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AcademicWorks Clients Share Best Practices For Planning A Top Notch Donor Event

June 29, 2017

Who doesn’t love a good party? Parties, dinners, and receptions are an amazing way to celebrate scholarship recipients and donors while promoting a personal connection. 78% of colleges and universities host some sort of event each year to celebrate scholarship recipients and donors! We asked our network of donor stewardship professionals to share a little...

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How Colleges and Universities Steward Donors: A Survey

June 24, 2017



Are you interested in learning how you can easily create donor reports and allow donors of all types to see the impact they are having on campus?

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Why Highlighting Your Donors is Important

May 24, 2017

Higlighting donors in a way that is accesible to students and the public is something that often gets overlooked or goes unfinished on campuses, usually due to time or a lack of resources. But we have found that our clients with the most successful donor stewardship programs make a point to acknowledge their donors, whether that be in person at a meet and...

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Three Tips to Keeping Scholarship and Non-Scholarship Donors Happy

May 18, 2017

One of the most popular posts on the Sharing Solutions blog over the years has been “Three Ways to Make Scholarship Donors Happy” written by Michael Tackett, Client Success Manager at AcademicWorks.  Thousands of donor relation’s professionals have used this blog to help them implement tools and processes to improve donor stewardship practices among...

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Three Steps To Better Donor Thank-You Letters

June 15, 2016

"Dear Donor,

Thank you for the schlarship money. It is realy important to me to use this money for school. I could use some more if you have it!

Thanks, Student"

Does this type of thank you letter look familiar?  All too often we hear from donor relations professionals who struggle to collect quality thank-you letters from students.  We want to help! So we...

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Key Takeaways From Our Webinar With John Taylor: Building a Donor Relations Program

May 23, 2016

A few weeks ago on a stormy day in North Carolina, we had the pleasure of hosting a webinar featuring  John H. Taylor.  John Taylor is one of the most respected donor relations professionals in the country, is the Principal at John H. Taylor Consulting, manages the FundSvs listserv, and will be the keynote speaker at this years AcademicWorks Conference....

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Donor Reporting in Higher Education Survey Results

April 05, 2016

In February, we asked hundreds donor relations professionals to share how they report to donors throughout the year. We received hundreds of responses from institutions across the country and the results are now available!  

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Debunking Donor Myths

March 04, 2016

Donors are the lifeblood of many scholarships, so it’s no wonder why most scholarship administrators bend over backwards to carefully nurture relationships with donors. As I speak to donor relation’s professionals, I notice a sense of fear when it comes to proactively reaching out to donors. Donors don’t have to be scary! In fact, donors can be a partner and...

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Three Ways To Make Scholarship Donors Happy

January 18, 2016

When it comes to managing scholarships there are many moving parts. The amount of a fund may fluctuate or you may have new recipients each year. The one thing that doesn’t change about scholarships is…donors. You will always have donors, and your interactions with them can shape your success. Here are three key ways to keeping your donors happy: 

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Creating Online Donor Profile Pages Is Easier Than You Think

December 01, 2015

As Training Manager, I love demonstrating how the AcademicWorks’ virtual donor wall can provide a new level of donor engagement and recognition. Much more than a place to store extra information about your awards, online donor profile pages are vital in helping students build personal and emotional connections to their scholarship donors. Whenever I show new...

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