UNC System advancement Symposium presents…

COVID-19 threatened to derail the 2020 UNC System Advancement Symposium, which was originally scheduled for May 11-13. But instead of cancelling, we moved the proceedings online with our new virtual breakout series entitled UNC System Advancement Symposium Presents.  The bi-weekly series kicked off on May 5 and ended on July 9.  A total of five mini-series covered 10 topics, presented by 19  symposium sponsors and industry partners.  On average, each mini-series had 200+ registrants and enjoyed an 80% participation rate.  Below please find a full list of our virtual topics and presenters.

Presentation materials, along with the Q&A shared among presenters, audiences, and panelists, are posted on the Policies & Procedures page on our Intranet site. Please hoover over to the Policies & Procedures link near the top of the page and select “COVID-19 and Fundraising” from the drop-down menu. Once you are in, choose the Virtual Breakout Series subfolder. Downloadable presentation materials are organized into subfolders, identified according to date. 

MAY 6: Virtual Breakout Series

  •  HOW TO ACTIVATE THE COURAGE TO KEEP GOING
  • STRENGTHENING FRONTLINE FUNDRAISING EFFORTS DURING UNCERTAINTY
    • Presenter: Kathy Drucquer Duff – Coach, Consultant, and Optimizer, KDD Philanthropy; Academic Impressions Partner

MAY 19: Virtual Breakout Series

  • PURSUING BLENDED GIFTS
    • Presenters: Tim Prosser – Relationships Manager at TIAA Kaspick & Bill Knox – Director of Planned Gift Technical Consulting at TIAA Kaspick
  • DAILY HABITS OF HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL FUNDRAISERS
    • Presenters: Benjamin Case – Chief Executive Officer and Senior Consultant at Focused on Fundraising, Inc.

JUNE 2: Virtual Breakout Session

  • PUT YOUR DATA TO WORK: HOW TO ANALYZE, OPTIMIZE, AND UTILIZE YOUR INFORMATION TO DRIVE FUNDRAISING SUCCESS
    • Presenters: Eric Javier – Principal & Managing Director, CCS Fundraising & Allison Willner – Assistant Vice President, Data Strategy, CCS Fundraising
  • TRANSFORMING YOUR UNIVERSITY: BUILDING A PRINCIPAL GIFTS PROGRAM
    • Co-moderators: Susan Pettyjohn – Senior Consultant, Washburn & McGoldrick and Karin George – Managing Principal, Washburn & McGoldrick
    • Expert Panelists: Alan Taylor – Assistant Vice President Data Strategy, NC State University and Cam Kelly – Senor Assistant Vice President for Principal Gifts Programs, Duke University

JUNE 16: Virtual Breakout Session

  • BUILDING RELATIONSHIP IN AN UN-RELATABLE WORLD
    • Presenters: Allan Burrows – President, Capital Development Services and Clare Jordan, Director of Marketing & Philanthropic Engagement, Capital Development Services
  • FROM STUDENTS TO GRADUATES: HOW TO CULTIVATE LIFELONG RELATIONSHIPS WITH YOUR ALUMNI
    • Presenters: Brian Kathman – Chief Executive Officer, Signal Vine

JULY 9: Virtual Breakout Session

  • BREAKING THROUGH: HOW PEER TO PEER ENGAGEMENT CAN INCREASE ALUMNI PARTICIPATION
    • Presenters: Dan Ettinger, Director of Business Development, Give Campus and Shannon Dale, Director of Annual Giving, University of North Carolina Asheville
  • WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE: ADAPTING AND INNOVATING OUR FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGNS POST-PANDEMIC
    • Moderator: Joy Pohland Janssen, Principal Business Consultant, Blackbaud
    • Panelists: Jim Broschart,   Associate Vice Chancellor for University Development, NC State University and Jonathan Brooks, Director of Annual Giving, Western Carolina University

Past Symposiums

Presentation materials for 2009 UNC System Advancement Symposium are posted on the Policies & Procedures page on our Intranet site. Please hoover over to the Policies & Procedures link near the top of the page and select “UNC System Advancement Symposium” from the drop-down menu. Once you are in, you will find downloadable presentation materials are organized into subfolders, identified by different advancement tracks. 

2020 UNC System advancement Symposium cancelled

Colleagues,

Over the past six years, the UNC System has distinguished itself from other state systems with our signature University Advancement Symposium. The Symposium has offered many of us a unique opportunity to broaden our knowledge, exchange ideas, discover novel opportunities, network with peers, and meet new colleagues. Your continued participation in our Symposium over the years has allowed us to grow and learn more about the ever-changing industry standards.

However, with an unprecedented pandemic in our nation, state, and communities, we now have reason to pause. As the UNC System, in close collaboration with state public health officials, continue to monitor the COVID-19 and realign operations on behalf of our students, faculty, and staff at our 17 institutions, we have been advised to cancel the 2020 Advancement Symposium.

Like many across the globe, we are having to curtail our work life and our personal lifestyle to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. We apologize for this inconvenience. It is surely a disappointment to me, my staff, and all of our registrants. A special thank you to our committee members and UNC Wilmington leadership and staff, who have together spent months planning our activities. We appreciate all who have contributed to these efforts.

Again, please accept my sincere apologies for this decision. Please stay safe and well.

Sincerely,
Tim