Blogpost: Legendary Musician Update on Nate Mueting

Nathan Mueting

We caught up with Legendary Musician, Nate Mueting, on his National Forum experience and his future plans. Read on to see where he’s off to next!

 What brought you to have an interest in the field of philanthropy in the first place? 

I had always had an interest in the administrative side of higher education, but my first introduction to philanthropy was in the Philanthropy and Higher Education course. I was really interested in the idea that there are some areas where public and private support is not enough and that philanthropy helps to fill in those gaps. Before that class, I did not realize how big a role philanthropy plays in society.

What role did your coursework play in helping you to understand the philosophies that gird the field? Is there a reading or an experience that stands out for you?

The coursework helped me to understand the larger picture of higher education and philanthropy. There are many ways that both sides affect the other. The readings about transformational versus transactional relationships also helped me to understand the relationship foundations and philanthropists can have with universities, especially when dealing with major donations or grants.

What were your internship roles while in the MA program and how did they help you prepare for what you plan to do?

I had three internships while in the program, one at the business school, one in an alumni relations/development position at The Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR) and then at the National Forum on the Finance and Stewardship team. All were great experiences. IGR had not done much alumni relations or fundraising, and I was able to lead the start of those efforts and felt like I contributed a lot. I also learned a lot working on the F&S team at the Forum. I know learning about grant writing and stewardship will be helpful as I start my career, but what might be more important (and what I think is emphasized at the Forum) is learning how to work collaboratively in those processes. Working in advancement and development, or anywhere within higher education, requires collaboration and building relationships with many people and I think my experience at the Forum will really help with that.

Is there something in the National Forum’s work culture you would like to take with you? Any advice for someone that might follow you in what you are leaving behind?

A couple things from the National Forum’s culture that I would like to take with me is the collaborative environment. Each team works closely with each other and the members are also accountable to each other. I think that makes for a really rewarding experience, especially at the conclusion of a project. Everyone at the Forum is also eager to help out, so any advice I give to someone new would be to ask questions. You’ll be able to jump into the work quicker and won’t have to re-invent the wheel.

Tell us about your new job? What will you be doing? How does this relate to your longer career goals?

My new title is Alumni Relations Manager at the Ross School. I will be working on programs to engage alumni as well as to encourage participation and demonstrate stewardship with the annual fund. I would like to continue in university advancement whether that be alumni affairs, development, business engagement, or anther area. With this role, I will be able to see a little bit of all those areas and better determine what I would like to do next.

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