Known as Institutionally Related Foundations (IRFs), affiliated university foundations currently are formed and charged in various organizational and governance structures ranging from those focused only on endowment and resource investment to an evolving high-level integration with their university partners. Under all models, IRFs strive to secure predictable resources. As state legislatures decrease or hold the line on funding, public universities are more dependent on private philanthropic support and new revenue streams to accomplish institutional strategic priorities. This means that IRFs will continue to assume greater importance, and their aligned partnerships with university executives, development and alumni offices (if separate) and institutional academic and administrative leadership are crucial. Greater levels of integration, solid connectivity, streamlined systems and processes and new thinking across multiple functions are signs of such changing advancement partnerships. Read more >

Aligned with University of Miami President’s visionary “Roadmap to Our New Century,” the University of Miami Alumni Association’s 2018-2025 strategic plan establishes priorities for alumni involvement in the institution’s emerging future across geographic, cultural, and intellectual borders. The alumni association will focus on strengthening alumni engagement across four areas – global network, developing a pipeline of alumni leadership and financial support, designing a life-long engagement model and developing the people, processes, technology and data to champion strategic alumni engagement. Read more >

Satisfied customers today expect information and interactions on-demand, personalized and simple, thanks to digital tools directed at “now,” “me” and “ease.” The massive changes in relationship-­building in a digital world are reflected in Millennials’ behavior, for example. As 27 percent of the population, Millennials check their smartphones an average of 43 times each day and expect the customer experience to be consistent across online, store or mobile. Rapid conversion to these changing appetites clearly has been challenging for many industries; in fact, leading businesses, such as Circuit City and Radio Shack, failed to adapt. Read more >