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Leaders Must Reinforce Diversity on Campus
Article,  Community College News Article Community college presidents and chancellors must "get uncomfortable" to build a truly diverse and inclusive campus culture, according to CASE's director of diversity and talent management.

Inside Grants Offices: Findings from New CASE Survey
Article,  Community College News Article Grants professionals at community colleges track the effectiveness of their offices—but are still grappling with measuring ROI, according to a recent survey.

3 Ways Community College Presidents Can Drive Campaigns
Article,  Community College News Article What can community college presidents learn from taking a 600-mile bike ride? For one president, it not only gave him a chance to reflect on his well-being, but also a lesson in leadership.

Panel Spotlight: Conference for Community College Grants Professionals
Article,  Community College News Article Community college executives, foundation representatives and experienced grant professionals will be on hand to provide insights at the CASE Conference for Community College Grants Professionals, Nov. 1-3, in Washington, D.C.

From Funding to Foundation: From Funding to Foundation: Game Changers for the Community
Article,  Community College News Article With an assist from a former Harlem Globetrotter, one community college has made a transformative social impact and promoted humanities in it's community.

Stay Curious and Focused: Advice for Advancement Shops
Article,  Community College News Article Development shops can support their institution by maintaining a steady focus on their mission and an eagerness to learn new things, according to the executive director of one community college foundation.

Federal Funding Task Force Seeks Volunteers for 2017 Session
Article,  Community College News Article The Federal Funding Task Force is now seeking volunteers to help compile the 2017 Federal Funding to Two-Year Colleges Report.

Sharing Professional Development Valuable for Community Colleges
Article,  Community College News Article Community college leaders and staff have a significant asset: collaboration. According to Diane Shoger, it’s easy to collaborate and create partnerships in the community college world.

Planning Team Named for Conference for Community College Advancement
Article,  Community College News Article Mitch Andrews, executive director of advancement for the Tyler Junior College Foundation in Texas, has been named chair of the 2017 Conference for Community College Advancement. Doug Ferguson, director of alumni programs at Delaware County Community College, will serve as vice chair.

Proposals Sought for Conference for Community College Grant Professionals
Article,  Community College News Article The deadline to submit your proposal is March 17, 2017.

Federal Funding Task Force Webinar Now Available
Article,  Community College News Article A webinar that provides guidance on securing federal funding for community colleges is now available for purchase in the CASE store.

2016 Federal Funding Task Force Findings and Webinar Available
Article,  Community College News Article The Federal Funding to Two-Year Colleges Report is now available for CASE members online.

New Circle of Excellence Award: Public/Private Grants
Article,  Community College News Article A new public or private grants award category has been added to the 2017 Circle of Excellence Awards.

The Great Alumni Hunt: Student Sleuths Track Down More Alumni
Article,  Community College News Article Drawing on a collaborative relationship with faculty, one Wisconsin community college foundation was able to reconnect with more than 400 alumni in one month---at no cost. Better yet, the students who participated gained valuable working experience and awareness of the alumni association and foundation.

CASE Blog: Annual Fundraising Plans for Community Colleges
Article,  Community College News Article Community college advancement shops that lack an annual fundraising plan may be missing an important part of their mission, writes Jeff Bagel with Erie Community College Foundation.

Task Force Finds More Opportunities, Higher Value
Article,  Community College News Article Federal agencies are opening up more funding opportunities for community colleges, which suggests that these agencies are finding more value in these institutions, according to the chair and co-chair of a volunteer research group.

Engaging Internal Support – With Energy, not Money
Article,  Community College News Article Community college foundations are tasked with finding ways to support their institutions with minimal resources and budget. But tapping into campus staff with energy and enthusiasm can be a cost-effective way to raise awareness and support for your institution, according to two CASE faculty members.

Foundations and Community Colleges Must Work Together
Article,  Community College News Article Community college foundations must work in tandem with their community college presidents to promote their mission to the public, according to one CASE faculty member.

