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Amanda Kohn

Amanda is a Senior Research Associate for Alumni Monitor at Corporate Insight.

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A Strong Start for A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence Campaign

Launched on July 1, 2016, Penn State’s A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence campaign aims to raise $1.6 billion to increase student access and affordability programs (e.g., scholarships); invest in transformative experiences, such as study abroad programs, digital infrastructure and the arts and humanities; and create programs to help transform students into leaders […]
Topics: Fundraising

Help for Houston: Schools Respond to Hurricane Harvey

An estimated 500,000 college students have been impacted in some way by Hurricane Harvey, whether through cancelled classes or damage to vehicles and residences. In response, schools both within and outside of Houston are addressing their communities with resources and avenues to donate or help. The University of Houston and Rice University, two schools directly […]
Topics: Fundraising

Alumni Monitor’s Campaign Tracker Review for August 2017

As part of its Alumni Monitor service, Corporate Insight publishes a quarterly analysis of comprehensive university giving campaigns gathered through our proprietary campaign data tracking system. The Campaign Tracker offers an in-depth view of how higher education institutions are progressing toward their stated fundraising goals and highlights the tools, outreach efforts and solicitations that have […]
Topics: Alumni

The Final Countdown to June 30: A Case Study of William and Mary’s 31% Undergraduate Alumni Participation Challenge

Toward the end of fiscal year 2017, colleges and universities within the Alumni Monitor coverage group promoted giving challenges, gift giveaways and crowdfunding projects to garner additional support before the June 30th giving deadline. William and Mary launched an undergraduate alumni participation challenge to help increase the participation rate to 31% from last year’s 28.7%. Though […]

University of Virginia’s Swift Response to the Violence in Charlottesville

Following a violent white supremacist rally at the University of Virginia and the subsequent murder of a counterprotestor, schools are addressing their communities, students, parents and alumni across email, social media posts, magazine articles and press releases. UVA addressed the violence on its campus immediately, assuring alumni and supporters that the campus is a safe […]

CASE Summit 2017 Review

Held in San Francisco, this year’s CASE Summit for Leaders in Advancement explored the integration and impact of digital technologies. Conference speakers and thought leaders emphasized the need for collaboration between university groups to transform schools in a time of uncertainty and scrutiny, noting that technology in particular can help develop engaged students into engaged […]
Topics: Alumni

George Washington University Finishes “Making History” One Year Early

George Washington University announced at the end of June that its seven-year campaign, Making History: The Campaign for George Washington, finished one year early. In six years, the campaign raised a total of $1,023,690,000 from more than 66,900 donors, successfully surpassing its $1 billion goal by 2%. The campaign’s three pillars—Support Students, Enhance Academics and Break […]
Topics: Fundraising

Dedicated Microsites Make It Easy to Find Alumni Volunteer Opportunities

In our recent Alumni Volunteerism: Transitioning into the Digital Era brief, Corporate Insight presents four best practices on alumni volunteerism, drawing from our Alumni Monitor Updates, which track 45 schools with a wide range of endowment sizes.  Here, we highlight key findings on volunteer opportunity findability as well as spotlight the Ohio State University, a […]

Make the Most of Alumni Messaging: Email Best Practices

In our recent Email Best Practices: Let’s Connect! brief, Corporate Insight reviews several hundred emails from colleges and universities and examines current best practices in alumni email outreach, highlighting those schools and marketing messages that stand out in alums’ ever-filling inboxes. Here, we highlight key findings on email design as well as spotlight Davidson College, a […]
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