May 2018: Building a Culture of Philanthropy
The topic of this month’s issue of Connections coincides with the current commencement season: creative ways that our schools are building cultures of philanthropy and cultivating donors of all generations. You will learn about new programs at Le Moyne College and Saint Peter’s University for students and recent graduates; how Gonzaga University capitalized on its men’s basketball program’s success in the 2017 NCAA tournament to reach new donors; and campus events at Creighton University designed to celebrate leaders and donors throughout the University community.
Long-simmering frustration over a lack of focus on immigration legislation and resolving DACA has compelled three members of the United States House of Representatives, Jeff Denham (R-CA), Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), and Will Hurd (R-TX), to start a discharge petition on immigration. During a recent meeting of the Republican caucus, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) asked his members to refrain from signing the discharge petition. Hours later, two members signed: Representatives John Katko (R-NY) and Dave Trott (R-MI). As of this writing, there are 213 signatures; 218 are needed to discharge the petition.
Now in its second year, the Student Alumni Leadership Training (SALT) program lies at the heart of Le Moyne College’s advancement initiatives. The program teaches students about the role philanthropy plays in ensuring that the College will continue to thrive for generations to come. Students participating in SALT learn that every contribution serves as a powerful testament to the donor’s belief in the power of a Le Moyne education to shape lives – and entire communities.
Faced with an aging subset of alumni donors, in 2014, Saint Peter’s University began looking into opportunities to engage recent graduates in more meaningful ways. The following year, the Office of Alumni Engagement (AE) and the annual giving (AG) team formalized the Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) program in an effort to strengthen the engagement of the alumni base, expand the network of support for alma mater, and raise the brand visibility of the University.
Ask anyone associated with Gonzaga University — students, parents, alumni, faculty and staff, friends and fans — what makes Gonzaga special, and you will get a single-word reply: "community." Over the past year, some innovative approaches on the part of Gonzaga’s University Advancement team to encourage increased giving participation have been very successful. It is all part of a strategy to ensure that the exemplary education intended to develop every student's intellectual skills, imaginative capacities and ability to innovate is, in the Jesuit tradition, accessible to all.
Creighton University, located in Omaha, NE, is reaching out to its wide range of donors in some unique ways, with programming and events designed for women, families and alumni of multiple generations. Read on to learn more about the annual Leaders for Life luncheon, inaugural online giving day, and much more.
The supposed aim of Jesuit higher education touted by admissions offices, print materials and presidential addresses is always toward some form of educating “women and men to be with and for others.” If we do indeed produce graduates who seek to be so oriented within our society, then why not utilize them? Regardless of their chosen major or career path, each graduate represents a possible connector to an untapped opportunity of partnership for universities to actually have substantial impact on the surrounding community.
The Jesuit Advancement Administrators (JAA) conference of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) is a professional organization of advancement professionals serving Jesuit higher education in the United States. Founded by Rev. J. Barry McGannon, S.J. at Saint Louis University in 1990, JAA became an official organization on June 21, 1991. JAA serves as a resource for professional development; provides an opportunity to share best practices in the industry; and acts as a network for the advancement of Jesuit higher education.
AJCU sponsors over 30 conferences within the AJCU Network. The conferences provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, information and best practices; support the professional development of their members; and present opportunities for AJCU representatives to discuss collaboration and challenges in Jesuit higher education. Most of the AJCU conferences host meetings at least once a year, and many of them facilitate regular communication among members through listservs. Find out which conferences and events are taking place this summer.
AJCU Connections Archive
September 2017: How Jesuit Institutions Serve Under-Served Populations
October 2017: Jesuit Business Education
November 2017: Breakthroughs in Faculty Research
December 2017: The Mission of Jesuit Medical & Nursing Programs
January 2018: Young Jesuits in Higher Education
March 2018: Forming Ignatian Leaders on Jesuit Campuses
April 2018: Finding God in All Things: Prayer Spaces on Jesuit Campuses
May 2018: Building a Culture of Philanthropy
AJCU Higher Ed News Archive (2018)
September 2016: Town & Gown Partnerships for Jesuit Schools
October 2016: Election 2016 on Jesuit Campuses
November 2016: Distinguished Faculty on Jesuit Campuses
December 2016: Impact of GC36 on Jesuit Education
January 2017: Social Innovation on Jesuit Campuses
February 2017: Fostering Mission & Identity on Jesuit Campuses
March 2017: Honors Programs at Jesuit Institutions
April 2017: Celebrating Student Scholarship at Jesuit Institutions
May 2017: Marketing the Mission of Jesuit Education
September 2015: The Impact of HEA Reauthorization on AJCU Campuses
October 2015: 100th Anniversary of Alpha Sigma Nu
November 2015: The Jesuit Mission of Graduate & Professional Programs
December 2015: Celebrating the Arts on Jesuit Campuses
January 2016: The Impact of STEM Programs on Jesuit Institutions
February 2016: Diversity on Jesuit Campuses
March 2016: The Jesuit Mission of Athletic Programs
April 2016: Eco-Jesuit: Campus Responses to Laudato Si'
May 2016: How Jesuit Institutions Help Alumni Live the Mission