Below you'll find everything you need to know to help you succeed in your important role as an NYU alumni volunteer.
Toolkit for Volunteering with NYU Alumni
Please use the resources on this site as your principal toolkit for volunteer operations. It includes the following information:
- Detailed information about services and programs available to alumni via the NYUAA
- Contact information for Office of Alumni Relations staff partners who work with alumni volunteers
- Information specific to each volunteer opportunity
- Guidelines for planning events
- Frequently asked questions
- Admissions | NYU Torchbearers
Assistant Director of Admissions, Office of Undergraduate Admissions
- Alumni Board & Advisory Committees
Senior Director, Volunteer Engagement
- NYU Alumni Clubs
Senior Director, Volunteer Engagement
- #ViralViolets (Social Media Ambassadors)
Associate Director, Alumni Communications
NYU Alumni Association
The NYU Alumni Association (NYUAA) is the umbrella organization for all University alumni from every NYU school. With a network of more than 600,000 NYU alumni worldwide, membership in the NYUAA begins upon graduation, is free for life, and includes an array of alumni benefits.
Learn more about the NYUAA to help you market and promote the NYU Alumni Association and its programs, activities, events, and benefits to fellow alumni and students.
NYUAA Board of Directors & Advisory Committees
The NYUAA is led by an alumni volunteer Board of Directors, which includes representatives from all NYU schools and across the globe. The NYUAA Board works collaboratively with the Office of Alumni Relations to advise and develop strategies towards the organizational mission and advancement of NYU and its alumni.
NYUAA Board Advisory Committees consist of members of the NYUAA Board of Directors and other dedicated alumni volunteers. Committees meet 3–5 times throughout the Board year, which runs from September 1–August 31 annually.
If you are interested in serving on a committee, learn more.
As alumni, you have a unique and important perspective on the NYU experience and the value of the NYU degree. Torchbearers is a group of alumni volunteers who assist NYU’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions in recruiting superior undergraduate students. Each year, admissions counselors travel across the United States and the world to recruit new students, but we can't be everywhere. Therefore we need the help of knowledgeable and enthusiastic alumni.
NYU Alumni Clubs
NYU Alumni Clubs further the mission of the NYUAA: to build and sustain a lifelong relationship between the University and its alumni.
NYU Alumni Clubs are created and run by alumni volunteers who wish to reconnect with New York University and with fellow alumni in their region or through shared interests. Alumni Clubs recognize the power of networking and provide the community ongoing opportunities to share experiences and traditions, and to network during events and programs.
Can the NYU Alumni Relations Office send me a list of alumni in my city or in my affinity club?
No; the University is prohibited from releasing alumni contact information to third parties (including fellow alumni) without their express consent. The Alumni Relations Office complies with University policies and procedures.
However, all Alumni Clubs will receive an annual demographic report for alumni in their region or club. The report will detail a breakdown of alumni by city, graduation decade, and school or college. Also included will be the number of active email addresses for a specific region or club.
The Alumni Relations Office will send all email communications to your list on your behalf. Consult with your specific staff partner for the best strategy to reach your communication goals.
Will my Alumni Club receive an annual budget?
No; the NYU Alumni Relations Office supports 90+ Regional and Affinity Alumni Clubs. As such, it is not within our financial means to provide each club a dedicated, annual budget for program expenses.
However, Alumni Clubs may apply for funding on an ad hoc basis. For more detail, please contact your Alumni Relations staff partner directly.
Am I allowed to collect dues? Can I solicit fellow alumni?
No; Alumni Clubs are prohibited from collecting membership fees or dues. Alumni volunteers are also prohibited from soliciting fellow volunteers and alumni in any capacity.
Am I allowed to create social media accounts for my Alumni Club?
Yes; Alumni Club volunteers may request the creation of social media accounts through the NYU Office of Alumni Relations to further generate publicity for their clubs. In the case of LinkedIn groups, we ask that you use the official NYU Alumni Association LinkedIn group for all alumni.
As a standard practice, the NYU Web/ Communications team will create the following for each Alumni Club:
- A club webpage to direct alumni to the event registration pages, and their Facebook, and Flickr pages
- A Facebook page for event promotion and community discussion
- A Flickr account to post and share event photos
Read more about NYU Alumni Club Social Media Standards and Guidelines.
Will NYU staff attend my events and programs?
Generally, no; in an effort to be financially prudent, the NYU Office of Alumni Relations is unable to send a staff member to all of the 600+ events that occur annually throughout the US and across the globe. However, staff will provide dedicated support from afar and will travel to support signature events when possible.
Am I allowed to use money collected from entry fees to Alumni Club events to make a donation to external charities?
No. Donations to external charities with alumni fees is not allowed.