Giving you the tools for sustainable fundraising

Giving You the Tools for Sustainable Fundraising

Philanthropy unlocks the future of higher education.

Philanthropy is critical to helping institutions meet their missions, and strategic priorities that are tightly aligned with institutional mission are what ignites donor passion. Research has found that serving a community's needs can become an important part of who donors are.

Reaching strategic fundraising goals requires strong relationships and a collaborative effort across the institution, and beyond: from the central advancement shop, to academic units, to alumni, community, and donor relationships. Sustainable philanthropy requires:

  • Fostering advancement teams that promote collaboration and eliminate competition.
  • Integrating academic leaders in alumni engagement and development efforts.
  • Capitalizing on alumni, donor, and volunteer engagement to sustain institutional affiliation and strengthen affinity.
  • Generating big ideas that broaden a donor base, motivate all segments of the donor pipeline to give, and secure transformational gifts.

Our Advancement training and resources are designed to promote a collaborative, campus-wide approach to fundraising.

Our goal is to propel higher education toward solving big problems with transformational philanthropic support.

Powerful Learning Experiences That Share Strategies and Best Practices to Maximize Your Fundraising Goals

Opportunities for your Entire Team

Included in Membership

Fostering Central Advancement Teams that Promote Collaboration and Eliminate Competition

Path concept built out of blocks

WEBCAST RECORDING

Bridging the Process Gap for Major Gifts Between Advancement Services and Frontline Fundraising

Learn More ⟶

Two people shaking hands

VIRTUAL TRAINING RECORDING

Key Considerations for Strengthening Prospect Management and Gift Officer Collaboration

Learn More ⟶

Why Donors Give - Image of a Growing Plant

VIRTUAL TRAINING RECORDING

Improving Campus Collaboration for Effective Parent and Family Giving

Learn More ⟶

Volunteers

WEBCAST RECORDING

Collaborating with Campus Partners to Expand Volunteer Opportunities

Learn More ⟶

Integrating Academic Leaders in Alumni Engagement and Development Efforts

Fundraising illustration

CONFERENCE

Fundraising for Deans and Academic Leaders

October 22 - 23, 2024 | Baltimore, MD

Learn More ⟶

shaking hands

DISCUSSION SERIES

Development Officer Discussion Series: Supporting Your Dean in Managing Key Relationships

Learn More ⟶

Holding plant in hand

WEBCAST RECORDING

Effective Donor Cultivation Strategies for Academic Deans

Learn More ⟶

Success coach working with client

COURSE

Fundraising for Department Chairs

Learn More ⟶

Plants growing out of coins

VIRTUAL TRAINING RECORDING

Preparing Frontline Fundraisers to Support Academic Leaders for Campaign Success

Learn More ⟶

Capitalizing on Alumni, Donor, and Volunteer Engagement to Sustain Institutional Affiliation and Strengthen Affinity

Professionals at a roundtable meeting

VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

Young Alumni: Establishing Lifelong Relationships

October 9, 2024

Learn More ⟶

Tree

WEBCAST RECORDING

Encore and Live Q&A: Transitioning Campaign Success into Evergreen Giving Opportunities

October 9, 2024

Learn More ⟶

WEBCAST RECORDING

Key Considerations for Institutional Naming Plans and Policies

Learn More ⟶

Diverse students

VIRTUAL TRAINING RECORDING

Structuring Scholarships for Women and Students of Color in a Shifting Legal Landscape

Learn More ⟶

Group of diverse people

WEBCAST RECORDING

Developing a Strategic Approach to Generational Wealth

Learn More ⟶

Business Meeting

WEBCAST RECORDING

Using a Council to Establish a Holistic Corporate Engagement Strategy

Learn More ⟶

Diversity

WEBCAST RECORDING

How to Develop Programming that Re-Engages Underrepresented Alumni

Learn More ⟶

Generating Big Ideas that Broaden a Donor Base, Motivate all Segments of the Donor Pipeline to Give, and Secure Transformational Gifts

small seedlings growing out of stacks of coins

CONFERENCE

Summit for University Presidents and Advancement Vice Presidents

September 19 - 20, 2024 | Denver, CO

Learn More ⟶

Why Donors Give - Image of a Growing Plant

ON-DEMAND SERIES

Family Giving: A Three-Part Series

Learn More ⟶

Research Meeting

WEBCAST RECORDING

Portfolio Prioritization: Maximizing Opportunities for Your Donor Pipeline

Learn More ⟶

Hand supporting the top step in staircase of wooden pegs with a glowing light bulb above it.

