Founded in 1904, Wentworth Institute of Technology offers a comprehensive, interdisciplinary, project-based education in engineering, technology, design and management. In the past 50 years, Wentworth has grown from an Associate’s Degree-awarding institution attended by Boston-area, first-generation college students to a Master’s Degree-granting institution which attracts students from 31 states and approximately 50 different countries. WIT enjoys a strong reputation among its 38,000 graduates and many employers as an educational institution that provides a high value education at an affordable price, enabling graduates to enter the work force extremely well prepared and possessing a strong work ethic. Despite this strong affinity for Wentworth, the institution sought to strengthen its culture of philanthropy and alumni program to ensure continued growth.
In October 2012, Wentworth Institute of Technology hired Allison Picott and her former Wayland Group colleagues, Jim Kitendaugh and Lynne Cavanaugh, to conduct a Development Assessment in support of its Campus Master Plan and newly adopted Strategic Plan.
Areas of key recommendations include the development of an integrated institutional and philanthropic case for support incorporating Wentworth’s Campus Master Plan and Strategic Plan; the creation of a discrete, branded leadership Annual Giving Program; the establishment of a multi-faceted Alumni Program; the expansion of its adjunct board membership; and the introduction of a Corporate Partners Program.
Advancement Advisers is now working closely with President Zorica Pantić, members of the Institutional Advancement Office, and other key staff and board members on implementation strategies for these and other recommendations.