Departmental Fundraising Initiatives Involving Academic Advisory Councils

Advisory Councils play an important role in assessing the mission and effectiveness of academic departments, and in advocating on behalf of those departments. Advisory Councils can provide excellent opportunities to engage alumni and other interested prospective donors in the work of academic departments, many of whom bring professional or a vocational expertise. When alumni and other potential donors serve as participants on Advisory Councils, it may create opportunities to educate them regarding the financial needs of the department, ask for their support and/or enlist them as fundraising volunteers on behalf of the department. The Office of Development works to advise departments in planning fundraising initiatives, and to engage alumni and others as potential donors. Please contact the Office of Development prior to any fundraising activity.