CASE V Venture Fund: Funded Proposals

The following institutions were selected in August 2016 to receive Venture Fund grants to support professional development and networking activities:

Minnesota Private College Fund (St. Paul, Minnesota) $5,000

The Minnesota Private College Fund (MPCF) will organize a one day professional training for fundraising professionals for its 17 member campuses. The day will be planned collaboratively with MPCF  members.  The day will offer a professional development opportunity that otherwise may not be affordable for member institutions. Attendees will share best practices and network.

Marian University (Indianapolis, Indiana) $5,000

Marian University will conduct a Diversity and Inclusion workshop and discuss trends designed to recruit, retain & engage diverse populations.  Their event will be addressing topics that include attracting students, faculty, staff and successful ways to work with diverse and international alumni.

Ohio Wesleyan University (Delaware, Ohio) $5,000

Ohio Wesleyan University will organize 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 (Appleton, Wisconsin) $4,080

Lawrence University with constituent colleges of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest will host a two-day professional development conference in 2017. More than 100 attendees are expected from 14 collaborating colleges. The conference will cover major and planned giving topics during different comprehensive campaign phases.

Ashland University (Ashland, Ohio) $3,500

Ashland University as part of the Independent College Advancement Associates planning group will bring a guest speaker about current trends in higher education advancement. Seventy attendees from over 25 institutions are expected at the one day workshop emphasizing professional development at a cost and location affordable for small shop budgets.

Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois) $2,420

Northwestern University will host a roundtable about recent alumni engagement, specifically student to alumni transition and the first five years from undergraduate education. Fifteen institutions will be invited to participate. Participants will learn the importance of dedicated young alumni staff and programming, creating appealing programs to graduating students and young alumni, and developing an engagement pipeline.


The following institutions were selected in March 2016 to receive Venture Fund grants to support professional development and networking activities:

Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) $2,700

The Northwestern University Alumni Association will host a roundtable about global alumni engagement and how to integrate it with institutional goals.  A diverse range of institutions-public, private, large and small-will participate.  Additionally, organizations with established and newly founded international alumni programming will participate.

DePauw University (Greencastle, IN) $5,000

DePauw University will offer a one day workshop for the annual giving teams of peer liberal arts institutions focusing on annual fund analytics and diversity in fundraising.  The workshop will feature two expert guest speakers to discuss these important topics while allowing time for colleagues to dialogue and network.

University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI) $1,000

The University of Michigan prospect development and analytics team will organize a forum for regional peer institutions about key challenges and innovative solutions in prospect development. The sessions will emphasize building consensus on institutional and industry wide best practices, networking, and sharing data and code sharing information.

Indiana University (Indianapolis, IN) $3,000

Indiana University will conduct a one day social media conference at IUPUI for 100 communications and marketing professionals from eight campuses.  Topics will include social media budgets, legal issues, audience types and brainstorming.