Tools for Creating an Engaging Alumni Program

Tools for Creating an Engaging Alumni Program
Tools for Creating an Engaging Alumni Program

Date(s):
Time: 11:00am ET -

The most enduring relationships that any school can have is with its alumni. Healthy, productive relationships with alumni are possible when your school has a well-organized, alumni-focused volunteer program.

This online workshop helps you create a well-organized and responsive program that empowers you to engage and steward alumni. Discover how to plan and execute virtual and in-person alumni events, reunions, and fundraising initiatives.

  • Are you struggling to create, build, or revive your alumni program?
  • Do you have a small team dedicated to alumni outreach and want to maximize their time and effort?
  • Are you a K–8 school and not sure how to best connect with alumni?
  • Are you trying to employ more online outreach strategies? Do you want to strengthen your fundraising efforts with alumni?

This online workshop covers supporting an alumni association that creates professional and personal connections, engages alumni in your school’s life and future, and is highly representative of the breadth of individuals in your alumni community.

You will learn how to:

  • organize your alumni volunteers so they feel connected and have a viable avenue to serve your school;
  • promote shared values between the school and your alumni;
  • structure alumni services to meet your goals and retain the interest of your volunteers;
  • create structures that enable the Alumni Director to coordinate the work of your volunteers;
  • use a variety of digital tools available to engage your alumni more effectively; and
  • design events that reflect your school’s culture and nurtures your alumni relationships.

After this online workshop, you’ll be:

  • ready to create a sustainable structure through which alumni will stay connected to your school;
  • prepared to build a representative-style Alumni Board, using cohort-style organizational models, to reduce the load on staff and give volunteer leadership a meaningful purpose;
  • knowledgeable about ways to recruit members for your Alumni Board who will provide fresh perspectives and ideas;
  • able to nurture meaningful connections with alumni, no matter the grade levels your school offers; and
  • confident that you can use imaginative ways to connect with alumni through digital platforms and virtual events.

This online workshop is for:

Alumni Directors, Directors of Development, and Alumni Association Presidents.

Michael Christopher

Michael Christopher, IAP-L

ISM Consultant 

Expertise

Michael shares his expertise in building comprehensive development programs from the ground up. He believes a successful development program has solid operations, strong annual funds, proactive constituent cultivation, and robust communication and marketing programs.

Current Role

As a member of ISM’s Advancement Team, Michael:

  • Serves on the ISM Advancement Academy faculty
  • Acts as a member of the ISM Summer Institute faculty
  • Authors and co-authors articles for ISM publications, including Ideas & Perspectives
  • Presents national education conferences, including CASE-NAIS, APC, ISAS, NAIS, and NAES
  • Assists schools with development, planning, governance, and school identity as an ISM Consultant

He holds the Leader Certification through ISM’s International Advancement Program (IAP−L) .

Prior Experience

Michael previously served as the Assistant Headmaster for Development at Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis, Tennessee, a PK–12 International Baccalaureate World School of 860 students.

At Lausanne, Michael rebuilt the development program, oversaw development of alumni programs, built planned giving offerings, instituted a major gifts effort, and ran two capital campaigns. In doing so, he restructured the staff, created a culture of philanthropy within a highly diverse community, and supported the Board with three major strategic planning efforts.

Michael oversaw the incorporation and serves on the Board of Lausanne Learning, Inc., a non-profit educational services organization that supports the financial aid programs at Lausanne Collegiate School.

Michael has served as the Director of Development at Greensboro Day School and Holland Hall School in Tulsa, OK. He started his career in school advancement at the St. Louis Conservatory of Music, where he was Associate Dean for 15 years.

Education

He has a master’s degree from the University of Iowa and a bachelor’s degree in music from Cornell College (IA).

This is a distance learning event.

How it works:

  • Synchronous learning will be held from 11 a.m.—12:30 p.m. and 2—3:30 p.m. Eastern Time, unless otherwise noted by your instructor, for the duration of the workshop dates posted.
  • The rest of the time will be flexible for independent work, connecting with peers, and group learning.

See the full schedule here. All sessions subject to change.

This workshop will deliver the same high-quality learning and takeaways you expect from an ISM workshop. 

This workshop will be held virtually.

You'll receive login information after you register. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How will ISM communicate workshop information with me?

It is essential that your school approves the following email addresses from ISM:

  • workshops@isminc.com
  • marie@isminc.com

You will be receiving all communication—including your confirmation email and access to your workshop's Google Drive account—from these e-mails.

What does my registration fee include?

All workshop materials are included.

Event Confirmation and Cancellation Policy

We take the health and safety of our school leaders seriously.

In an abundance of caution and to protect the health of all participants, ISM will hold only distance learning events until further notice.

Should ISM cancel an event, we ensure a 100% money-back guarantee for all registrants—so you can buy with confidence. You can feel free to direct any questions to workshops@isminc.com.

Confirmation and Cancellation Policy

Tuition Payment and Cancellation Policy for ISM’s Professional Development Events

Tuition must be paid in full 10 business days prior to the start date of the event. An attendee with a balance due on the start date will be denied entrance to the program until the balance is paid in full.

Cancellation requests must be made in writing by emailing workshops@isminc.com, faxing to 302-656-0647, or mailing to: Event Experience Manager, ISM, 2207 Concord Pike, #417 Wilmington, DE, 19803.

  • Cancellations received more than 15 business days prior to the start date of the program will be fully refunded. Gold Dollars will also be fully refunded.
  • Cancellations received less than 15 business days prior to the start date of the program will not be refunded.
  • Non-payment of tuition or no-show to the event does not constitute a cancellation. Full tuition will be due and payable.

The Substitution Option and Wallet Option

If a member of your team can no longer attend a workshop for which they have registered and it is past the cancellation window, your school has two options to avoid penalty. Schools may also exercise these options at any time for cancellations. 

  1. The school may substitute another employee.
  2. The school may bank the funds for a future ISM registration. These funds must be applied to a professional development event within one year from the start date of the original workshop. After one year, the funds will be forfeited. To use banked funds, please call the Event Experience Manager at 302-656-4944 x152.

*We DO NOT accept enrollments from consultants.

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