CASE Spring Institute – sessions

As part of the programme at CASE, you can choose from a number of different elective sessions.  I thought I would take this time to document here, the ones that I signed up for:

Building a culture of giving to education – Joanna Motion

  • The number of donors is increasing steadily every year is giving becoming more normal or is it a response to increasing professionalism in the sector?
  • Across UK universities, average participation is 1.2% but 50% of graduates give to charities.
  • We need to draw out the history of gifts – why it is called X school or X prize or X scholarship. They are good at this in the USA, normalise it!
  • Listen to donor’s motivations, non-alumni gifts are often to places that can deliver or have the reputation.

What happens after you get your gift? Stewarding your donors so they will give again and again and again – Martin Kaufman

  • The systematic and strategic process of thanking/looking after and developing a relationship with a donor which starts with a first gift and hopefully continues for life.
  • Everyone should be stewarded, but it is important to think of ROI.
  •  For major gifts, donor motivations are “belief in cause” at the top, “catalyst for change” is second. Duty comes fourth.
  • Partner with donors, they are citizens not subjects involve them in the process of what you are fundraising for/the plan, don’t just ask them to pay for it!
  • Nobody minds being over-thanked.
  • If you don’t thank, you will be bad-mouthed, damaging your reputation amongst potential donors too.

Making the Most of Yourself – Joanna Motion

  • Soft skills, listening, dressing for your next job, responding/adapting to the audience.
  • PACT Purpose Audience Content Timing.
  • Confidence (real or faked).
  • (I stood up and told the lumberjack story – weird for me as I have never spoken it before, only ever wrote it.) 

Measuring Performance – Jennie Moule

  • Be pro-active about how you wish to measure success, or somebody else will do it for you!
  • Consider what is important to your institution right now.
  • Information should be used to illuminate and not support (ie validate a decision that’s already been made).
  • Benchmark fundraiser ROI – salary in year 1, 3-5x salary in year 2, 5-10x salary in years 3+.
  • ROT – return on talent, manage your best staff as you would your best donors!
  • CASE have a lot of materials that can be used to benchmark

Fundraising for scholarships and bursaries – Mark Curtis

  • Bursaries are means-tested, usually for undergraduates.
  • Scholarships are about competition, usually for graduate study and about attracting the best.
  • Alumni reunion gifts can inspire  – class of ’62 scholarship.
  • Some institutions have a reception inviting donors and recipients.
  • A very personal way to show support as it touches someone in such a personal way.
  • What if a student leaves or is expelled? Importance of telling the donor what is going on!

 Etiquette for Fundraisers – Lorna Somers

  • Name tag on right shoulder so when shaking hands it is in line of sight as you look along the arm.
  • Keep ‘clutter’ to a minimum, no scarf, no drink, no bag (if at all possible).
  • Hand-written thank you notes are simple but extremely well-received.
  • Use someone’s name after they have told you it to try and keep it in your head.
  • It’s ok to eat your bread while you wait for food! It should be torn and only butter the bit you are eating.
  • Nothing should be on the table that wasn’t set there by the server.  Turn your name-card away once seated, have stanchions removed by the server once you have found your table
  • Getting into a car in a skirt? Bum down and swivel, reverse to get out.

You can see why I was so exhausted afterwards!


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