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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.

How Can Boards and Public Officials Learn from Each Other?

In the May/June issue of Trusteeship, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges asks Arizona State Representative Heather Carter how boards and public officials can learn from her. In addition to her legislative role, she also works as a clinical associate professor at Arizona State University.

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