How to Build a Volunteer Program That Engages and Motivates Alumni

How to Build a Volunteer Program That Engages and Motivates Alumni
How to Build a Volunteer Program That Engages and Motivates Alumni

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Time: 3:00pm ET

Building and sustaining relationships with your alumni is vital to your school’s future. Often, you’ll rely on volunteers to help build these relationships and carry out activities to draw alumni in.

Discover how to create an effective organizational structure for your alumni volunteers that serve both their needs and the strategic goals of the school. This will enable you to build a nimble and reliable avenue through which that relationship can be nurtured and thrive.

  • Are you struggling to recruit volunteers to help support your alumni program?
  • Do you have volunteers interested, but aren’t sure how best to use them?
  • Are you struggling to find creative solutions to work with your school’s alumni?

Explore how to best organize your volunteers to build lifelong relationships with your alumni.

Learn how to:

  • organize your alumni volunteers so they feel connected and have a viable avenue to serve your school;
  • ensure your school’s unique characteristics are reflected in your Alumni Board;
  • structure Alumni Board meetings and services to efficiently meet your goals and retain the interest of your volunteers; and
  • create structures that enable your alumni director to coordinate the work of your volunteers.

After this webinar, you’ll be:

  • able to support a dynamic Alumni Association;
  • ready to create a plan for your Board to engage your alumni and meet your school’s strategic goals;
  • prepared to translate the values and characteristics of your school into an alumni organizational structure that reflects those values; and
  • confident that the Alumni Board is doing its job as an effective partner in the school’s strategic initiatives.

This webinar 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).

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Tuition must be paid in full 10 business days prior to the start date of the in-person, group-based program. 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: Professional Development Coordinator, 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.
  • There will be no refunds for cancellations made less than 15 business days before the start of the program. For registrations paid for with membership Gold Dollars, the member school will receive a 50% refund of Gold Dollars.
  • 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

Should an attendee need to cancel less than 15 days prior to the start date of the workshop, the school has two options to avoid penalty. Schools may also exercise these options at anytime 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 Professional Development Coordinator at 302-656-4944 x152.

*We DO NOT accept enrollments from consultants.

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