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Each week, our team of experts will put share their experiences, tips and viewpoints in all areas of higher education consulting, leadership, and fundraising. We're a team that consists of tenured individuals who have made it their life’s work to help solve some of the issues surrounding community colleges today. Some of our topics include:

  • How to connect and establish relationships with your alumni
  • Ways to create impact with all generations of people
  • How to raise more on a tight budget
  • How to properly manage your reputation online
  • Ways to prepare for a feasibility study
  • And more!

Where should you look for planned gift donors?

Where should you look for planned gift donors? People with money, you say. That’s a good start, but you’ll need to know more…
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How to Find Higher Education Donors in Unusual Places

Find Higher Education Donors in the Most Unusual Places

Sometimes on the way to making the ask of the usual suspects, someone comes out of nowhere with a donation to your college.…
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How Can Your Team Prepare for the Unknown

Why Preparing for the Unknown is Crucial to Your Higher Education Reputation

Mary was the subject of a caustic media blitz. As President of her college, she was a well-known and acknowledged leader in the…
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The Key to a Great Foundation Board

The Key to a Great Foundation Board

Developing a successful board of directors is no small task. In my experience, many advancement officers find themselves devoting a great deal of…
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Bad Press Can be Good for Donor Relationships

Bad press is never fun and it is always a distraction. Despite the many challenges it presents, however, bad press creates a great…
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To Market, again? Higher Education Consulting

To Market, to Market – again?

Just released from the "Trends Report 2016" produced by the Chronicle of Higher Education are 10 key higher-education trends for college leaders. Among…
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Who's on Your Shoulder?

Who’s on Your Shoulder?

Pop culture advertising has given us phrases that have stood the test of time: “Where’s the beef”? “A Little Dab Will Do You,”…
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How Often Should a College go to Campaign?

We often recommend that a community college engage in a campaign about every five years. If it’s been that long since your last…
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3 Higher Education Website Fails You Need to Avoid

  Web design is more than just color and format, it's about the user-experience and traffic generation to every page of your site.…
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Major Gift Campaigns Urgency Importance Community College

Major Gifts: Urgent vs. Important

Here are two things you already know: Stewarding a meaningful major gift relationship is not a process that should be rushed. Many community…
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Major Gift Opportunities Community College

4 Planned Giving Opportunities You May Have Overlooked

Your organization doesn’t have to be a major museum, hospital or university to have a planned giving program. And a development officer doesn’t…
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How You Can Become Grant Ready

How You Can Become Grant Ready

It’s here again—income tax season. Even if we pay accountants to attend to all the details associated with completing tax forms, computing deductions,…
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Community College Consultant - Rich Gross Solutions

7 Questions Prospective Employees Ask

In this era of workplace change, what is most important to a prospective employee? You might say salary and title but you would…
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5 New Year’s Resolutions Your Advancement Office Should Be Doing

We all know how hard it is to get back to work after spending time off for the holidays. Sometimes it helps to…
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Face to Face Relationship Building Community College Fundraising

Face-to Face Cultivation

Are you new to major gifts fundraising? If you are, you’re probably concerned about establishing person-to-person relationships. How do you get to know…
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Feasibility Studies Data

Waltz or Tango? Dancing After Good Data

Can’t say that I am an expert but I do have a lot of experience conducting interviews for feasibility studies at colleges, museums…
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Student Protests at Community College

How is Your Community College Responding to Recent Student Protests?

Student protests of racial discrimination from the University of Missouri to the venerable Ivy League strongholds, Yale and Princeton, have yielded dramatic results.…
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Higher education Recession prevention

3 Ways You Can Survive the Next Recession

First of all a confession – I’m not an economist. But I’ve been around long enough to predict with certainty that recessions and…
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Community Colleges should start a digital newsletter

3 Reasons Your College Should Publish a Digital Newsletter

Chances are your foundation and/or alumni office already publishes a printed newspaper on a regular basis. Now that you’ve done the hard part…
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Community College Campaign

Community College Campaigns: The Good, Bad and Ugly

This morning I had the honor of partnering with Shannon Hair, VP of Advancement at Danville Community College in Virginia, to present at…
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