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Development Across Borders: Why International Alumni and Fundraising Matter

Universities have long played an important role in supporting multiculturalism. Development professionals should continue to participate in this legacy by expanding their focus abroad, says one development expert.

Investing effort in international engagement and philanthropy provides opportunities for new prospects, significant donations and cross-institutional benefits, according to Rachel Calderón, head of major gifts (international) at King's College London. Furthermore, it's essential for universities to support global interconnectedness, according to Calderón.

"I believe there is a responsibility among us, in our roles, to work on behalf of our institutions to continue to demonstrate an outward-facing, multicultural approach to alumni engagement and philanthropy," writes Calderón in a recent blog post.

Calderón, along with Joanna Wells, head of individual giving at the British Library, will provide tips on international fundraising during their session, "International Fundraising: Keep Calm and Travel the World," at the CASE Europe Annual Conference in Birmingham at the end of August.

This article is from the July 2017 BriefCASE issue of BriefCASE.

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