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October 2012
Volume 2, Issue 4

Community College Advancement News

Be a Better Storyteller for Your College

Storytelling is the best tool community colleges have to advance themselves and their cause, says a nonprofit communications expert. Read more...

How to Pass a Bond Issue or Tax Levy

Community colleges should use demographic data to determine the best time to request voter support for bond issues and tax levies, says a former institutional leader.  Read more...

Keeping a Campaign Short and Sweet

In just six weeks last year, the Foundation for Santa Barbara City College raised $700,000 and grew its donor base by 35 percent. Read more...

Are CEOs and Chief Development Officers of the Same Mind?

CASE recently conducted parallel surveys of community college chief executive officers and chief development officers to gather their perspectives on their roles with respect to fundraising and their working relationship. The findings were presented at the inaugural CASE Conference for Community College Advancement, held earlier this month in San Diego, Calif.

Nominate a Foundation Leader for 2013 CASE Commonfund Awards

The CASE Commonfund Institutionally Related Foundation Awards recognize individuals who have made valuable contributions through best practices, distinguished service and volunteer leadership to the foundation field. Senior leaders responsible for the day-to-day management of institutionally related foundations (chief executive officers, chief financial officers, chief operating officers, counsels, etc.) are eligible to receive the award. Nominations for the 2013 awards are due Friday, Oct. 26, 2012.

Institutionally Related Foundation Data Book Survey Open

CASE has launched the IRF Data Book survey for fiscal year 2012. Institutionally related foundation executives and professionals who complete the survey will be able to compare data related to their foundation's structure, funding, staffing and operations with their peers. About 20 percent of last year's participants were from community colleges. The deadline for data submission is Friday, Nov. 2.

Welcome to CASE

The following community colleges have become CASE members since September 2012:

  • Cleveland State Community College (Cleveland, Tenn.)
  • Grays Harbor College (Aberdeen, Wash.)
  • Holyoke Community College (Holyoke, Mass.)
  • Northeast Iowa Community College (Calmar, Iowa)
  • Pikes Peak Community College (El Paso, Colo.)
In The News

Community College Launches New Simple Website
(Inside Higher Ed)
Ozarks Technical Community College in Springfield, Mo., radically redesigned its website, removing almost everything but a navigator bar and a search box. Read more...

Charities Learn New Ways of Reaching Elusive Donors by Phone
(Chronicle of Philanthropy)
Charities are looking for new ways to solicit donors by telephone as fewer people have landline phones and it gets easier to screen calls. Read more...

Social Media Use in Advancement Continues to Grow
A white paper on social media in advancement reports that Facebook, Twitter and other social channels are "embedded in many advancement disciplines" although only 22 percent of surveyed institutions consider their social media efforts as "very successful." Read more...

Community College Receives $5 Million for Scholarships
(Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke has received the largest donation dedicated to scholarships in the history of the Virginia Community College System. Read more...

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Short and (Very) Sweet: Implementing a Six-Week Fundraising Campaign
Oct. 23, 2012

Motivating Your Community College Fundraising Board
Nov. 6, 2012

Small Shop, Big Results: Rebuilding Your Community College Alumni Program
Dec. 11, 2012

Dates Just Confirmed!
Conference for Community College Advancement
Nov. 2 - 4, 2013
San Diego, Calif.

More Community College Resources
See the full list of CASE resources for community colleges.