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    • #16867
      Michelle Blackman
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      I’m keen to see how many of you with Ex-Student Associations;

      1. let them run everything and if this is the case, what is your involvement?
      2. who leave it to the college to organsie everything, and if this is the case what involvement does the association have?

      Thanking you in advance. Michelle

    • #16874
      Bobbi Aralica
      Forum Participant

      Hi Michelle,

      It really depends on your schools structure, resources, funding and purpose of having an alumni association.
      Some models work well, but, just as many fail or aren’t sustained in the long term. (lack of ownership or maintaining momentum are 2 pitfalls)

      Is your alumni associations independent of the school? eg: a seperate legal entity
      I know of schools where the association runs everything and has very little interaction with the school in relation to organising events, reunions, industry meetups, however, involves their members with student mentorship.

      There are certainly advantages with a hybrid/collaborative approach especially if you’re engaging your alumni with students.
      I noticed many schools may doubled up on programs. (eg. the same program is run by the school and another run by the association)

      I have a fairly robust database of what schools are doing, what seems to work and what does not, including the platforms they use.

      Feel free to connect on LinkedIn or call me on 0423 40 30 20.
      Happy to provide some introductions if needed.

      Cheers Bobbi

    • #16876
      Michelle Blackman
      Forum Participant

      Thank you Bobbi, I will be in contact later next week.

    • #16877
      Holly Palmer
      Forum Participant

      Hi Michelle, I’l be happy to talk to you about our set up at St Cuthbert’s College anytime. The Old Girls’ Association is a separate legal entity here, and the school aims to work in partnership with them to lead and execute the alumnae programme. I’m on +64(0)27 700 4998 if you would like to reach out.

      • #17204
        Michelle Blackman
        Forum Participant

        Hi Holly

        I just realised you are in NZ. My associations has just become it’s own legal identity. We currently do everything for them, and they just cover the costs of the events. Hence I’m trying to understand what other schools are doing versus not doing for the associations.

        Thank you Michelle

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