LVAIC Higher Education Leaders Institute Explores Institutional Advancement
November 11, 2019, @ 12:17 PM
The third cohort of the LVAIC Higher Education Leaders Institute continues to explore different aspects of the higher education industry. This month marks the fourth session for this group and focused on institutional advancement and fundraising. This session was offered by Jill Anderson, Vice President for Development and Alumni Engagement at Moravian College, and Kimberly Spang, Vice President for Development and College Relations at Lafayette College. Anderson and Spang met with the group on Friday, November 8, 2019 at Cedar Crest College.
Anderson and Spang began with an overview of the general functions and purpose of development and institutional advancement. Even beyond the basic fundraising portion of this department, members of institutional advancement and development are relationship builders who bridge the gaps between the community and the college. These individuals go beyond asking for financial gifts to truly match the values of individuals with the values, goals, and principles of the institution in a mutually-beneficial way. They also shared a general outline of the way a fundraising campaign advances a college or university and the schedule for how that process occurs.
The presenters fielded questions from institute participants along the way, addressing challenges around censorship and misaligned values. For instance, when a donor’s request(s) counteract the mission of the institution, create conflicting values for campus leadership, or limit the learnings of students, those gifts must be reevaluated against the needs for the institution.
Overall, participants learned how they can engage with development and institutional advancement on their own campuses. They also learned how to engage with students, parents, alumni, and the community to support the goals and mission of development.
This program hosts 24 mid-career faculty and mid-level administrators who have interest and potential for advanced administrative leadership in higher education. This is a 10 month program that allows participants to explore multiple aspects of leadership in higher education while building their personal and organizational capacity for leadership.
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