Surveys

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How effective are your institution’s events when it comes to cultivating donor relationships?

Conducted on December 5, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Does your institution have at least one staff person dedicated to advancement events?

Conducted on December 5, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Does your organization have staff focused on qualifying prospects through personal meetings?

Conducted on November 19, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How transparent is your organization’s system for assigning prospects to prospect managers?

Conducted on November 19, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How much does your institution engage first-year alumni through volunteer opportunities and events?

Conducted on November 12, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Does your organization conduct surveys of its first-year alumni to identify their interests and preferences?

Conducted on November 12, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How often do your institution’s alumni relations and student affairs teams interact?

Conducted on November 5, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Does your institution offer volunteer opportunities that allow alumni to interact directly with students?

Conducted on November 5, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How strong is the communication between your institution’s admissions and advancement teams?

Conducted on October 29, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Do you think your admissions and advancement teams have a clear sense of one another’s goals?

Conducted on October 29, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

At your institution, are volunteers regularly involved in soliciting leadership gifts for milestone events?

Conducted on October 8, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How strongly does your institution encourage donors to make multi-year pledges?

Conducted on October 8, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Please rate the quality of your institution’s endowment reporting systems.

Conducted on October 1, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Is your institution effective at “humanizing” the impact of endowments?

Conducted on October 1, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

In general, how much effort do you put into preparing for phone calls?

Conducted on September 24, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Do you often feel nervous or uncomfortable prior to calling on prospects or donors?

Conducted on September 24, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How would you rate the quality of your institution’s affinity-based programming for alumni?

Conducted on September 17, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Does your institution currently have roles for affinity-based volunteers?

Conducted on September 17, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How much do you customize messages in your reactivation appeals?

Conducted on September 10, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Do you deliberately use one channel (e.g., phone, mail, email) more than others for reactivating lapsed donors?

Conducted on September 10, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How collaborative is the gift proposal creation process within your advancement team?

Conducted on August 20, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Does your department have specific guidelines for creating gift proposals?

Conducted on August 20, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Are you doing enough to steward donors who are giving to special campaigns or challenges?

Conducted on August 13, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How segmented are your annual giving stewardship communications?

Conducted on August 13, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

At your institution, which channel/program do you think would benefit the most from doing more testing?

Conducted on August 6, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Has your program done any testing of its appeals in the past six months?

Conducted on August 6, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Do you think increasing the number of current-use scholarship gifts at your institution would have a significant and positive impact on annual giving results?

Conducted on July 30, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How proactive are your institution’s gift officers at promoting current-use scholarships to prospective donors?

Conducted on July 30, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How good are your systems for tracking and measuring faculty and staff volunteer activity?

Conducted on July 23, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Do you have a structured training program for your faculty and staff volunteers?

Conducted on July 23, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Does your organization have a deliberate and coordinated strategy for making second asks?

Conducted on July 16, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How well does your organization steward donors who make more than one gift per year?

Conducted on July 16, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Does your team offer web-based training opportunities for parent volunteers?

Conducted on June 25, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How much does your team track parent volunteer activity

Conducted on June 25, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How coordinated are your annual giving and campaign communictions (in your current or most recent campaign)?

Conducted on June 18, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

In your current or most recent campaign, does your institution have annual giving advocates as part of the campaign’s volunteer leadership effort?

Conducted on June 18, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How much input does your annual giving team have in goal setting?

Conducted on June 11, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Does your team create a comprehensive annual fund solicitation calendar for each fiscal year?

Conducted on June 11, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How confident are you that you have the information you need in your institution’s database to support a consecutive giving society?

Conducted on June 4, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Does your institution plan to launch a consecutive giving society in the next fiscal year?

Conducted on June 4, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How likely are you to use predictive modeling to inform your direct mail strategy in the upcoming fiscal year?

Conducted on May 30, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Does your annual giving program utilize predictive modeling?

Conducted on May 30, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Do you feel that your annual giving program does a good job of communicating the impact of unrestricted support to donors?

Conducted on May 21, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How well integrated are your unrestricted appeals with other, restricted appeals?

Conducted on May 21, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

In your opinion, how many giving day promotional emails should a program send in the weeks/months leading up to a giving day?

Conducted on May 14, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

In general, do you feel that you’re doing enough to integrate annual giving emails with other types of annual giving communications?

Conducted on May 14, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Does your team track and report on direct mail results following each campaign?

