Round Table Success: 27 April, Meeting in London

My recent Round Table meeting in London attracted Heads, Deputy Heads, Governors, and both experienced and inexperienced Development Directors. The result was a lively and informative discussion of issues surrounding major gift fundraising in schools, in a relaxed and candid atmosphere and importantly, behind closed doors!  The real situations and role...

All Sorts

During the past week I gave two workshops at the Catholic Independent Schools Conference in Oxford with both sessions very well attended.  The interest in Development & Fundraising is clearly now well up on the agenda for those schools that have previously not seen this as a priority. A visit...

My Inner Circle

Delighted to have a group of influential, successful and experienced colleagues as part of my Inner Circle – my advisory council! Peter Habel, Elke Ho, David Sloggett, Janine Jackson, Nate Poerio, Nicole Muir, Delwin Groves, Sue Doyle and Simon Marriott.

Managing Major Fundraising Campaigns

Once a school has determined it is well positioned to embark on a major fundraising campaign (either from a positive feasibility study or from previous fundraising experience), the way forward requires a strict and disciplined approach.  Campaigns that have failed in the past, will generally have taken a less than...

Bring on 2016 . . .

A busy and satisfying 2015: working with a variety of schools in the UK & Europe on different projects & having a direct impact on bringing about change to assist development growth.  In the Netherlands, since being engaged, the marketing strategy has helped pupil numbers grow well in excess of expectations from 1350 to nearly 1600....

Never Too Old to Learn!

Yesterday was a good day.  I wanted to get some advice on a matter of importance to do with my consulting work with schools; so there was no other alternative but to call my great mentor who I have known and worked with for over 20 years. And yes, his...

Finding Your Allies!

Development work can be lonely especially in schools where our colleagues are teaching and we might have a ‘small shop’ development department.  The mysteries of what our work entails can be confusing to many people and so it is vital to find allies who we can lean on for moral...