How Misconceptions About Millennials Are Hurting Your College Fundraising … and What to Do About It

You’ve been to college. Maybe it was only for a semester or two, but no matter your tenure, the results are the same: Wait approximately 2.5 months after graduating (or not graduating). Receive letter in the mail summarizing how lucky you are to have received Glorious Education from Spendy University, explaining Current Amazing Cause and cordially requesting that you […]

Breaking Bad Habits in Higher Ed Fundraising Without Needing Your Chemistry Teacher

It’s Monday morning. Your entire department has gathered in the Institutional Advancement office. You aren’t a big higher ed fundraising team, but the excitement in the room is palpable. There’s a fun banner hanging over the window. Someone brought a carrot cake with your mascot on it (in school-themed colors, of course). For a workday, […]

The 5 W’s of the Non-Event: Throw an Event Your Alumni Want to Attend

Your alumni love you. That’s the first thing to remember. They don’t love coming to your events, or even talking on the phone while you try to wrangle some money or information out of them. Institutional advancement departments get funds from a variety of places. You’re asking alumni, foundations, corporations, and other sources. For some […]

Mobile First: Are You Meeting Student’s Expectations?

Last fall, my friend’s daughter began seriously researching colleges. A smart girl, tech-savvy, with a good idea of what she wanted out of college. Her intended major is pretty specific, and not offered at a slew of schools. She did her research, got her list together, and then got down to vetting the programs. She’d […]