To boost both engagement and giving at alumni events, college and university leaders should pay attention to such details as location and hiring the right speaker, Garrett Huddy, with the event management platform Attend, suggests in this commentary. Administrators also should aim to get direct feedback from alumni both before and after events, and use the data to invite the most generous donors to more events, he suggests.
When this year’s UEFA Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund kicks off Saturday, it will be the culmination of a months-long tournament among Europe's top soccer clubs. But from a financial perspective, the Champions League is not just a European affair. Nearly 200 million people worldwide watched the final in previous years, with around 2 million of those viewers residing in the U.S. The annual estimated gross commercial revenue expected from the 2012/2013 UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Super Cup is about $1.73 billion, according to UEFA.
Some students in Pakistan are receiving free cooking oil and food at school as part of a U.N. programme designed to increase school attendance among girls through incentives. Officials say that attendance in schools offering the programme is up 62% since 1998 among girls, and their enrollment has risen 25%.
Historic landmarks and museums like Monticello and the Boston Freedom Trail are using podcasts to reach a far-flung audience and hopefully boost attendance. Colonial Williamsburg, in Virginia, for example, hired former NBC News anchor Lloyd Dobyns to conduct podcast interviews with its artisans, historians and tour guides.