Engaging Student Philanthropy in Community Colleges
Article,  Community College News Article When developing a student philanthropy program, community college professionals should start by looking at their past projects and being honest about what has been successful and what hasn’t. And they should never be afraid to try something new, according to two CASE contributing authors.

Use SPARQ to Energize Presentations
Article,  Community College News Article Imagine you come back to work from a long vacation, and someone asks you what you did. You're not going to sit there and list your schedule, hour-by-hour. Instead, you might show them a picture, tell them something you learned or share a funny story.

CASE Names New Director of Center for Community College Advancement
Article,  Community College News Article CASE has named Marc Westenburg, strategic marketing specialist at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois, as the new director of the Center for Community College Advancement. His appointment is effective Aug. 15.

Leveraging Social Media to Build Relationships
Article,  Community College News Article Long gone are the days when institutions experimented with their presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media platforms.

Community Support Drives Giving
Article,  Community College News Article Successful community college capital campaigns can be fortified by interests shared with its community, according to one advancement leader whose institution was recently honored by CASE.

Starting with Zero: A Lesson in Developing Alumni Groups
Article,  Community College News Article Instead of starting with postcards and emails, Brookhaven Community College, located right outside of Dallas, Texas, tried something different when looking to begin the school's first alumni program. The college hosted a kick-off event where they invited every single alumni in recent history back to the campus for a small event.

Using Data to Maximize Marketing Budgets
Article,  Community College News Article Like many community colleges, Tallahassee Community College was looking to grow its enrollment, but instead of simply spending more on advertising and marketing, the college took a step back—and decided to take a different approach to its marketing strategy.

Welcome New Members
Article,  Community College News Article Through an agreement between CASE and the Council for Resource Development (CRD), CASE in July welcomed dozens of new member institutions.

A Strong Foundation Key for those New to Advancement
Article,  Community College News Article Those new to community college advancement need a strong basic understanding of the advancement profession, says Bess Littlefield, chair of the 2016 Conference for Community College Advancement.

Thank You Advisory Committee Members
Article,  Community College News Article Two of the inaugural members of the Center for Community College Advancement Advisory Committee will conclude their service on June 30, 2016.

Social Media Prowess with a Small Team
Article,  Community College News Article Across the country, community colleges are experiencing the same priority struggle: how can a small staff with limited time include the ever-evolving world of social media as a part of a communications strategy?

New Membership Structure Extends CASE Benefits to All Members
Article,  Community College News Article Beginning July 1, all professionals working in advancement services, alumni relations, communications, fundraising and marketing at member institutions will have access to all CASE benefits.

Two Approaches to Alumni Relations
Article,  Community College News Article When Stacey Lockhart arrived at Wenatchee Valley College in 2011, the alumni program was essentially nonexistent. Today, the WVC Alumni Association is on its way to showing return on investment and documenting measurable results.

Share Your Stuff in San Diego
Article,  Community College News Article Feb. 12 is the deadline to submit proposals for the 2016 Conference for Community College Advancement. The fifth annual event will have a new format to better meet the needs of attendees. There are three types of 60-minute sessions:

Alex Trebek: Future Taft College Student?
Article,  Community College News Article Started just two years ago, the West Kern Petroleum Summit, scored quite the coup in 2015: “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek served as emcee of the event.

District Makes Employee Engagement Fun–and Successful
Article,  Community College News Article The key to successful employee engagement–at least for a community college district in California–apparently starts with conga lines.

Take a Selfless Approach to Email Writing
Article,  Community College News Article To better engage their constituents, community college advancement professionals should write emails with messages that focus on the recipient and not the sender, says a communications expert.

Community Colleges Recognized for Advancement Work
Article,  Community College News Article Six community colleges received a combined eight awards as part of the CASE 2015 Circle of Excellence Awards, which honor outstanding work in advancement at institutions around the world.

