How One University's Student Philanthropy Officer Program Raises Future Fundraisers

At York University, they don't just hire student callers. They hire future fundraisers. The program has allowed the York University’s annual giving department to create career-ready development professionals, raise more money for the annual fund by capturing midlevel gifts, and free up gift officers to pursue larger ones. Learn more about how York University used a natural resource - its students! - to expand their annual giving program.

Spotlight on USM Foundation's Investment Office Internship Program

The USMF Investment Office offers internships to undergraduate students who are interested in investment research and financial analysis from schools within the USM. These students work directly with investment professionals to conduct research and analysis, assist with reporting and due diligence, and take on special projects as they relate to the endowment fund investment portfolio.

The Truth About Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding seems like an easy way to raise money – but it’s a lot easier said than done. As any good fundraising professional knows, campaigns take a lot of effort before the launch, during the campaign, and after. Here are the biggest misconceptions about crowdfunding from the crowdfunders themselves.

12 Steps to Building a Staff Culture of Philanthropy

A recent advancement plan was completed for an institution and during the process, they discovered institutional faculty had no understanding of how fundraising functioned. Furthermore, faculty felt that they had no support in developing corporate partnerships, and efforts to help with fundraising were not rewarded or applied to tenure and advancement. Fundraiser Jeff Jowdy has shared twelve steps based on his experiences on how to cultivate a culture of philanthropy.

Transition at the Top

When DeRionne Pollard became president of Montgomery College in Maryland in 2010, the college community was weary of turnover. Pollard was the third president since 2007. Faculty, students, and alumni longed for a visionary dedicated to running the 60,000-student community college with three campuses, two workforce development centers, 22 satellite locations, and two community engagement centers.

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Our Vision

Our vision is to attract broad resources that transform the USM and its institutions, create a network of advocates to embrace the USM’s role as an educator and economic engine, and to grow a long-term, sustainable culture of philanthropy across the University System of Maryland.

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