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March 2017
Volume 15 Issue 3

Inside CASE

CASE Announces 2017 Commonfund IRF Award Winners

CASE and Universities UK Form Compliance Working Group

CASE Research Awards April 28 Deadline for Entries

Asia-Pacific Charitable Giving Survey Open

The Future of Data: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

CASE Europe Annual Conference Registration Open

Summit Speaker to Focus on Leadership in Today's Environment

Lowlands Conference Early-Bird Rate Ends Soon

Register for the North American Fundraising & Alumni Relations Study Tour 2017

Upcoming CASE Conferences Focus on Giving and Philanthropy

CASE Asia-Pacific Advancement Conference Features New Faculty

 

CASE Announces 2017 Commonfund IRF Award Winners

Two female executives who led their university foundations to record growth and national prominence are the 2017 recipients of the CASE Commonfund Institutionally Related Foundation Awards.

Lynette Marshall, president and CEO of the University of Iowa Foundation, and Donna Vuchinich, president and CEO of the University of Hawaii Foundation, will be formally recognized for their contributions at the 25th annual CASE Conference for Institutionally Related Foundations, March 29-31 in Austin, Texas.

 

CASE and Universities UK Form Compliance Working Group

CASE and Universities UK have formed a compliance working group to support members in preparing for General Data Protection Regulation and fundraising regulation. The group is comprised of CASE members and has four subgroups working to provide information and guidance on the following key areas:

  • Advocacy: Creating an advocacy agenda for the community and supporting CASE and UUK in advocating on our members behalf.
  • Data auditing and consent: Creating a privacy impact assessment template. On consent, providing best practice language and advice on hard-to-reach constituents.
  • Technology: Creating guidance on the tools and resources to support compliance with GDPR.
  • Market Research: Commissioning a study on reasonable expectations of alumni and supporters.

The Fundraising Regulator has now issued its guidance on consent. The Information Commissioners Office has also issued the draft guidance on consent, and consultation on the guidance ends 31 March 2017.

 

CASE Research Awards April 28 Deadline for Entries

Individuals who are currently conducting a research project related to educational advancement are encouraged to submit an entry for a CASE Research Award to help fund in-progress research. The submission deadline is April 28, 2017.

The research awards program funds original, active research in the areas of alumni relations, communications, fundraising, marketing and integrated educational advancement. Winners are chosen by an independent panel of experts in the spring of each year. The scholarly research must be helpful to educational advancement practitioners in devising strategies and tactics for accomplishing their work.

There is a cash prize of $2,000 for each winner, half of which will be delivered immediately with the announcement of the winning entry. The remaining half will be fulfilled at the conclusion of the research project. For more information, contact CASE Research.

 

Asia-Pacific Charitable Giving Survey Open

The 2017 Charitable Giving to Universities in Australia and New Zealand Survey is open through 10 April 2017. In its fifth year, this survey collects detailed information on fundraising and donors to measure the philanthropic performance of higher education institutions.

It is an important tool for institutional leaders as well as development and alumni staff who work in educational institutions as it allows them to be more rigorous in benchmarking, more confident in accountability and more persuasive in relationships with alumni and other donors. This survey is a key source of information that enables institutions to compare themselves with similar universities.

 

The Future of Data: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

As future technologies arrive, advancements in artificial intelligence and machine learning will revolutionize the way data is processed, and in turn, change the way that advancement practitioners do work. That's according to leading experts who will present these and other trends at  the upcoming DRIVE/ Conference.

Jerry Kaplan, author of Artificial Intelligence, and Jeff Hawkins, creator of the Palm Pilot and author of On Intelligence, are featured speakers at the DRIVE/ Conference in Seattle/Bellevue, Washington, May 23-24, 2017.

