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March, 2014 IIncluding a discussion about the latest Council For Aid To Education (CAE) Voluntary Support of Education report findings, recognizing the "anniversary" of donors' last gifts, dorm room naming rights and bricks at ECU, and Bob's Annual Fund Film Festival.
February, 2014 Including an update on Bob's meeting with the US News College Rankings data research staff, five favorite annual giving strategies from around the U.S., and some FundList wisdom on senior giving programs.
November, 2013 Including a report on Bob's annual giving trips to Australia, Hong Kong and China, an announcement about Bob's third CASE book, an update on Columbia's Giving Day 2014, Thomas Aquinas College's 67% participation rate, and the latest annual and regular giving headlines.
August, 2013 Including an audio podcast conversation with Dvorit Mausner of the "Proud Penn Traditions" team, Bob's Annual Fund Film Festival, a Fundlist discussion about "a good time to chat," and participation success stories from 2013.
March, 2012 Including a podcast interview with Marina Tan Harper from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore about her remarkable success with student giving, YouTube clips from Bob's "Annual Giving and Golf" presentation at the CCCU chief advancement officers conference, and DePauw University's 24-hour social media "Leap Day" appeal.
May, 2011 Including some lovely teatime chats with two friends from the U.K.: an audio podcast with Adrian Salmon of the University of Leeds about the value of regular (recurring) donors in annual giving, and an audio podcast with Jenny Farmer of the University of Sheffield about the success of the Sheffield calling program. Also the challenge that Facebook is presenting to reunions, and why deans in Boston are jumping into the Charles River.
February, 2011 Including new VSE giving survey results, annual giving bonuses, a "do not call me at dinner" website, a well-done Tuition Freedom Day video, an 82-year-old who has declared war on direct mail appeals, and Bob's "directing the director" presentation for chief development officers.
December, 2010 Including Bob's volcano-impacted plenary session at the CASE Europe Spring Institute, quotes in CASE Currents, cellphone fundraising competitions, leaving phonathon messages, Indian senior gift programs, and the "Real Men of Genius" video appeal.
April, 2010 Including quotes from Bob in the Chronicle of Higher Education, information about the 2010 annual giving appeal exchange, and Bob's 2010 schedule of one-day workshops.
February, 2010 Including info about the new CAE report of giving, video of Bob's online annual giving presentation at the CASE Europe Annual Conference, phonathon ask levels, predictive modeling for annual giving, Mike Eruzione and the BU Annual Fund, and the 2010 Annual Giving Salary Survey.
October, 2009 Including info about Bob's upcoming 3rd book, the social media maze, gift envelopes in magazines, a matching challenge for high-end annual gifts, Loyola U.'s senior class giving in support of Katrina victims, and UK annual giving fundraising.
July, 2009 Including Giving USA's reported 6% drop in donations in 2008, a virtual donor giving wall, text appeals at football games, savvy senior class giving tips, the alphabetical influences that impact peer-to-peer fundraising, a big donation of dirt, the UK's new mobile phone directory service, and new courses aimed at teaching students about philanthropy.
April, 2009 Including Obama's Internet fundraising strategies, the 2009 annual giving appeal exchange, financial aid appeals during the recession, "Tuition Free Forward" Day, and the Oakwood School's celebrity-studded appeal video.
February, 2009 Including summary data on annual giving staff size from the 2008 Annual Giving Salary Survey, opinions on discussing the recession during the phonathon, newly-available volunteers as a result of the recession, a podcast with Leslie Hutchens of the Sidwell Friends School on annual giving volunteers, the declining number of matching gift programs, and special graduation tassels for the University of Idaho matching gift program.
January, 2009 Including info about Bob's new CASE book, More Innovations in Annual Giving: Ten Global Departures That Worked, favorite YouTube annual giving videos, Bob's spring one-day workshop schedule, the 10-year-old blah, blah, blah letter, Bob's Obama and fundraising podcast, and articulating the annual giving case for support in the recession.
May, 2008 Including info about Bob's senior gift quote in USAToday, faculty and staff giving tips from FundList, an Australian report on higher education philanthropy, and the relationship between athletics and annual giving.
April, 2008 Including info about the 4th-annual Burdenski and Taylor Advancement Academy, Hamilton College's young alumni "Leap Year Challenge" podcast interview with Jon Hysell, Bob's Hong Kong presentation on the annual giving pyramid, and Ohio Wesleyan University's "Tuition Free Forward" student development initiative.
February, 2008 Including info about Ohio State's O-H-I-O photo contest, Bob's podcast interview with Chris Clark of Carleton College on reunion giving, faculty and staff fundraising tips from FundList, and Colorado University's bathroom-naming fundraising opportunity.