Top Fundraising Community Colleges Honored
Article,  Community College News Article CASE has named 11 community colleges as recipients of its 2015 Educational Fundraising Awards, which recognize U.S. institutions for overall performance and improvement in educational fundraising programs.

Investments in Planned Giving Prove Worth
Article,  Community College News Article Advancement leaders at community colleges recently honored by CASE credit large bequests with their institution's fundraising success—and encourage others to focus more on planned giving.

The Great Alumni Hunt
Article,  Community College News Article By challenging teams of volunteers to a friendly competition, a California community college foundation reconnected with more than 1,100 alumni in just a month.

Industry Connections 'Goldmines for Fundraising'
Article,  Community College News Article A community college known for its hospitality program is forging new partnerships with local business leaders by inviting them to participate in an industry-specific advisory committee.

Advertising Grant Presents Opportunity for Media Exposure
Article,  Community College News Article Community college foundations can take advantage of a grant program from Google that offers nonprofits free advertising—which can help them promote their mission and increase their visibility on web search results.

The Key to a Positive Work Attitude? Resiliency
Article,  Community College News Article For community college advancement professionals to succeed, they must learn to stay positive and productive in the face of change, challenges and uncertainty, says a communications expert.

Tuition-Free College Among Hot Topics at Upcoming Conference
Article,  Community College News Article The prospect of “free” community college and how advancement practitioners should respond is among the hot topics to be discussed at the CASE Conference for Community College Advancement, Oct. 1-3, in Anaheim, California.

Show Return on Investment of Major Gift Fundraising
Article,  Community College News Article By refocusing her fundraising efforts on major gifts, a community college foundation director helped solicit the largest gift in the history of her institution and helped it quickly surpass the goal of its latest campaign.

Alumni Relations Efforts Gain Traction
Article,  Community College News Article Community college alumni relations programs appear to be gaining momentum based on the findings of a new CASE survey.

Blazing a New Trail in Communications and Marketing
Article,  Community College News Article Doug Wotherspoon was looking into the future…and he didn’t like what he was seeing.

Video Tips on Dealing with Boards and Legislators
Article,  Community College News Article Watch two videos shot at last month’s Conference for Community College Advancement on the culture of foundation boards and engaging state legislators.

New Practitioners Should Make Connections
Article,  Community College News Article Community college advancement practitioners new either to their job or the sector should develop relationships with key influencers on their campus, say two CASE faculty members leading a newcomers workshop.

Plan for Campus Crises
Article,  Community College News Article Every community college should have a crisis management plan for logistics and communications, write a pair of experienced institutional leaders.

President Flips Script on Graduation Speakers
Article,  Community College News Article While many institutions pay for commencement speakers, a community college in Wisconsin does the opposite. It asks speakers to make a gift to the institution.

Survey Results Highlight Foundation Operations
Article,  Community College News Article More than three-quarters of respondents to a recent survey of community college foundations were either planning a major fundraising campaign, had one in progress or had recently completed one.

Market Research Key to Effective Institutional Marketing
Article,  Community College News Article A community attitude and awareness survey is one of the best ways that communications and marketing professionals at community colleges can measure the effectiveness of their efforts, says a practitioner.

Integrate Alumni into Giving Plans
Article,  Community College News Article Community college advancement leaders should incorporate alumni into their institution’s long-term fundraising plans, says one foundation director.

Presidents Shouldn't Shy Away from Advancement
Article,  Community College News Article Community college presidents who embrace advancement position themselves and their institutions for long-term success, writes a former institutional leader.

Free Tuition or Not, a Fundraiser's Job Remains the Same
Article,  Community College News Article Even if students could attend community college for free—as President Obama proposed last month— chief fundraisers at two institutions whose students already benefit from local free-tuition programs say their jobs wouldn’t change significantly.

Heaton Promoted at CASE
Article,  Community College News Article The inaugural director of the CASE Center for Community College Advancement, Paul Heaton, has a new role at CASE: director, Office of the President.

