CASE District V Venture Fund Recipients

District V Venture Fund Recipients

2018 Winners

Northwestern University Gift Agreement Writers and Advisers (GAWA) cohort ($3000)
An annual meeting exploring best practices and building a professional community with 75 attendees from up to 30 institutions.

Miami University ($3100)
A round table about young alumni engagement specifically focused on the student to first five years out from undergraduate education. The goal is for 20 attendees.

Northwestern University Alumni Association ($2550)
A day and a half mini conference about engagement of diverse alumni populations.

Lakeland Community College ($4500)
A community college fundraising program in partnership with The Ohio Association of Community Colleges.

Lawrence School ($3000)
Establish an independent school District V advancement workshop focused on specific enrollment, fundraising and marketing needs.

University of Cincinnati ($5000)
Pilot workshop in August 2018 for skill building to work with diverse populations of alumni, donors and colleagues.

Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law ($2300)
Social justice fundraising roundtable for frontline fundraisers responsible for philanthropic support work for such regional programs in higher education.

Miami University ($4400)
One day workshop in August 2019 to discuss how alumni associations can engage alumni communities with a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion.

Minnesota State University Mankato ($2700)
First time ever training for advancement and foundations leadership in the Minnesota State System for best practices in board governance and how the foundation and University can work better together to address challenges collectively in the state.

Black Hawk College ($5000)
One day conference with 20 regional institutions about creating better experiences for community college students through advancement partnerships with corporations and foundations including alumni internships and stewarding partnership relationships.

Francis W. Parker School ($5000)
To expand Chicago Area Independent School Development (CASID) workshop to connect independent school development professionals across the Midwest for networking and sessions about annual fund, major gifts, special events, knowledge management and alumni relations.

2017 Recipients

University of Michigan ($2,500)
Prospect development and analytics teams from sixteen institutions will meet to identify solutions for key challenges, build consensus for industry-wide best practices, and share data and code sharing across institutions.

University of Minnesota ($5,000)
The Big Ten alumni professionals' conference brings 80 attendees from 14 Big Ten institutions together annually. The day and a half event includes break out and plenary sessions about emerging alumni relations trends and working with campus partners.

Cleveland State University ($5,000)
Cleveland State University used funds to launch The Northeast Ohio Summit on Alumni Engagement, a new day-long professional development conference. Attendees from research universities, community colleges, small private institutions and health sciences programs will be invited to build regional partnerships.

Loyola Academy ($1,500)
Advancement vice presidents from ten parochial high schools will come together to collaborate for new ideas. Topics will be succession planning, onboarding a new president, and prospect management practices.

Northwestern University ($2,420)
The roundtable will focus on graduate student and alumni engagement. Ten universities will participate to identify creating systematic and centralized approaches for this alumni population.

University of Wisconsin Stevens Point ($1,500)
The annual giving officers from 25 institutions in Wisconsin will meet for SWAG (Summit for Wisconsin Annual Giving). The summit provided a zero cost professional development opportunity during a time of tight budgets.

Northcentral Technical College ($5000)
The 16 members of the Wisconsin Technical College System and their respective foundations will organize the Wisconsin Development of Members (WIS-DOM), a state-wide, six month training focused on board governance and engagement.

Northwestern University ($5000)
Northwestern University hosted the Gift Agreement Writers and Advisers Cohort (GAWA) meeting with 30 institutions participating with gift agreement function benchmarking and data analysis from up to 50 institutions.

University of Minnesota Duluth ($5000)
A new conference was held focusing on alumni engagement for outstate colleges and universities in Northern Wisconsin and Minnesota. The attendees will address engagement challenges and opportunities for distantly clustered alumni populations.

DePaul University ($5000)
De Paul University launched a professional development event to bring together District V postsecondary Catholic institutions under the banner "Connecting Philanthropy to Mission."

Ivy Tech Community College ($5000)
Ivy Tech Community College offered a one-day conference about harnessing the power of community to create better experiences for community college students. Among the topics are corporate and foundation partnerships, experiential learning, and industry and student collaboration.

Wayne State University ($3500)
Wayne State University's Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving partnered with the Michigan Association of State Universities to host a day-long professional development conference for alumni relations, annual giving and alumni communications staff from all 15 Michigan public universities.

2016 Recipients

Minnesota Private College Fund ($5,000)
The Minnesota Private College Fund (MPCF) organized a one day professional training for fundraising professionals for its 17 member campuses.

Marian University ($5,000)
Marian University conducted a diversity and inclusion workshop addressing topics that include attracting students, faculty, staff and successful ways to work with diverse and international alumni.

Ohio Wesleyan University ($5,000)
Ohio Wesleyan University organized a day focused on new development professionals for 100-125 attendees from 40 institutions across the state. Topics will include the future of philanthropy, what motivates a large gift and applying information from the day to day development work.

Lawrence University ($4,080)
Lawrence University with constituent colleges of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest hosted a two-day professional development conference with more than 100 attendees from 14 collaborating colleges.

Ashland University ($3,500)
Ashland University as part of the Independent College Advancement Associates planning group hosted a guest speaker about current trends in higher education advancement. Seventy attendees from over 25 institutions attended the one day workshop development at a cost affordable for small shop budgets.

Northwestern University ($2,420)

Northwestern University hosted a roundtable about recent alumni engagement, specifically student to alumni transition in the first five years from undergraduate education. Fifteen institutions participated. 

Northwestern University ($2,700)
The Northwestern University Alumni Association hosted a roundtable about global alumni engagement and how to integrate it with institutional goals.

DePauw University ($5,000)
DePauw University offered a one day workshop for the annual giving teams of peer liberal arts institutions focusing on annual fund analytics and diversity in fundraising.

University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI) $1,000
The University of Michigan prospect development and analytics team organized a forum for regional peer institutions about key challenges and innovative solutions in prospect development.

Indiana University ($3,000)
Indiana University conducted a one day social media conference at IUPUI for 100 communications and marketing professionals from eight campuses.