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Intolerant Work Environment Stalls Careers of LGBTs
Advancement Weekly Article A new study by the Center for Work-Life Policy finds that employers who don’t create an environment in which lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees can express their sexual orientation hinder these individuals’ “career progression” and undermine their organization’s “bottom line success.”

Preconference Workshop: Engaging and Fundraising from Diverse Constituents
Conference This program will help hiring managers understand the current challenges in recruiting and retaining diverse candidates from an advancement perspective.

Increasing Diversity in University Advancement: Lessons from Leading Development Programs
White Paper This white paper examines the current state of diversity among development staff at colleges and universities. In 2015, CASE surveyed chief advancement officers of 35 of the largest development programs in the U.S. about efforts to achieve greater diversity among their staffs. In 2016, CASE conducted follow-up interviews with 35 staff leaders of eight institutions identified in the survey as having valuable perspectives on increasing staff diversity. Interviewees included senior leaders, staff with tactical responsibility in hiring and retention, and staff from diverse backgrounds within the fundraising divisions at these eight universities.

Multicultural Advancement Professionals
The Multicultural Advancement Professionals (MAP) network was founded by four members of the 2014 CASE Minority Advancement Institute.

Conference on Diverse Philanthropy and Leadership
Conference This conference will review the emerging philanthropic markets (ethnicity, GLBT, young alumni, etc.) in advancement while exploring minority buying power, giving behaviors and donor expectations. In addition the program will focus on management leadership and mentoring of advancement professionals of diverse backgrounds.

Outlook: Don't Discount Diverse Donors
CURRENTS Article If you assess the philanthropic landscape today, you'd be challenged to find Latinos in major staff roles, on nonprofit boards, or as major donors. As a Latino and development officer for 32 years, I've observed a range of reasons nonprofits overlook Latino communities. The main one: Because our communities have struggled with poverty and have indeed been recipients of charity, the assumption that we cannot give prevails. This is simply not true, and most people outside of Latino communities don't realize our propensity and capacity to give.

CASE Diversity Efforts Continue in 2017
Article,  BriefCASE Article As our world rapidly becomes more diverse, advancement professionals must work to embolden and support diverse employment, alumni and donor bases, says Anita Walton, CASE's newly appointed director of diversity and talent management.

White Paper Examines Institutionally Related Foundations Performance
Article,  BriefCASE Article Institutionally related foundations have evolved significantly during the past five years and are well-positioned to provide “crucial support to their institutions in the years to come,” reports a recently released CASE white paper.

Communications and Marketing Significant for Institutions
Article,  BriefCASE Article Institutional leaders have "fully realized the significance" of the communications and marketing function and the "hurdle of justification" has been cleared for most practitioners. These are among the findings of a recently published CASE white paper.

Why Are Chinese Universities Falling Behind in Race for Giving?
Article,  BriefCASE Article Recent donations made by Chinese billionaires to Western universities have sparked controversy, after critics say donor support of China’s education sector is lacking, according to the South China Morning Post.

U.S. Education Report Finds Diversity Gap, Holes in Teacher Pipeline
Article,  BriefCASE Article A recently released report by the U.S. Department of Education reveals a severe lack of racial diversity among teachers and professors in the United States as well as an ineffective pipeline to prepare and support teachers from diverse backgrounds to enter the education field.

Talent Management
Good Question Do you have resources on talent management in advancement?

Office Space: Planning for Diversity
CURRENTS Article By thinking broadly about key dates, events, traditions, and themes, you can go beyond the diversity people see and incorporate what they don't see: diversity of geography, backgrounds, beliefs, experiences, abilities, accomplishments, opinions, ideas, interests, and thought. The content we produce should reflect the people who make our institutional communities what they are.

Tips for Fostering Workplace Diversity
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Leaders can improve their organization’s operations and encourage innovation by hiring and maintaining a culturally diverse workforce, writes a management expert.

Help Diversify the Profession
Article,  BriefCASE Article Three leading practitioners talk about the lack of diversity in educational advancement and what leaders in the profession can do about it in a video produced at last month’s CASE Minority Advancement Institute.

President’s Perspective: An Open Letter to My Successor
CURRENTS Article John Lippincott offers advice to the next president of CASE.