Conference Planning Team Named
Article,  Community College News Article Elizabeth (Bess) Littlefield, executive director of the Reynolds Community College Educational Foundation in Virginia, has been named chair of the 2016 Conference for Community College Advancement. Mitch Andrews, interim executive director of advancement at the Tyler Junior College Foundation, will serve as vice chair.

Teach Colleagues and Learn From Them
Article,  Community College News Article First-time presenters at last year’s Conference for Community College Advancement say they greatly benefited from the experience and encourage others to share their expertise at the 2015 event.

Plan Today for Success Tomorrow
Article,  Community College News Article Every community college advancement office needs a cohesive annual fundraising plan, says one foundation director.

Keeping "Community" in the College Name
Article,  Community College News Article A marketer at a two-year college in Virginia says the “community” in its name is an asset, not a liability.

Garnering Large Gifts Takes a Commitment
Article,  Community College News Article Community college advancement practitioners should spend less time on low-return efforts like golf tournaments and more time on developing a high-yielding major gifts program, says a fundraising leader.

Plan an Engaging Foundation Website
Article,  Community College News Article A well-designed community college foundation website should attract, retain and nurture donors, says a design consultant.

Improve CEO-CDO Relationships
Article,  Community College News Article To champion fundraising efforts on their campuses, community college presidents should have as strong a working relationship with their foundation director as they do with their provost, says one institutional leader.

Revamping a Foundation Board
Article,  Community College News Article Leaders of community college foundations with weak boards have the power to help these bodies overcome a history of underperformance, says a nonprofit development expert.

Students Help College Profile Alumni
Article,  Community College News Article The alumni relations staff at an Illinois community college recently partnered with an English 101 class on a project to interview alumni and write profiles about them. The new collaboration has already proven itself a win-win for all involved.

A Model Community College Magazine
Article,  Community College News Article Community college magazines should have content not just for students and alumni but also for local residents, says the leader of an award-winning publication.

Adopt a Donor-Centered Approach to Leadership
Article,  Community College News Article Community college fundraisers shouldn’t shy away from cultivating major gifts, says a keynote speaker at the upcoming CASE Conference for Community College Advancement.

CEO Support Key to Award-Winning Fundraising
Article,  Community College News Article Advancement leaders at community colleges recently honored by CASE credit strong presidential support of their work for improvements in their institution’s fundraising.

Creating Cultures of Leadership
Article,  Community College News Article Drew Dudley, leadership educator and keynote speaker at the upcoming CASE Conference for Community College Advancement, says that many advancement practitioners aren’t completely comfortable calling themselves leaders. He wants to remedy that anxiety.

Get Compliant with Charitable Solicitation Laws
Article,  Community College News Article Community college advancement leaders should ensure that their institutions are compliant with complex charitable solicitation laws before fundraising outside of their home state.

Learn from a Peer Advancement Review
Article,  Community College News Article Two community college advancement leaders recently invited teams of their peers to identify strengths and weaknesses of their advancement programs.

Redesigning a Community College Website
Article,  Community College News Article Community college leaders should involve faculty and staff when planning an overhaul of their institution’s website, say an advancement director and a web manager.

Launching an Alumni Affinity Group
Article,  Community College News Article Community colleges should develop affinity groups as an alumni engagement strategy, according to a presenter at a recent CASE virtual conference.

Connect Alumni Relations and Career Services
Article,  Community College News Article Community college alumni relations programs can benefit through connections with their institution’s career services office, say two practitioners.

Start Major Gift Fundraising
Article,  Community College News Article Community college fundraisers thinking about launching a major giving effort should first establish a robust annual giving campaign, say a pair of foundation directors.

A Model Public-Private Partnership
Article,  Community College News Article A community college situated in a major petroleum and natural gas production region is partnering with local industry to improve economic and workforce development and grow new sources of support for the college.

