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As the world’s leading resource for annual giving programs, AGN helps educational institutions develop sustainable sources of philanthropic support. We’re proud to have served thousands of colleges, universities, and independent schools through our research, training, and consulting services, and through our membership program, which provides ongoing access to professional development.

Read below for our latest news, upcoming events, and more!

Article: Analyzing Donor Coverage Ratios

There’s an always-present grind to annual giving. Each year, programs are expected to generate as many – if not more – donors than they did the year before. This is an especially big challenge for educational institutions who are faced with increasing competition from other non-profits and changing attitudes among alumni regarding giving back to their alma mater. When it comes to increasing donor counts, it can often help to break things down into a few smaller parts. Analyzing donor coverage ratios is a great way to do this. Read more.

Webinar: Planning Direct Mail Calendars

June 1, 2023

Planning and maintaining a direct mail calendar is an essential part of running a successful annual giving program. Often complex and layered, these documents serve as roadmaps and guides throughout the year. When developed properly, and supported by individual project production schedules, they help mobilize stakeholders, optimize resources, and ensure that your efforts are executed in a timely and efficient manner. Learn more or register now.

Leadership Gift Officer Workshop

June 22, 2023

Technology has created many new opportunities for gift officers – especially those who work in annual giving – to discover, cultivate, and solicit leadership gifts more effectively. Through virtual meetings and digital tools like email, text, and video, gift officers are empowered to develop more personal connections and meaningful relationships. Engaging donors in this way, while also incorporating in-person meetings when appropriate, will help to keep them connected to the institution today and increase the likelihood that they will remain supportive and giving for years to come. Learn more or register now.

Podcast: Dan Levine - Developing Executive Functions

Dan Levine, President and Founder of Engaging Minds Inc., talks about developing executive functions, learning to learn, getting things done, the importance of focus, the new skills needed for success, and more. Listen to this episode now.

Webinar: Recognizing Donors

June 8, 2023

Among the sweetest sights and sounds is one’s own name. That’s why recognizing donors is such an important aspect of their cultivation and stewardship. For annual giving programs, which deal with large populations and gifts of all sizes, it becomes especially important to acknowledge donors publicly and in meaningful ways. Doing so lets them know that they are appreciated and inspires their continued philanthropic support. Learn more or register now.

Career Opportunity: Director, Annual Giving at UNC Asheville

The Director of Annual Giving provides strategic leadership and management of a comprehensive, integrated annual giving program for UNC Asheville. Responsibilities include achieving the annual giving goals and objectives by planning, managing, and executing the University’s annual giving fundraising initiatives. The Director achieves this by utilizing multi-channel communication methods of social media, email, mail, telephone, and face to face to seek financial gifts from the University’s prospective donors, including alumni, friends, parents, faculty/staff, and students who make gifts below $25,000. Learn more or apply today.

Become an AGN Member Today!

This is a great time to invest in professional development for your team. AGN Membership provides advancement staff and volunteers with ongoing access to the training and tools that they’ll need to be successful. See which of our three membership levels fits your institution’s unique size and budget. Learn more or become a member today!