With the COVID-19 pandemic spreading, higher education leaders are moving quickly to keep their campus communities safe, calm, and informed about the latest developments. This puts advancement leaders in an unprecedented position, as they need to decide how to engage alumni, students, faculty, staff, and other constituents during this time.
This panel discussion with RNL experts explores how you can adjust your interactions with your audiences in a way that is sensitive to the seriousness of the situation, but also provides engagement on matters they will likely want to hear more about. Topics include:
- Updates from the higher education community and how this is impacting philanthropy
- How we have seen our campus partners respond during the crisis
- Ways to adjust your engagement strategies through digital communications, virtual events, and the desire of donors to support causes related to the COVID-19 crisis
About the presenters
Chris Bingley, Senior Vice President, RNL
Chris Bingley has 15 years of experience in higher education fundraising. His expertise runs the full spectrum of fundraising management, including annual giving, stewardship, alumni relations, planned giving, and public relations.
Josh Robertson, Senior Vice President, Product Strategy, RNL
Josh Robertson oversees the development of new and enhanced services based on evolving industry needs. He has extensive annual giving experience related to data integrity, integrated multichannel strategies, and analytics.
Meg Weber, Vice President, RNL
Meg Weber is a fundraising professional with two decades of experience in higher education advancement. She previously served at Colorado State University as executive director of annual giving, where she specifically focused on fundraising pipeline and engagement.
Jay Finney, Vice President, Fundraising, RNL
Jay Finney is an innovative leader with extensive experience in higher ed, healthcare, and nonprofits. In his current position, Jay helps advancement leaders embrace new omnichannel fundraising solutions, allowing them to modernize their programs with technology and optimized design.
Justin Marquart, Vice President, RNL
Justin Marquart has served in various fundraising leadership roles, including at major institutions like Washington State University. He led the effort to bring in transformational individual and corporate commitments including transformation gifts from Boeing, Starbucks, Marriott, and Microsoft. He went on to lead multiple university wide efforts in higher education and health care philanthropy, and even successfully launched his own nonprofit.
Chad Warren, Vice President, RNL
Chad has over two decades of higher education donor engagement experience, serving in senior roles at UNLV, Ohio State University, The University of Dayton, and Florida State University. Chad has served as higher education fundraising consultant for many years, and presently regularly at CASE, AFP, and AGN events. He returns to RNL where he started his career.
Greta Daniels, Vice President, RNL
Greta Daniels is a fundraising professional with more than a decade of experience in philanthropy. She has extensive expertise in donor engagement strategies, university advancement and development, and annual giving. In her current role, she works with colleges and universities to maximize donor giving through data-driven omnichannel campaigns that meet immediate fundraising goals while also increasing long-term donor pipeline.