Gain both conceptual insight and practical knowledge about how to design, develop, execute, and lead the institutional advancement function more effectively at your college or university.
Within the U.S. context, as operating budgets continue to tighten, state appropriations continue to decline, and institutional aspirations continue to grow, it has become even more important for colleges and universities to identify, secure, and expand new sources of resource support. At the same time, many non-U.S. institutions continue to create, strengthen, and sustain cultures of philanthropy that address their growing resource needs. In either context, the ability to establish and maintain a robust institutional advancement function has become a key measure of success for institutions and their senior leadership teams. While technological innovation has made new ways of executing advancement activities possible, it has also spawned questions about the fundamental goals and purposes of advancement work and how the chief executive and chief advancement officer should understand and lead this important administrative function most effectively.
The Seminar on Advancement Leadership is designed to help college and university presidents, chancellors, and chief advancement officers address critical strategic questions about the institutional advancement function and their role within it. The seminar brings together Harvard faculty, experienced institutional advancement practitioners, and a diverse group of college and university leaders to consider critical conceptual, strategic, and operational questions in an interactive, retreat-like learning environment. The seminar incorporates the complementary expertise, knowledge, and experience of the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education (HIHE) in higher education leadership development and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) in advancement leadership, creating a rare opportunity to engage this important topic in a comprehensive and powerful way. The Seminar on Advancement Leadership provides a distinctive opportunity for leaders of public and private institutions in the United States and abroad to ask important questions, gain practical insights, and learn new information about key issues affecting institutional advancement planning and execution in the company of interesting and interested colleagues, knowledgeable faculty, and expert practitioners.
In addition to interactive classroom sessions and group discussion, seminar participants will have the opportunity for individual consultation with “in residence” advancement experts who will be available throughout the program for more personalized consideration of specific institutional advancement challenges they face.