Promote Diversity and Foster Inclusion
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Leaders need to do more than just create diversity within their workforce; they need to make the workplace inclusive, writes a management professor.

The Case for Diversity
CURRENTS Article Fifty years later, historically marginalized members of society have better access to opportunities, but there's still a noticeable lack of diversity in many industries and professions—including advancement. This is an introductory piece to CASE's special issue on diversity in advancement.

Mission Possible
CURRENTS Article Only 9 percent of the North American educational advancement workforce is nonwhite, the 2013 CASE Compensation Survey found, compared with about 20 percent of full-time U.S. college faculty, according to 2011 data from the National Center for Education Statistics. This article explores ways that institutions can diversify their employment ranks.

Promoting Pride
CURRENTS Article With the Winter Olympics set to begin in Russia on February 7, scrutiny of the government’s anti-gay laws will be intense. CURRENTS looks at how educational institutions are addressing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues on their campuses. LGBT alumni donors want to know that institutions are creating safe and inclusive environments for gay students. See how institutions are serving LGBT alumni and students.

Provide Role Models to Encourage Diversity
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Institutions should have role models of diverse backgrounds to provide emerging leaders with examples of success, say management experts.

How to Bring Out Diverse Voices on Your Team
Advancement Weekly Article “The non-expert, the outlier, the oddball or the person who isn’t in charge” is often the one who has the most salient insight in a collaborative work group, says a business professor.

Minorities Still Underrepresented in Advancement Leadership
Article,  BriefCASE Article Professionals of diverse backgrounds still face a “glass ceiling” with respect to securing leadership positions in educational advancement but participants of the recent Minority Advancement Institute say progress is being made.

Advancement's Sticky Issues
CURRENTS Article Both the persistent inequality of pay between women and men and the almost total lack of people of color in the advancement profession represent moments of obligation that demand everyone's attention, particularly those in a hiring position. What steps can we take to effect change?

Talking Points: Plans for Parity
CURRENTS Article The time is right for a more diverse community college leadership corps.

Untangling Diversity
CURRENTS Article Diversity is a complex issue, and the concept has different meanings, depending on your institution and advancement office. But one thing that everyone can agree on is that diversity is important, and reaching communities of color is imperative.

Manager's Portfolio: Willing Workers
CURRENTS Article With economists predicting a shortage of qualified workers in the next decade, advancement managers should not overlook the pool of workers with disabilities. The author corrects common myths about employing workers with disabilities and offers tips on recruiting such workers, making the office environment more accessible, and avoiding common faux pas.

Leaving Their Mark
CURRENTS Article The gender balance in the advancement profession has flopped from 61 percent men in 1982 to 65 percent women in 2002, according to CASE membership surveys. CURRENTS interviews six current and former advancement officers to explore what difference this demographic shift has made in the profession. Part of the issue focus on five forces shaping advancement.

Closing Remarks: A Stretch Goal
CURRENTS Article The level of diversity within advancement has changed little within the past decades. Because a diverse staff can bring new perspectives and increase outreach and effectiveness, those who hire and supervise staff should make a personal commitment to change. They will need to reach out to a wider array of candidates, and invest extra effort in training and career development.

A Dearth of Diversity
CURRENTS Article The CASE 2002 comprehensive salary survey shows that only 5.8 percent of full-time advancement officers identify themselves as racial or ethnic minorities—little change since 1996, when the figure was 5.6 percent. However, the data show increasing pay equity between minorities and whites, as well as equivalent representation at each supervisory level.

Top Brass
CURRENTS Article In the advancement profession, women outnumber men two to one according to data from several recent CASE surveys. But does that ratio carry through to the top advancement positions on campus? What seems like a yes-or-no question actually requires a broader look at the professional and personal challenges women face as they forge ahead in their advancement careers.

Manager's Portfolio: Diversity Now!
CURRENTS Article While advancement managers often pay lip service to the value of diversity, most have failed to achieve diverse advancement offices. They must recruit more widely and expand opportunities for minority candidates and new hires, so that the makeup of advancement staffs can begin to reflect the increasing diversity of their institutions’ alumni and donors.

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