January 4, 2018 Kathy Edersheim No comments exist

In the never-ending quest to engage alumni (and friends), there seems to be growing interest in affinity or shared interest groups. Considering that, how do you go about forming a successful, sustainable group that has impact? Check out the story of the Yale Alumni Non-profit Alliance at: Case Study

January 3, 2018 Kathy Edersheim No comments exist

With information from over 50 institutions, data from the Impactrics Alumni Relations Assessment provides new insight into trends in alumni engagement. Every institution should consider its own priorities when determining what areas to focus on in 2018 however it can be helpful to understand what others are doing. In brief, keeping in touch with alumni…

October 8, 2017 Kathy Edersheim

The results from the Impactrics Assessment are in: successful alumni organizations offer alumni and students networking opportunities, career support, and mentoring programs. The good news is that it is easier than ever to provide these services with one of many software products now on the market. Having just added @Tassl and @Alumnifire, there are now…

September 11, 2017 Kathy Edersheim

More and more we hear the question: What makes a three- or four-year college education costing tens of thousands of dollars worthwhile – preparing students for a career or providing an opportunity to explore new ideas and learn how to think? At first, the answer seems to be that education must serve both these purposes…

August 25, 2017 Kathy Edersheim

Networking and connecting are at the heart of alumni relations. Every school should have an on-line platform to keep its alumni connected to each other and to the school. How do you know if you should use a proprietary system, an open system such as Facebook or LinkedIn, or third-party software (or some combination)? While…

August 9, 2017 Kathy Edersheim

It’s time to pay more attention to international alumni and how to maintain a mutually beneficial relationship with them. International alumni often want to engage and have a lot to offer their educational institution. Read more about it at How to Engage International Alumni Effectively just published by Academic Impressions. Develop and better define your…

July 19, 2017 Kathy Edersheim

According to the Impactrics Assessment Survey, many alumni relations programs from around the world are putting foundational structures in place as they begin to engage alumni as volunteers and donors. There are some very strong programs that have sustainable structure and programs however they continue to work on metrics and further opportunities for engagement. The…

June 25, 2017 Kathy Edersheim

Regardless of whether you believe that alumni relations and fundraising should be managed separately, as a single unit, or something in between, they share the fundamental goal of generating support for the institution and so they can share techniques for success. McCabe Callahan’s article The Evolution of Philanthropy & the Fall of the Fundraising Pyramid…

June 13, 2017 Kathy Edersheim

Hello World! Markets are global, education is global, and so alumni relations should be global. While most institutions have the majority of their alumni clustered close to campus or within their home country, there is a rapidly growing population of “international alumni” – graduates who returned home from studying abroad or graduates who are working…

June 2, 2017 Kathy Edersheim

Alumni organizations thrive and survive on “meetings” of all types whether leadership training, board meetings, planning meetings or something else (even social events often have a meeting component.) Each time alumni get together in one of these meetings, it is an opportunity to provide a positive experience and to strengthen the connection to the institution…