Alumni Relations

Engage alumni with meaningful volunteer opportunities

WisrConnect is a platform that engages alumni and funnels them toward volunteer opportunities.

Alumni who join select from a configurable set of volunteer items, such as:
  • Mentoring students as they explore careers
  • Serving as a resource for first-gen students
  • Offering internships to young alumni
  • Volunteering at fundraisers and reunions
  • Speaking on a panel or in a classroom

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Configurable goals and volunteer items

Members select from a customizable list of goals — things they need help with — and volunteer items — things they are interested in doing to help others. Collecting this information helps you understand how members are using the network and helps members find the support they need.

Personalized dashboard with next steps and member recommendations

Every member has a personalized dashboard with suggested next steps and recommended members. Next steps are personalized based on each member’s goals and offer tips on how to get the most out of the network. Recommended members are calculated based on factors like career goals, academic interests, educational background, and organization memberships. Together, next steps and recommended members ensure that everyone who joins the network knows exactly how to get started connecting.

Flexible search filters

A powerful search tool makes it easy to zero in on the right advisors. Members can filter by criteria like undergraduate major, employer, job title, city of residence, school affiliation, and volunteer items. For example, a recent graduate looking to pursue a career in business could isolate former econ majors who live in New York and are willing to discuss their career path.

Call scheduling with template-style agendas

The network bulldozes the common barriers that prevent members from reaching out to each other. Supplementing an easy to use chat feature, the built-in call scheduler makes it easy to plan a conversation. Members choose from a configurable list of reasons for reaching out, and the network automatically creates an introductory message template. They simply personalize a few lines of text and are ready to go with a well-written, professional call request.

Industry exploration tool

Younger alumni exploring careers have an easy way to find advisors in any industry. The visual industry explorer allows members to view experts in broad industries — like business and technology — or zoom in on narrower fields — like management consulting and computer engineering.

Communities to connect members with similar interests or affinities

Member-created communities provide an easy way to support groups with shared interests, identities, goals, and geographic locations. Some common real-life examples of communities include Future Entrepreneurs, First-Generation Students, Charity & Non-Profit Professionals, and Alumni in New York.

Mediated, forum-style discussions to support important conversations

Many members will have similar questions, so not all conversations on the network should be one-on-one. Forum-style discussions allow all members to collectively discuss questions and offer advice. Discussions within communities help members explore topics that are especially relevant to them. For example, Future Entrepreneurs might support a discussion about the best places to look for early-stage funding, or First-Generation Students might allow members to share tips for overcoming imposter syndrome.

Events to help members find ways to connect in person

This tool allows administrators and members to share events with people who might be interested. Events within communities can be related to the goal of the community or recent discussions. For example, a member could create an event for a pitch competition and share it in the Future Entrepreneurs community.
“Wisr has been the absolute best gateway conversation to talk to anyone. Anyone who’s involved with students and alumni is interested in Wisr. That has been very helpful opening up communication lines across campus. Wisr is also a great tool for getting young alumni engaged. They’ve responded well to serving as mentors for current students, and ideally their participation in Wisr will set the stage for increased engagement with the University as a whole.”
Linda Pantale, Assistant Director of Alumni Careers & Programs
University of Chicago

Key product benefits

Automate and scale manually intensive mentorship and volunteer programming

Provide more micro volunteering opportunities for alumni who are not near campus

Engage more young alumni with professional development and regional opportunities through Wisr’s digital networking and industry-matching

Capture a stream of updated professional and demographic data from alumni profiles for your advancement team

Incorporate admissions, academic, and career programming into a single destination for engaged alumni

Case studies at partner institutions

Case Western Reserve University

The challenge

With some alumni records dating back to before 1900, CWRU struggled to keep alumni information up to date. Incorrect email addresses, employment information, and cities of residence made it particularly difficult for CWRU to stay connected with alumni.

How Wisr helped

WisrConnect provided a unique opportunity to update contact records for engaged alumni. To date, nearly 3,000 alumni have joined CWRU’s WisrConnect platform, and about 70% of these members connected LinkedIn profiles to their accounts. The result: up to date information including preferred email addresses, full job histories, current employers and job titles, cities of residence, and willingness to volunteer.

