I've been the CIO for colleges that were able to raise funds for technology
infrastructure projects (networking, hardware, major software purchases,
etc). Funding has come from individuals, corporations (which might provide
money, software, or hardware), foundations, and federal grants. In most
cases, nothing bore the donor's name.
In each case, however, the funding didn't come from tossing a proposal in
the mail to a stranger. The money came directly from, or via the help of,
trustees, alumni, legislators, or other influential individuals who could
make the institutions' case to the funders. That meant that the institution
had to make the project a funding priority and the Development Office had to
commit resources to cultivation and solicitation.
Robert L. Weiner Consulting
Providing Strategic Technology Consulting to Nonprofits and Education
San Francisco, CA
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Sent: Friday, September 20, 2002 9:09 AM
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Subject: [CIO] fund raising for technology projects
I am curious about something. We are in the middle of the design phase for
a new classroom building. As the plans solidify, our development staff are
starting to nail down plans for naming opportunities and other parts of the
At the same time, I'm trying to clean up our ERP systems. Money is a big
issue, as always. So I wonder, has anybody successfully funded a major
capital technology initiative via a fundraising campaign, or even just one
or two big donors? Conventional wisdom states that donors are looking for
something physical to attach their name to. But I wonder if anybody has
tried this if so what the results were.
Kyle Barger Manager of Computing & Telecom Services
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