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Modern Day Alumni Relations Series- Introduction

Modern Day Alumni Relations Series- Introduction




March 28, 2018

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Welcome to the Modern Day Alumni Relations series from Almabase. Get ready for an interesting ride through the next few weeks, as we discuss and share a lot of cool stuff with you. From millennials to collecting millions in giving, we have a lot of insights that we cannot wait to share with you!

How do we catch-up with the ever-changing world around us?

Hold on to that thought while we discuss more on how alumni relations changed over the years.

In the United States, alumni associations are almost as old as their Alma maters. At the start, most of the associations were entirely voluntary, supported solely by individual alumni.

Volunteers maintained mailing lists, collected dues to support activities, produced publications and,organized events and annual meetings. Alumni were the institution’s first fundraisers. Development has its roots in alumni relations.  The origins of the annual fund and capital campaigns are also alumni based.

Here we are now, after two centuries of hard work and building thousands of thriving alumni communities across the country. The world of alumni relations has come a long way since its inception in the early eighteenth century.

They have become a vital part of most educational institutions now thanks to the efforts of many outstanding professionals in the field. Alumni Relations professionals must have a skill set that is both broad and deep. They must be visionaries who also understand the importance of attention to detail.

With the internet revolution, the world has come online and so have alumni communities. Alumni Relations has seen a number of changes in the last few decades.

Further, we are going to discuss a few of these trends and how they are shaping alumni engagement experiences. We will also provide some best-practices from various institutions across the country who are doing a great job in various fields.

Here is what this series would involve :

1. 10 interesting topics of discussion

2. 3 case studies from our partner schools

3. Insights into the world of alumni relations- Series of interviews from alumni relations professionals

Want to learn more about Alumni Relations?

1. Download our latest offering, The #StayRelevant – A Guide to Modern Day Alumni Relations

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This comprehensive guide is full of insights, case studies, and examples from our partner schools to help institutions at any level with their Alumni Relations program.

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