I work for a tightly knit university organization. How can I start an alumni association? What should it do?

This university organization has extremely committed students, and connection with alumni would be easy. With just a directory, how do I start an alumni organization from scratch? What would be the benefits of an organization, other than the opportunity to network for career reasons?

The benefits of an alumni network can be for career, but they can be social as well. Also, if the group was close, they might have a common interest in improving their old college or helping the students who are in the college group now.

I would start by mailing out a survey to the people from the directory to gauge how interested people would be in an alumni group. Some thing to ask include:

1) Would you be inerested in attending social events? How often (once a week/once a month/etc). What types of social events would you like to attend (movies/classes/volunteer or service events/ wine and cheese parties)

2) Would you be interested in paying yearly dues to belong to an alumni organization to off-set operating costs and event planning? If so, how much? Give a range like $10 and under, $10-20, $20-30, etc.

3) Would you be interesting in volunteering to host or plan events? Would you be interested in volunteering for the alumni organization? How much time are you willing to give? Weekly? Monthly?

Once you have the results of the survey, you might have a better idea of what people are interested in doing and how much time/money they’re willing to commit. I’ve very active in 2 alumni organizations–feel free to email me. My email address is in my profile.

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  1. ivybear98 on October 19, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    The benefits of an alumni network can be for career, but they can be social as well. Also, if the group was close, they might have a common interest in improving their old college or helping the students who are in the college group now.

    I would start by mailing out a survey to the people from the directory to gauge how interested people would be in an alumni group. Some thing to ask include:

    1) Would you be inerested in attending social events? How often (once a week/once a month/etc). What types of social events would you like to attend (movies/classes/volunteer or service events/ wine and cheese parties)

    2) Would you be interested in paying yearly dues to belong to an alumni organization to off-set operating costs and event planning? If so, how much? Give a range like $10 and under, $10-20, $20-30, etc.

    3) Would you be interesting in volunteering to host or plan events? Would you be interested in volunteering for the alumni organization? How much time are you willing to give? Weekly? Monthly?

    Once you have the results of the survey, you might have a better idea of what people are interested in doing and how much time/money they’re willing to commit. I’ve very active in 2 alumni organizations–feel free to email me. My email address is in my profile.
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