1. Annual Fund: It’s All About Relationships

    Interview with Sylvia Racca | Executive Director, Dartmouth College Fund at Dartmouth College Kathy Howrigan | Senior Consultant & Principal, Analytical Solutions, Marts & Lundy As consultants in development and fundraising, we know that when it comes to the area of annual giving, best practices are continually changing and the...
  2. Communications Strategies: Finding the Balance

    Interview with Amy Ferguson Executive Director of Annual Giving Boston College Ask an annual gift officer what has had the greatest impact on fundraising strategies in the past 20 years and the answer is likely to be “technology.” And the greatest challenge facing today’s fundraisers? Also “technology.” There seems to...
  3. Martha Krohn on Alumni Engagement

    Associate Vice President for Annual Giving, Alumni Relations and Engagement University of Rochester Martha Krohn has a philosophy about annual giving and alumni relations: they should be integrated. At many colleges and universities, these two areas are distinct with distinct goals, programming, staff and responsibilities. Not so at the University...
  4. Marlies Sullivan on Leadership Giving

    Executive Director Regional Advancement University of Rochester There was no hesitation in Marlies Sullivan’s answer when asked to name the key elements of an effective and sustainable leadership annual giving program. Marlies manages a team of major gift officers for Regional Advancement at the University of Rochester. Building a program...
  5. Lil O’Rourke on International Fundraising

    Lil O’Rourke President University of Rhode Island Foundation Despite some recent declines in international student enrollment in American colleges and universities, the most recent IIE Open Doors study reports 1,094,792 international students were enrolled in 2017/18.* As our campuses have become increasingly international over the past decade or more, with...
  6. The MIT 10: Trends in Student Philanthropy

    Young alumni and student fundraising campaigns come with their own special challenges. For example, as Ms. Kavanagh points out, “A quarter of the [student] population leaves every year; a quarter is brand new…so we’re always in that process of educating and adapting.” Learn more about the challenges and successes of MIT’s student and young alumni campaign strategies.

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