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CASE Venture Capital Fund


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The CASE District II Venture Capital Fund supports professional development and networking opportunities at member institutions.

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CASE Venture Capital Fund

  1. 1. Stretch your professional development dollar <br />with help from the<br />CASE II Venture Capital Fund<br />
  2. 2. Today’s speakers<br />Rachel Coker is director of research advancement at Binghamton University.<br />Nat Howe is a senior associate director in the Annual Giving office at Princeton University. <br />
  3. 3. What is the Venture Capital Fund?<br />
  4. 4. The Venture Capital Fund<br />The CASE District II Board created the Venture Capital Fund in 2007 as a means to support fresh and innovative programming ideas. The VC Fund supports professional development and networking opportunities organized by advancement professionals at member institutions.<br />
  5. 5. The Venture Capital Fund<br />A total of $30,000 is available for the 10-11 year.<br />Applications are reviewed bi-annually by a committee made up of advancement professionals from the district.<br />Grants of $500 to $2,500 are available. <br />
  6. 6. Why worry about professional development?<br />
  7. 7. Why professional development?<br />Invest in yourself and in your colleagues.<br />In tight economic times, this is a benefit that you can provide to your staff even if you can’t offer raises or promotions. Retain your best people!<br />Good programs mean you and your colleagues will be doing better work.<br />Professional development offers an opportunity to refresh yourself and think bigger thoughts. Recharge your batteries!<br />
  8. 8. Success stories<br />
  9. 9. Houghton College<br />Last September, Houghton College hosted a professional development conference titled Resourced and Ready: Empowering Your Major Gift Team, funded in part through a $500 grant from the Venture Capital Fund. <br />Pamela Witter, director of development at Houghton College, is here to tell us a bit more about the program and how the Venture Capital Fund made a difference.<br />
  10. 10. Pamela Witter, Director of Development<br />Houghton College<br />
  11. 11. Pairing their interests with your needs<br />
  12. 12. Grant goals<br />Grow our network of colleagues and ultimately enhance our annual round-table discussions.<br />Provide much-needed training at a time when major gift fundraising faces the challenges of a new financial landscape and more informed and deliberate donor behaviors.<br />Offer a specific and valuable training opportunity at minimal cost in a rural area where lengthy travel is often required for staff development.<br />
  13. 13. Recruiting speakers<br />
  14. 14. A legitimate learning opportunity<br />
  15. 15. Marketing<br /><ul><li>E-mail from CASE to all District II members
  16. 16. Announcement in the APRA-UNY newsletter
  17. 17. Local press releases
  18. 18. Word of mouth and personal e-mails to:
  19. 19. higher education colleagues
  20. 20. non-profit contacts</li></li></ul><li>Follow-up survey<br />“Can’t beat the price”<br />“Houghton was a great location”<br />“I really felt the workshop was excellent”<br />“If the conference were as top-notch and affordable as this one I would attend again at Houghton.”<br />
  21. 21. Final advice from Houghton<br />
  22. 22. Fall 2010<br />Five proposals received funds in the latest round:<br />Guam Community College received $2,500 to provide professional development training on establishing strategies and practices of philanthropy or fundraising for postsecondary institutions in the Micronesian region. <br />The University of Toronto received $2,500 to support a one-day conference to allow professionals at 12 Ontario universities in CASE District II to discuss ways to engage alumni living outside Ontario and prospects for collaboration to enhance institutional visibility.<br />Monroe Community College received $2,500 for a half-day Social Media Summit for communications and advancement professionals at half a dozen CASE District II institutions.<br />Rowan University received $2,500 to support a half-day workshop for up to 40 alumni relations and development professionals from colleges and universities in New Jersey. The focus of the workshop will be student philanthropy, with a guest speaker presenting information about programs that instill a sense of philanthropy in students while they are still in school. <br />McMaster University received $2,500 so it can host a Student Alumni Congress, which brings together Canadian colleges to discuss student-alumni programming, marketing and communications, volunteer management, student giving and more.<br />
  23. 23. Consider the possibilities<br />Do you want to create a networking group of advancement professionals at other institutions, but lack funding to get it off the ground? <br />Have you and a few colleagues wanted to bring in a nationally recognized speaker for a cross-institution professional development program, but lacked the resources to make it happen?<br />Have you wanted to hold a mini-conference on a topic that isn’t covered at the annual district conferences?<br />
  24. 24. How do I apply?<br />
  25. 25. Criteria<br />Successful applications will most likely meet some of the following criteria:<br />Impact on a number of CASE professionals<br />Collaboration of CASE member institutions<br />Programs do not replicate offerings at the district conference<br />Institutions have not previously been awarded CASE II Venture Capital Fund grant<br />
  26. 26. Criteria<br />The vc fund is:<br />Available for members from all District II institutions, large and small, urban and rural, public and private.<br />The Vc fund is not:<br />A way to pay tuition for existing classes or participation in a program just one CASE member is attending.<br />
  27. 27. What does CASE expect from you?<br />Grant winners are expected to file a report detailing the use of funds within 30 days of the money being spent. <br />
  28. 28. Application basics<br />Brief online form available at<br />Deadline to apply for the next round of funding: March 11<br />
  29. 29. Questions?<br />