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Amid a global pandemic and recession, students face unprecedented challenges securing jobs and internships. According to a Handshake student survey conducted in March, 73% of college seniors are still searching for full-time jobs, and 23% of students with a secured internship had the offer rescinded. Here are three urgent action items for supporting your graduating students’ career needs right now:
The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked many questions for alumni relations teams: how can we continue to engage alumni while also offering support? How do we shift existing engagement opportunities to fit a new format?
Alumni relations and fundraising have been turned upside down by the pandemic. Alumni are looking for career networks and informal and virtual opportunities to connect with old friends, not nostalgic on-campus experiences. Hear innovative strategies to stay relevant to alumni from Longwood University AVP Alumni & Career Services—and host of the Advancement Legends podcast—Ryan Catherwood.
COVID-19 disrupted the spring recruitment process. It left students unable to complete their internships and recruiters unable to visit campus. Here are four examples of ways alumni can help the class of 2020 right now.
Learn three strategies to drive millennial engagement and donations by capitalizing on their desire for direct, cause-orientated impact.
Around 77% of female millennial alumni have given to their favorite non-profit cause—but only 44% have given to their alma mater (compared with 56% of their male counterparts). Why? Many colleges and universities are not offering the kind of engagement that high-powered and wealthy alumnae want with their alma mater. OSU has approached this challenge with a unique dedicated giving circle that awarded more than $80,000 to 13 initiatives across campus in 2015 alone.
At EAB, we recently had the privilege of talking with more than 30 Presidents and Chief Advancement Officers from regional colleges and universities across the United States in two virtual working-group sessions. In these meetings, we asked which outreach, engagement, cultivation, and solicitation strategies are working right now as institutions move beyond the initial “check-ins” or “care calls” of the earlier part of 2020 to restart giving conversations with donors today.
Learn how progressive institutions create corporate chapters, groups for alumni who work at the same company, to facilitate engagement and leadership opportunities.
EAB is creating small-group cohorts of independent school peers, meeting monthly at regularly scheduled times. During these events, EAB will present timely updates on top-of-mind advancement issues, and for peer discussion among advancement leaders.
The arrival of COVID-19 turned everything we thought we knew about advancement on its head in the blink of an eye. This webinar provides guidance on mitigating the impact of budget cuts on ROI, filling next year’s proposal pipeline, mitigating risks within the most vulnerable part of the gift pyramid, and sustaining mindshare through innovative digital offerings.