By: Board of the EMEA Higher Education Advisory Council — Mike Page, Sergio Saldaña Prieto, and Peter Theunert

The year 2020 has been a unique challenge for the world. The higher education sector was not immune to virus disruption, with teaching, research, and day-to-day operations pivoting quickly to reach some form of stability. Whatever tomorrow’s world may look like, one thing is already clear to us: the pandemic and its aftermath are a catalyst for digitalization. 

The digital imperative at universities has increased dramatically. As we emerge from this crisis and evolve, we need to recognise the lessons learned, embrace the positive changes we’ve seen, and reimagine the next normal. This journey is best taken together, which is why we are seeking fellow change agents to join us as a member of the Higher Education Advisory Council (HEAC). Nominations are open now through December 14.

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By: Devi Thomas and Jon Fee

In homes everywhere, this is the time of year where there are lists for Santa, packages to mail to family, and stockings to stuff. Black Friday is all about getting ready for the holidays by snatching amazing deals wherever we can find them. But what if that deal included a gift to communities in need? In a year like this one, that’s a new deal worth celebrating.

2020 has changed everything — the way we eat out, the way we gather, how we shop, and the way we celebrate the holidays. This Black Friday, a holiday unto itself, we have a chance to start a new tradition with our families: helping our communities thrive while we shop.

While “Buy-AND-Help-Others Friday” doesn’t have the same ring to it, we do have an opportunity as consumers to combine our usual shopping patterns with support for nonprofits. … Read more

What began as a fundraising initiative with two nonprofits in New York City has made its way around the world, raising nearly $2 billion in 2019.

92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation started Giving Tuesday in 2012 as a response to the commercialization of the post-Thanksgiving season in the United States. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday top of mind for consumers and end-of-year fundraising top of mind for nonprofits, Giving Tuesday provides a way for nonprofits to tap into the spending frenzy—and heightened generosity—of the season by encouraging citizens to direct their spending power towards helping others. 

Giving Tuesday’s Global Growth

Eight years following Giving Tuesday’s inception, Giving Tuesday has become a global generosity movement and a staple of the charity fundraising calendar in Europe.

More than 70 countries are now participating in Giving Tuesday to engage their supporters and activate more volunteers, according to Charities … Read more

What do you do when your fundraising events have to be entirely reimagined? 

That’s the unenviable reality for many nonprofits around the world that have had to scramble to find creative alternatives to their in-person fundraisers during the coronavirus pandemic. These fundraisers by healthcare nonprofits have supported scientific research, care, advocacy, and more, ultimately changing countless lives of people in their communities. 

For the team at the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) — the nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of people with muscular dystrophy, ALS, and 40+ related diseases — COVID-19 brought many changes and led to a bold pivot to prepare the organization for a stronger long-term future.

The pandemic has been hard for everyone, but it’s been especially hard for the people MDA supports — members of the disability and neuromuscular disease community — who are among the most vulnerable. When the pandemic hit, it was imperative that … Read more

Long before the pandemic, universities have sought inspiration, best practices, and practical frameworks to embrace digital transformation. Taking the long view into the “next normal”, digital transformation increasingly becomes the digital imperative.

Long-term institution success within higher education is underpinned by a strong digital technology strategy, and increasingly we see that institutions are seeking guidance in developing tailored strategies to ensure lasting success and sustainability.

With that in mind, partnered with Jisc, Universities U.K., and Emerge Education on Digital at the Core: A 2030 Strategy Framework for University Leaders, a long-term strategy framework designed to empower higher education leaders to develop digital strategies.

A new framework uses perspectives from higher ed leaders on the benefits of a long-term strategic approach to digital transformation.

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The framework, which aims to help senior leaders realise the benefits of a long-term strategic approach to digital technology, includes perspectives and … Read more