During the conference, attendees will learn about the future of data, reporting, information, analytics, modeling and more. Faculty will share their thoughts on how advancement practitioners and others who use data in their work can:

  • Think differently about captured data. AI learning will create new metrics and discover patterns we would have otherwise ignored if data was simply stored. We will be able to use these tools to solve problems of practical and exotic interest that we otherwise would have ignored by simply storing data.
  • Develop skills that can't be replaced by machine learning. Embrace the AI/machine learning paradigm shift instead of fighting it, and focus on tasks that require perception and manipulation, creative intelligence and social intelligence. These are the skills that cannot be easily automated in the near future.
  • Invest in yourself - learn to solve complex, not complicated, problems. Learn the difference between a problem with complications that may require lots of work but are controlled and predictable and thus easily solved by AI, and complex problems that require a higher level of creative thought.

Register and see the conference program on the conference webpage.

 

CASE Europe Annual Conference Registration Open

Early-bird registration is now open for the CASE Europe Annual Conference 2017. This premier conference gathers the most valuable talent from educational institutions and other forward-thinking organisations from around the world to network, share best practices and discuss innovative solutions to global education issues.

Attendees will hear from 200-plus speakers across four tracks and 100 sessions.

 

Summit Speaker to Focus on Leadership in Today's Environment

One of the most influential leaders in higher education and a prominent supporter of immigrant student rights will discuss how to lead in today's environment of uncertainty and suspicion at the 2017 Summit for Leaders in Advancement.

Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California, joins David Leebron, president of Rice University, in a panel discussion around the broad socioeconomic backdrop of the U.S. in the wake of the 2016 election and what they see as strategies for success during the next few years. CASE President and CEO Sue Cunningham will moderate the panel discussion.

Other key speakers at this year's Summit include:

  • Thomas Friedman, foreign affairs columnist for The New York Times, three-time Pulitzer Prize winner and best-selling author,
  • Sarah Stein Greenberg, executive director, Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school), Stanford University,
  • Anthony Greenwald, professor of psychology, University of Washington; creator, Project Implicit and author of Blindspot, and
  • Charlene Li, principal analyst (founder and former CEO), Altimeter Group.

 

Lowlands Conference Early-Bird Rate Ends Soon

CASE will hold its Lowlands conference 11-12 May in Maastricht, Netherlands. The early-bird registration rate ends 29 March 2017.

This conference will focus on exploring how to develop and enhance an institution's core advancement functions. Whether involved in fundraising and alumni relations operations or looking for the most suitable advancement model for institution, attendees will pick up the knowledge and skills needed for success through a variety of sessions, including plenaries, breakout workshops and group discussions.

 

Register for the North American Fundraising & Alumni Relations Study Tour 2017

The North American Fundraising and Alumni Relations Study Tour, held 8-12 May in Boston, is a unique opportunity for members to visit leading North American institutions and learn more about their advancement operations. Participants will meet with development and alumni leaders to discuss key issues, including: international fundraising, discussions about structure, staffing, advancement programmes, developing campaigns, relationships with academics and much more. Visit the CASE website for registration details.

 

Upcoming CASE Conferences Focus on Giving and Philanthropy

The 2017 International Schools Advancement Summit, held 20 April in Barcelona, addresses the nuances of advancement and development found within the international school setting, a context known to be quite different than that found in other sectors.

CASE for Schools 2017, held 3-4 May in London, will focus on the philanthropic school. The conference will be co-chaired by Salima Virji, development director of Highgate School, and Susie Baker, director of the Waynflete Office of Magdalen College School.

 

CASE Asia-Pacific Advancement Conference Features New Faculty

There's still time to register for the CASE Asia-Pacific Advancement Conference 2017, April 24-27 in Singapore. This year's conference features many first-time speakers in addition to popular returning faculty. The CASE APAC faculty come from Asia-Pacific as well as other regions, and several of them come from non-institutional backgrounds. Attendees will be exposed to a spectrum of perspectives.

Stay updated by following the CASE AP twitter @case_asia_pac or our APAC blog.