Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor

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.

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Federal Relations

Federal Relations

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.

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Today’s Students Are Tomorrow’s Dedicated, Engaged Alumni at Le Moyne

Today’s Students Are Tomorrow’s Dedicated, Engaged Alumni at Le Moyne

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. 

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Going for 'Gold' at Saint Peter’s University

Going for 'Gold' at Saint Peter’s University

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.

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Seizing the Season, Gonzaga Capitalizes on Historic Year with Fundraising Success

Seizing the Season, Gonzaga Capitalizes on Historic Year with Fundraising Success

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.

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Community Partnerships Can Strengthen Ties to Alumni

Community Partnerships Can Strengthen Ties to Alumni

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.

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JAA in LA: Accelerating the Future of Advancement in Jesuit Higher Education

JAA in LA: Accelerating the Future of Advancement in Jesuit Higher Education

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.

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Summer 2018 AJCU Conference & Event Schedule

Summer 2018 AJCU Conference & Event Schedule

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.

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