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Ready for a large funding campaign?

Is your chapter in need of a better living and learning environment? Do you wish to award more scholarships to chapter members? Are you looking to fund leadership development programs? If so, are your chapter’s leaders thinking about launching a major fundraising campaign to meet these wishes? We regularly learn about fraternity and sorority chapters […]

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How to Plan Homecoming in 60 Days

Planning big events is no easy task. They required advanced planning by a strong team of action-oriented leaders, pre-determined objectives, sufficient funding, attention to detail, and appealing functions. However, not every event goes according to plan. Most college homecoming events take place in the fall semester, typically connected to a football game. The vast majority […]

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Board retreats are vital to success

Strong organizations are governed by outstanding leaders. Fueled with passion, experience, and commitment, the board members of non-profit organizations play vital roles in the direction, management and impact of these groups. The strength of this leadership…and engagement…isn’t always immediately felt upon creating the board or recruiting the new board member. As with many great things, […]

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Why We Are Failing?

Editor Note: This blog has merged some narratives from an old blog and combined with some new messages. Fraternities have been around since 1776 and sororities since 1867. Clearly, we have done something right to have been around for centuries. Yet, our continued existence is being discussed on a daily basis. Why? Before I answer […]

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Five R’s of Fundraising

When raising money for fraternity and sorority chapters, there’s one approach to generating donations that’s sure to prove successful. Take a moment to consider how much time and effort goes into planning small and major special events.  Now, imagine that same effort strategically targeted toward cultivating a lifetime donor…a fan who loves and supports your […]

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The Choice Is Ours…Recruit and Educate To Fail or Succeed

I’ve spent more than 30 years involved with the Fraternity and Sorority system as a chapter officer, chapter advisor, regional volunteer, foundation board director, house corporation board member, and president of a company that focuses on alumni/ae and parent relations as well as fundraising. I met my wife through my fraternity. My son is a fraternity brother. My best friends are almost all fraternity brothers. My fraternal experience has been more than rewarding.

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Elements of a Successful Chapter Operations Program

Written plan & budget dedicated to alumni & parent relations. Written plan & budget dedicated to identifying, recruiting, training & recognizing volunteers to serve on your Advisory Board, and/or Educational Foundation Board, and/or Housing Corporation Board. Written plan & budget for maintaining a safe & competitive chapter house (for chapters who have housing on their […]

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The Five I’s of Alumni & Parent Relations

Identified – The first step to good alumni & parent relations is knowing who your alumni & parents are, their mailing addresses, email, phone numbers, and as much other information as you can gather about them. Most chapters have 30-40 percent of their alumni & parent records lost as well as 75 percent or more of […]

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Are We Who We Say We Are?

The president of the Northern Interfraternity Council recently made this observation in an address to college students who are also members of Greek organizations on campus: “The vast majority of fraternity and sorority members join them for all the right reasons. They are looking for a place to belong. They want to learn and apply […]

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