Assistant Advancement Officer
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Currently I run several programs with the Rensselaer Annual Fund.
1) Rensselaer Annual Fund Alumni Volunteer Leadership Program
I manage of team of 10 volunteers who are asked to solicit donations from their classmates in a variety of ways. Volunteers fulfill duties by either taking on names and calling on their own time or by participating in the classic Phonathon model. Currently I am helping to develop the "virtual Phonathon" model, a model where alumni participate from home by attending a conference call and then logging in to a web chat room throughout the night. I also will be in charge of follow up solicitations for those alumni who are not reached by volunteers.
2) Reunion Giving Committees for 20th, 25th, and 30th Reunion
I recruit 2-4 alumni within these particular reunion years to help me promote Reunion giving for the October Reunion and Homecoming event. My primary focus is building up the 25th Reunion, an important milestone recognized by the university, by planning creative motivations for giving. This year we are working on a "Power Play Challenge". The Power Play Challenge is a project where one classmate will support a Patroon Scholarship, a $40,000 gift over 5 years, if the class can reach a participation goal of 32% (a four percent increase from the previous reunion and eight percent increase from previous class years during their 25th Reunion). Involvement ranges from creating print material, managing social media, and sending out solicitations, among other things.
3) Parents and Grandparents Fund
I am maintaining the Parents and Grandparents Fund while a replacement is being found for our previous manager. I am working with two parent volunteers to help them learn how to solicit donations and make calls. I also will be in charge of follow up solicitations for those alumni who are not reached by volunteers. In addition, I have a small portfolio of six high level parent prospects to solicit for donations.
4) Personal Portfolio
I am charged with developing relationships with 60 different alumni all over the country. Not only do I solicit annual donations, I work to engage the alumni in meaningful ways.
To date, I have raised $89,225 dollars from 30 different donors as a result of personal solicitations, ranging from $250-$40,000.