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Building alumni support uwi presentation


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Helping UWI in Jamaica strengthen its alumni chapter network

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Building alumni support uwi presentation

  1. 1. Building Alumni Support Presented at the University of the West Indies Mona Visitor’s Lodge Tuesday, April 18, 2006
  2. 2. <ul><ul><li>3 Common Reasons Why People Volunteer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Desire to help others </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Interested in the good of the public </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Natural human need for good health </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keynote: There are multiple reasons why people volunteer. The challenge of the recruiter is to </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>identify each prospective volunteer motivation. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 Top Reasons Why People Don’t Volunteer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>They do not feel they were asked. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Most people do not say “no”; they simply never know you wanted them to say “yes”. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keynote: Understand that people legitimately cannot volunteer because of several reasons. Be willing to address those real concerns. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Overcome your challenges </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Have a positive attitude. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Provide meaningful work. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Determine most qualified prospects. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Be willing to adapt and diversify. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Actively ask people to help. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Understand your role as recruiter </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Purposely seek out alumni. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Show alumni how they can give back. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Get alumni excited. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Define expectations </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Establish goals and objectives. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Provide clear roles and responsibilities. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Develop job descriptions. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Provide a worthwhile experience. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Orientation and Training Program </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Schedule a retreat. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Establish an ongoing program for new and experience volunteers. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Hold regularly scheduled meetings. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Develop manual or online reference guide. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Survey, survey, survey. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Recognition </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Provide individual recognition on print and electronic collateral. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Supply official name badges and business cards. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Establish an incentive program where volunteers are awarded for their work. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Provide tangible perks for individual volunteers (i.e. free merchandise, priority registration and seating at events, job referrals, etc…). </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Action Steps </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Provide meaningful opportunity for alumni to get involved. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Begin surveying and identify alumni who are interested. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pick up the phone and start calling today. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Schedule an organizational meeting at a favorite location or at your home. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Assign roles and responsibilities based on individual strengths. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Plan calendar of events and budget for the fiscal year. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Make sure programs are mission-driven. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Identify potential sponsors for events. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Program Suggestions (cost-effective and meaningful) </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Community Service – establish a national day for community service </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Student Recruitment – attend college fairs; host reception for parents. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mentor – serve as a mentor to a current UWI student. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Corporate Days – host an event where UWI alumni work. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Traveling Business Networking Event – determine some popular locations where alumni can gather socially once a month to network. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Family Picnic or outing to a local attraction – provide opportunity for alumni with young families to participate. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Taste of UWI – gather once a year to celebrate all the wonderful food and music of the Caribbean. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Scholarships – support a current UWI student financially. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteer Recognition – recognize volunteers ongoing. </li></ul></ul></ul>