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Alumni mentoring as a bridge to philanthropy.

Gallo, M. and Cownie, F., 2019. Alumni mentoring as a bridge to philanthropy. In: European Research Network on Philanthropy 9th International Conference, 3-4 July 2019, Basel , Switzerland.

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This conceptual paper examines the philanthropic value of alumni mentorship programmes. Through the review of literature on alumni mentorship, this paper argues that participation in alumni mentoring provides a bridge to philanthropic awareness and giving on a corporate and individual level. Co-operative strategies between graduate employers, higher education institutions (HEIs) and alumni mentors create an environment of multiple beneficiaries to alumni mentorship. Alongside student or recent alumni mentees who benefit from career advice and mentorship, mentoring schemes normalize giving back to one’s alma mater. Alumni mentors benefit by building their own professional development and leadership skills. Industry partners, who encourage alumni to become mentors, benefit from developing mentoring and early coaching skills within their graduate employees while enhancing their corporate social responsibility (CSR) profile. HEIs also benefit by building affinity, re-engaging alumni in the institution and translating alumni engagement into support for the institutional goals. This project seeks early conceptual underpinning for a future research project to explore alumni mentorship contributing to an employment and educational environment that promotes philanthropy.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:alumni; mentorship; corporate social responsibility; institutional advancement
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:32489
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:03 Jul 2019 10:39
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:16


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