Discussions

AGN Leadership Discussions engage the industry’s top advancement professionals in an intimate and informative conversation during which they share their experiences and offer perspectives on some of the most relevant and important issues of the day. Access is FREE and open to everyone.

See a list of recent and upcoming discussions below.


Dealing with Staff & Budget Cuts

Thursday, June 18, 2020
As many advancement programs prepare for a new fiscal year, some are facing hiring freezes and budget cuts amid fears of an economic recession and continued uncertainty about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, many are under increasing pressure to generate more philanthropic support with predicted declines in operating revenue from other sources, including tuition, athletics, auxiliary enterprises, and state funding. Exploring this topic, Dan Allenby (AGN) will lead an online discussion with industry leaders John Feudo (UMass Lowell), Jocelyn Kane (Yale University), and Heidi Hansen McCrory (Furman University) to share experiences and offer perspectives.

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Engaging Alumni Through Virtual Events & Activities

Recorded on May 20, 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact educational institutions throughout the nation, many school advancement programs are forced to either cancel alumni events or try to produce them online. And while pivoting in this way raises questions and concerns, it also presents opportunities to reach audiences in new and valuable ways. Exploring this topic, Dan Allenby leads a conversation with industry experts Susan deMuth (Johns Hopkins University), Steve Hall (Boston University), and Heather Makrez Allen (UMass Lowell) to share experiences and offer perspectives.

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Increasing Support for Students Through the COVID-19 Pandemic

Recorded on April 9, 2020
As school advancement teams adjust to the COVID-19 pandemic, many are being called upon to generate more support for students with urgent and unexpected needs. Exploring this topic, Dan Allenby leads a conversation with industry experts Matthew Lambert (William & Mary), John Silveria (UMass Boston), and Audra Vaz (Appalachian State) to share experiences and offer perspectives.

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Communicating with Alumni & Donors During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Recorded on March 27, 2020
As school advancement teams adjust to the COVID-19 Pandemic, one of the many challenges they face is how to best communicate with alumni and donors. To explore this topic, Dan Allenby leads a conversation with industry experts Reggie Bustinza (Northern Illinois U.), Vanessa DiCarlo Carta (UMass Boston), and Laura Tepper (Penn Law) in which they shared their experiences and offered perspectives.

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Navigating Your Annual Fund Through the COVID-19 Pandemic

Recorded on March 20, 2020
As school advancement teams adjust to the COVID-19 Pandemic, one of the many challenges they face is how to move forward with their annual fund appeals. To explore this topic, Dan Allenby leads a conversation with industry experts Skylar Beaver (Lawrenceville School), Jenny Daigle Benoit (Penn State), and Emily Kernan (U. of Pennsylvania) in which they shared their experiences and offered perspectives.

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