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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.

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?

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.

Expert Advice on Starting an Alumni Relations Program
Article,  BriefCASE Article Advancement shops at four-year institutions that are thinking about starting an alumni relations program could look to a few community colleges for inspiration.

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.

Media Planning for an Institutional Leadership Change
Article,  BriefCASE Article Media relations professionals should always be prepared for a presidential transition at their institution—whether or not one is on the horizon—says a CASE faculty member.

Debating the Merits of Integrated Advancement
Article,  BriefCASE Article Collaboration across advancement disciplines is essential, says one leader in the field. But could full integration of these disciplines do more harm than good? That subject is up for debate at an upcoming CASE Europe event.

Myths that Derail Strategic Planning
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article The strategic planning process should reveal which opportunities are worth an organization’s investment and which aren’t, writes a management specialist.

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.

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.

Communicate Effectively with Remote Workers
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article The physical distance between managers and their remote employees can lead to misunderstandings and miscommunications, says one communications professional, who has advice on how to overcome these difficulties.

Build a Succession Plan
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Advancement offices should formulate a proactive and long-term talent strategy for their mission-critical positions, says a development officer.

Assess Your Organization to Boost Performance
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Advancement offices should conduct formal staff assessments to improve work outcomes, says an institutional talent manager.

Leadership Transitions Create Opportunities in Advancement, Speakers Say
Article,  BriefCASE Article Well-managed leadership transitions can create fundraising and engagement opportunities that will position the new president for success, according to two advancement leaders speaking at the recent CASE District II conference.

Study: Presidential Pipeline Slow to Change
Article,  BriefCASE Article A new study shows slight increases in the age and gender diversity of senior administrators in positions that often lead to the presidency.

Building a Resilient Organization
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Leaders must prepare their organizations to face disasters and other unplanned disruptions, says one business executive.

Don't Dehumanize Your Organization
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Marketer and entrepreneur Seth Godin says that organizations should learn from the many managerial mistakes made at airports.

Relearning the Principles of Alumni Relations
Article,  BriefCASE Article A CASE member who volunteered to help build an alumni program for an African nonprofit with no budget or paid staff says she was forced to focus on a few key principles to achieve success.

Advancement Professionals Can Contribute to Successful Leadership Transitions, Say CASE Commissions
Article,  BriefCASE Article Advancement officers can play a critical role contributing to the success of leadership transitions at their institutions, according to members of the CASE commissions on alumni relations, communications and marking, and philanthropy.

Fundraising Fundamentals, Section 8.1
Article The section from Fundraising Fundamentals discusses basic principles for development office structure.

Fundraising Fundamentals, Section 3.1
Article This section from Fundraising Fundamentals discusses reporting lines and organisational structure for fundraising staff and institutional leaders.

Fundraising Fundamentals, Section 2.1
Article This section from Fundraising Fundamentals discusses starting a new development office and the investment needed to be successful.

Experts Discuss Building Advancement Programs from the Ground Up
Article,  BriefCASE Article Faculty at the recent CASE Asia-Pacific Schools Conference in Hong Kong say interest in advancement among Asian institutions is growing exponentially—but add that professionals at many schools are struggling to start advancement programs from scratch.

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.

Expert Offers Tips on Removing Barriers to Advancement Work
Article,  BriefCASE Article Many advancement professionals know what they need to do to make their institutions more successful at alumni relations, communications, fundraising and marketing. But outdated IT systems, a heavy workload, bureaucracy and other obstacles often stand in their way. Tricia King of Birkbeck, University of London, offered tips on how to negotiate through these and other challenges during a workshop at the recent CASE Europe Annual Conference in Manchester, England.

Fundraising Model Proves Successful for Smaller Institutions
Article,  BriefCASE Article With a bit of ingenuity and complete trust in its volunteers, a two-person advancement team at a community college in California raised US$40,000 in two weeks. Officials behind the campaign blitz say their formula for success is tailor-made for two-year and four-year institutions with limited staff and resources.

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.

CASE Europe, Partners Release Results of Two-Year Alumni Relations Project
Article,  BriefCASE Article CASE Europe and other members of the "Alumni go Europe" partnership have released a report on the results of a two-year project to strengthen and enhance alumni relations programmes at European universities.

Merger Mania Spreads to Higher Ed
Article,  BriefCASE Article A new policy brief concludes that mergers between higher education institutions may become more common as a result of the current economic climate and “unprecedented business consolidations.”

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