16
Sep
2016

Did Stanford boot the phonathon for all of us?

  • Nick Zeckets
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  • Advancement . context . fundraising . personalization . phonathon .

I’ll save you some time: No. If you’re Stanford, who just cancelled their phonathon, (or Harvard or Princeton or one of maybe 15-25 other shops) where a couple dozen donors each year will drive hundreds of millions in giving, then, maybe you boot the phonathon. I’d suggest, though, that the baby’s getting tossed out with the bath water. The argument…

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09
Sep
2016

The Fight Continues

  • Erin Hutchins
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[caption id="attachment_4750" align="alignleft" width="288"] U.S. Marshals escorting Bridges from school[/caption] Since Colin Kaepernick began his protest, a little something from the playbook of those who came before him, there has been a great deal of chatter about how he does not respect the military and those who lost their lives for our freedoms here in America. I wonder who fired…

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29
Jun
2016

Rethinking Alumni Events- Machine Learning Webinar pt. 1

  • Daniel Murphy
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Imagine an alumni event attended by 30-40 graduates - all of whom are passionate about Middle Eastern politics. They stream in, meet a member of the Near Eastern Studies department and listen as she shares some of the exciting research she and her students have been working on during that semester. Do you think that energized room of alumni would…

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30
Dec
2015

Social Media Series: Twitter

  • Rachael Stein
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  • best practice . engagement . li . media . network . networking . outreach . Platform . social . stanford . Twitter . usage . use . whitepaper .

The brief, high frequency world of Twitter presents an incredible opportunity for ongoing alumni engagement. While the platform is not as widely used as Facebook, it still has a huge user base, and many non-users still follow the pages of institutions or celebrities for news. As we discussed in our recent Social Media V2 Whitepaper, effectively harnessing a wide range…

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30
Sep
2015

The Rich Keep Getting Richer^2

  • Nick Zeckets
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Earlier this week, the good folks at Eduventures sent out an email that included a comparison of higher education fundraising share of total dollars raised broken down by the 100 wealthiest schools vs. all others. As you can see, the wealthiest schools in America are earning an increasing and, relative to the other 2,000+ universities in America, outsized proportion of donor…

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14
Sep
2015

1.5MM

  • Nick Zeckets
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We're excited to announce that the QuadWrangle platform, for it's thousands of alumni users across our partner schools, has seen 1.5 Million news items read. It's as if 120,000 people read every front page article of today's New York Times. And the news items read are higher every day than the day before. Why are so many alumni reading so much more…

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24
Aug
2015

August 17th, 2015 was the first annual Quadwrangle Baseball Outing.

  • Sol Grey
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I say, “first,” because I’m determined that we’re doing this again. The tickets were a gift- four really great seats. Nick decided that the rest of us would go, so Jili, Dave, Kevin and I met up at Fenway Park. The day was hot. Fenway Park was loud. It was crowded. Did I mention loud? And here I’d never been…

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26
May
2015

Alumni Capacity to Give Series: Biographic Information

  • Rachael Stein
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  • alumni . biographic . capacity . engagement . job .

As we analyzed in our recent Alumni Capacity to Give Whitepaper, it is critical to realistically target donation requests based on alumni wealth. Determining an alum’s capacity to donate has many steps. Ultimately, while many alums have outside forms of wealth, such as financial portfolios and assets, salary is the most important income indicator for the average person, and hence…

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30
Apr
2015

A Semantic Analysis of #CASESMC

  • Nick Zeckets
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  • alumni engagement . context . Facebook . social media .

Well, we're sad to be missing #casesmc in Miami this week. What's going on down there? A lot. Mets v Marlins. Apparently some cubano sandwiches. Oh, yeah, and a lot of talk about how social media can drive alumni engagement and giving. One of the things we talk a lot about around here is the difference between casual social media…

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23
Apr
2015

Rich or Poor, It’s Better to Have Alumni Passion

  • Andy Tarsy
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  • alumni engagement . context . curation .

You know how the saying goes: "rich or poor, it's better to have money." The press is picking up on a trend that the rich-poor gap among colleges and universities is widening. You already know that fundraising is more and more critical for all schools to stay strong and compete for students and faculty. Fortunately, even schools not among the super-rich have…

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