Collaborating for Fundraising Success:

Practical Strategies for Community College Presidents, Foundation Chief Executives, and Board Leaders to Grow Philanthropy

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Virtual Series

This series of five interactive, online seminars provides a strategic roadmap for community college leaders to develop a unified strategy to grow fundraising. Participants will learn from community college and other higher education leaders with a track record of successful philanthropic leadership.

Each online seminar will include a presentation by sector leaders and experts and associated discussion (one hour) followed by optional 30-minute peer group breakout sessions to allow for more informal discussion and networking. Session descriptions and dates found below.

Who should attend?

  • Community college presidents
  • Foundation chief executives/executive directors
  • Foundation board members
  • Provosts, deans, and chief advancement officers

Series Facilitators:

David Bass, executive director, philanthropic governance, AGB
Betheny L. Reid, consultant, AGB; CEO and principal, Betheny L. Reid & Associates LLC

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Attending each session is not required for participation, jumping in at any point in this series is encouraged. Previous session recordings are also available for AGB members.

Upcoming Seminar Sessions

Session 2: Philanthropic Leadership: How Foundation Boards, Foundation Executives, and Campus Presidents Collaborate to Grow Giving

April 19, 2024
1:00–2:00 PM ET
, followed by optional peer group discussions, 2:00–2:30 PM ET

Good things come in threes: the trifecta in racing, a hat trick in hockey. But how do you really activate and balance the leadership trio of the president, foundation executive, and foundation trustees to succeed in community college philanthropy? In this seminar, participants will gain an understanding of the unique roles of each position and how they work together to enhance and accelerate fundraising.

Participants will explore:

    • The role of the president
    • The role of the foundation executive/CEO
    • Philanthropy as a facet of trusteeship
    • The role of the foundation board in philanthropic leadership

Gretchen Wood
, vice president, institutional advancement and executive director, MCC Foundation, Monroe Community College
Dr. DeAnna Burt-Nanna, president, Monroe Community College
Maureen R. Wolfe, chair, MCC Foundation Board

Session 3: Thinking Together and Thinking Big: Developing a Unified College-Foundation Fundraising Strategy

May 8, 2024
1:00–2:00 PM ET
, followed by optional peer group discussions, 2:00–2:30 PM ET

The vast majority of funds raised by colleges and universities come from a very small proportion of major donors who look to institutions as partners who can help them achieve ambitious philanthropic visions. Identifying compelling philanthropic opportunities that galvanize the interests of major donors is a hallmark of high-performing advancement programs. requiring strategic alignment and collaboration among the president, academic leaders, advancement team, and foundation board. This seminar will examine ways colleges can position themselves for high-impact gifts by developing an integrated campus-foundation fundraising strategy.

Participants will explore:

  • Aligning campus and foundation planning and priorities
  • Developing a campus philanthropy strategy
  • Establishing the role of academic leaders
  • Engaging the campus community in philanthropy

Leigh Goodson
, president, Tulsa Community College
John Gyllin, Ed.D., executive director, Foundation for Seminole State College of Florida, Inc.

Session 4: Engineering the Foundation Board for Fundraising Success

June 4, 2024
1:00–2:00 PM ET
, followed by optional peer group discussions, 2:00–2:30 PM ET

A diverse, engaged foundation board can be a force multiplier for a college, leveraging needed perspectives, experience, expertise, and relationships to advance the college’s mission. This seminar will provide an overview of the governance practices needed to engineer an engaged board aligned with an eye toward advancing the strategic priorities of the foundation and the institution. The session will provide guidance on developing a foundation board composition matrix, ensuring board diversity, building a pipeline of board candidates, developing board orientation and education, and maintaining board engagement—in short, engaging the right people and providing them with the tools to lead and succeed.

Participants will explore:

  • Board engagement
  • Board responsibilities and priorities
  • Board composition and succession planning
  • Board assessment

Katherine Sawyer
, executive director, Oakton Community College Educational Foundation; chief advancement officer and associate vice president of marketing and communications, Oakton Community College; member, AGB Board of Directors
Lynnette Heard, consultant, AGB

Session 5: Leading Forward: Practices to Build and Sustain Fundraising Capacity

July 17, 2024
1:00–2:00 PM ET
, followed by optional peer group discussions, 2:00–2:30 PM ET

In this seminar, participants will learn principles in building and sustaining effective fundraising that, when implemented as a “habit,” naturally prepare an institution for a campaign and continued success, even as leadership changes.

Participants will explore:

  • The leadership trio
  • Succession planning—the continuity factor
  • Campaign planning
  • Benchmarking investment in philanthropy

Anne Paul King
, executive director, Ventura College Foundation

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