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Independent School Fundraising

Fundraising is one of the most promising ways for schools to diversify revenues, but parent giving rates are approaching their natural ceiling. EAB can help you expand and adapt your fundraising efforts to the next generation of donors and beyond.

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Independent School Executive Forum

Equipping school leaders with the research, strategies, and tools to address their most pressing challenges including financial sustainability, student wellness, fundraising and alumni engagement, professional development and more.
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Research & Insights

Advancement revenue composed 6.3% of total independent school revenues in 2015. While this figure might seem small, advancement remains the fastest-growing source of funding for many schools and represents a critical area for investment. Online and mobile giving are increasingly important parts of the advancement landscape. Both mediums are particularly popular among younger alumni, making…

Modern life is busy. Every day, people deal with a constant barrage of emails, calls, text messages, and other asks for their time and money. Their attention is spread thin. They make split-second decisions about where they will engage.A growing number of commentators have begun to realize that the scarcest commodity in the 21st century…

With growing concerns about economic and demographic changes, price of tuition, and questions of the value of independent school education, financial sustainability is an issue for independent schools. This brief highlights major factors that impact financial sustainability and lays out six levers you can use to inflect it: advancement, cost cutting, alternative revenues, enrollment management,…

Faculty are the heart and soul of any school. Tasked with carrying out a school’s mission in the classroom and beyond, faculty have a tremendous impact on the school and its community. But ad hoc processes and limited proactive recruitment mean that schools are potentially missing out on great teachers. To attract and hire top…

We live in the Amazon era. People have grown to expect a highly personalized “user experience” from the organizations they engage with. Like it or not, this also extends to the nonprofits they support. With overall giving on the decline and the volume of tax-exempt charitable organizations at an all-time high, it’s crucial for colleges and universities…

With the rising cost of college, students’ growing transactional view about education, and skepticism about the impact a gift to their alma mater will make, increasing young alumni donations is an uphill battle. But what if you could get students in the habit of giving before they were alumni? In the next few decades, current…

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Join us at a National Meeting The Independent School Executive Forum is excited to host our annual national meeting series, bringing together heads of school from around the country. Across the two-day meeting, we will share our latest research, provide time for discussion, and preview forthcoming implementation support services.