Tips for writing appealing, succinct, and powerful case statements
A case for support should include your institution’s fundraising priorities, why they are important, and what they will create, if funded. It should be beautifully designed, engaging, and thoughtfully written. Here's how to do that.
How to grieve, communicate, and take meaningful action as a team
Lisa German, dean of libraries at the University of Minnesota, knows more than a little about working with her staff through a crisis. Here, she shares advice on internal communications, leadership, and building community.
Learning to trust data on a global scale with CASE Global Reporting Standards
When it comes to data, we often believe more are better. We look at all the metrics we can track and spend hours studying spreadsheets and reports. But instead what we really need to do is ask the right questions and learn to trust our data.
Seven methods for making data-driven approaches more accessible
Given the fear and uncertainty that data conjures in some advancement professionals, it remains vital for all in advancement to build trust, strengthen communication, and encourage the appropriate level of participation when it comes to data processes. That involves hard work, adaptability, and careful consideration on the parts of data specialists, numbers neophytes, and, of course, institutional leadership.
Advancement leaders have an imperative and opportunity to make progress on diversity, equity, and inclusion—first with assessment and understanding, then action with accountability
In too many organizations, advancement is lagging on diversity, equity, and inclusion when it should be leading—and leading proactively. To build inclusive cultures and achieve real success in DEI objectives, advancement teams have to move from awareness to assessment to understanding. It's action with accountability. In this book excerpt, Angelique Grant and Ronald J. Schiller share key steps for leaders to do that.
What leaders, alumni, and students are learning by investigating and discussing their institutions’ uncomfortable histories
At institutions around the globe, debates about racism and discrimination are unfolding. Campus communities—students, educators, alumni, administrators, community residents, donors, and others—are confronting history, with many pushing institutions to act decisively. Here's how.