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2018 Conference Materials Added

Materials from the conference are being added to the 2018 Conference Page as they are received including presentation slides, worksheets and tools shared during the conference. The post-conference survey is also available. We will provide a summary of the survey in a few weeks.

NC State Vet School Development is Hiring

NC State College of Veterinary Medicine is hiring a new Director of Development who will complement the existing foundation development team and will play a critical role in helping us reach our Think and Do the Extraordinary Campaign goals. 

Looking for an experienced frontline fundraiser who can bring leadership and hard work to our team. Someone with experience in the higher-ed setting is preferable as well as an individual who is comfortable with cold calling, negotiating and closing gifts. The ideal candidate will assist in providing direction for the development program and in building and strengthening relationships with hospital clients, donors, alumni, faculty, and friends of the CVM.

This person will serve as a college representative at university-wide events and advancement meetings related to front-line fundraising and major gifts.  For details, please check out the online posting here: 

http://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/101580

 

 

Call for Leadership in AVAP

We are currently looking for fellow AVAP’ers to step-up into leadership positions within AVAP. During the annual business meeting, we will open the floor for nominations for a one-year term at-large member, two-year term at-large member, and Vice-President. To learn more about the positions, click here. Click here to see our current leadership team.

AAVMC Communications Award Reminder

Colleagues,

Just wanted to send along a reminder that the nomination period for the AAVMC’s 2018 Communications Excellence Award is drawing to a close. Nominations and applications must be received by Friday, March 30, 2018. Please see the following link for additional information:

http://aavmc.org/Awards/Communications-Award.aspx

Thank you!

 

2018 AVAP Conference Information and Registration

The AVAP Executive Committee and Colorado State University Conference Planning Team have been working hard to put together a great agenda for the 2018 AVAP Conference. Check out the 2018 Conference Page for more information! Registration is now open.

Working Together for a Home Run
July 11-13, 2018
Denver, Colorado

Embassy Suites Downtown Convention Center, Denver, CO

$50M Gift to OSU College of Veterinary Medicine

 

Dear colleagues and friends,

This was a historic day for the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University. At a lunch-time gathering, OSU President Ed Ray announced that a donor has made a $50 million gift commitment to the college that will support Oregon State veterinary medicine teaching, research and service in powerful ways.

This is the largest gift in the university’s history and is an incredible testament to the achievements and dedication of our faculty, staff, alumni, students and many friends of the college. In recognition of this remarkable act of generosity, the college will now be known as the Gary R. Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine, the first named college at OSU and only the second named veterinary school in the country.

Dr. Carlson is a 1974 alumnus of Oregon State. After studying science at OSU, he went on to medical school and eventually established a dermatology practice in Southern California.

As Dr. Carlson is quoted in the press release, “[Our pets] give us a special comfort and support that allows us to embrace life more fully. I wanted to do something that would enrich that experience and help us better understand and care for our ‘best friends.’”   Dr. Carlson’s generosity will have both short- and long-term impacts on our work.  Most immediately, his gift will allow us to double the size of our small animal hospital, a pressing need, as many of us know firsthand.  In addition to this construction, his legacy will touch generations of veterinarians with an endowment to attract and retain top-tier faculty and support other strategic priorities in the college.

I am proud to continue the work of fellow deans, advancement professionals and colleagues.  I look forward to celebrating with each of you the many great accomplishments to come from the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine and veterinary programs across the country.

Sincerely,
Susan J. Tornquist
Lois Bates Acheson Dean

Stay connected with the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine

Job Posting for Virginia-Maryland

Hello AVAP colleagues,

I hope this message finds you well and energized for a great year ahead.

The Office of Advancement in the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech is currently seeking a highly motivated Strategic Content Manager to join our team. The ideal candidate will be a creative and talented writer who thrives in a fast-paced environment, is driven by shared success, and has extensive experience developing communications strategies, managing projects, and encouraging engagement among constituents. A link to the full job description and applicant qualifications is below. Applications must be received by Jan. 18.

https://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/82950  

Please share this announcement with anyone who might be interested. Feel free to contact me if you have questions about this exciting opportunity.

Warm regards,

Alison

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Alison Elward
Interim Director of Marketing and Communications
Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
Virginia Tech (0442)
205 Duck Pond Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-7969

 

A story to share to inspire

A true story from a colleague…

During a recent university advancement meeting we broke out into roundtable discussions about tips and techniques for getting donor visits and engagement.  I shared a tip that I’ve found useful, coined the “drive by” visit.  Drive by visits are great when you’ve had a tough time connecting with busy people.  They involve a brief stop to drop off a little something- a card, tchotchke, note, treat (I make persimmon bread during the holidays) etc.  The individual doesn’t have to be there- it’s simply a chance to drop off something that says- I’ve made an effort to see you because you are important.  I went on to share that in most cases, the prospect has responded with a call, email or invitation to meet.  Even better, some resulted in contributions. 

Fast forward two months.   A young colleague and I were making a joint visit to a donor.  In route she said, “Say, that “drive-by” tactic works”.  Tell me more, I invited her.  She went on to say that she made two “drive by” visits that resulted not only in positive communication with the prospects but two end-of-the-year gifts – one that was $10,000.

Keep up the good work everyone! Happy New Year! Let’s make it a great 2018.

 

December message from AVAP President

IMPACT. Verb. “To have a strong effect on someone or something.” 

Are you tired of this word yet? It seems to be one of the big buzzwords in advancement right now. We must show impact of the gift, have impact statements, etc. You all probably know enough about me by now to know how I feel about impact-not only in my job, but in living my life.

In this season of warm fuzzy feelings, holidays, food and fellowship, I have a great year-end story about impact I’d like to share (I’m just full of stories). I know this was the subject of one of my earlier emails, but I wanted to send a reminder (LOL!). This isn’t about money, but about kindness and connection and IMPACT.

A couple of weeks ago, I received an email from one of our alums from the class of 1988. I wasn’t working at LSU at the time, but knew people at the school, and I had a farm. This young alum had a very sick horse when she graduated that she was concerned would not make the trip to the new home/new job. I offered to keep the horse in comfort until she passed away, and I did so. Fast forward almost 30 years and I get an email from this alum (with whom I have not communicated since the call about having to put her horse down) wishing me a merry Christmas, and telling me how grateful she has been for all these years for what I did for her-that she often thinks about it. WOW! Made my day. And reminded me of why I am still around the vet school after all these years.

So, as we roll into this frenetic holiday season, finishing our cards, frantically shopping and honking our horns at crazy drivers (must be them, certainly can’t be ME), let’s stop and take a deep breath and take a moment to consider the impact we have on others, for good and for bad. Let’s stop and thank people, let them know what their presence in our lives has meant; let us be kind and giving, not just taking. Let US, not just our donors, live our lives in an impactful way.

The happiest of holidays to all!!

Gretchen

 

Survey Results are In!

Thank you to those who took the time to submit your thoughts and suggestions from the 2017 AVAP Conference. Planning has already started for 2018. These comments and suggestions will lead the team as we work to finalize plans, speakers, and the future of AVAP.

Click Here to view the results!