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Transformative Impact - University Advancement

UNIVERSITY ADVANCEMENT - link to complete division plan


GOAL: Explore and implement structure to support leadership phase of future comprehensive campaign

Create and expand our donor pipeline  
Cultivate top campaign donor prospects  
Enhance software and systems to optimize efficiency and productivity, including improving the integrity and integration of the donor
databases and expanding donor prospect research and management efforts.
Complete a capital campaign feasibility study  
Establish a comprehensive campaign committee that includes staff, faculty, students, parents, alumni, business leaders,
community/friends, and elected officials, in order to diversify the donor support base
Create a comprehensive campaign plan that establishes a goal and funding priorities, identifies prospects, creates collateral (including a Case for Support) and donor recognition opportunities, outlines roles and responsibilities, and sets a timeline and budget.  
Provide Advancement staff with comprehensive campaign training opportunities  
Continue to develop an integrated Advancement division that works collaboratively and synergistically across units and programs  
Align division structure, staffing and resources to prepare for comprehensive campaign  
Improve retainment/turnover of Advancement personnel  
Raise funds for key programs identified by Academic Affairs and Student Affairs divisions  


GOAL: Transition the SSU Foundation to a philanthropic organization supporting advancement, to compliment its asset and endowment management functions

Review the current relationship between the SSU Foundation and the University to improve effectiveness and efficiency of our partnership.Work with Administration and Finance division colleagues to:
a) Explore establishing the SSU Foundation as the gift acceptance destination, responsible and accountable for acknowledgement and management for all university gifts
b) Evaluate the amount and use of assessment to endowment earnings for the SSU Foundation operating budget.
c) Explore software for endowment unitization and reporting
d) Review current gift fee policy and recommend modifications
e) Re-evaluate holding real estate as an investment in the SSU Foundation endowment and consider alternate campus owner of townhomes for workforce housing
f) Explore potential grants and contracts alignment with SSU Foundation
Strategically grow community representatives on the Board with major giving prospects  
Adjust governing structure of Board/Committees/Leadership to match with best practices  
Undergo enhanced and expanded Board meeting including Strategic Planning session with objectiive to align and integrate Foundaiton with Advancement and University Strategic Plans  
Define SSUF purpose and/or mission/vision/values statements  
Undergo self assessment process to improve operations, establish benchmarks and growth targets, evaluate governance practices and plan measurable goals for the Board  
Meet or exceed CSU peer group for % growth of the SSU Endowment to futher support student scholarships and academic programs