Increasing Board Engagement in Fundraising

Increasing Board Engagement in Fundraising

November 27, 2018
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Eastern

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Learn how to solicit and cultivate your advisory and alumni boards.

Keeping your board engaged is a delicate balancing act — both advisory and alumni boards help us make decisions, but there are also philanthropic expectations. Ensuring complete board participation through board members’ own personal giving and engaging them in other fundraising initiatives can be challenging.

Join our instructor Susan Pyron for this online training and hear about how her work with the board at Gettysburg College achieved 100% board participation. You will learn ways to develop your board’s involvement in fundraising in ways that align with their personal goals and talents. During this highly interactive webcast, you will have time to craft a personal commitment statement that you can use and adapt with your institution’s board members.

Who Should Attend

Alumni relations and advancement professionals working directly with alumni or advisory boards are encouraged to attend. Academic leaders who work directly with advisory boards and are looking to enhance their fundraising efforts will also benefit.

Note: This is not intended for those who work with institutional trustee boards.


  • Encourage personal commitments from members
  • Educate boards about the financial mission and goals of the institution
  • Engage members in donor relations and stewardship
  • Inspire boards to foster connections for the university



Susan Pyron

Assistant Vice President for Annual Giving
Gettysburg College

Susan E. Pyron has direct responsibility for the alumni association’s board of directors and oversight of the annual giving, athletic giving, alumni relations, and parent relations offices focusing on constituent engagement and securing current operations support. Previously, Susan was the executive director of the Commission on the Future, a project that engaged nearly 400 alumni, parents, and friends in a year-long study that formed the foundation of Gettysburg College’s former $100 million campaign. Gettysburg College is currently in the public phase of a $150 million comprehensive campaign.

Questions About the Event?

Whitney Egstad
Program Manager, Academic Impressions

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