Conferences & Training

Alumni Volunteer Engagement: Partners and Perspectives

Aug. 14, 2018
Shaw Foundation Alumni House, National University of Singapore
9 a.m. - 4 :30 p.m.

Alumni volunteerism is a key element of in any alumni metrics model as a key performance indicator. Alumni willing to give of their time and expertise signal a deep commitment to their institutions and a willingness to give back. Analysis at the University of Toronto has shown that alumni volunteers are more likely to also be donors and have a greater likelihood of making larger gifts than non-engaged alumni.

How do we reconcile this phenomenon with the challenges of finding ever more meaningful and fulfilling volunteer opportunities for our alumni? Many institutions are challenged by the time and resource implications of supporting volunteer engagement. Still others struggle with effectively managing and aligning boards and committees with university priorities. What if we are approaching the limits of alumni volunteerism within Alumni Relations? How do we look beyond traditional volunteer opportunities? How do we scale our efforts to fulfil ambitious engagement metric targets?

This workshop will explore how we can begin to think differently about alumni volunteerism -from the perspective of: metrics, types of engagements, and partners through presentations, case studies and small group discussions.

  • What does our analysis tell us about alumni volunteers?
  • What is our unique value proposition to our alumni volunteers?
  • How to ensure alignment between volunteers and institutional objectives?
  • How do we go beyond Advancement to create alumni volunteer opportunities?
  • What can we learn from two case studies of successful volunteer management?
  • How do we scale volunteerism while not losing the value of high touch relationships?

Session highlights will include:
  • Case Studies of successful alumni volunteer initiatives
  • Examination of Alumni volunteerism in relation to metrics
  • Exploration of possible campus allies and other sources of opportunities
  • Active debate, discussion and sharing of insight among participants

Learning Outcomes:

Participants in this session will:

  • Participate in the process of creating a mutual value proposition for alumni volunteerism;
  • Understand how to identify and approach new opportunities and partners for volunteer engagement;
  • Gain practical insight on how to effectively create and manage high level volunteer bodies; and
  • Explore strategies for maintaining alignment between volunteers and institutional priorities and objectives.