Funding innovators of the future
One of the biggest goals for all universities is to create an environment that promotes learning and success for students. Schools accomplish this by providing cutting-edge facilities, innovative research opportunities and top faculty advisors. Generous donations are one of the keys to reaching these goals while still keeping the doors open for any student eager to learn, no matter what their financial background.
The Iowa State University (ISU) Foundation is an organisation dedicated to raising funds that support students, faculty, buildings and programmes at Iowa State University. Gifts made to ISU through the foundation have made a significant impact on the university experience, from fellowships and professorships that help attract and retain faculty who are making impacts in their fields to scholarships that help students focus on their studies.
“The Iowa State University Foundation is much more than just a fundraising organisation for ISU,” says Dave Thalacker, Ph.D., Senior Director of IT Operations and Network Security. “We also work with donors and the university to make sure that donors’ generous gifts are used in a way that is meaningful to them. A family might want to honour the life of an ISU graduate and animal lover with a donation to the College of Veterinary Medicine. We work with the College to make sure that the gift can be used to make an immediate impact on students, teachers and the community.”
The key to developing meaningful and useful gifts is clear communication. This includes communication with donors, ISU and any other stakeholders, but also with parties involved in maintaining compliance for these monetary donations. As a result, each donation involves a large amount of unique paperwork and signed approval from numerous stakeholders.
As part of a larger automation and digital transformation initiative, the foundation decided that implementing an electronic signature solution could help to modernise and streamline this donor compliance workflow. Adobe Sign, the electronic signature solution within Adobe Document Cloud, quickly fit into the workflows and improved turnaround times and compliance while reducing waste.
“Adobe Sign is the linchpin of our new digital workflow,” says Thalacker. “With its strong integrations with existing Microsoft tools and processes, we’re maximising investments and seeing returns very quickly.”