University of Notre Dame Leverages Kintera Technology to Deliver Next-Generation Alumni Engagement, Social Networking
University Relies on Kintera’s Security and Flexibility for Engaging More Than 120,000 Graduates Online
SAN DIEGO--Kintera,® Inc. (NASDAQ:KNTA) today announced the University of Notre Dame is delivering a next-generation alumni experience, including sophisticated social networking and engagement capabilities, to approximately 120,000 graduates active in more than 300 alumni clubs, classes and affinity groups worldwide using the Kintera Sphere® platform.
A thought leader in engaging alumni, Notre Dame has expanded beyond a traditional alumni directory to provide alumni with advanced social networking at http://alumni.nd.edu. Graduates can create, update and link to personal Web pages to stay connected with friends and the university. In addition, alumni can access advanced career and professional networking resources such as personalized online job searches, custom job boards and mentorship opportunities.
“We originally selected Kintera for the sophisticated functionality and flexibility of its Alumni Engagement Center™, which will drive Notre Dame’s success and thought leadership in engaging alumni online. In addition, Kintera’s state-of-the-art data security measures, such as PCI and SAS 70 Type II compliance, are vital when creating a system that is as secure as it is functional,” said Chuck Lennon, executive director of the Notre Dame Alumni Association. “Notre Dame also benefits from instant access to new and updated alumni data by developing data integration with the University’s SunGard Banner and Advance databases.”
Notre Dame also has enhanced the online alumni experience by offering graduates e-mail forwarding, a Notre Dame football ticket consignment service and the ability for donors to view their recent giving. The University is also using Kintera’s virtual account technology to provide customizable data access rights and privileges for the 2,000 data segments in its database. For example, the president of a geographically-based Notre Dame club can access and manage alumni data for that specific club, as well as manage communications and the local club Web site.
“Notre Dame is a key example of how universities can use the Kintera Sphere platform to leverage social networking and online stewardship to enrich the alumni experience. In addition, Kintera’s flexibility can scale to meet the needs of one of the world’s largest, most prestigious and complex alumni networks,” said Richard N. LaBarbera, Kintera CEO. “The security afforded by Kintera’s infrastructure and controls also provides peace of mind that the personal data and giving information of Notre Dame’s 120,000 graduates is protected against security breaches.”
The Kintera Alumni Engagement Center provides easy-to-use and cost-effective content management, communications and online directory tools that drive lifetime alumni engagement, foster online social networking and relationship development, and create compelling and convenient opportunities for communication with and among alumni. Kintera’s integrated CRM features ensure the institution’s message is relevant, timely and personalized.
Kintera and Notre Dame are co-hosting a Webinar to highlight best practices in online alumni engagement, as well as how to leverage social networking among alumni. The Webinar will take place on July 17, 2007 at 1 p.m. Pacific/4 p.m. Eastern and July 20, 2007 at 10 a.m. Pacific/1 p.m. Eastern. To learn more about the Webinar, visit www.kintera.com/webinars.
For more information about the University of Notre Dame Alumni Association, visit http://alumni.nd.edu. For more information about Kintera’s Alumni Engagement Center and other resources for educational institutions, visit www.kintera.com/ed.
About Kintera, Inc.
Kintera®, Inc. (NASDAQ:KNTA) provides software as a service to help organizations quickly and easily reach more people, raise more money and run more efficiently. The Kintera Sphere® technology platform empowers The Giving Experience™, and features a social constituent relationship management (CRM) system, enabling donor management, e-mail and communications, Web sites, events, advocacy programs, wealth screening and accounting.
For more information about Kintera software and services, visit www.kintera.com.
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