December, 2007 Including info about Bob's downloadable annual giving interviews on iTunes, sample Web annual giving appeals, e-payments surpassing paper checks, donations to same-sex schools, and Depauw's GOLD alumni participation challenge.
October, 2007 Including info about Facebook strategies from FundList, newly-seen YouTube uses for annual giving, the relationship between athletic fundraising and annual giving, and a recap of Bob's Asia CASE annual giving workshops.
August, 2007 Including info about the new annual giving Facebook group, annual giving at public high schools, a singing alumni relations head at the University at Buffalo, green annual giving at Macalester, and Bob's Asia CASE annual giving workshops.
May, 2007 Including info about U.S. News rankings criticism, the 2007 FundList direct mail exchange, annual giving at the United Negro College Fund, NYU's annual fund capital campaign goal, and a Brandeis student questions the senior giving program.
March, 2007 Including 5 reasons why the participation decline is not our fault, and 7 reasons why it is, the latest CAE giving results, how to handle caller ID in the phonathon, Americans head to the U.K. to fundraise, the St. Kate annual giving case for support, and teaching a giving culture in Australia.
February, 2007 Including info about the top 15 tongue-in-cheek reasons students enjoy working in the phonathon, Duke's lacrosse scandal and giving, the University of Edinburg's annual giving case for support, notes from the annual STAFF conference, and online giving to churches.
October, 2006 Including info on public recognition for donated phonathon prizes, annual gifts for student financial aid, MIT's undergraduate annual giving appeal, the virtues of thank you calls, and community colleges search for "missing" alumni,.
September, 2006 Including info about changing school mascots and giving, faculty/staff appeals and presidents, teens turning away from email, phonathon themes this year, CAE results for 2005.
December, 2005 Including info on Harvard's decline in alumni giving, Earlham College's bird appeal, motivating student callers, new postal rates, Ben Stein questions giving to Yale, and flash email stewardship.
September, 2005 Including info on the latest U.S. News Giving Rankings, Target Analysis's latest University Fundraising Performance report, University of British Columbia's donor stewardship, Roger Williams University's parent appeal, Lehigh's senior gift appeal, and Boston's Museum of Fine Arts young donor Museum Council.
May, 2005 Including info on the Knight Commission report on Athletics and Fundraising, Berklee's holiday flash appeal, Georgetown's annual fund scholarship appeal, student callers and stewardship, Columbia's young alumni trustee challenge, Oberlin's annual giving advertisement, and Brian Williams' support of his alma mater's annual fund.
March, 2005 Including ideas from recent annual giving conferences in the U.S. and Europe, CAE's reported alumni participation decline, Arizona State's alumni mentor network, Harvard's senior gift boycott, and we answer the question, "what is annual giving?"
January, 2005 Including info about the U.S. News and World Report rankings, flash annual giving appeals, credit card gift payments, the University of Portland's alumni connectivity index, and the relationship between student life groups and giving at Northwestern University.
October/November, 2004 Including info about
athletics and fundraising success, annual reports, calling on election
night, ACC's young alumni giving competition, and the CASE Online
August, 2004 Including info about CASE Europe,
JHU's video appeal, broadband vs. dial-up, MU's young alumni programs,
Blackbaud's Fundraising Well cover story on alumni relations program
June/July, 2004 Including info about Annual Fund Man, the risks of a political commencement speaker, Yale's big class gift, Princeton's P-rade, and Penn's Day In The Life appeal.
April/May, 2004 Including info about CASE's first annual giving web conference, University of Memphis alumni vision forum, Harvard's "alternative" senior giving campaign, video appeals.
March, 2004 Including info about CAE giving results, Emory's senior tribute fund, Lilly's Indiana challenge grant, CASE's email fundraising survey, SUNY's alumni association troubles.
February, 2004 Including info about KSU's Lord of the Rings phonathon,matching gifts' 50th anniversary, University of Newcastle's phonathon success, the Purdue-IU Senior Giving Face-Off.
Including info on the CASE Online Series and Annual Giving "Innovations," a Dr. Seuss-inspired year-end appeal, BGSU's Staff Appeal, college donations make a comeback, Carleton's Annual Fund Board lends a big hand, and a new study says giving makes your donors healthier
November, 2003 Bob's first annual giving newsletter Includes info on a New U of Arizona Student Foundation Will Distribute Gifts, U.S. Alumni Giving Declines For the First Time in 15 Years, Schools And Charities Have Free Access To Do-Not-Call List, and Smith College's Ginnie Glover Society Celebrates Donor Loyalty