Alumni Monitor


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 […]

Giving Day Challenges 2017: Five Stand-Out Ideas

Giving day season is in full swing for colleges and universities, with more than 15 schools in the Alumni Monitor coverage group hosting 24-hour fundraisers between February and March. After reviewing all giving day challenges within the Alumni Monitor coverage group, five campaign ideas stand out for engagement and creativity: 1) Boston University’s Babies and […]

Inside Brown University’s Brunonia Platform

In March, Brown University introduced a new Brunonia platform designed to help alumni manage their profiles, search events, make gifts and access giving resources (e.g., planned giving options) within a single website. The site provides a mix of both public and private content repurposed from the former separate alumni and giving websites in a more […]

Northwestern Celebrates National Student Athlete Day

To honor current and former student-athletes, Northwestern University launched a giving challenge on April 6’s National Student-Athlete Day to support the Northwestern Wildcat Excellence Fund, the unrestricted annual fund for athletics. A total of 520 donors participated, surpassing the goal of 472. As part of this challenge, Northwestern offered incentive gifts that increased in quality […]

James Madison University Picks Up Carpool Karaoke

Following the smash success of The Late Late Show’s Carpool Karaoke, in which host James Corden chauffeurs celebrity guests through a singalong, James Madison University spoofed the series for its second annual giving day, held March 14, 2017. JMU’s Carpool Karaoke features President Jonathan R. Alger, Senior Vice President of Student Affairs Mark Warner and […]

Giving Tuesday Continues to Boost Higher Education Donations

Since its inception five years ago, Giving Tuesday has become a worldwide day of giving with the total dollars, number of gifts, participating organizations and social media engagements rising every year. In 2016, Giving Tuesday raised $168 million from 1.56 million gifts and accrued 2.39 million social media engagements for nonprofits in 98 countries across […]

Alumni Monitor’s Q3 2016 Campaign Tracker Review

As part of our Alumni Monitor service, Corporate Insight provides clients with 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 goals and highlights the tools, outreach efforts and solicitations that […]

Fund Run: Crossing the Alumni Relations Finish Line

Building school pride, fundraising and engaging your alumni may be as easy as lacing up a pair of running shoes. On college campuses across the country, alums are joining current students in races benefiting their alma maters while cultivating a sense of community for students and alums alike. On November 22, 2015, the NYU School […]

Topics: Fundraising 

Kimbia-Powered Giving Days: This Single-Day Crowdfunding Platform is Helping Break Higher Ed Donor Records

Kimbia—the Texas-based online crowdsourcing technology platform—launched back in 2007 as a “one-stop shop” for online fundraising. By capitalizing on current trends in online campaigns, Kimbia seeks to engage donors across the Internet and leverage the power of social networking. Key Features of the Kimbia Platform Kimbia claims its platform is unique because it has an […]

USEED Engages Students as Powerful “Frontline” Fundraisers

Crowdfunding start-up USEED designed its platform from the ground up to meet the particular needs of colleges and universities. Unlike other recent crowdfunding platforms hitting the market, USEED focuses exclusively on educational institutions, aiming to hone in on the particular challenges and opportunities of advancement in higher education. USEED, recently named one of 2015’s 16 […]

Topics: Fundraising