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Feb 01st


FUNdraising Good Times: Four ways to grow your alumni association

FUNdraising Good Times: Four ways to grow your alumni associationPart two of a two part series on alumni fundraising

Alumni associations offer memberships and raise funds for the colleges and universities they are associated with. Many are independent nonprofit organizations, others operate as part of the institution's alumni relations department. Some colleges have both an alumni relations department and an independent alumni association. Sometimes alumni fundraising efforts are coordinated, sometimes they are haphazard, and other times there is overt conflict between alumni and their alma mater. In our work with colleges and alumni we witness the good, the bad and the ugly. Here are four suggestions for how to grow your alumni association's fundraising program.

Is the thank you note dead?

Is the thank you note dead?Kennedy had a job interview and wants to know, "Do people send paper thank you notes anymore? Or would that seem archaic?" I have been casually asking around about this for the past two years. Overwhelmingly, the answer is Yes. And No.

Car review: 2014 Toyota Highlander

Car review: 2014 Toyota HighlanderCHARLESTON, S.C. — Although they call it a sport utility vehicle, the 2014 Toyota Highlander is a midsize unibody constructed utility vehicle. In other words, it is a crossover utility vehicle or CUV, and it had three rows of seat. This all new rendition of the Highlander is the third generation and the vehicle has done well for Toyota. It sold 129,000 units in 2013. What's more, it has a 40 percent customer retention rate.

FUNdraising Good Times: Three keys to building a successful alumni relations program

FUNdraising Good Times: Three keys to building a successful alumni relations programColleges and universities look to alumni for financial support. If you attended or graduated from college you likely receive fundraising solicitations from your alma mater. Some colleges excel at engaging their alumni and raising money from them. Their programs have been built over generations: first year students are encouraged to set alumni giving as a personal goal. Other institutions such as community colleges are newer to engaging alumni. Many historically black colleges and universities also face challenges.

FUNdraising Good Times: Black gives back

FUNdraising Good Times: Black gives backIf you want to challenge your thinking on the relationship between African Americans and philanthropy you need to follow Founded by Tracey Webb in 2007, takes the stereotype of African Americans as the recipients of others' philanthropy and illustrates – with images and words – that African Americans are busy giving to diverse causes.

FUNdraising Good Times: Is there a need for your nonprofit?

FUNdraising Good Times: Is there a need for your nonprofit?"What do you do when an organization wants to raise money, but there really isn't a need for the organization?" That was the question we were asked recently. We were taken aback by the bluntness, but recognized its value. Here are our thoughts.

Returning to work? A how-to checklist

The Job Market is a store with a revolving door. People go in, people come out. Every day, for a variety of reasons, people change their work situations. Common reasons for entering/leaving the market include: demands of child care, parental care, or personal illness; pursuing further education or training; spouse's relocation, company relocation or bankruptcy. The list goes on. The question is, once I've left the workforce, how do I get back in? My friend KT asked that question today. She said, "What I really need is a checklist." So, for KT and everyone in her situation, here is that checklist:
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