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The Alumni Perspective
 

Case Study: Alumni Affinity Groups Done Well - Yale Alumni Non-profit Alliance (YANA)

How does an alumni affinity group get started and, perhaps more importantly, what makes it sustainable beyond the initial excitement?

 

Cultivating a thriving affinity group culture

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 Why do some organizations have thriving groups when others seem to struggle with traction?  

We’re frequently asked what the magic formula is for group success, and the answer is pretty simple. Organizations with great group ecosystems have motivated constituent leaders that are supported with the right online tools that help them succeed.

 

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

3 min read

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

3 min read

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