Conducted on May 9, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How segmented are the audiences for your annual fund appeals?

Conducted on May 9, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How strong are the partnerships between your annual giving team and other campus units outside of advancement?

Conducted on April 30, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Do you think your annual giving program is doing enough to engage student donors/leaders as volunteers and in programs/activities?

Conducted on April 30, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Does your institution offer advancement training to your alumni board members?

Conducted on April 23, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How involved in fundraising efforts are the alumni board members at your institution?

Conducted on April 23, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How do you think your diverse donors would rate your institution’s current diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts?

Conducted on April 9, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Does your institution have any giving circles for diverse donor groups?

Conducted on April 9, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Does your annual giving team maintain a central calendar of appeals/activities that other units can access?

Conducted on April 2, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How often does your annual giving team meet as a group with other advancement/campus units?

Conducted on April 2, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How integrated or coordinated is your direct appeal strategy/schedule?

Conducted on March 26, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Do you collect social media handles for your donors and store them in your database?

Conducted on March 26, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Does your annual giving team get any support from your institution’s prospect researchers?

Conducted on March 19, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How aggressive is your program at soliciting annual fund donors for increased gift amounts from one year to the next?

Conducted on March 19, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How often do your institution’s gift officers promote annual fund challenges as potential gift opportunities to their prospects?

Conducted on March 12, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Has your institution run a donor challenge in the past 12 months?

Conducted on March 12, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Has your annual fund team considered changing the levels of your gift club in the past 12 months?

Conducted on March 6, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How often do you ask for feedback from your annual fund gift club members?

Conducted on March 6, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Does your institution solicit first-year parents in their child’s first semester?

Conducted on February 26, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How much of a priority are first-year parents for your annual giving program?

Conducted on February 26, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Is your institution increasing the number of young alumni events you hold, compared to last year?

Conducted on February 19, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Approximately how many young alumni events did your institution produce last year?

Conducted on February 19, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How strict is your program about requiring callers to read/stick to a script?

Conducted on February 12, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How many “practice” calls does your program usually require before letting callers make “real” calls?

Conducted on February 12, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Is it clear how members of your team measure their success?

Conducted on February 5, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

On average, how often do individual members of your team check in with their supervisor?

Conducted on February 5, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How much has your annual giving program expanded efforts to engage volunteers online in the past 6 months?

Conducted on January 29, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Has your annual giving program integrated gamification into at least one fundraising effort in the past six months?

Conducted on January 29, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Has your program ever used alumni engagement information to determine segments for appeals?

Conducted on January 22, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How clear is your department’s definition of “alumni engagement?”

Conducted on January 22, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

On average, how would you describe the size of prospect portfolios at your institution?

Conducted on January 15, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

In your opinion, does your institution have a clear and transparent system for assigning projects to gift officers?

Conducted on January 15, 2019 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How often do you point prospects and donors to your institution’s website for more information?

Conducted on December 18, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

In your opinion, is your annual giving program stronger online or offline?

Conducted on December 18, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How would your rate your listening skills?

Conducted on December 11, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Have you ever practiced active listening?

Conducted on December 11, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How much has your phonathon’s fundraising productivity declined in the past three years?

Conducted on December 4, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Is your leadership encouraging you to downsize or eliminate your phonathon program?

Conducted on December 4, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Does your advancement team have someone who montiors the social media activity of your constituents?

Conducted on November 29, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How much testing of new strategies and ideas does your team do?

Conducted on November 29, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Does your institution communicate with students about the importance of philanthropy prior to their senior year?

Conducted on November 13, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How involved are student volunteers in your school’s graduating class gift campaign?

Conducted on November 13, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How well does your institution explain the impact of annual fund support in communications with young alumni?

Conducted on November 6, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Does your team use unique messaging and segmentation in appeals to young alumni?

Conducted on November 6, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Do you provide a formal written job description for your volunteers?

Conducted on October 30, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Does your team set clear and specific giving expectations for your volunteers?

Conducted on October 30, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

In the past, do you think your institution’s appeals have done a good job of making a compelling case for support?

Conducted on October 23, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How personalized are the majority of your institution’s appeals?

Conducted on October 23, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Does your team require gift officers to share itineraries with all advancement staff prior to prospect meetings and trips?

Conducted on October 16, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

In your opinion, how productive was your last out of town trip to visit with donors and prospects?

