The needs assessment survey was designed to understand what alumnae interests and practices when it comes to the Palmer Society. Sponsored by the Leadership Council, questions served both the Palmer Society Actives' and the new Leadership Council's interests and were openly shared and discussed among the leadership of both groups.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey. The winner of our random drawing for a $50 gift Target card among the members who fill out the survey by December 7, 2012 is Gaby Gutierrez '12. Thank you!
In 2012, 111 Palmer alumnae, representing classes from 1940 – 2011 participated in a needs assessment survey.
Eighty-eight percent of respondents are not willing to pay additional homecoming brunch costs to cover the expense of receiving a printed invite. Homecoming invitations currently account for 25 percent of the cost of homecoming brunch.
Growing and overseeing the endowed scholarship has strong support from the respondents. People would prefer to grow the scholarship through a renewed giving campaign with a target goal rather than hosting small event fund raisers.
Nearly all respondents want to receive communications from the society. The most preferred methods of communication are email, the website, and Facebook.
There is high interest in networking and job mentoring within Palmers. The interest is especially high among recent alumnae. More respondents would be willing to serve as a mentor than receive mentoring.
More alumnae would like to meet socially than those who are currently meeting with other alumnae. This is also true for non-local respondents.
Interest in community service events is highest among recent alumnae. Most would prefer participating in an existing cause than creating a unique project.
Both out-of-area and local respondents expressed some interest in providing service to Palmer alumnae. Respondents were split on whether they would contribute financial support for alumnae needs (events, communications needs, etc.).
Make sure we have your current active email address. Based on the feedback from the survey, we will be moving to e-invites for homecoming brunch beginning this year. Printed invites will be sent to those celebrating reunion years, Graduates of the Last Decade, repeat attendees, and by request. Moving to e-invites will allow brunch costs to rise more slowly – and will make our event greener to boot.
Let us know if you want to join the Leadership Council. In September committees will form to respond to the alumnae needs highlighted in this survey. Alumnae are welcome to participate regardless of location or graduation year. Interested? Please send us an email with your preferred areas of interest