This six-part virtual workshop series will bring Campus Compact members together for shared learning and dialogue on resource cultivation and fundraising for civic and community engagement. Throughout the series, attendees will:
- Learn from community engagement professionals and leaders who have successfully generated significant support to endow their centers, support faculty, engaged scholarship and teaching, and/or support specific programs
- Hear directly from development professionals on effective strategies for collaborating, what pitfalls to avoid, and what they need in order to support your priorities
- Engage in dialogue with fellow attendees around this topic
Beyond the virtual series, Compact is interested in launching a new Communities of Practice to create space for CEPs to share challenges and find community with others exploring similar efforts. Interested Compact members are encouraged to attend all six sessions. This series is open to active Campus Compact members.
- Session 1: Building confidence and making sense of fundraising for community & civic engagement. Dr. David Weerts, a recognized expert and leader in resource development for community engagement, will kick off the series. During this session, David will provide attendees with a landscape of fundraising and resource development in the community/civic engagement field. This will include discussing successful strategies in the field, how to overcome challenges in working effectively with your institution’s development team, and how to build your confidence in advancing your agenda and navigating the fundraising process.
- Session 2: Showcase of donor-funded civic and community engagement centers. Four executive directors and senior leaders will share their paths for garnering major gifts and endowments to support their centers. This will include time for attendees to ask questions and dig deeper with presenters.
- Session 3: Showcase of donor-funded professorships, programs, and initiatives. During this second showcase session, participants will hear from campus leaders that have successfully garnered resources for dedicated projects and professorships. Time will be allocated to ensure attendees can ask questions and connect directly with presenters.
- Session 4: Federal earmark funding opportunities for advancing civic and community engagement. This fourth session will feature field leaders who have successfully garnered federal (and in some cases also state) government appropriations to advance civic engagement priorities. We’ll also welcome government relations professionals to the session to share tips and approaches for being an effective collaborator.
- Session 5: A conversation with development professionals. A panel of fundraisers and development professionals will share what community engagement professionals need to know in order to effectively communicate their vision and needs.
- Session 6: Series wrap-up. David Weerts will return to facilitate an interactive session with participants to uncover key learnings and takeaways. Compact will also be seeking ideas and recommendations for future programming and resources that can support members in advancing their fundraising and resource cultivation priorities going forward.