As part of our new, inclusive membership model, VCU Alumni's five-year strategic plan, ELEVATE, encourages lifelong engagement with all graduates. ELEVATE is an acronym for Expanding Leadership, Enrichment and Volunteerism for Alumni Through Engagement.
Developed by Virginia Commonwealth University leadership, VCU Alumni staff and key alumni volunteers following the university’s first exhaustive alumni survey, ELEVATE guides the work of all alumni engagement throughout VCU. The plan outlines the specific strategies and tactics that will be employed in the coming years to:
Enhance the outreach, legacy and recognition programming already underway.
Grow new initiatives in areas focused on career development, professional networking and lifelong learning.
Grow new volunteer roles for alumni.
Focus staff time and programming on the recruitment, training, retention and stewardship of volunteer leaders.
Build new business partnerships and find new opportunities for mutually beneficial collaboration.
Build a culture of philanthropy in which every alumni volunteer is also a donor.
And that is just the beginning. Everything we do will have one shared outcome: to elevate the alumni experience.
So, how can you get involved?
Promote Stay up-to-date and share content about university news, initiatives and events through email and social media. Wear black and gold!
Attend Actively participate (in person or online), use resources and connect with students, fellow alumni and VCU. Encourage others to attend, too.
Volunteer Donate your time and personal and professional talents to VCU, our students and our community, whether it's through a one-time project or an ongoing opportunity. Learn more about volunteering.
Invest Give back to your alma mater with a philanthropic gift as part of the Make It Real Campaign for VCU. Your annual gift, of any amount, has the power to change lives.