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Breaking the 3 Constraints on Fundraising Growth: A Data-Driven Playbook for Peak Performance

College and university leaders have set their fundraising ambitions sky-high. Yet many overlook critical constraints on performance. Their advancement goals often conflict with the realities of what their prospect bases can sustain, what their teams can achieve given staffing and budget levels, and what their visions for philanthropy’s impact on campus can inspire.

Hallmarks of an Antiracist Institution: The Behaviors and Actions that Promote Racial Justice in Education

The ongoing national conversation about the deadly impact of racism has created an urgency around the need for dramatic change at all levels of society.

Research and Services

6 strategies that address perennial major gift challenges in higher ed advancement

There are three historic challenges advancement must overcome to win new major gift prospects – and thanks to pandemic-era innovations, we now have the ability to tackle these perennial challenges.


Improving Alumni Participation

Alumni donor counts have been declining for years. Decreases in philanthropy nationwide, recent tax law changes, and growth in competition from other non-profits all complicate efforts to acquire and retain alumni donors.

Engaging International Alumni and Prospects

To meet ever-growing campaign goals and fill budget gaps, advancement leaders have realized their domestic fundraising strategies aren’t enough. Learn about the staffing models and organizational structures that are right for engaging international alumni and prospects.

Recalibrate Volunteer Outreach: Cultivating Diverse Volunteer Leadership

Watch the on-demand webinar on our YouTube channel. About the Webconference Most institutions have a handful of alumni affinity champions. However, when asked, diverse alumni champions acknowledge that they had a different experience on your campus. This webconference will support alumni relations professionals and their colleagues in creating an inclusive environment to both recruit and […]

Quick Reads

3 holiday reminders to make the new year productive

While normal alumni responsiveness may feel like the cold shoulder, these winter weeks aren’t hopeless. Quiet inboxes aren’t reason to cease activity but a sign to rest from your typical solicitation routine and find other ways to keep the relationship warm. Here are a few holiday season takeaways to prepare us to embrace winter and warm up the new year…

How to win new major gift prospects after a record year of alumni engagement

During the pandemic, alumni engaged with their alma maters at record levels, yet major gift officers struggled to engage new prospects. Read our blog for three steps to win new major gift prospects after a record year of alumni engagement.

Using artificial intelligence (AI) for more effective annual giving

Even in its early stage of adoption, artificial intelligence (AI) can efficiently raise more money and improve the donor experience.


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