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ATS 2018 Development Officers' Conference

  • Association of Theological Schools 2626 Sage Rd Houston, TX (map)


Aimée Laramore, Philanthropic Strategist, PhD in African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric, Christian Theological Seminary       
Angela R. Logan, Interim St. Andre Bessette Director of Nonprofit Professional Development, Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame

Students and faculty are critical constituencies for theological education, but engaging students, alumni/ae, and faculty in the world of development can be a taboo topic at best. Each of these audiences, especially alumni/ae, has an incredible role to play in the sustainability of beloved institutions, including embracing the role of brand ambassador. Our best and brightest graduates and faculty—regardless of profession, ministry, and calling—have tremendous importance beyond their charitable giving. Together, alumni/ae relations and seminary advancement have the potential to revolutionize how we understand relationship development and work in partnership to attract, cultivate, and retain those with shared values and critical resources for success. Join Aimée and Angela for an innovative conversation about best practices for navigating critical constituencies. Raising resources is a necessity, but building relationships is the root of the development practices that make sustainability possible. Leverage and apply best relationship practices and incorporate metrics with nontraditional audiences to move from conversation to cultivation.
Target Audience: New to the Field (under two years) and Intermediate (under five years)