Building External Support, Increasing Visibility, and Enhancing Development Activity in Kinesiology

in Kinesiology Review
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In today’s challenging economic climate at most universities, kinesiology administrators are becoming increasingly aware of the need to participate in activities that will generate alternative revenue sources related to their academic mission. The ways deans and development officers communicate with alumni, potential donors, upper administrative leaders, and legislatures will all impact how successful the efforts to develop funds and partnerships will be. Successful fundraisers are those who can generate strategic alliances, create and market a plan that relates needs to societal issues of public interest and university priorities, and are able to identify partnerships that will produce an increase in resources. This paper provides strategies for identifying and connecting with key donors, building partnerships, developing the plan and cultivating internal and external audiences, aligning needs with university priorities, and working with legislatures.

Thomas is dean emeritus, College of Education, University of North Texas, Denton, TX. Andrew is dean and professor, College of Human Sciences and Education, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA. Moran is director of the George H. Heyman, Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising, NYU, New York, NY. Miller is senior development officer, College of Human Sciences and Education, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA. Lee is executive director, American Kinesiology Association, Baton Rouge, LA.