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Advancement Matters

Date: June 24, 2024

This week the Dean’s Commentary reflects Institutional Advancement’s (IA) work, mission, and ministry. Stick with us through Friday to read what’s happening, what’s changed, and what is coming.

IA includes Alumni and Church Relations and Development. We work closely with the communication team as we develop relationships that, over time, bring financial support to VTS.

The development side of IA includes the Annual Fund, our planned giving legacy society, and all other giving. We manage gift processing and donor acknowledgment daily. A solid and robust database is critical to this work. We use Raiser’s Edge, which houses contact and giving information for our constituents (alumni, friends, parishes, dioceses, foundations, and organizations).

The Alumni and Church Relations office is the “go-to” place for our 3,300 alumni. It also handles alumni volunteer leadership groups, including the Class Stewards and the Alumni Association Executive Committee (AAEC), placement activities, and other activities such as the annual Alumni Convocation.

We manage many special events as a team, including last October’s four-day Bicentenary, the Advent III events that honored our beloved Ellen Hawkins as the Dean’s Cross recipient, and May’s honorary degree dinner. We are in the middle of General Convention work—the months of planning are coming to life in Louisville, KY. (Tomorrow’s commentary will provide updates on VTS at General Convention.)

IA is more than just a department, it’s a collective effort. We take pride in our work with both internal and external constituents, embodying the spirit of VTS. Our shared commitment to the broad VTS community is what drives us forward.

Linda L. Dienno, MSc
Vice President for Institutional Advancement

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