Getting Started in Alumni Relations
Article,  Community College News Article For those in newly created alumni relations positions at community colleges, the challenges are many but aspirations remain high as alumni respond positively to outreach efforts.

Conducting an Alumni Survey
Article,  Community College News Article Alumni relations professionals launching new programs should survey former students to shape their programming, says a community college practitioner.

Making Twitter Work for Small Communications Offices
Article,  Community College News Article Community colleges that effectively use Twitter build their brands, increase media coverage and establish trust with the public, says a communications expert.

Putting the Spotlight on Philanthropy
Article,  Community College News Article Students, faculty and staff at an Ohio community college plan to celebrate Student Engagement and Philanthropy Day by raising money to provide emergency assistance to students who might otherwise have to drop out for financial reasons.

Presidents Should Champion Alumni
Article,  Community College News Article Community college presidents need to lead the campus conversation about the value of their institution’s alumni, says the keynote speaker of an upcoming CASE conference.

Community College Professor Wins National Honor
Article,  Community College News Article A math teacher who helps students overcome their fear of the subject is the 2013 Outstanding Community Colleges Professor of the Year.

Conference Planning Team Seeks Proposals
Article,  Community College News Article CASE invites members to submit a session proposal for the 2014 Conference for Community College Advancement.

Options for Competing with For-Profit Institutions
Article,  Community College News Article To successfully compete with the well-funded marketing campaigns of for-profit institutions, community colleges should find strategic ways to position themselves, say two communications and marketing practitioners.

One Size Doesn’t Fit All
Article,  Community College News Article Community colleges leaders should recognize the importance of using different engagement and cultivation strategies to reach and garner donations from different generations of alumni, says a leading alumni relations practitioner.

Planning for Alumni Relations Success
Article,  Community College News Article Leaders of community college alumni programs should develop their own strategic plans to identify priorities for future growth, say two CASE faculty members.

Jump-Start Employee Giving
Article,  Community College News Article By highlighting the impact scholarships make on students’ lives, a Wisconsin technical college increased employee-giving participation from 34 percent to 92 percent in one year.

Stay Connected During a Natural Disaster
Article,  Community College News Article A New Jersey community college impacted by Hurricane Sandy used social media to provide its community with a sense of stability during a tumultuous time.

The Do's and Don'ts of Strategic Planning
Article,  Community College News Article Community colleges need robust strategic plans to address future uncertainty, say CASE faculty members.

Tracking Alumni Engagement
Article,  Community College News Article To show the return on investment of alumni relations, two community colleges have developed systems to measure alumni engagement beyond donations.

Event-Based Fundraising: What’s the Real ROI?
Article,  Community College News Article Community colleges should reconsider holding special events like galas and golf tournaments to raise money as they often have a poor return on investment, say two CASE faculty members.

Motivating Students to Fill the Funding Gap
Article,  Community College News Article Community colleges can grow student giving by educating students that tuition doesn't cover the actual cost of attendance, says an advancement leader.

Leader, Know Thyself
Article,  Community College News Article By understanding their personal leadership characteristics, community college advancement professionals can improve their work performance, says a talent management expert.

Leaders Have a Lot to "Unlearn"
Article,  Community College News Article Community college leaders need to adapt to the changing advancement and educational landscape for their institutions to thrive, says a keynote speaker at the upcoming CASE Conference for Community College Advancement.

Produce a Compelling Magazine
Article,  Community College News Article Magazines offer institutions an ideal opportunity to communicate their value to the surrounding community, say the leaders of two award-winning magazines.

Award-Winning Colleges Share Secrets to Success
Article,  Community College News Article Strong presidential leadership, engaged alumni volunteer boards and increased communications with donors. A handful of community colleges honored by CASE credit these strategies with spurring their recent fundraising success.

Growing Community College Alumni Relations
Article,  Community College News Article New award-winning research shows that community college presidents and advancement staffs believe that alumni programs improve institutional affinity among former and current students.