VIRTUAL TRAINING RECORDING

Developing a Principal Gifts Program that Supports Transformational Priorities

Learn More ⟶

Investing in Intentional Hiring and Onboarding Processes

WEBCAST RECORDING

Staying Competitive in Advancement: A Conversation on Talent Development

Learn More ⟶

Business women in a meeting

VIRTUAL TRAINING RECORDING

Beyond Salary: An Uncommon Strategy to Recruit and Retain Advancement Professionals

Learn More ⟶

Young professional man

VIRTUAL TRAINING RECORDING

Developing an Advancement Intern Program

Learn More ⟶

Calendar

WEBCAST RECORDING

Effectively Onboard Major Gift Officers with a 90-Day Plan

Learn More ⟶

Team stacking building blocks

ARTICLE

Retention through Onboarding: How Hiring Managers Can Foster a Sense of Belonging

Learn More ⟶

Hire and Onboard Staff Successfully with Membership

Hire

New Limited Time Offer!

Advancement-wide memberships get unlimited job postings through our job board: HireEd Careers

Onboard

Customize Membership for Onboarding

Membership includes: Advancement 101: A 7-Day Foundational Series Certificate Course

Sign up new staff for our mini course to receive bite-sized lessons on fundraising basics daily for 7 business days.

Get These Trainings and More with Membership

Save up to $1,500 on Membership
Join before June 30, 2024

In-Person Programs

Discounted with Membership

Reconnect to learning and reconnect to colleagues. Cornerstones of our programs include:

  • Intimate, workshop-style events with personalized attention
  • Needs-driven programs with thoughtfully planned and practical outcomes
  • Action plans and next steps to use upon returning to campus
  • Carefully vetted instructors that are also practitioners in the field
  • Learner-centric programs designed for interaction and collaboration
  • The small-scale opportunity to truly connect with colleagues in the same position at other institutions

“I will use the tools and techniques learned in this workshop in my day-to-day work as a development director and am confident I will see success as a result.”

Graduation

CONFERENCE

Alumni Boards: Strengthen Your Strategy and Grow Engagement

June 10 - 11, 2024 | Chicago, IL

Learn More ⟶

Stacking blocks

CONFERENCE

Developing Staff and Shaping Team Culture: A Summit for Advancement Talent Development Leaders

November 7 - 8, 2024 | Denver, CO

Learn More ⟶

CONFERENCE

Building an In-House Leadership Development Program in Higher Education

November 18 - 19, 2024 | Denver, CO

Learn More ⟶

Business woman

Customize the Topics for Your Division or Institution

Discounted with Membership

Maximize team learning and team cohesion by customizing a workshop to meet your specific needs and objectives.

Great for Teams - Tailored to meet needs of campus

Can be in person, virtual, or blended

Training can stand alone or be used to supplement existing programs

Academic Impressions works with dozens of institutions to customize training based on the unique needs of your division. We take a flexible and collaborative approach to in how we design each workshop.

Customized programs can integrate in-person or virtual workshops, as well as working time with teams, assessments, coaching, and more.

We’ll work closely with campus partners to customize the your program based on the unique goals and contexts of your division and its the participants.

Customize and bring one of these programs to your team:

  • Fundraising Partnerships: A Program for Development Officers and Deans
  • Writing Workshop for Advancement
  • Balancing the Art and Science of Discovery Visits

Hear from Your Peers in Higher Education

“Best presentations on development that I've ever heard.“

“The instructor was a wealth of knowledge and was able to answer any question — even if the subject matter was sensitive.“

“This workshop was a thought-provoking primer on best practices and current thinking about fundraising in a university setting, filled with excellent information and insights on development philosophies and strategies, and real-world recommendations to improve current fundraising initiatives.“

Questions?

Paladino-Meg

Meghan Paladino
Director of Institutional Partnerships,
Academic Impressions