University of Chicago

The challenge

The alumni relations team faced the challenge of providing relevant content for a large, diverse body of alumni.

How Wisr helped

To address this issue, UChicago used WisrConnect to provide existing communities with places to start relevant conversations and share interesting content. Students and alumni have organically formed communities for discussing topics from human rights to blockchain technology. Invite-only demographic communities, like those for LGBTQ+ students and men of color, provide safe spaces for sensitive conversations surrounding identity. The First-Generation College Students community has been among the most active, now approaching 100 members and housing discussions on topics like forming good study habits, getting the most out of office hours, balancing family with academics, and finding internships.

Oberlin College

The challenge

With new leadership, Oberlin College & Conservatory is on a mission to incorporate more experiential and career education for their students, while creating a ‘culture of advising’ among the alumni base.

How Wisr helped

Within 18 months of launch, Wisr’s platform had converted 10% of the entire living alumni base into active volunteers. Over 1,000 students and alumni have been directly connected, with an average meeting length of over 30 minutes. The platform has supported their alumni directory, peer mentorship, and career advising initiatives in one destination while being seamlessly integrated into Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge.

The challenge

With some alumni records dating back to before 1900, CWRU struggled to keep alumni information up to date. Incorrect email addresses, employment information, and cities of residence made it particularly difficult for CWRU to stay connected with alumni.

How Wisr helped

WisrConnect provided a unique opportunity to update contact records for engaged alumni. To date, nearly 3,000 alumni have joined CWRU’s WisrConnect platform, and about 70% of these members connected LinkedIn profiles to their accounts. The result: up to date information including preferred email addresses, full job histories, current employers and job titles, cities of residence, and willingness to volunteer.

The challenge

The alumni relations team faced the challenge of providing relevant content for a large, diverse body of alumni.

How Wisr helped

To address this issue, UChicago used WisrConnect to provide existing communities with places to start relevant conversations and share interesting content. Students and alumni have organically formed communities for discussing topics from human rights to blockchain technology. Invite-only demographic communities, like those for LGBTQ+ students and men of color, provide safe spaces for sensitive conversations surrounding identity. The First-Generation College Students community has been among the most active, now approaching 100 members and housing discussions on topics like forming good study habits, getting the most out of office hours, balancing family with academics, and finding internships.

The challenge

With new leadership, Oberlin College & Conservatory is on a mission to incorporate more experiential and career education for their students, while creating a ‘culture of advising’ among the alumni base.

How Wisr helped

Within 18 months of launch, Wisr’s platform had converted 10% of the entire living alumni base into active volunteers. Over 1,000 students and alumni have been directly connected, with an average meeting length of over 30 minutes. The platform has supported their alumni directory, peer mentorship, and career advising initiatives in one destination while being seamlessly integrated into Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge.

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White glove launch support and training

The Wisr team has years of experience in higher education with over 30 successful network launches and 100% partner retention. You will be welcomed to a powerful community of peer institutions and resources that goes far beyond simple setup and support.

30+ partner institutions

With over 30 successful implementations under our belts, we have developed a set of best practices to make sure your network becomes the go-to destination for networking and mentorship.

100% partner retention

The results speak for themselves. No partner has ever discontinued their Wisr network or switched over to a different vendor.

45K+ active members

Our job isn't over when your network is set up. We work with you every step of the way to make sure constituents on your campus are adopting the platform.

On-demand marketing support

We provide all partners with a marketing schedule guide, a dedicated account manager, and configurable engagement dashboards.

Extensive resource library

To make sure you get the most out of the network we give you a library of webinars, access to a community of hundreds of peer administrators, and a set of sample marketing assets.

In-person training events

Join us for free in-person summits run throughout the country for professional development and refining your on-campus strategy.

Ready to learn more about how your institution could use Wisr?

Wisr offers one-on-one consultation for Alumni Relations and Advancement departments. Past consulting projects range from mass-updating an alumni directory to designing re-engagement campaigns. Whether you’re facing a general challenge or struggling with an existing project, let us know what you’re working on, and we’ll let you know how we can help:

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