CHERRY HILL, N.J. – Alumni Channel, a web provider of online alumni communities for schools and other non-profit organizations, announced today that St. George’s Primary School Alumni Society of Nairobi Kenya, is relying on the company’s online community solution to develop closer relationships with its alumni.
Naomi Konditi-Kivuvani, Alumni Secretary, made a commitment to begin implementation of the Alumni Channel for their online alumni community. St. George’s Primary School Alumni Society represents an alliance of thousands of St. George’s graduates across Kenya and worldwide. With a growing base of graduates, the alumni society wanted to cultivate stronger bonds with, and among, alumni that would lay the foundation for fundraising in support of critical programs such as campus renovations. St. George’s needed a technology solution that would enrich its existing Web site while reducing costs associated with direct mailings. This would enable the school to provide an interactive, customized experience for each visitor, including opportunities to connect with each other, view alumni events, and eventually make online donations.
To this end, St. George’s deployed the services of Alumni Channel for online community building. The school now has a single point of entry that allows alumni to self-maintain their profile information which can then be used to update the master donor database.
“Schools face a real challenge in keeping connected with alumni who, after graduation, scatter throughout the world,” said Chris Gehringer, president of Alumni Channel. “St. George’s is taking a leadership position in how it uses technology to give its alumni – regardless of whether they live in the area or the Far East – an easy way to stay involved. Having a professional appearance to your alumni organization is just one more step in building lasting relationships with alumni/donors.”
Empowering Graduates through Alumni Channel
With Alumni Channel, St. George’s Primary School Alumni Society will be able to replace a static web site with an interactive online community and enhanced electronic communications. Like most other organizations launching a new web site, getting people to visit the site is a key step. With only a few email addresses on file for its alumni, the alumni society will embark on an integrated marketing campaign to increase awareness and introduce the benefits of registering on the new site. Included in St. George’s service is a new web site address that can be used on all marketing to promote use of the site. Through this effort, the number of contacts will increase over time.
To visit the St George’s Primary School’s Alumni Channel, go to stgeorgesalumni.org.
About St. George’s Primary School
St George’s Primary School was started in 1952. It is one of the oldest primary schools in Nairobi. It was always known as the Gem of the Division, topping in many areas including academics, sports and extra-curricular activities. The school is the first of its kind at the Primary/Elementary level in Nairobi public schools to launch an Association and use this kind of comprehensive database. Many schools are following suit and they hope to build a model to be used by hundreds of other schools in Nairobi and nationally as well.
About Alumni Channel
The Alumni Channel online alumni system is designed to increase alumni connections through a secure online alumni directory that will help connect an organization’s entire membership. Alumni Channel offers alumni a community of their own to contact each other, plan reunions, share stories and photos, and it enables the parent organization/school to maintain and build an alumni database providing with valuable alumni contact information. Schools have the ability to not only announce upcoming events and campaigns on the site itself, but also customize and send mass e-mails, run reports, export data and distribute surveys. Founded in 1998, Alumni Channel is headquartered in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. For more information, visit www.alumnichannel.com.