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Reviewing Your Post-Season Playbook for Alumni Engagement

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 […]

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Fundraising Campaign Trends

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 […]

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Client Advisory – US News and World Report’s Rankings – Changing Perspectives

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 […]

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What to Do When the Sky Is Falling: How Alumni Associations Respond in Campus Crises

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 […]

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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 […]

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Board Development: Doing it Right

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 […]

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Social Media Increases Alumni Engagement more than 400%

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 […]

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Development and Constituent Training

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. […]

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