporters […]
For analytics month at Bentz Whaley Flessner, we are proud to offer this Points of Practice written by our colleague, Jennifer McDonough. Her work in building affinity models for alumni relations has seen tremendous success throughout higher education. And the approach is very transferable to other nonprofits as well. We know you will enjoy Affinity […]
Good question (Patting myself on the back since I asked it myself)! In all seriousness, we have a lot of attention paid on our donor counts, renewals, etc. These are great numbers for us to be paying attention to and they serve as an excellent scorecard. But how are we doing with our constituent relations […]
A fundraiser’s ultimate job is not to raise funds–it is to build relationships. Learn how to create purposeful and strategic cultivation by following these six steps. Posted with permission, Association for Healthcare Philanthropy
The most serious economic recession in 70 years is forcing nearly all non-profits–colleges, universities, children’s hospitals, cultural organizations, and social service agencie–to slash budgets and refocus priorities. One of the first casualties is funding for professional development and training. And this means serious problems for staff retention and program quality are just around the corner. […]
Consultants: Bruce Flessner | Jennifer McDonough
In this expanded issue of the Occasional Papers, read how the economy, elections, and the rise of energy costs will affect your fundraising agenda in the lead article, “A Restless Time for Philanthropy,” by Bruce W. Flessner.