Filling your chapter's calendar with events doesn't have to be hard once you have a starting point. Sometimes all that's needed is a little inspiration. I've come up with a starter list of those categories and some ideas in this week's blog but the sky's the limit. Get prepared to make this year's calendar the … Continue reading Get Your Chapter’s Calendar Ready For The Upcoming Year With These Ideas
Create Your Alumni Chapter’s Operating Budget
Budgeting is a critical responsibility of the chapter's leadership team. Follow these tips to make budgeting a repeatable activity so that you can fund future activities and achieve your club's financial goals.
Free Alumni Chapter Resources
Need a starting point for a chapter calendar, checklist or planner? I got you covered. Check out my new Free Resources page.
Alumni Chapter Fundraising Do’s and Don’ts
With the start of the school year your alumni chapter may start to think about - or may start to roll out - your fundraising events for the upcoming year. Fundraising can include a year-round cycle of plan, communicate and execute as you work towards your goal. In this week's post, I'll give you a set of Do's and Don'ts to consider as you raise money for your chapter or university.
Planning a Road Trip For Your Alumni Chapter: A Smooth Ride
Putting together an alumni event with lots of pieces and parts is exciting and fun for some of us. In this last post in the series, I'm going to talk about some additional logistics BUT I'm also going to talk a little bit about how to plan for FUN on the day of the event.
Planning a Road Trip For Your Alumni Chapter: Vendors and Contracts and Payments! Oh my!
In part 2 of this road trip series, I'll talk about contacting your vendors, negotiating the contracts and settling up with our alumni.
Planning a Road Trip For Your Alumni Chapter: Preparing Your Plan
Who doesn't love piling into a bus with a big group of friends to travel to an event? Road trips can be a great way to build a community within your alumni chapter. I talk to club leaders who would like to plan one but are a little hesitant. I understand. There's a lot to think about. But these don't have to be difficult to plan if you break up the planning into small pieces and get a volunteer or 2 to help. In the spirit of breaking things up, I'm breaking this topic into 3 parts. Part 1, this one, will discuss how to prepare to start your planning.
Promote Your Alumni Chapter’s Events by Boosting Facebook Posts
It's almost football season and if you're like many alumni clubs around the country, that means game watches. Your social media platforms can be instrumental in getting the word out about your upcoming events. Facebook gives you several ways that you can promote those events if you have a little bit of a budget. This … Continue reading Promote Your Alumni Chapter’s Events by Boosting Facebook Posts
How to Safely Use Images and Logos on Chapter Websites and Merchandise
Over the past several years I've talked with fellow chapter leaders who have designed t-shirts or banners for their club. Each time I've heard the same complaint - "all my ideas keep getting turned down because of copyright issues!" Yes, it's a thing and if you don't know about it yet, you will. What we … Continue reading How to Safely Use Images and Logos on Chapter Websites and Merchandise
Start Up Your New Alumni Chapter With This Essential Checklist
Starting up a new chapter or sprucing up an existing one requires a some work and organization. Most of your efforts will go towards alumni outreach. To do that successfully, you'll want to make sure that you have a set of tools and processes in place to get you going. I've run alumni chapters on … Continue reading Start Up Your New Alumni Chapter With This Essential Checklist
How the University’s Alumni Office Can Help Chapter Leaders
Being an alumni chapter leader can be an incredibly rewarding opportunity but it can be a lot of work. Most universities have staff in their alumni offices who are dedicated to helping chapter leaders manage the load. Here are some ways that you can enlist the help of your university's alumni chapter resources. Chapter Support … Continue reading How the University’s Alumni Office Can Help Chapter Leaders
Starting a New Alumni Chapter
So you've been thinking about getting involved with your university's local alumni chapter and you've discovered there currently isn't one. Well, YOU, yes you, could be the spark that lights that fire locally. But, wait, is that a lot of work? What do would you need to do? Who do you talk to? So. Many. … Continue reading Starting a New Alumni Chapter