Key Strategies for Diversifying Your Donor Pipeline: An Online Bootcamp


Key Strategies for Diversifying Your Donor Pipeline: An Online Bootcamp


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Identify how to make small yet meaningful changes in your DEI initiatives that have long-lasting impact on your donors.


Advancement shops have begun strategic efforts to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion in philanthropy and increase engagement with historically minoritized alumni. When developing a more diverse donor pipeline, it’s not always easy to articulate all the steps you need to get there. You likely know that it’s important to build your strategy upon the idea that intercultural competency should be the foundation of your shop, but knowing how may leave you with more questions than answers.

Join us online for a highly interactive 5-week bootcamp, where you will discuss and analyze your DEI initiatives to identify areas where you can make improvements as it relates to diversifying your staff, engaging alumni, and diversifying your donor pipeline. Through small group discussions, individual reflection, and 1:1 speaker consultation, you will develop an action plan unique to your shop that will outline a roadmap of how to apply intercultural competency to your team that reverberates out to your alumni, contributing toward a greater diversity within your donor pipeline. You will walk away from this bootcamp with a thorough understanding of how your shop compares to other institutions and how you can reach the goals you seek for the diversity, equity, and inclusivity of your advancement shop.

Watch this Free Information Session to Learn More About the Bootcamp


Watch this free information session to learn about whether this bootcamp is right for you and hear from our expert speakers, Kat Walsh and Charleon Jeffries. After a short overview of the bootcamp, the speakers will answer some questions and explain why it is important to diversify your donor pipeline.

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What is Intercultural Competence?

The ability to shift cultural perspectives and adapt a behavior to effectively bridge across cultural similarity and difference based on race, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, ethnicity, religion, age, class and other human differences.
- Intercultural Development Inventory, LLC

A Highly Personalized Experience

Your registration for this bootcamp includes a 1:1 consultation with the faculty, Charleon Jefferies and Kat Walsh. This hallmark of the Academic Impressions bootcamp will focus on how you can be more successful toward implementing solutions to the DEI gaps you identify in your shop.

To preserve the intimate and interactive nature of this training, the bootcamp is limited to 30 participants. Register early to reserve your spot!


What You Will Get

  • This online course consists of five two-hour modules. Each live learning session will be facilitated by our experts to give you key strategies to implement in each of the advancement areas highlighted below.
  • A 1:1 45-minute consulting session with either Charleon Jeffries or Kat Walsh focused on identifying and action planning the step you intend to take in incorporating a DEI initiative into your advancement strategy.
  • A workbook, used to identify your DEI gaps, to help you know where your efforts should be focused.
  • You will have the opportunity to practice and apply the concepts through individual exercises in between the live sessions.


Who Should Attend

This bootcamp has been designed for those working specifically in alumni relations and annual giving, looking to diversify their donor pipeline. This program is also for those who work in a central capacity in advancement to support diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. This program will be beneficial for those newer to learning about how to support DEI, as well as those who are more seasoned.


Follow Through With Success Coaching

Have you ever gone to a training only to find that you came back with great ideas but don’t have the time, support, or skills needed to make the changes?

Academic Impressions has produced thousands of trainings and we have learned that utilizing a coach after attending a program helps provide accountability and bridges the training with the on-the-ground work of getting the job done.

As a result, we are now offering success coaching on select programs.

  • Purchase this training + 3 one hour follow up success coaching calls
  • Work with an assigned coach who has extensive experience in higher ed.
  • Get individualized support to help you follow through on what you’ve learned.
  • Workshop your plans, run your ideas by someone and get additional help/practice.

To get success coaching, simply purchase the Bootcamp and add Success Coaching during registration.

Learn More About Success Coaching

Hear About the Bootcamp Experience

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“This was a wonderful, innovative experience. Great ideas and resources were shared by participants and presenters. High energy and an overall wonderful learning experience.”

- Marisol Marrero

Executive Director of StudentLink Centers, New York University

“I was so impressed with Academic Impressions that I cannot wait to recommend these trainings to colleagues and bring Academic Impressions to my institution!”

- Kristin Miller

Director of Advancement, College of Visual and Performing Arts, NIU Foundation

“The variety of expertise allowed me to bring skills back to my shop and overall improve our tool-kits.”

- Garrett Aanestad

Chapman Fund Manager, Chapman University


January 24 – February 28, 2022 | Individual Sessions: January 24, 31, February 7, 14, and 28

All Times Eastern


Module 1: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Your Shop

January 24, 2022 | 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET
Knowing where to integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion into your staff, alumni and giving strategies is important. Through gap analysis, you will be able to identify where you can make change, while also knowing the return on investment that change can provide. This will help you identify and share the right data with the right stakeholders to secure the buy-in you may need.



Module 2: Building the Intercultural Competency of Your Staff

January 31, 2021 | 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET
The key to a more inclusive shop, as well as to more inclusive alumni engagement and giving, is through you and your team’s intercultural competency. By utilizing the Multicultural Organization Development (MCOD) process model, you will learn how to apply DEI principles to your work within advancement that will improve retention and recruitment for a more diverse workforce, leading to more effective diverse alumni engagement.



Module 3: Diversifying Your Alumni Engagement

February 7, 2022 | 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET
By successfully engaging your traditionally unengaged populations, groups that have felt marginalized since they were students, you will begin to see your donor pipeline diversify. In this module, we will focus on strategies that help you leverage diverse alumni programming to increase your diverse volunteers and board members while building out an inclusive approach to alumni engagement.



Module 4: Strengthening the Diversity of Your Donor Pipeline

February 14, 2022 | 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET
Your donor pipeline can become more representative of your current and future alumni base through effective communication and collaboration with alumni relations. In this session, you will learn how you can apply diverse segmentation strategies in your annual giving strategy, in order to increase the diversity of your donor pipeline, leading to a wider donor base to fundraise from for years to come.



Module 5: Presenting Your Action Plan

February 28, 2022 | 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET
You now know where your diversity, equity, and inclusion gaps are in your advancement strategy, and you have also learned how to take the appropriate steps toward implementing an initiative to fill one of those gaps. After hearing from the speakers in how they bring the components of this bootcamp together at their institutions, you will have the opportunity to present to the cohort on the steps you intend to take at yours.


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Charleon A. Jeffries

Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Division of Development and Alumni Relations, Penn State University

Charleon has spent the last 18 years dedicated to improving and responding to issues of equity, inclusion, and justice at Penn State University. She is the inaugural Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) for Penn State’s Division Development of Alumni Relations (DDAR). In her role, she works directly with the Vice-President for DDAR in establishing and executing the Division’s strategic priorities for DE&I.

Read Charleon's Full Bio.

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Kat Walsh

 Executive Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, University of Michigan

As part of the University of Michigan’s five year initiative for creating a more vibrant campus, Ms. Walsh heads department-wide efforts toward implementing policies aimed at diversifying and creating more equitable opportunities for OUD staff, donors, and volunteers. Ms. Walsh also leads student philanthropy initiatives on the University of Michigan campus.

Read Kat's Full Bio.

Questions About the Event?

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Nick Pettet
Learning & Development Manager, Academic Impressions

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