In support of the Black Alumni Collective Pillar around Fund Development, black alumni leaders from various schools will collaborate to create a "Philanthropy Support Packet." This compendium of tools, templates, webinars, and resources will showcase and share best practices to help strengthen fundraising efforts for black alumni groups and associations.
If you are interested in collaborating around this work, please contact us at blackalumnicollective (@) gmail.com.
This document can be a helpful stewardship tool for board members of alumni associations. It serves as a tangible record of how board members would like to make meaningful contributions through fellowship activities, community service, and philanthropic activity.
Download here: Board Participation Plan
Also featured on the FSU Black Alumni site, this overview of where donor dollars are directed serves as an important fundraising primer. Telling the story about how financial gifts are directed helps to strengthen the call to action around philanthropy, and it often helps connect donors to causes they care about the most.
Download here: Scholarship Overview
Listening Sessions are face-to-face meetings with volunteers, donors, and prospects to more deeply engage them in the work of black alumni associations. Typically, 2-3 conversations with a donor are required to successfully close a gift, and below are some draft talking points to help guide an initial donor visit.
Download here: Talking Points
For alumni associations that want to participate, alumni will be encouraged to run/walk miles during the month of August 2019 (which is also Black Philanthropy Month!). Each participant agrees that for the total miles that he/she runs, he/she will make a gift of that amount to his or her black alumni association. Alumni from participating schools will compete in a friendly challenge that helps to secure financial gifts and resources for each school's black alumni association.
View here: Miles for My Alma Mater
Black Philanthropy Month (BPM), held every August, was created in August 2011 by Dr. Jackie Copeland-Carson and the Pan-African Women's Philanthropy Network (PAWPNet) as an annual, global celebration of African-descent giving. Recognized by the United Nations as part of its Declaration of 2011 as the International Year for People of African Descent, and declared by Congressman Keith Ellison, with proclamations from Minnesota’s governor and the mayors of Minneapolis and St. Paul, we invite all Black communities and their allies to take August and beyond to promote the power of giving to transform lives.