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The Organizational Advancement Unit provides tools, training and support to increase visibility and generate support for Iowa State University and ISU Extension and Outreach. Check out the resources we have available and let us know what else you'd like to see.

Find out how your Organizational Advancement "coach" can help make your advancement efforts more efficient and effective!

New from Advancement

Regional Professional Development Workshops

The Advancement team is partnering with Professional Development to provide regional training on branding and social media. Other upcoming training sessions offered by Professional Development include effective adult learning and Crucial Conversations.

Registration and event details

Branding Boot Camp - Learn how local and statewide branding efforts can be combined to establish brand consistency.

  • April 14 - Sac County
  • April 15 - Cass County
  • April 21 - Polk County
  • April 27 - Johnson County
  • April 28 - Winneshiek County

Social Media - Learn the secrets to succeed on multiple social media platforms, including video

  • April 30 - Wapello County
  • May 1 - Linn County
  • May 28 - East Pottawattamie County
  • June 1 - Cerro Gordo County
  • June 3 - Polk County
  • July 20 - Woodbury County
  • August 31 - Scott County


Custom Apparel for Council Members

Through April 30 county council members can order ISU Extension and Outreach personal apparel customized with Council Member* under the wordmark. Council members can place their orders through the Extension Online Store, indicating style, size and color. (Each style has a downloadable PDF size chart, so double check which size you need to order.) There will be a small shipping charge and items will be sent to your respective county for distribution. Payment can be made online by personal credit card or by mailing a check.

When ordering, please add the Council Member imprint option to the cart for each item ordered. The order window will close April 30, 2015. Allow two weeks production time. Orders will be shipped mid-May. Please contact Natasha Neal,, with questions.

*County names will not be added to avoid redundancy with council nametags.


Engage Iowans with Eye-Catching Display

If you have year-end dollars to spend on Advancement resources, consider purchasing a new display such as the one shown. This stand-alone floor model features panels that are customizable and easily interchangeable for your event or program needs. It includes a tabletop that you can use for publications, resources or promotional items. The display is appropriately branded, which helps build awareness of ISU Extension and Outreach at events. Prices range from $1,000-5,000. For specifications, contact Lora Vest,


Telling Our Story Through Images

Looking for a photo to help tell our story? Look no further than our newly redesigned SmugMug site. The site now includes 24 image galleries, including staff photos, STEM, 4-H events, Strengthening Families, field days and more. New galleries will be added as images become available. Galleries are organized by event; click on a folder to see thumbnails of the images in that folder. Photos also are searchable by keyword. For example, if you want a picture of Cy, type "Cy" into the search box and any photo that Cy is in will appear.


ISU Extension and Outreach Week

From campus to each corner of the state, our staff and supporters made ISU Extension and Outreach Week, March 22-28, 2015, one to remember.

  • Banners on Morrill Road and a marquee sign at the Memorial Union
  • Canned food and clothing drives
  • Open houses, pancake breakfasts and gift baskets to thank partners and supporters
  • Window and community displays, social  medial contests
  • TV and radio interviews and feature articles
  • Surprise visits and pizza from our very own Vice President Cathann Kress

Whatever you did to celebrate, thank you! Your participation and enthusiasm were key to sharing how we are everywhere for Iowans as their lifelong partner. ISU Extension and Outreach Week will be back next year, so mark your calendars now for March 28 - April 2, 2016.

Coming Soon - A statewide summary of 2015 activities



It was a turnout for the ages! 480 staff and council members attended the ISU Extension and Outreach Annual Conference on March 10. Together, we learned about extraordinary service, our people, our legacy and our lifelong partnership with the people of Iowa. If you missed the action or social media that day, search Twitter for #BestJobEver. Here are some other resources that tell our Annual Conference story.


Organizational Overview

We've recently updated two of the organizational overview pieces available in our Playbook.

  • Evolution of Extension and Outreach - explains federal and state extension laws and funding
  • One-page overview - explains our purpose and impact and how extension aligns with Iowa State University colleges


    Dates to Remember 
    • March 28 - April 2, 2016 - ISU Extension and Outreach Week


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