leadership in volunteering and giving

strategic planning and fundraising counsel

We serve colleges, universities, independent schools, nonprofits, and church institutions. MORE


We inspire innovative thinking to advance the aspirations of donors and volunteers. MORE


We facilitate the planning to renew the organization. We identify, cultivate and engage new leaders. MORE


strategic planning

Creating a culture of mutual respect, openness, communication, and collaboration among many stakeholder groups.

planning counsel

We work side-by-side with professional staff and key volunteers, counseling and facilitating, but vesting ownership with internal stakeholders.

development audits

Before organizations can determine where they are going they have to know where they have been.

fundraising counsel

We provide right-fit fundraising strategies for start-up as well as mature organizations.

planning design

Create the staff and volunteer structures necessary to launch new program initiatives.

leadership forums

Facilitate in-depth discussions of the dynamics of leadership to prepare volunteers to be great leaders.


Host workshops to inspire social innovation and entrepreneurship among volunteers.

inspirational talks

Transformational ideas that work. Inspire alumni to give their time, talent, and treasure.

executive coaching

Coach staff and volunteer leaders to manage change creatively and effectively.

leadership pipelines

A structure process for Identifying, cultivating, engaging and recognizing great leaders.

whom we help


Universities, colleges, and schools


Universities, colleges, and schools


Churches and their institutions


The nonprofit organizations

ideas that work

examples of alumni-inspired initiatives

community service

Not one day, but every day. Thousands of alumni changing lives.

Celebrated on one day every year since 2007, but recognizing the year-long volunteer service efforts of thousands of Yale alumni, the Day of Service marks the occasion when Yale alumni give back to their local communities. Over the past nine years Yale Clubs and regional alumni associations have partnered with more than a thousand local nonprofits and NGOs around the world. Wishing to convey their love of this tradition of alumni giving, Honorary Chairs of the Yale Day of Service have included Presidents George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton; former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
Alumni Chorus and orchestra

Musical ambassadors changing lives through the power of song. Hundreds of singers, 20 international concert tours. Collaborating with world leading artists.

In 1997 Mr. Dollhopf founded the Yale Alumni Chorus and its Foundation a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering international goodwill through creative, innovative, and inspiring collaborations among Yale alumni and world leading performers and performing arts organizations. YAC has staged 16 major international concert tours and festivals including collaborations with conductors Valery Gergiev and the Kirov Orchestra and Rotterdam Philharmonic, Constantine Orbelian and the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Muhai Tang and the Shanghai National Broadcasting Symphony, Anton Nanut and the Brazil Symphony Orchestra, the Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London.
alumni service corps

Hands, hearts, and minds changing lives. 16 international service projects in the US and abroad. More than a thousand alumni, family, and friends reaching out to the disadvantaged. OPEN VIDEO

A “Peace Corps” like initiative, YASC affords alumni the opportunity to provide social and economic development assistance through cultural exchanges with people in disadvantaged and developing areas worldwide. Service Corps delegations of 20 to 200 conduct projects in local schools, coach youth sports, participate in construction projects, mentor small business owners, conduct medical and public health clinics, and provide college counseling. Since 2008 more than 1,000 alumni, family members, and friends have traveled to San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic; Monterrey, Mexico; Xiuning, China; Yamoransa, Ghana; and Kakelao, India.
global alumni leadership exchange

Strengthening universities around the world by inspiring alumni volunteering and giving. Sharing best practices of alumni relations and fundraising. Ten world tours, 250 universities.

Since 2008 YaleGALE has engaged thousands of staff and alumni from universities around the world in conferences, workshops, seminars, and mentoring programs to study and promote effective alumni relations. Members of the Yale delegations who travel abroad are experienced volunteer leaders in their classes, regional alumni associations, shared interest groups or graduate and professional schools. More than 250 leading universities have participated, among them Amsterdam, Ashoka (Iindai), Australia National, Bogaziçi (Turkey), Cambridge, Doshisha (Japan), Edinburgh, Fudan (China), Göttingen, Hebrew, IIT Bombay, IIT Madras, Istanbul, Kyoto, Peking, the Sorbonne, Tokyo, Tsinghua, and Zurich ETH.
Alumni Student Recruitment

Inspiring future college students. Alumni interviewers traveling abroad with a message. Stay in school. Come to the US

YASA is an opportunity for alumni who serve as admissions interviewers to travel abroad representing Yale and the United States through Education USA – a student recruitment program of the US State Department. Launched in May of 2014, forty Yale “ambassadors” traveled to Macedonia, Albania, and Serbia to mentor high school students and their parents about the advantages of a liberal arts education at a college or university in the United States. Future programs will be designed to send these volunteers to areas around the world not often visited by alumni admissions professionals, but where there are truly talented students who deserve to hear about all the alternatives for a college education.
Alumni College

Affordable six week seminars for alumni whose passion is life-long learning.

Alumni are passionate about learning, and they want to pursue it over a lifetime. For more than a century Yale has offered lectures by its faculty at reunions, class days, conferences, and regional alumni clubs. In 2011 AYA volunteers launched the Alumni College – not merely one-off lectures but also weekly seminars conducted over six weeks with no more than 20 alumni “students.” Assigned reading and vigorous classroom discussion create meaningful educational opportunities at a fraction of the cost of a semester course. Scores of Alumni College classes have been conducted in New Haven and New York, with more coming online in communities around the US.
Shared Interest Groups

Alumni that inspire others through shared identity, interest, and – most of all – passion! 150 at Yale and counting.


Students and Alumni at Yale. Starting early. Students learning about alumni engagement and leadership


Contact Us

Dollhopf Associates
507 Whitney Ave
New Haven CT 06511