Our alumni and graduates use their class year reunions as a chance to celebrate, reconnect and reminisce about the old days. Many of our institutions help them plan this party as a way for us to reengage with them as well. It also gives the advancement team the opportunity to remind our alumni of all the ways their education was possible, through the support of past generations who wanted to help educate the next generation.
Has your advancement team thought about the various ways you can capitalize on these reunion years?
We can use messaging about honoring and recognizing their reunion year through class gifts, whether your institution accepts restricted or unrestricted gifts, or scholarship and endowment gifts. Join Gonser Gerber Senior Consultant and Vice President for Advancement at Saint Xavier High School, Mike Littell, as he reviews the ways in which his team has continued to leverage reunion years, how to sow those seeds now while they are still students, and how that impacts a donor’s relationship with the institution over time. Mike will also review the Saint Xavier Class Endowment Program and other ways their team has been soliciting as part of a senior class campaign and reunion gift for more than 50 years.
Topics we will cover include:
- Why class gifts are an important part of your program
- Volunteers for Planning and Giving Committees
- Partnering on reunion year celebrations
- Create ways to encourage giving to reunion classes
- Reunions and Matching Gifts
- Advertising multi-year pledges for greater gifts
- Educating your current students
Who Should Attend:
This program is for any institution that supports an anniversary or reunion class and wants to plan or improve the communication with those classes about donating in recognition of that anniversary. This could include gift staff and officers, prospect management teams, database and advancement services, vice president and other leaders, or directors and other managers.
The fee for this webinar is $295 per institution, which allows your entire team the opportunity to participate in this professional development at the same time no matter where you are located. If you are a current client of Gonser Gerber Advancement Consulting, that fee is just $145. You will also receive a copy of the presentation and a recording of the webinar with your registration.
On Demand Details: After your registration, you will receive a copy of the power point presentation as well as a copy of the recording. (Please allow at least 48 business hours to receive your materials.) You will be able to share these materials with your entire team, including volunteers, and review the recording as many times as you need.
Michael Littell joined the firm in 2007 as a Senior Associate and has been in the advancement field since 1982. Beginning his 35th year with Saint Xavier High School, a private Catholic school for young men, Saint Xavier’s advancement program has earned several honors and awards including ten CASE Circle of Excellence Awards for Overall Development Performance most recently in 2018 and a Grand Gold CASE award for video productions. He recently received The Robert Bell Crow award from CASE – the highest honor bestowed upon an independent school advancement professional, recognizing dedication to an institution and to the entire profession.