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Nothing makes me happier than seeing a struggling school begin to thrive.
I sincerely hope that the advice I give here, on this website, can be a part of a new beginning for you and your beloved institution.

The services I've provided around the world for the past two decades (!) are explained in great detail on a page I call "What Does an Advancement Consultant Do?"

The blog I've been writing for over five years covering the lessons I've learned in the field should give you a strong sense of my ethos. And you can see my list of former clients, who I am happy to report, have all endorsed my work.

Whether you're looking for a consultant for your independent school or are in the field of advancement yourself and want to talk shop, reach out. I always love meeting new people and getting fresh perspectives.

Reach out to me via e-mail at barbara at barbara barron dot com.

I sincerely hope that the advice I give here, on this website, can be a part of a new beginning for you and your beloved institution.

The services I've provided around the world for the past two decades (!) are explained in great detail on a page I call "What Does an Advancement Consultant Do?"

The blog I've been writing for over five years covering the lessons I've learned in the field should give you a strong sense of my ethos. And you can see my list of former clients, who I am happy to report, have all endorsed my work.

Whether you're looking for a consultant for your independent school or are in the field of advancement yourself and want to talk shop, reach out. I always love meeting new people and getting fresh perspectives.

Reach out to me via e-mail at barbara at barbara barron dot com.

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Here are some nice things former clients have said:

"Throughout our Feasibility Study process, Barbara was very personable and much more accessible than a firm would have been. Her insights from the feasibility study were very enlightening to our Board and have helped us re-evaluate our strategies. I would 100% work with Barbara again."

Patricia Colin, Chief Advancement Officer, Silicon Valley International School in Palo Alto, CA

"It was a true pleasure to work with Barbara. Her deep knowledge and passion for Independent Schools and the key role Advancement plays within them were instrumental in guiding us towards our next chapter. Her professionalism and insight combined with her strategic mind and ability to extricate complex matters and situations gave us the confidence we needed. Thank you, Barbara!"

Mariangela Brutti, Director of Advancement at Crofton House School in Vancouver, BC Canada

"Barbara is a thoughtful and strategic facilitator. Her training helped our board understand its role in fostering meaningful relationships that cultivate vital connections crucial for our school's growth and success."

Yukiko Meadows, Director of Advancement at Burkes’ School in San Francisco, CA

"Barbara is an exceptional advancement consultant. She demonstrates a deep understanding of our independent, non-profit school’s
mission and vision and offers integrity and excellence in all that she does."

Shaharazad Hamidi, Head of School, Spring Hill Schools in Petaluma, CA

"Hiring Barbara gave us the confidence and clarity to move our campaign from never ending preparation into forward action."

Erin Mulvaney, AIM Campaign Co-Chair, Sage Ridge School Board of Trustees in Reno, NV

"Barbara is fantastic to work with. She is an expert at guiding your fundraising projects to yield many positive results."

Tracy White-Urrutia, Director of Development, The Carey School in San Mateo, CA

"In addition to being warm, engaging, and smart, Barbara has the unique ability to hone in on the most salient details of complex issues and provide guidance that is relevant and practical."

Betsy Berman, Chief Advancement Officer, Crystal Springs Uplands School in San Francisco, CA

"An amazing strategist, Barbara's ability to synthesize and weigh the oftentimes competing factors when helping us plan for the largest campaign in our school's history is unmatched.

Andrew Slater, Head of School
Marin Primary and Middle School in Marin County, CA

"I look forward to continuing to call on her expertise and highly recommend Barbara as a consummate advancement consultant."

Sandra Luna, Head of School, Julia Morgan School for Girls in Oakland, CA

"Her turn-around time on the report and her overall availability and professionalism before, during, and after the audit far exceeded expectations."

Mark Rosenblum, Head of School, San Diego French-American School in La Jolla, CA

"I did get an interview at my dream school and wanted to thank you because I prepped by reading your entire blog from top to bottom one weekend... It was like taking a master class in 24 hours!"

Andrew Weller, Dean of Enrollment & Strategic Marketing at St. Stephens’s & St. Agnes School in Alexandria VA