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Ascend Partners Group co-founder to lead advancement efforts at San Jose State University

Ascend Partners Group​’s Managing Partner, Dr. Paul Lanning, has been named Vice President for University Advancement and CEO of the Tower Foundation at San Jose State University. He takes on this new role June 15. “I’m excited to move back to my hometown and join the leadership team at San Jose State,” Lanning stated. “It’s […]

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Trustees, presidents, and fundraising

F. Gregory Campbell, former president of Carthage College, writes that “…trustees choosing a new president should focus on personal trustworthiness in judging the candidates. Would they themselves be inclined to make a major gift if that person came calling? With time and familiarity, might they do so?” An important consideration…and an important acknowledgment that fundraising […]

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Training tomorrow’s workforce: Where industry and academia meet

No longer is a college education simply students taking notes in lectures, reading books, and regurgitating on exams and in term papers everything they have heard and read over the preceding weeks. Today, the focus is much more on preparing students for the “real world,” including the ability to enter the workforce as experienced practitioners […]

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K-12, higher education… “fundraising is fundraising”

It was a pleasure to serve as a panelist at 2014 California Consortium of Education Foundations annual conference, held at UC Irvine this week, to discuss lessons K-12 fundraising professionals can glean from their higher education counterparts. The panel, moderated by Andrea Sala of the Peninsula Education Foundation in Palos Verdes, also included Dr. Sylvia […]

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Louder doesn’t always equal better

One of the great challenges for underserved populations in our country is of course access to higher education, which can be the determining factor in escaping poverty. For example, only 5% of Native Americans living on reservations can afford to go to college. There’s an ad campaign that’s been running for awhile now seeking to […]

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