Refocusing Colleges on Community
Article,  Community College News Article Jan Masaoka, nonprofit expert and keynote speaker at the upcoming CASE Conference for Community College Advancement, says community colleges should think less about themselves and what they need and more about their broad constituency and what it needs.

Make the Most of Your First Donor Visit
Article,  Community College News Article Fundraisers needn’t wait 18 to 24 months before asking a potential donor for a gift, says a community college chief development officer.

Trailblazing Alumni Relations Officers Give Professional Insight
Article,  Community College News Article Establishing a successful alumni relations program at a community college doesn’t happen overnight. It takes sustained financial investment, championing from institutional leaders and a lot of patience, say two pioneering practitioners.

The Road to Changing State Policy
Article,  Community College News Article Community college leaders must make a clear "ask" and articulate the return on investment when advocating for legislation, says the head of a two-year college system.

Bringing Order to a College Website
Article,  Community College News Article To ensure their websites stay fresh and focused, community colleges should adopt a governance policy for those who manage and publish content, says a marketing professional.

Students Learn Importance of Philanthropy
Article,  Community College News Article On Feb. 28, three community colleges participated in Student Engagement and Philanthropy Day, a celebration among more than 120 institutions worldwide spotlighting the importance of private giving to education.

Benchmarking Tools Within Reach
Article,  Community College News Article Community colleges looking for a method to track their fundraising efforts in comparison to their peers should look no further than the Voluntary Support of Education survey, says one advancement leader.

A Call to Action on Advocacy
Article,  Community College News Article Community college leaders must be better advocates for legislation that will increase institutional access, remove barriers to student success and adequately fund their programs, says one of the sector’s most effective champions.

Advice for New Chief Fundraisers
Article,  Community College News Article To achieve fundraising success, chief development officers need to establish a good working relationship with their college president, says a CASE presenter.

Everyone Has Something to Teach
Article,  Community College News Article Both first-time and seasoned presenters at last year's Conference for Community College Advancement say the experience has made them better professionals and are encouraging others to share their knowledge with colleagues at this year's event.

Community Colleges Join Forces in Statewide Fundraiser
Article,  Community College News Article Maryland’s 16 community colleges collaborated in a 24-hour online fundraising blitz last month and raised more than $62,000 for scholarships, programs, facilities and other local projects.

The State of Community College Alumni Relations
Article,  Community College News Article A recent national survey reveals that most alumni relations programs at community colleges are nascent, remain small in scope and have budgets that are spread thin. However, the survey also reveals that community colleges are adopting several best practices that have led to early successes.

Motivating a Fundraising Board
Article,  Community College News Article Advancement officials who liaise with fundraising boards need to take more personal responsibility for their members’ engagement with donor cultivation, says a CASE faculty member.

Rebuilding an Alumni Program
Article,  Community College News Article Morrisville State College, a predominately two-year institution in rural upstate New York, recently rebooted its alumni program and outreach philosophy on campus, garnering more than 300 new donors in a year.

How to Pass a Bond Issue or Tax Levy
Article,  Community College News Article Community colleges should use demographic data to determine the best time to request voter support for bond issues and tax levies, says a former institutional leader.

Keeping a Campaign Short and Sweet
Article,  Community College News Article In just six weeks last year, the Foundation for Santa Barbara City College raised $700,000 and grew its donor base by 35 percent.

Be a Better Storyteller for Your College
Article,  Community College News Article Storytelling is the best tool community colleges have to advance themselves and their cause, says a nonprofit communications expert.

Advice for New Chief Fundraisers
Article,  Community College News Article Two community college chief fundraisers say colleagues who are new to leadership roles in fundraising should engage academic and board leaders in the advancement process, so that they have institutional allies in their work efforts.

Three Paths to Fundraising Success
Article,  Community College News Article There’s more than one way for a community college to significantly improve its overall fundraising performance. Just ask three award-winning institutions from Kentucky, New York and Virginia.

