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Fundraisers: Step Outside of Your Comfort Zone

Stepping outside of your comfort zone to learn a new task is a great way to elevate your career. Determining what to try, and then how to go about it, will vary greatly among individuals.   So what might that look like? Consider a few of the following approaches, techniques…

The Benefits of Social Media for Athletics Fundraising

You may not work for a start-up or corporate business, but that shouldn’t stop you from investing time and energy into social media. Without curated fundraising-specific content, you could be missing out on so many opportunities and potential funding.   Below are 7 benefits that social media has on development…

Student-Athletes: Are Your Parents’ Expectations Realistic?

  Parents or guardians can be a student-athlete’s biggest champion. From the time I was young, I have seen so many different types of athletics parents who are passionate about their daughters or sons as they watch them represent their school or club team.   However, what expectations should parents…

Fundraising Will Get Harder: How to Succeed When It Does

A few weeks ago, Inside Philanthropy posted a great article that exposed the future of giving back and the uphill battle fundraisers will face in the coming years. The article shared eye-opening statistics that if utilized properly, can help one create a game plan for growth no matter what the…

Dorm-Friendly Student-Athlete Meals: Chicken and Rice

  Looking for a cheap, one-pot dish to help supplement your caloric intake? This easy chicken and rice recipe will cost you $11 -$21 to make and will produce at least six meals and can serve as an extra boost of carbs and protein. Equipment: 1 large frying pan 1…

Making It Right: How the NCAA Can Fix the ‘a day in the life’ Video

Last week, the NCAA released a ‘day in the life’ video on twitter, a 30 second clip that intended to represent a snapshot of a typical day of a collegiate student-athlete. The post didn’t go over great, and while I think they meant well, the NCAA needs to step up to…

What Does A Fundraiser’s Day Look Like?

I like to schedule my work day as efficiently as possible, especially during a typical day without meetings or alumni visits. As a fundraiser, it’s important to create a healthy balance of portfolio/prospect management, while also staying on top of projects to ensure deadlines are met.   Below is a…

Donor and Alumni Trips: My Strategy and Timeline

If you are lucky and have the opportunity to travel and meet with donors or alumni, it’s always great to have a strategy to secure meetings. So where should you begin if you’re tasked with a first-time, regional trip?

Student-Athlete Advocates: Do’s and Don’ts for the College Recruiting Process

Having an all-star team on your side during the recruiting process can positively impact your college career as a student-athlete. So who should you work with and what should they be responsible for?

How to Succeed in Your First Fundraising Job

If you’re beginning a role in fundraising, I have no doubt that your current skills will prove valuable during your transition. However, make sure to look at the following steps as you start your new journey on the job.

Fundraisers: Create AMAZING Donor Experiences for Little-to-No Money

Working in athletics provides fundraisers with an amazing opportunity to capitalize off of experiences! Effective athletics fundraisers must utilize the resources we have to convince others why our teams need support. Below are a few ways that I create experiences for little to no charge, which in turn help tell…

Fundraising “Swag”: Are Giveaways Worth It?

Branded items, or “swag” as it’s referred to, serves as great giveaways for alumni and donors. Even the smallest freebies (pens, socks, pennants, etc.) can leave memorable and feel-good impressions on your alumni base. Before you place your next swag order, however, consider the pros and cons of such a…