The following institutions were selected in March 2017 to receive Venture Fund grants to support professional development and networking activities:
University of Michigan ($2,500)
Prospect development and analytics teams from sixteen institutions will meet to identify solutions for key challenges, build consensus for industry-wide best practices, and share data and code sharing across institutions.
University of Minnesota ($5,000)
The Big Ten alumni professionals conference brings 80 attendees from 14 Big Ten institutions together annually. The day and a half event includes break out and plenary sessions about emerging alumni relations trends and working with campus partners.
Cleveland State University ($5,000)
Cleveland State University will use funds to launch The Northeast Ohio Summit on Alumni Engagement, a new day-long professional development conference. Attendees from research universities, community colleges, small private institutions and health sciences programs will be invited to build regional partnerships.
Loyola Academy ($1,500)
Advancement vice presidents from ten parochial high schools will come together to collaborate for new ideas. Topics will be succession planning, onboarding a new president, and prospect management practices.
Northwestern University ($2,420)
The roundtable will focus on graduate student and alumni engagement. Ten universities will participate to identify creating systematic and centralized approaches for this alumni population.
University of Wisconsin Stevens Point ($1,500)
The annual giving officers from 25 institutions in Wisconsin will meet for SWAG (Summit for Wisconsin Annual Giving). The summit provides a zero cost professional development opportunity during a time of tight budgets.