Alumni News, Updates, Webinars – May 2011

Hello Alumni Relations folks, it’s Alumni Channel. Have you missed us? 

Spring has definitely sprung at Alumni Channel!

We’re excited to be connecting back to our mailing list subscribers with fresh ideas on connecting with alumni. You can expect to hear ideas from us more frequently going forward…but, not too much – just on a monthly basis.

Since we last reached out to you, we’ve been doing a bit of…well, spring cleaning. We made some great progress with our existing products, created some new ones and also improved the user experience.

Have some feedback or thoughts of your own that you’d like to share? Let us know on our Facebook or Twitter pages, or just by sending an email back to us at We are here for you!

Now, onto the good stuff . . . this e-mail focuses on the seminars offered by our friends at idealware.


Chris Gehringer


Idealware, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, provides candid Consumer-Reports-style reviews and articles about software of interest to nonprofits.

Getting Started with Email Fundraising $40 | Idealware

Fundraising via email requires an understanding of a number of different elements – designing an email campaign, writing an email, avoiding spam filters, broadcast email tools, online donation tools, and more. We’ll walk through what you’ll need to know to design your own email fundraising campaign. The agenda includes:

  • Crafting Your Campaign
  • Writing an Effective Email
  • Choosing a Broadcast Email Tool
  • Choosing an Online Donation Solution
  • Track Your Success

By the end of the session, you will understand:

  • How to design a email campaign with a story, arc, and timing that will appeal to your constituents
  • Best practices in writing emails, including subject lines and asks
  • What tools can help with sending emails and collecting online donations
  • What metrics you should track to allow you to improve your campaign over time.

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Other future Idealware seminars:

  • May 26, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Eastern. $40.00

    What tools can help a small organization track volunteers, donors, partners, and other constituents? We’ll view and compare the commonly used databases.
  • May 31, 2:00 pm – June 28, 3:30 pm Eastern. $200.00

    This intense 5-part training course in social media will take you deep into the decision-making matrix and help you walk away with a social media strategy — including the tools best suited to do the job. Offered in partnership with NTEN.
  • June 2, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Eastern. $40.00

    What tools can help you conduct meetings or training over the Web? We’ll talk about the features that can help, and compare some of the free and affordable options.
  • June 9, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Eastern. $40.00

    How do you keep track of your volunteers? Do you still use pen and paper? Should you buy a new tool for tracking volunteers, or use one that you already have?
  • June 16, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Eastern. $0.00

    In February 2011, Idealware distributed a survey to over 500 nonprofit professionals already using Facebook as part of their communications mix, and the results are in. Through an online survey, telephone interviews, and case studies, we now provide an update to the research from our Nonprofit Social Media Decision Guide to answer your burning questions
  • June 23, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Eastern. $40.00

    How can a nonprofit make the best use of social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn? We’ll talk through how they work, what’s worth doing, and how other organizations are using them.
  • June 30, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Eastern. $40.00

    How do you build a list of constituents truly interested in your cause? We’ll discuss a wide variety of techniques that can help, and how they all fit together.
  • July 14, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Eastern. $0.00

    You’ve got data. How do you transform it into charts, graphs, and maps that will help your audience understand the data and move them to take action? In this online seminars, we’ll talk about the types of chart and map formats that might be useful to you, and then take a look at a number of the software packages that can help you create data graphics for both web and print publications.
  • July 21, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Eastern. $40.00

    Mobile applications – programs that run on your constituent’s iPhone or other phone — can be a useful tool in a nonprofit communicator’s toolbox. We’ll talk through the principles, software packages, and best practices that can help.

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







Welcome Aboard

We’d like to welcome the following organizations to the Alumni Channel family of online communities:




[Logo]Business & Hotel Management School (BHMS)  

Luzern, Switzerland

[Logo]Egg Harbor Township High School

Egg Harbor Township, NJ


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Alumni Channel is exhibiting at the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities 2011 Annual Convention & Exposition in Texas June 6-8, 2011. Schools we work with (The Chef’s Academy, Institute of Audio Research, Sullivan University, Spencerian College and the Sullivan College of Technology and Design) are all members of APSCU. Stop by Booth 1135.

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