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Stewardship: The Webb Schools - Bronze Award
Best Practice A goal of The Webb Schools' 2007 annual giving program was to do a better job of stewarding constituents in a creative and cost-effective way. Staff implemented two new online strategies: an e-newsletter for class agents that provided current news to share with classmates, and a flash movie for reunion classes. Staff also redesigned an existing holiday greeting to omit the solicitation and serve simply as a greeting and thank you. These three strategies spread goodwill among constituents, motivated class agents and increased annual giving totals. As of December 31, dollars raised and number of donors reached an all-time high.

Corporate and Foundation Programs: Bow Valley College - Silver Award
Best Practice Bow Valley College's first-ever fundraising campaign, "Improving Lives Beyond the Classroom," set out to raise $10 million over five years. With funding in 2005, 2006 and 2007 from Suncor Energy Foundation, the Canadian community college developed a program called Placement Services for Immigrant Professionals. The college also leveraged the Suncor gift to launch a new integrated employment service for students, alumni and clients called BVCWorks.

Student Alumni Initiatives: Chapman University - Silver Award
Best Practice The Chapman Ambassadors Program was formed in 2000 to assist with a few events but languished in the absence of a committed leader. During spring 2005, the program was restructured and redesigned. After three years of incremental membership growth, the program has achieved the planned maximum of 30 members and become a successful student group.

New Program Initiatives: Arizona State University - Silver Award
Best Practice Arizona State University created a special program within the Alumni Association to engage faculty and staff who are also ASU alumni. The U Devils program was successfully launched with a series of events and activities and a membership campaign.

Revenue-Generating Programs: Villanova University - Silver Award
Best Practice The Villanova University Alumni Association has established a varied portfolio of corporate partnerships resulting in a 48% growth in revenues over 5 years. In 2007, VUAA developed a Partnership Guide to provide a concise and consistent response to alumni, businesses and corporations interested in partnering with the Association to reach their marketing goals. Through revenue generated by this program, the Alumni Office has added benefits, services, programming, and staff despite budget cuts.

Programming for Special Constituencies: University of Waterloo - Gold Award
Best Practice 2008 Circle of Excellence Awards Program - Programming for Special ConstituenciesUniversity of Waterloo - 50th Anniversary Gala in Hong Kong - Gold Award

Imperial College London: Silver Award
Best Practice The Imperial College International Ambassador Scheme was launched in September 2006 to enhance the way the College engages alumni who live outside the UK. The scheme gives international alumni exposure to senior members of the College administration and faculty, enhances services for overseas alumni, provides College updates from those who experience and influence college life, enables established international alumni groups to use Ambassador events to gain new active members, helps inactive groups to revive activities, and enables senior staff members to actively contribute to relationship building with alumni.

Diversity Programs: Villanova University School of Law - Gold Medal
Best Practice Villanova University School of Law: Why Diversity Matters - 2007 Circle of Excellence Awards Program gold medal-winning program in Alumni Relations Programs: Realizing the need to engage the larger legal community in the discussion of the importance of and ongoing challenge to achieving meaningful diversity in the legal profession, the Villanova Law Minority Alumni Society launched its first annual program on diversity in Center City Philadelphia.

Alumni Relations Programs: Tufts University - Gold Medal
Best Practice On Oct. 19, 2006, Tufts University Alumni Association invited all regional chapters to participate in Tufts World Day, a series of orchestrated events around the world that celebrated the university's networks of alumni, parents, students, and friends. Tufts World Day promoted a connectedness among alumni and back to alma mater just two weeks before the public launch of "Beyond Boundaries: The Campaign for Tufts."

Alumni Programs: Upper Canada College - Silver Medal
Best Practice Upper Canada College's Common Ties Mentorship Program facilitates relationships between students, alumni and members of the community to help individuals excel educationally, professionally and personally. The program offers three distinct services to the UCC community: an Alumni Career Mentorship Program, an IB University Mentorship Program and Common Ties Events.

Revenue Generating Programs: Georgia Tech Alumni Association - Silver Medal
Best Practice Georgia Tech Alumni Association's Alumni Career Fair and Conference has evolved into a large-scale event attracting employers from all over the country and alumni from more than 30 states. The 23rd annual event included two career sessions, on-site interviews, a breakfast speaker, a lunch speaker and extensive networking opportunities.

Collaborative Programs: Florida International University - Bronze Medal
Best Practice Sponsored by the Florida International University Alumni Association and the university bookstore, FIU's bi-annual Commencement Grad Send-Off provides the graduating class an opportunity to finalize all commencement needs in one stop. Sales of "Grad Packs," which included an annual membership in the FIU Alumni Association, resulted in 2,889 new members. Thus, 50 percent of the graduating class became dues paying members of the alumni association at the event.

New Program Initiatives: Villanova University School of Law - Overall Grand Gold and Gold Medal
Best Practice The primary goal for all Villanova Law Minority Alumni Society programs is to support and promote diversity at Villanova University School of Law and within the legal profession at large. Realizing the need to engage the larger legal community in discussion of the importance of, and ongoing challenge to, achieving meaningful diversity in the profession, the Minority Alumni Society launched its first annual program on the topic in Philadelphia in 2006.

Student Alumni Initiatives: University of Missouri/ Mizzou Alumni - Silver Medal
Best Practice The University of Missouri was created in 1839 by an act passed by the state general assembly. In the spirit of service modeled by the founding families in 1839, Mizzou ’39 was created in fall 2004 as a way to recognize the 39 most outstanding seniors for their academic achievement, leadership and service to the campus and community. The Mizzou Alumni Association Student Board manages the Mizzou '39 program.

Technology Applications: University of North Carolina General Alumni Association - Bronze Medal
Best Practice In August 2006, the University of North Carolina General Alumni Association's Student Membership Program implemented a cost-effective scanner system that reads student IDs to better track event attendance and facilitate follow-up e-mail surveys.

Collaborative Programs: Penn State Alumni Association - Silver Medal
Best Practice The Penn State Grassroots Network works with network volunteers (mostly alumni) to communicate Penn State’s initiatives and needs to elected officials in state and federal government. In fall 2005, the network's "9.5=0" initiative successfully sought to increase Penn State's annual budget appropriation from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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