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Up until earlier this year, engagement has meant tailgates, alumni happy hours, professional development workshops, and other in-person events. Digital programs were a rarity, an afterthought, a side-of-desk activity for busy event planners. All of that got turned on its head in March of this year. COVID-19 forced an abrupt pivot and, as a result, pushed alumni engagement strategy years into the future.
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The novel coronavirus’s arrival has put an end to the party. Many advancement leaders are now facing a stark reality in which they will have to curtail their operations and cut back on their budgets.
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.
EAB has identified the five defining challenges that advancement will face across the coming decade in this infographic.
Here are the top two transformations within advancement that we suspect might be here to stay and demonstrate COVID-19's impact on university fundraising.
Thanks to the enrollment boom of recent years, alumni populations are at an all-time high. Amid this growth, advancement must solve an engagement quandary: with so many constituents to engage, how do we craft a strategy that resonates both broadly and deeply?
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In an era of astronomical campaign goals and tight advancement budgets, advancement leaders must find new ways to advocate for additional resources. EAB’s benchmarking service, the Advancement Investment and Performance Initiative, gives advancement leaders the data they need to make a compelling case for investment to senior institutional leaders. This webconference shares trends that emerged from data submitted by 170 institutions.