Eight State Councils Awarded Grants to Support Fundraising, Marketing

CIC awarded eight State Councils a total of $95,350 in Capacity- Building Grants in March to enhance their fundraising capacity, research and data initiatives, and marketing efforts, among other projects. The grants do not require matching funds.

“We received an especially strong set of applications this year,” noted Carol Schuler, CIC vice president for State Council programs. “The selection committee was delighted by the quantity and the quality of the State Council proposals and made careful decisions about how best to leverage the grant investment.”

The grants are designed to help small staffs develop new approaches to fundraising and marketing efforts and will support the following projects:

  • Associated Colleges of Illinois (ACI) will identify, cultivate, and build relationships with top public and private corporations that currently employ a significant number of graduates of ACI member colleges and universities. The data-based project will include research to identify employment rates of Illinois’s private college graduates at Illinois corporations.

  • Independent College Fund of New Jersey will redesign its website to incorporate new branding and communicate donor priorities that were revealed through a recent strategic planning process.

  • Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas Foundation will develop a sustainable fundraising plan and form a Business Resource Council that will work closely with staff to increase fundraising capacity.

  • Independent Colleges of Washington will conduct a brand audit and develop new branding and marketing materials.

  • The Iowa College Foundation will develop a mobile app that will improve receipt of online gifts, expand communications with donors, and include search features for internship and employment opportunities in Iowa.

  • The Louisiana Independent College Fund will create a video to support a new fundraising strategy and improve statewide messaging to Louisiana corporations. The video will illustrate how gifts to private higher education lead to successful outcomes among private college graduates.

  • The Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities will create a new suite of marketing materials to support its Initiate Pipeline Project that is designed to enhance giving to private colleges from five industry sectors in Oregon.

  • West Virginia Independent Colleges and Universities will reinvigorate its fundraising program through new marketing materials, a redesigned website, and a fresh approach to donor research.

The Capacity-Building Grant Program is one of five annual funding initiatives that CIC offers to State Councils. The others are the CIC/UPS Scholarships Program, Scholarship Challenge Grants, First Opportunity Partners Program, and National Venture Fund Grants. For additional information, contact Carol Schuler at cschuler@cic.nche.edu or (202) 466-7230.

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2019 CIC State Councils Annual Conference


"Bridging the Future"


September 10–12, 2019
Hotel Monaco
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The conference will examine key issues and successful programs designed to help State Councils adopt innovative best practices and strengthen member institutions through fundraising and collaborative programming.

Keynote Speaker

Sue Cunningham, President and CEO, Council for Advancement and Support of Education

More information about the conference and online registration will be available in early May at the CIC State Councils site.


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