Data can be the doorway to transformational change—if we’re brave enough to face the numbers and act on them, says Talithia Williams, associate professor of mathematics at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California.
Are you asking, ‘Where’s Wally? Wendy? William?’ Here’s how to find your disconnected alumni.
Your lost alumni have become untethered, drifting away from their beloved campus, and you're not sure how to bring them back. Some don't update contact information when they relocate; others ignore your correspondence because they think you only want money. Still others might like to reconnect but don't know how or are too busy to realize they haven't heard from you.
Whether climbing mountains or crafting wine, Chapman University President James Doti infuses philanthropy into his interests and passions
Whether it's dangling from a precarious crevice atop one of the world's tallest mountains or pushing through mile 25 of a marathon, 69-year-old James Doti gets his best ideas off campus. Since Doti became president of California's Chapman University in 1991, the institution has risen to third in a U.S. News & World Report ranking of student selectivity, and its endowment has increased from $25 million to $300 million.
Is the fundraising “arms race” leading to inaccurate gift counting?
It's an exciting time to join the development office as its new vice president. The university is gearing up for a campaign that will transform the campus with new academic programs, buildings, professorships, and aid for students. Every trustee has pledged leadership-level gifts. The $1 billion target is a stretch but doable because the last campaign brought in $800 million.
Among the most rewarding aspects of our work in advancing education is creating opportunities for others. Through effective marketing and communications, ambitious fundraising, engaging alumni relations programs, and persuasive advocacy, we help institutions transform lives for millions around the world.
Job No. 1: Demonstrate the value of media relations
After three years as director of communications for a startup company, in late 2014 I traded a spacious open-plan office and perks such as yoga and unlimited vacation days for a newly created position at my alma mater.
Want to improve the campus climate? Foster equality among fraternities and sororities.
Tales of bad Greeks proliferate: In early 2015, a video surfaced of University of Oklahoma Sigma Alpha Epsilon members spiritedly chanting about lynching African Americans rather than allowing them to join the fraternity. In fall 2015, the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and Alpha Phi sorority chapters at the University of California, Los Angeles, held a "Kanye Western" party—and some attendees reportedly wore blackface. By late 2015, SAE was back in the news, its Yale University chapter accused of admitting "white girls only" to a party.
Chris Anderson, head of TED, wants to help you win the attention war
If you "love the idea of strutting the stage and being a TED Talk star," Chris Anderson doesn't want you to pick up his new book, TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking. Go work on something worth sharing instead, writes the head of the nonprofit organization with a mission to spread ideas. Anderson and his team have worked with more than 1,000 speakers since he took over TED in 2001. And if you've watched any of the nearly 2,200 online talks, which are viewed more than 1 billion times each year, you might think every TED presentation is an inspiring success. Guess again.
Alexandra Samuel calls herself a digital explorer. In her writing, the technology researcher and strategist examines how the social web shapes our lives—from how we give presentations to how we market goods to how we use data.