Marketing Lessons from Madison Avenue
Article,  Community College News Article Community colleges shouldn't be afraid to adopt some of the marketing tactics of corporate advertising firms, says a team of marketing experts from Ohio.

Spend Money to Make Money
Article,  Community College News Article Dan Pallotta, nonprofit guru and keynote speaker at the upcoming CASE Conference for Community College Advancement, says community colleges should significantly invest in fundraising.

Track Everything Posted on Social Media
Article,  Community College News Article A skilled social media maven from an institutionally related foundation in Texas says college officials should measure the impact of everything they post on Facebook, Twitter and other similar networks.

Getting LinkedIn with Lost Alumni
Article,  Community College News Article A Pennsylvania community college more than tripled its alumni mailing directory in less than two years using the social network LinkedIn.

How Presidents and Development Directors Work Together
Article,  Community College News Article Mutual respect and common understanding are essential to productive relationships between chief executives and chief advancement officers at community colleges, says one such duo from a two-year institution in New York.

Community College Leaders Urged to Fundraise
Article,  Community College News Article Fundraising emerged as a new, hot topic at a recent annual meeting of community college leaders.

Advancement Research Tools Available at Your Fingertips
Article,  Community College News Article Benchmarking data and research about community college advancement programs are plentiful—if you know where to look.

Students Dial Up Donations
Article,  Community College News Article Involving students in phonathons is a great way to generate excitement on campus and drum up community support for an annual fund, says a development officer at a Michigan community college, who adds that most students say they love the work and are happy to help.

Don’t Leave Money on the Table
Article,  Community College News Article Nearly one in 10 gifts to educational institutions is eligible for a matching gift from employers of individual donors. It’s time more community colleges took advantage of these opportunities, say a group of matching gifts experts.

Finding Metrics that Matter and Learning to Use Them
Article,  Community College News Article Many in the community college sector talk about “integrated marketing” but few understand what it means and how it can transform their institution’s operations, say a pair of practitioners at a Massachusetts community college.

Turning Community College Alumni into Donors
Article,  Community College News Article The advancement staff at the Community College of Baltimore County in Maryland—where alumni donations increased 89 percent in one year—has discovered practices that turn alumni into donors.

Foundation Leader Recognized for Contributions to Profession
Article,  Community College News Article Betheny Reid, president of the Dallas County Community College District Foundation, was recently named the recipient of a 2012 CASE Commonfund Institutionally Related Foundation Award for her work. She hopes her institution’s rise from humble beginnings to the seventh-largest two-year college foundation will inspire her colleagues in the sector to embrace advancement.

Advice for Building a Strong Advancement Program
Article,  Community College News Article A leading expert on community college fundraising says two-year institutions can secure a proportionate share of dollars given to higher education by applying management practices used by four-year colleges and universities.

Calif. Colleges Turn to CASE for Professional Development
Article,  Community College News Article Amid ongoing state budget cuts to education, advancement professionals at community colleges in California face growing pressure to raise more private funds and increase alumni interest to support the operations of their institutions. Thanks to a new partnership between CASE and the Network of California Community College Foundations, advancement professionals at the state’s 112 community colleges will receive even more professional development, services and support at this critical time in their history.

Community College and Business Partnerships Take Root
Article,  Community College News Article During last month’s State of the Union address, President Barack Obama spoke of a partnership between Siemens AG and Central Piedmont Community College in North Carolina that helped an out-of-work mechanic enroll in training and earn a high-paying job at the company. The president applauded the effort and called on more two-year institutions and private businesses around the country to engage in similar job-creating partnerships.

Engineering a Great Board
Article,  Community College News Article Any good volunteer board needs a tune up every now and then—and community college foundation boards are no exception. A board’s makeup should change as the institution’s goals change, experts say, whether this means attracting members willing to take on a more proactive role in fundraising or bringing on higher-level executives who maintain invaluable professional networks.

