Other Resources

There are many sources of information on alumni relations and many ways to organize new programs. Here is the start of a list of references. This page will be updated regularly so please visit often!


Alumni relations

The YaleGALE Guide to Alumni Relations and Volunteer Engagement Slotznick, Ben, Editor, and Kathy Edersheim, co-Editor 2015 (Download on Amazon)

Edersheim, Kathy Alumni Affinity Group Case Study Academic Impressions January 4, 2018.

Smith, Parks Don't be afraid to test your engagement strategies LinkedIn November 28, 2017

Edersheim, Kathy How to Engage International Alumni Effectively Academic Impressions August 9, 2017.

Hanrahan, Kieran Why You Should Be Investing in Alumni Lifetime Value Switchboard April 26, 2017.

Shaindlin, Andy Alumni Networks: Allies for Institutional Reputation Alumni Futures April 13, 2017.

Cohen, Ronald. "Time = treasure: let's pretend higher education fundraising is suddenly illegal. Do you still care about your alumni?" Currents 39, no. 7 September 2013: p. 32-35.

Volunteer engagement

Shaindlin, Andy Three Engagement Breakthroughs for 2018 Switchboard January 4, 2018.

Take a look at these 25 volunteer statistics…they will blow you away VolunteerHub December 5, 2017.

Hrywna, Mark Volunteer Time Value Pegged At $193 Billion The NonProfit Times April 20, 2017.

Brooks, David How to Leave a Mark on People The New York Times April 8, 2017.


Conversation with Tracy Barlok and Janis Martinson Effective Leadership in Advancement The Woolbright Group April 8, 2015.

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Andrew Dubrin, 2016 (8th ed). Leadership: Research Findings, Practice, and Skills. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Michael Hitt, J.S. Black, and L.W.Porter, 2012. Management. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall/Pearson Education.  

Richard Hughes, Robert Ginnett, and Gordon Curphy, 2015 (8th ed).  Leadership: Enhancing the Lessons of Experience. New York: McGraw Hill Education.

James Kouzes and Barry Posner, 2017 (6th ed). The Leadership Challenge. San Francisco: Jossey Bass/John Wiley.

Cynthia McCauley and Ellen Van Velsor (editors), 2004. The Center for Creative Leadership Handbook of Leadership Development. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass/ Wiley.

Robert Quinn, Sue Faerman, M.Thompson, M. McGrath, and D. Bright, 2015 (6th ed). Becoming a Master Manager. Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley.


Allenby, Dan. "Measuring alumni engagement," Annual giving network May 25, 2016.

Hanrahan, Kieran. "Inputs vs. outcomes: are you using the right data to measure ROI?," Switchboard May 24, 2016.

Coolman, Jason. "The good the bad and the easy: what you should know about metrics and measuring alumni engagement," Currents 41, no. 9 December 2015: p. 44-48.

Doyle, Gwen; Fusch, Daniel; Swietlik, Erin. "Beyond friendraising: the shift to metrics-driven alumni relations," Higher ed impact March 27, 2014.

"Is ROI a four-letter word?," BriefCASE 11, no. 5 May 2013.

Brant, Keith E. Regan, Patrick J. "The spectrum of alumni involvement: finding ways to measure the variety and intensity of connections with graduates," Currents 28, no. 2 February 2002: p.  22-28.


The Case for Alumni Mentoring Graduway (March 2017)

Career development

Cook, Lisa 3 Ways to Rethink Career Services and Post-College Outcomes, Academic Impressions - Higher Ed Impact December 7, 2016.


Dillon, Jay Le Roux Alumni Engagement: What We’ve Gotten Wrong And How To Fix It, Salesforce.org January 9, 2018.

The Art of Community, Vogl, Charles, Berrett-Koehler Publishers 2016. (Download from Amazon)

Organizations and websites

Higher Education

Gallup-Purdue Index Report 2015 Summary

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