Conducted on October 16, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Does your team have a single page annual fund “dashboard” report that you share with your senior management on a regular basis?

Conducted on October 11, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Which of the following best describes the quantity of the reports used by your annual giving team?

Conducted on October 11, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Has your institution ever used any form of texting as part of its annual giving efforts?

Conducted on October 2, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Do you utilize database codes to flag individuals who have specifically requested that you not communicate with them via text?

Conducted on October 2, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Has your institution ever built a model to predict donor propensity for leadership annual gifts?

Conducted on September 25, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How important do you think predictive modeling is to identifying strong leadership annual giving prospects and allocating resources to support those efforts?

Conducted on September 25, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Does your annual fund apppeal schedule evolve and change throughout the year?

Conducted on September 18, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How personalized are your annual fund appeals currently?

Conducted on September 18, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How well-coordinated are your emails with other annual giving communications (e.g., print mail, phonathon)?

Conducted on September 13, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Does your office receive frequent complaints from constituents that you send too many fundraising emails?

Conducted on September 13, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How segmented are your annual fund gift acknowledgements?

Conducted on August 21, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Does your office have a documented plan for stewardship and donor relations?

Conducted on August 21, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How important is parent support to achieving your annual giving goals?

Conducted on August 18, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Does your institution have a parent council/committee that’s focused on fundraising?

Conducted on August 14, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Did your team have a documented plan for #GivingTuesday in 2017?

Conducted on August 7, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Which of the following best describes your institutions’s attitude towards #GivingTuesday?

Conducted on August 7, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

In general, how much does your team rely on volunteers to support your annual giving efforts?

Conducted on July 24, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Does your annual giving program do an adequate job of providing useful tools and information to volunteers?

Conducted on July 24, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How well-coordinated is your phonathon strategy with other annual giving appeal efforts (e.g., direct mail, email)?

Conducted on July 17, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Are your phonathon callers required to use a specific script or do you offer them suggested talking points?

Conducted on July 17, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How complex is your segmentation strategy for soliciting patients?

Conducted on July 10, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Do you regularly include gift impact stories in your appeals?

Conducted on July 10, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How much have your annual giving program’s tactics changed in the past 3 years?

Conducted on June 26, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Does your institution have a loyal or consecutive donor society?

Conducted on June 26, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

In your opinion, how strong is your team’s data on the individual interests of your prospects?

Conducted on June 19, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Has your annual giving team tried creating “personas” for donors?

Conducted on June 19, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Are your reunion gift appeals and reunion event communications well-coordinated?

Conducted on June 12, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How much does your institution use volunteers to support your reunion gift fundraising efforts?

Conducted on June 12, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Does your institution do an adequate job of articulating the importance of participation to alumni?

Conducted on June 5, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How segmented are your annual giving program’s direct appeal efforts?

Conducted on June 5, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Does your institution set both quantifiable and qualifiable performance goals for individual staff annually?

Conducted on May 22, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How good is your organization at holding individual staff accountable for achieving annual performance goals?

Conducted on May 22, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Does your institution have a formal committee or advisory board specifically for its annual fund?

Conducted on May 15, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Does your recurring gift program have its own distinct name or brand?

Conducted on May 8, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

In your opinion, how positive is the experience you provide to recurring gift donors?

Conducted on May 5, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Does your institution have a reliable way to track and evaluate the productivity of annual fund volunteers?

Conducted on May 5, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

What are your percentage revenue growth targets for your annual fund in the 2018 fiscal year?

Conducted on May 1, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Does your annual fund have a documented plan for the current fiscal year?

Conducted on May 1, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How willing are your advancement collleagues to help with annual giving efforts?

Conducted on April 24, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

If you had the choice, would you add an additional staff member or additional budgetary funding to your annual giving program?

Conducted on April 24, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Is there a private space available at your office for you to make fundraising calls?

Conducted on April 10, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

In your current role, what percentage of your time do you estimate that you spend on the phone?

Conducted on April 10, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Which of the following channels do you rely on the most for acquiring new donors?

Conducted on April 3, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Has your institution run a special challenge in the past year with the specific purpose of acquiring new donors?

Conducted on April 3, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Does your annual giving program do a good job of engaging volunteers based on their interests and affinities?

Conducted on March 27, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Does your team know how many crowdfunding campaigns your institution will run over the next 6 months?

Conducted on March 20, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Does your advancement program have a dedicated budget for crowdfunding?

