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“It’s important to give back what I’ve been given”

I had the pleasure of speaking recently with Omar Viramontes, the 2013 recipient of the Tom Tucker Leadership Scholarship, the single largest scholarship awarded annually by the UCSD Alumni Association. The Tucker Leadership Scholarship comes from an endowment established by a group of UCSD alumni in 2011, and Omar is the second recipient of the […]

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CASE looks at the buzz on LinkedIn’s new University Pages

New from the Council on Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), an intriguing look at how LinkedIn’s new, much deeper approach to colleges and universities might impact advancement professionals, including both fundraisers and alumni relations staff. A worthwhile read! LinkedIn announced its new university pages feature this week and there’s been a lot of buzz, much […]

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Planting a tree of life in the Galilee

“It takes a noble man to plant a seed for a tree that will some day give shade to people he may never meet.” – Dr. David Trueblood  In fundraising, sometimes we get lucky. Sometimes we get to work on a fundraising campaign that means even more than the buildings it funds, the programs it […]

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Twenty successful nonprofits started by students

It was great to hear earlier this week from Sophia Coppolla, a content manager for, who shared with me an article on nonprofit organizations started by college students around the U.S.  After I wrote about college student Brittaney Khong and her work with the UCSD Student Foundation recently, I really enjoyed learning about some […]

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Talking Shop and Making Friends “Across The Pond”

I had the great pleasure of serving on a panel last week discussing the future of philanthropy in higher education, specifically for schools in England. The panel participated in an online chat session that proved both very engaging for me, as the lone American represented, and for my six fellow panelists as we compared experiences […]

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