Everyday Ideas for Engaging Students
Article,  Community College News Article Alumni relations professionals know that engaging current students with their institution is key to future giving. A number of two-year schools—even those without a full-blown alumni relations program—are creatively using their existing resources and programs to enrich the college-going experience of their current students. Even a one-person advancement shop can learn from their experiences.

Professor of Year Helps College Garner Grants
Article,  Community College News Article The Math Outreach Center at Amarillo College—brainchild of CASE’s 2011 outstanding community colleges Professor of the Year—began six years ago with no space, no personnel and no budget. Today, the center provides more than 23,000 hour-long tutoring sessions annually to students—many of whom see their test scores increase at least one letter grade after visiting one or more times. But students aren’t the only ones reaping the rewards of the center’s success. The Texas community college has recently garnered national attention and millions of dollars in federal grants.

Get to Know Your CASE District
Article,  Community College News Article Community college officials looking to get more out of their CASE experience should consider attending events in their CASE district, which may provide a number of convenient and cost-effective opportunities for advancement training.

Revealing the Community College Alumni Donor
Article,  Community College News Article Using predictive models, four-year institutions develop profiles of alumni donors so that they can target efforts to those alumni most likely to give. Community colleges, however, have been unable to benefit from such tactics because a profile of their alumni donors did not exist. Now, thanks to groundbreaking research, some characteristics of community college alumni donors have been revealed—and are sure to provide new direction for two-year college administrators, fundraisers and alumni professionals.

Using Social Media Deliberately
Article,  Community College News Article Many community colleges are unsure how to manage their social media presence to achieve their institutions’ strategic goals. CASE will host a webinar Nov. 8 explaining how community college advancement teams should use social media, both coherently and strategically, to grow enrollment and build brand.

Out of Thin Air, an Alumni Database
Article,  Community College News Article When the Northwest Technical College Foundation was established in 2005, it had a problem. The small Bemidji, Minn., institution and its predecessor colleges had never kept track of alumni data in their 40-year history. In 2009, the foundation set about the tall task of compiling its very first alumni database. And it found a significant number of alumni by asking local businesses for help in the search process.

Fundraising 101
Article,  Community College News Article Community colleges looking to spark a culture of advancement on their campuses need look no further than the classroom. Several two-year institutions have reaped the benefits of teaching their students, faculty and staff the ins and outs of fundraising

Noteworthy Former Community College Students
Article,  Community College News Article When Business Insider last month published its list of “the most famous community college students of all time,” it created an opportunity for community colleges to showcase their vast reach as well as their accomplished former students.

Survey Looks at Institutionally Related Foundation Funding
Article,  Community College News Article About 72 percent of community college foundations had endowments valued at less than $10 million last fiscal year. The mean amount of private support raised per community college foundation was around $1.8 million. These are among the findings of a 2010 CASE survey of institutionally related foundations affiliated with public institutions of higher education in the United States.

You Asked For It...
Article,  Community College News Article More than 50 advancement professionals from throughout the United States participated in a series of CASE Virtual Town Hall meetings last month, offering ideas for the Center for Community College Advancement.

Learn to Run a Successful Volunteer Annual Fund Blitz
Article,  Community College News Article Last spring, the two-person advancement staff at Los Rios Community College District mobilized volunteers for an annual fund campaign that raised more than $40,000 in two weeks. In October 2011, officials behind the campaign will host a webinar on how to launch a similar campaign with limited staff and resources.

The VSE: "An Aspiration Tool"
Article,  Community College News Article The Voluntary Support of Education survey is considered by many to be the authoritative national source of information on private giving to higher education. However, community college participation in the survey has remained low. Arguing that the survey is an invaluable tool for their field, many community college officials say they would like to see more of their peers participate.

CASE Launches Center for Community College Advancement
Article,  Community College News Article Community colleges now have access to an expanding array of programs and services being offered through the new CASE Center for Community College Advancement.

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