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By admin on 3/31/2006
(In response to a recent listserv posting on Intern programs for Advancement/Development.) At the University of Toronto we have been running an internship program for five years. The Fellowship in Advancement at the University of Toronto is an internship program that prepares recent graduates of the University for careers in educational advancement. Our experience demonstrates that the introduction of bright, dynamic, and highly motivated Fellows into the Advancement environment has a tremendously positive effect on the Advancement operation. The quality of the work carried out by the Fellows is superb and has made a real contribution to the attainment of our goals. Our program is one year long and includes both internal and external professional development along with a stipend of $2,500.00 per month. The Fellowship began as a joint venture between the University of Toronto and McGill University and is now in its fifth year of existence. We at the University of Toronto have experienced first-hand...
By admin on 3/31/2006
I often stay with a particular motel chain because of the ease of Internet connections within the rooms, but tonight, I'm sitting in the lobby with keyboard and mouse and laptop, because of a "proximity" connection that just wasn't, and isn't, and never will be. Over an hour with tech support, wireless routers, bridges, resetting connections, and when I carried the laptop to the front desk, where there was a closer access point. "Miracles", and connection to the net. Nirvana. Lesson learned. What do wireless ports cost, and why not just have more of them? There's obviously tradoffs between the cost of access points, and accessing tech support, but in the spirit of guest relations, just put more points in. They don't cost much. In fact, over a month, probably less by far than the unconsumed milk and cereal in the breakfast buffet. Both Internet access and the buffet are "features" but I'd rather be only consuming one in the lobby and the other in my room. I'll certainly fill out the survey, praising the...
By admin on 3/31/2006
John Lippincott, CASE president did the keynote address at the Senior Advancement Professionals conference in Baltimore. His address centered around five major trends: 1. The rise of Advancement Services Advancement Services has become a significant profession in its own right. The analogy of the three legged advancement stool has changed. The stool now has four legs, due to the essential role Advancement Services plays in all aspects of the profession. Salaries of Advancement Services professionals have risen in accordance with the increases in responsibility and complexity. Salaries reflect a change from “opinion based” to database decision making, and Advancement Services professionals are at the forefront of understanding and implementing this way of making decisions. 2 More is Not Enough There is more competition in fundraising for dollars, attention...
By admin on 3/31/2006
What are your organization’s gaps between what is currently done, and what will be done in online giving? Because of online experiences, constituents are starting to expect much more than just a brochure when it comes to their online giving experience. Disaster relief and disaster related fundraising groups were able to demonstrate that online giving is one of the most effective ways of brokering transactions. It is obviously easier to leverage the online experience, and giving is not exception. However, giving really needs to be completely integrated to overall constituent and customer relationship management systems, and these in turn coupled to the online presence. How can you approach this most effectively? • Start with a real plan considered as an overall encompassing customer relationship management approach. • Maximize your email house file and collect emails wherever possible by a variety of methods. When harvesting through your web site, make the registration process as “painless” as possible...
By admin on 3/31/2006
Never too late to visit a few of the following sites to update and revisit your security procedures and practices: While some might argue that Microsoft is the source of all problems, you will also find many solutions here: http://www.microsoft.com/security/default.mspx. The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology site includes detailed information on securing multiple operating systems, security checklists and documentation on well-known security issues: http://csrc.nist.gov/itsec/. The Computer Emergency Readiness Team coordination centre, operated by Carnegie Mellon University is a great resource for IT security matters of all kinds. It caters to expertise that goes well beyond the desktop. http://www.cert.org. Anti-virus software reviews and ratings, to help you make decisions regarding what products to buy and install in your own organization:...
By admin on 3/31/2006
Under disability laws in many jurisdictions, we may need to consider whether our flash e-solicitations are properly captioned. i.e. 1194.22 Web-based intranet and internet information and applications. (b) Equivalent alternatives for any multimedia presentation shall be synchronized with the presentation. This corresponds to the WCAG 1.0 Checkpoint 1.4: For any time-based multimedia presentation (e.g., a movie or animation), synchronize equivalent alternatives (e.g., captions or auditory descriptions of the visual track) with the presentation. Ways to solve this: 1. Provide a link to an e-mail address where folks can request a transcript. Example: http://www.uaf.edu/news/featured/04/vilda/collecting.html 2. Actually have the text as part of the video. 3. There are also some software programs that provide this capability. Another example of how the Internet continues to evolve legally and technically.

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By admin on 3/31/2006

Whether you're looking to recruit students, serve alumni, or raise money, it can pay off for you to focus on optimizing your website for search.

This is called search engine marketing--and it allows you to introduce your institution to people who have either not heard of it or have not considered it for some reason.

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