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Office of the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement

Career Development

With so many advancement professionals joining our ranks from other professions training and professional development are imperative. Your success is important. We provide excellent training from several different perspectives.


New Hire Orientation for Advancement Professionals – “boot camp”

At this two-day workshop for new professionals we introduce you to the University of Illinois and the Advancement Community. It is a great opportunity to meet current advancement professionals from the U of I Foundation, the U of I Alumni Association and many of the college-based advancement programs.

Topics include:

  • the history of the University of Illinois
  • the advancement model
  • donor case studies,
  • group discussions and role play.

The workshop is held at Allerton Park in Monticello providing both time away from the every day and a chance to truly get to know other new professionals in the advancement community.


Training Seminars

One-hour training seminars are offered throughout the year on a host of topics including

  • How to qualify a prospect
  • How the endowment fund works
  • How to use the Foundation Research Department

These seminars are repeated through the year so you can participate as your schedule permits.


Advancement Community Brown Bag Lunches

Informal brown bag lunches are organized to help advancement colleagues share ideas and best practices. Anyone can submit a topic or suggest a local expert to join the conversation.


Professional Training Workshops

As new issues arise affecting our work, we contract with professional advancement training firms to provide continuing education on campus.


Annual Advancement Retreat

Generally lasting just a day, these sessions provide an opportunity to catch up with all of your campus colleagues. We typically feature national experts who present on topics related to advancement. Recent speakers including Judith Nichols and Penelope Burke.


Professional Conferences

Your home college or unit is encouraged to send you to national and regional conferences such as



We assign you to a professional mentor that is appropriate to your level of experience. This person serves as an additional resource for you outside your home unit.


Association of Fundraising Professionals

The East Central Illinois Chapter of AFP offers a chance to interact with other non-profit organizations in the community during monthly luncheons and special seminars throughout the year.


Life-long Learning

We educate thousands of students every year and our staff is often among those bettering their life through learning. Learn more here and here.