Chartered Communities

Delivering a rock-solid and consistent IU experience

Together, we’ve got this: bringing alumni together to support IU and one another. IUAA chartered communities are at the heart of this mission, serving as the faces of IU and the IUAA. We welcome, connect, rally, serve, lead, and deliver IU to our members and prospective members.

The IUAA Chartered Communities Program is a framework of operational standards and programs designed to support strong, vital alumni communities and create the best possible member experience.

The program consists of three elements: one set of charter requirements and two sets of campaigns.

Elements of the Chartered Community Program

Charter requirements

Basic operational standards that each community completes annually to maintain charter status

Core campaigns

Four key campaigns in which all chartered communities are required to participate

Optional campaigns

Supplemental campaigns that communities may participate in to further engage alumni

Charter requirements

Each community is required to meet basic operational requirements to maintain its charter. Think of the requirements as the nuts and bolts of managing a community. The IUAA charters the following types of communities:

  • Affiliate communities: Groups that share a common bond of self-identity or experience. For example, IUAA charters the Latino Alumni Association for people who identify as Latino and the Marching Hundred Alumni Association for people who were part of the Marching Hundred marching band.
  • Constituent communities: Constituent groups organize around the academic school or regional campus through which they matriculate. For example, The Media School Alumni Association.
  • Geographic communities: These communities are defined by where alumni live. For example, the Johnson County chapter.

» Charter requirements serve alumni and IU by assuring them that IUAA is handling their data, their contributions, and their identities in a consistent and responsible way.

 

Scholarship Campaign

Help members support future alumni by celebrating student recipients or fundraising for the account. Don’t have a scholarship? Your staff liaison can help identify a worthy program. Learn more about Alumni Scholarships

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Welcome To Campaign

It’s so important to make people feel welcome. Making someone feel like they belong goes a long way. In-person meeting or a virtual hello—however you want to share your IU hospitality!

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IU Day Campaign

All day, all IU. Participate in crowdfunding initiatives, service projects, or host a special event on the day to celebrate our alma mater. It’s never too early to start planning! Learn more about IU Day

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Trustee Election Campaign

As graduates of IU, we have the privilege to elect three IU trustees. Advocate and promote the election, encourage all graduates to vote, and urge qualified candidates to run. Learn more about the IU Trustee Election

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Go Above and Beyond

These optional campaigns go beyond the core campaigns and help grow the IUAA member experience.

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Training, Resources, Reporting, and Recognition

Training

Training is a key marker of success for chartered community leaders. IUAA offers a variety of training opportunities, such as the annual Cream & Crimson Alumni Weekend, webcasts and online training, one-on-one coaching with staff liaisons, group conversations with other alumni leaders, as well as other IUAA staff expertise and support.

Resources

When a chartered community fulfills its charter requirements and moves to the core campaigns, IUAA offers additional resources. These range from virtual resources (like social media graphics and sample email or post copy) to physical resources (like banners, shirts, and event décor.)

Reporting

Tell your story! Group leaders are asked to complete a simple reporting template after each event to help track success. By following a reporting template, it’s easier to celebrate successes and identify ways to help. IUAA offers metrics for groups to track and a simple dashboard to measure progress:

  • Participation How many people attended your event and how many IUAA paid members are a part of your community
  • Revenue Income generated by your group through sources like donations, dues, and event registrations
  • Satisfaction Check-in and survey your alumni leadership following a campaign

Awards

Let’s celebrate! The Chartered Communities Recognition Program will acknowledge your group’s completion of the charter requirements and participation in the core campaigns by honoring you during Cream and Crimson Weekend each year.