Academic institutions partner with Advancement Resources to establish a common approach to philanthropy that is donor-centric and engages individuals throughout your entire institution.
Academic medical institutions utilize Advancement Resources as a critical partner in building a culture of philanthropy across their institutions, engaging leadership, deans, department heads, researchers, physicians, and other professionals.
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Nonprofit organizations partner with Advancement Resources to establish a common approach to philanthropy that is donor-centric and engages individuals, board members, and volunteers throughout the entire organization.
As we all know, academic leaders play a critical role in development. And, as we all also know, deans sometimes can be reluctant to fully engage with development. So what’s a development professional to do?
As leaders share their vision in order to inspire support for their important work, it is critical not only to share the philanthropic opportunity from a donor perspective, but also to share why the leaders themselves are enthusiastic about this work.
As summer winds down and our children and grandchildren get ready to go back to school, it’s not unusual to feel a little nostalgic for our own school memories.
Deepening the involvement of the faculty and academic leadership in engagement and fundraising efforts is an important step in increasing an institution’s fundraising capacity.
Recently, a chief development officer shared an anecdote about a conversation she had at a national meeting of academic leaders. She asked the representative of a leadership consulting group how his team prepares presidents and chancellors to be effective fundraisers.
An academic leader’s compelling vision should inspire donor commitment to a cause, project, or program. Consider the following additional reasons for communicating a compelling vision.
For many academic leaders, time for fundraising must be juggled with addressing program issues, attending to student needs, and responding to the demands of a wide range of faculty members, in addition to serving the campus and community.
Since young alumni are just starting out, even a small annual gift to their alma mater can feel like a major commitment. As the years pass, this group will increasingly have significant philanthropic potential—but how can we maintain their engagement in the meantime?
Deans and development professionals often ask, “What is the best way to ask donors to endow faculty positions?” Although endowed chairs and professorships seem to matter only to the university, with an informed perspective, donors can be shown the incredible difference that these positions truly make.
Serving a college or university as a development professional affords a wide range of opportunities to engage donors and inspire philanthropy. It truly can be one of the best jobs in fundraising.
Our work with thousands of academic leaders over a decade and a half has led us to identify many of the top questions and concerns deans have related to development work.
Engaging deans and other academic partners in fundraising is a difficult task. It is as much about changing their opinions and misunderstandings as it is about getting their time. Rather than taking this task on alone, join your dean at the process.
Development professionals recognize the critical roles that academic leaders and faculty play in fundraising – articulating the vision, making connections with potential donors, serving as a vital link between donor and university, and so forth.
Major gift officers in academic development generally have three constituencies, each requiring time, focus, and effort: 1) donors and potential donors, 2) academic leaders, 3) volunteers.
As universities and colleges implement more integrated and comprehensive approaches to development, the dean’s role in fundraising is becoming ever more critical.