Super-Sexy Higher Ed Email Strategy

Why does everyone groan when I ask how they go about producing a strategy for email engagement? My clients will pay us top dollar for a strategy without batting an eye. No flinching. Hands-down they do ~not~ care to do them. Even prospects are contrite when this question rolls around during discovery. One new client […]

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 […]