The University of La Verne recently announced it received a $1 million gift from the Fletcher Jones Foundation to fund an endowed professorship in artificial intelligence. With the job market’s insatiable demand for candidates trained in AI, the hope is to develop an AI program that prepares La Verne students so they can land jobs right out of college.
“One of the primary drivers of change and progress in the job market and preparing for the job market is the role of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence. This gift from the Fletcher Jones Foundation will help clarify the enormous impact that AI will have upon the economy, jobs, and the students at the University of La Verne,” said Sherri Mylott, Vice President of University Advancement at La Verne.
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This is not La Verne’s first foray into AI. In fact, Mylott and her Advancement team use Gravyty’s patented AI to build meaningful relationships with donors and prospects every day.
“It’s 2022 and our advancement shops typically look similar to the way they did in 2019. But if we were to take a closer look, we’d see that we need to change to support our institution’s philanthropic missions. Artificial intelligence is a tool we didn’t have before that empowers us to inspire our donors at scale,” explained Mylott.
Much like the students La Verne leadership hopes to inspire through AI, Mylott had a vision for how Gravyty and AI could transform fundraising for the university. She understood that if she could increase the capacity of the fundraisers on her team – that is, empower them to manage more donors with high-quality personalized touchpoints – then she could not only impact giving today but lay the groundwork for the university’s advancement strategy for decades to come.
“With Gravyty and AI, we’re expanding beyond our current group of managed donors and building the future mid-level and major giving pipeline.” - Sherri Mylott
Now, via the Fletcher Jones Foundation, the University of La Verne hopes that its students will fill the world with similar AI solutions that expand human capacity, improve our lives, and generate outcomes that last for generations.
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