Conducted on March 20, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Approximately how often do your annual giving and major gift teams meet together?

Conducted on March 13, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How often do your major gift officers include the annual fund as part of the gift proposals for major donors?

Conducted on March 13, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Do your institution’s annual and planned giving teams communicate regularly about prospects?

Conducted on March 6, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How integrated are your annual and planned giving communications?

Conducted on March 6, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

What’s the higher priority for your annual giving program – revenue or participation?

Conducted on February 27, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

If you could increase your annual giving budget by ten percent, where would you allocate those funds?

Conducted on February 27, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How concerned is your institution that recent changes to tax laws will have a negative impact on your athletics fundraising efforts?

Conducted on February 13, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Which of the following are important elements of your institution’s athletics annual giving strategy?

Conducted on February 13, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Has your annual giving program tried digital ads or retargeting in the past?

Conducted on February 6, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

In your opinion, how good is your annual giving progam at creating digital content?

Conducted on February 6, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

In your opinion, how personal are your institution’s communications to first-time donors?

Conducted on January 30, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Do you know your program’s new donor retention rate?

Conducted on January 30, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Is a portion of your annual giving budget dedicated to student philanthropy programs and activities?

Conducted on January 23, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How closely does your team work with your institution’s office of student life/services?

Conducted on January 23, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Has your advancement department ever used “Net Promoter Scores” to evaluate its events?

Conducted on January 23, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Does your annual giving team have at least one person dedicated to data analytics?

Conducted on January 16, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How much time do you spend analyzing your data?

Conducted on January 16, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Does your annual giving program have enough resources (staff and budget) to effectively market a loyalty program?

Conducted on January 9, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Does your institution include special recognition for loyal or consistent donors in its annual report roster or donor roll?

Conducted on January 9, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Does your institution have a donor loyalty program?

Conducted on January 9, 2018 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Does your annual giving strategy make a clear distinction between “engaging” and “soliciting” donors?

Conducted on December 19, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How much time has your annual giving team spent thinking about the donor experience?

Conducted on December 19, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How much do you change your direct mail pieces from one year to the next?

Conducted on December 12, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Do you think your team is doing enough to integrate your direct mail appeals with other channels?

Conducted on December 12, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Is it clear how your annual fund’s leadership gift strategy measures or quantifies its success?

Conducted on December 9, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Do your annual giving & alumni relations teams meet consistently to discuss alumni communications plans?

Conducted on December 5, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How well-coordinated are volunteer efforts between your annual giving and alumni relations teams?

Conducted on December 5, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How agressive do you feel your institution is when it comes to soliciting graduating seniors for a class gift?

Conducted on November 30, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

What percentage of your annual fund staff does some type of frontline work?

Conducted on November 11, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How difficult is it to get meetings with your institution’s donors and prospects?

Conducted on November 11, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Do you feel like most of your colleagues can make a strong case for annual fund support?

Conducted on November 11, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Has your institution conducted an audit of its stewardship efforts within the past 12-18 months?

Conducted on November 7, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Does your institution publish a list of donor names annually?

Conducted on November 7, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

In general, how often does your annual giving program use video to support its efforts?

Conducted on October 24, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Which of the following groups do you consider to be key stakeholders in your giving day efforts?

Conducted on October 24, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Does your institution have a formal committee of volunteers to support the faculty/staff campaign efforts?

Conducted on October 17, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Does your institution run a faculty/staff campaign to support your institution along with a seperate employee appeal to support the United Way?

Conducted on October 17, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Which of the following social media channels does your institution use to post messages related to giving?

Conducted on October 12, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Is your annual giving program currently paying for any social media placements?

Conducted on October 12, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How much time did your allocate to planning in advance of your giving day?

Conducted on October 3, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Do you have volunteers specifically recruited to help with your giving day?

Conducted on October 3, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Which of the following best describes the longevity of your class agent program?

Conducted on September 26, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Do you feel your department is adequately staffed to support a productive class agent program?

Conducted on September 26, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Do you think your institution does a good job of preparing students to be engaged alumni?

Conducted on September 19, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How robust is the contact information for young alumni in your database?

Conducted on September 19, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Do you solicit alumni during their first year after graduation?

Conducted on September 19, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Do you have a gift society specifically for young alumni?

Conducted on September 19, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Has your institution held a giving day before?

Conducted on September 12, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

What will be the primary goal of your next giving day?

