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Demand for fundraisers has exceeded pre-recession levels as higher education institutions rely on major gifts to replace other sources of revenue. This environment has created a seller’s market in which highly qualified gift officers can choose employment opportunities. Unfortunately, they often overlook community colleges. There are many places colleges can look for fundraisers—but both internal…

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About the Webconference In today’s challenging fiscal environment, philanthropy is one of the most important- and most promising- revenue streams. Community colleges continue to face increased pressure on operational revenue streams due to decreases in state appropriations and student enrollments. This session identifies top ways to source major gift officer talent in community college fundraising…

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