Presentations From Past CASE Conferences Are An Excellent Resource

With the 2018 CASE Kentucky Conference [link no longer available] coming to Louisville in December and the 2019 CASE District VI Annual Conference slated for Denver in January, the tendency might be to look ahead to these vital opportunities for advancement professionals to come together and share ideas. But don’t forget that past CASE conferences leave behind a valuable trail of information and resources.

The most recent conferences that Capture Higher Ed attended are no exception.

The 2018 CASE District VI conference, which was held at the beginning of the year in St. Louis, focused on helping advancement professionals push their institutions forward in the face of budget constraints, competing causes and troubling headlines. The conference featured great keynote speakers and an array of receptions, seminars, breakout sessions and celebrations.

You can find materials from more than 50 presentations on this Google drive . From “Building a Sustainable Crowdfunding Program” to “Alumni Associations Paid vs. Automatic Memberships” to “Budgeting a Legacy” to “How To Get Your Donors to Respond To Your Marketing,” the presentations cover a wide range of issues facing advancement offices across the country.

For those who couldn’t attend, the program materials offer an outline of what was discussed, important statistics related to the subjects and a pathway to future research.

Likewise, the 2017 Kentucky conference, which was held last December in Lexington, also featured excellent presentations on advancement services, alumni relations, executive management and philanthropy. You can click here [link no longer available] to see materials provided by the presenters.

In “Portfolio Hygiene, Data Analytics, and Prospect Research through the Lens of a Front Line Fundraiser,” Scott Schuster, director of development at the Carl H. Lindner College of Business and the University of Cincinnati Foundation, talks about the “need to be as effective and efficient with fundraising resources and increase development officer ROI by focusing on high-value individuals, i.e. those with a high affinity and the financial capacity to make a major gift.”

Obviously, that’s a subject near and dear to Capture.

Other presentations included “Consulting with Consultants,” which covered optimal ways for advancement officers to use consultants; “Women In Philanthropy,” which looked at the issue specifically for programs at colleges and universities; “Life Cycle Alumni Engagement,” which walked through the lifetime stages of alumni relations in depth; and many more.

CASE conference season will be here before you know it and we’re already getting excited about the Kentucky conference in December, which will be right here in Capture’s hometown of Louisville. We hope you find these materials from past CASE conferences helpful and inspiring.

If you have questions about future advancement conferences Capture will be attending, click here to email Kevin Bauman, Director of Philanthropic Initiatives.