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The Alumni Perspective
 

7 Steps to Measurable Community Success

Let's get right to the point. Effective institutional advancement encompassing community building and fundraising is critical for sustained institutional success. For educational institutions, that means a robust alumni relations program. For other entities, it can be cultivating engaged members or participants. The key is to create a structure and a program that drive the institutional advancement effort. To borrow from the corporate world, “what can be measured, can be managed.”

 

The Generosity of a Powerful Alumni Network

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As engagement and fundraising professionals you are uniquely positioned as ambassadors of generosity and goodwill.

Business author Harvey Mackay said his golden rule of networking was, “Don't keep score".  Don't get me wrong - results are critical, but the hard work you do today to grow connectedness in your network will continue to benefit your organization and your members for decades to come.

So the question becomes how can you most effectively use your time to foster relational engagement across your entire network?

 

Ideas to Engage, Empower, and Advance Your Next Reunion

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Okay Alumni Professionals, you know what time of year it is.  Can I get a “Woot! Woot!” for REUNION SEASON?  We know that  while your alumni love your reunion every year, we also know that you’d like to sell more tickets, plan more events, and have more participation in the fundraisers, too. What if we told you that we can help you achieve all of those goals and more? Read our ultimate guide to find out! 

May 18, 2017
 

Your Online Directory Needs Improvement: 4 Ways to Enhance the User Experience

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We've all been there. You're part of an alumni group or a member organization, and you need to look someone up. "Easy!" you exclaim. "I'll just use the online directory." You open up your browser, go to the site, and...that's when the trouble begins. Read on for some ideas on how you can make sure that the community you provide for your users is easy to use.

January 6, 2017
 

Breaking Down Silos in Alumni Organizations

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In April 2016, Alumni Access published outstanding research presenting the current state of alumni relations. The VAESE Alumni Relations Benchmarking Study outlined several long-term issues that alumni relations and advancement need to be paying attention to now.

November 7, 2016
 

The Voice of Your Alumni

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Most have encountered some version of an alumni network before, and been challenged to do much with it. We graduated with a degree from an accredited university, ready to change the world. But then we realized how tough a job market it is out there. And that’s where the power of the network (a built-in benefit of that degree) comes into play. But oftentimes, it’s extremely difficult for alumni to use this network.

October 3, 2016