Does anyone have any valuable advice for launching alumni chapters? I have leadership in place for the chapter, but find that they are looking to me for leadership. I want to empower them as leaders of the group and see them make the chapter take off. Any suggestions would be appreciated!
From: Michelle Long
We’re a 20 + year old organization that has not tracked participants or alumni up until now… a daunting task to start gathering information on folks who are no longer active. Thoughts? Suggestions? Experiences?
Thank you in advance!
We’ve written previously about the importance of engaging alumni in international recruitment as well as the process of engaging and enabling brand advocates from among your current students. In today’s post, we revisit the key role – the unique role, even – that alumni can play in international recruitment.
The importance of this topic is underscored by the intensifying competition for qualified, self-funded students in markets around the world.
A few alumni relations-minded folks (from the education arena) are getting together on a call to discuss a topic related to alumni relations (see below). This call-in format will allow you to participate and listen to Q&A and ideas from other institutions. This is not an Alumni Channel sponsored or endorsed event, but simply a resource to share.
Subject: Alumni Newsletters
When: November 12 at 1.00pm Eastern Time (10.00am Pacific Time, 6.00pm UK Time)
Call in details: Conference Dial-in Number: (661) 673-8600
Participant Access Code: 828609#
- How do you send your newsletters out
- Do you use links/pdf and where do you post them
- Do you send out the same newsletter to all constituents
- What do you include in your newsletters, and what has been successful / unsuccessful
- Do you use any specific software for producing newsletters
- Any other questions/suggestions
If you have any questions regarding this call, please contact Sarah Terry at email@example.com.
Alumni Channel is happy to announce that we are finishing a basic donation tracking capability. This feature will allow site administrators to input donation records right from an individual member profile. A ‘donation tracking’ link will take admins to a page that provides an input form for new donations, as well as an edit link for existing records.
Each donation record has the capability to store “Donation Date”, “Amount”, “Reason” (could be used for campaign name, perhaps), “Acknowledgement Date”, and “Notes”.
Future enhancements would include additional reports and query capabilities.
The technology is currently in Beta testing (unlike the National Healthcare web site) and will be rolled out to all our communities toward the end of November 2013.
OCTOBER 7, 2011 | POSTED AT BLOG.BLACKBOARD.COM
When Hazel Matthews joined the Sullivan University team less than three years ago, she realized the university was letting a critical asset- its alumni base- leave campus after graduation without maintaining a connection to the college. As Director of Alumni Affairs, Matthews began to work relentlessly with others in the university to change that entirely- and it has definitely paid off. Sullivan University, a Blackboard client, now boasts a robust network of over 4,500 alumni with an active website and social media presence. Alumni referrals have brought dozens of new students to the university and have led many others to job referrals and professional opportunities beyond the walls of the career college. Continue reading
By Vanessa Chase — Writer, Non-Profit Collaborator, Philanthropy Advocate.
Storytelling is an important tool that non-profits are using in fundraising and communications. But perhaps its most important role is being able to forge relationships with constituents in a scalable way. Especially when it comes to annual giving stewardship
Phone calls take time and so do handwritten notes. Planning appreciation events can be costly and you might not have a good turn out. Conducting donor visits would also be out of the question for most annual giving folks.
So what solution is left?
What I would like to advocate for is a major donor-esque approach to annual giving stewardship – accountability report.
The number of low-cost or free online resources and tools available to nonprofits today is astounding. Many nonprofit professionals are overwhelmed by the all choices and as mobile media continues to grow, prepare to be mind-boggled by all the new technology options that will be available to your nonprofit in coming years.
Nonprofit storytelling is a very hot topic lately, although it is hardly a new practice for our sector. But how does storytelling, which appeals to the heart and the imagination, blend with the stringent measurement requirements that so many institutional funders now insist upon? Is there a mixture that works to engage both donors and supporters for the long haul?
Organizations that want to persuade people in their 20s and early 30s to give and volunteer don’t have much of a chance if they’re not updating their Web sites frequently and including compelling details about their causes and the people they serve, a new survey finds.
Three out of four donors born from 1979 to 1994—a generation often referred to as “millennials”—said they were turned off when a nonprofit’s Web site had not been updated recently. Six in 10 said they wanted nonprofits to share stories about successful projects and programs and appreciated information about an organization’s cause and the people it serves.