102: First Year Alumni

Recorded On: 11/12/2019


The experience that alumni have during the first year after graduation can have a profound influence on their relationship with their alma mater for the rest of their life. When recent graduates feel welcomed and are informed about the benefits of belonging to the alumni community, they’re more likely to engage. What’s more, when they understand the importance and impact of giving back, they’re also more likely to get involved as volunteers and support the institution financially, now and in the future.

Register now to learn how to successfully engage and solicit alumni during the first year after graduation.

This webinar is eligible for 1.25 points of CFRE credit.


  • Tips for welcoming recent graduates into the alumni community
  • Guidelines for maintaining good contact information and communicating regularly through email, social media, and other channels
  • Strategies for engaging new alumni through volunteer opportunities and events
  • Methods for soliciting and then stewarding first-time donors
  • Examples from other institutions, and more!

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Craig Waltman

With over 20 years of experience in annual giving and educational fundraising, Craig has led programs at Haverford College, Swarthmore College, and Pathway School. His other experience includes work with STAFF (Sharing the Annual Fund Fundamentals) and the Chester Valley Little League Board. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from Elizabethtown College.


First Year Alumni
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