Conducted on September 12, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Do you have money in this year’s budget specifically allocated to support a giving day?

Conducted on September 12, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How often are annual fund results reported to your chief financial officer?

Conducted on September 7, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

In your opinion, how data-driven is your annual giving strategy?

Conducted on September 7, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Do you have a written job description for student volunteers?

Conducted on August 15, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Is your student giving program focused primarily on participation as opposed to dollars raised?

Conducted on August 15, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How would you describe your overall level of familiarity with predictive modeling?

Conducted on August 8, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

What priority are you most interested in using analytics to advance?

Conducted on August 8, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Has your program produced a video to help with recruiting callers?

Conducted on July 25, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Does your program offer cash bonuses for callers?

Conducted on July 25, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Do you have monthly visit goals?

Conducted on July 18, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Do you send handwritten notes to prospects after a visit?

Conducted on July 18, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How much time do you think you spend on planning for your next annual fund year?

Conducted on July 11, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

When do you set your mail segments?

Conducted on July 11, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How many solicitations from all channels do your non-donors receive in a year?

Conducted on July 11, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Have you ever used analytics to determine what drives users to your institution’s giving page?

Conducted on June 20, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Are your giving forms responsive for different device formats (phones, tablets)?

Conducted on June 20, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Who on your team sets alumni participation goals?

Conducted on June 13, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Do you include the senior class when reporting alumni participation rates?

Conducted on June 13, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Does your institution have a discounted leadership giving level for young alumni?

Conducted on June 6, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

What is your typical first ask amount for young alumni?

Conducted on June 6, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Do you have a young alumni leadership council?

Conducted on June 6, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Are you currently using storytelling techniques in your fundraising?

Conducted on May 23, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Who is at the center of the stories in your annual fund messaging?

Conducted on May 23, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Has your annual giving program been through an audit in the past 5 years?

Conducted on May 16, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

What do you think is the biggest challenge for your annual giving program currently?

Conducted on May 16, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Which segments do you think your institution is doing a great job recognizing?

Conducted on May 2, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How effective is your annual giving program in upgrading donors on a regular basis?

Conducted on April 25, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Is your annual giving program doing enough to upgrade donors through mass appeals?

Conducted on April 25, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How would you describe your annual giving team’s morale?

Conducted on April 13, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Would you say your department is collaborative?

Conducted on April 13, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How integrated are your annual fund communications?

Conducted on April 4, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Do you track the “channel migration” of your donors?

Conducted on April 4, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

What percentage of volunteers on your reunion committees do most of the work?

Conducted on March 28, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Does your program do a good job of upgrading donors to higher gift levels as part of their reunion cycle?

Conducted on March 28, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How much time do you spend planning and revising your phonathon calendar and calling schedules?

Conducted on March 14, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How many different reports do you use to monitor the progress of your phonathon program?

Conducted on March 14, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Do you know what percentage of your donors last year were reactivated lapsed donors?

Conducted on March 7, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Does your program focus more of its time and resources on donor acquisition or reactivation?

Conducted on March 7, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

What group at your institution is in charge of parent engagement?

Conducted on March 2, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Has your institution conducted benchmarking or donor surveys in the past year?

Conducted on February 14, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Does your annual giving program do a good job allocating resources to areas with high ROI?

Conducted on February 14, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Do you feel like annual giving is less of a priority than major gifts at your institution?

Conducted on February 14, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Has your institution had to face a significant challenge in the past year?

Conducted on February 7, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How would you describe the relationship between your alumni and your institution?

Conducted on February 7, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Are you optimistic about the future of your annual giving efforts?

Conducted on February 7, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Did your annual giving program do a donor challenge in the last fiscal year?

Conducted on January 24, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Is there an expectation from senior leadership for your annual giving program to regularly conduct challenges?

Conducted on January 24, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Do you believe you have the resources necessary to conduct a successful donor challenge in the current fiscal year?

Conducted on January 24, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Which area gets the largest share of your annual fund’s operating budget?

Conducted on January 17, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Do you think that you’re getting the most out of your phonathon program?

Conducted on January 17, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

Is your institution’s annual fund spending significantly more money on digital programs than it was 5 years ago?

Conducted on January 17, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How often do you conduct appeal tests?

Conducted on January 10, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.

How often do you evaluate the results of your direct appeals?

Conducted on January 10, 2017 | Click here to review the results of this survey.