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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pickpocket extraordinaire Apollo Robbins wants to show you how unaware you are
Apollo Robbins is a master of sleight of hand. He is, after all, the guy who once lifted the badges, car keys, and travel itinerary from the Secret Service agents protecting former U.S. President Jimmy Carter in 2001. The theatrical pickpocket—known as the gentleman thief because he (usually) asks people's permission before he deftly removes their valuables without detection (and then quickly returns everything he takes)—has been wowing crowds in Las Vegas for years. But his performances do more than entertain. Robbins uses diversion and trust to demonstrate flaws in people's perception and provide insights on human behavior. "When we stop questioning what we think we know, all we have left is illusions," he says. Want to see for yourself? Robbins will be a keynote speaker at the DRIVE/ conference, a gathering designed for data professionals, May 17-18, 2016, in Bellevue, Washington. Learn more about the event on page 50.
What to consider before opting for a master’s or Ph.D.
Nearly a decade ago, while working in development, I earned a master's degree in public affairs. Now, as I consider my career goals, I wonder: Should I pursue another master's? A doctorate? A law degree? Pursuing additional education is almost always a good thing, but time, money, family, and professional workload are important considerations. Before making such a highly personal decision, contemplate these four critical questions.
Is your campus truly welcoming to students with disabilities?
In June 2006 on my first day as a financial aid counselor at a private Midwestern university, I took a group tour to familiarize myself with the campus. One of the other participants was a young woman named Jillian, who was excited to see the recreation center. When our tour started, the guide bounded down a flight of stairs, all of us following except Jillian, who uses a wheelchair.