What Does an Advancement
Consultant Do?


What is Advancement CONSULTING?


What is Advancement CONSULTING?

When an Independent School hires me as a consultant, the service I provide to them is always specific to that school.

However, over the years, I've found that the scope of the work I do usually fits into one or two of these key areas: Engagement, Advancement, and Growth


When an Independent School hires me as a consultant, the service I provide to them is always specific to that school.

However, over the years, I've found that the scope of the work I do usually fits into one or two of these key areas: Engagement, Advancement, and Growth

Engagement is the process of accessing and amplifying what is already working for your school’s advancement program, and identifying where we can begin to make swift changes to see results. We can start with an overall audit of your program, or target specific efforts that need invigorating.

Advancement is the thoughtful, strategic coordination of effort to bring members of your community into close and meaningful relationship with the school and its mission. It begins in the admission inquiry process, continues throughout the family’s enrollment at the school, and builds during the life of the alumni.

Growth is the process of ensuring that you and your staff and volunteer leaders can confidently raise more money for your school, long after I've left it. We will grow your giving program to new heights and create relationships with your supporters that are strong and enduring.

Engagement is the process of accessing and amplifying what is already working for your school’s advancement program, and identifying where we can begin to make swift changes to see results. We can start with an overall audit of your program, or target specific efforts that need invigorating.

Advancement is the thoughtful, strategic coordination of effort to bring members of your community into close and meaningful relationship with the school and its mission. It begins in the admission inquiry process, continues throughout the family’s enrollment at the school, and builds during the life of the alumni.

Growth is the process of ensuring that you and your staff and volunteer leaders can confidently raise more money for your school, long after I've left it. We will grow your giving program to new heights and create relationships with your supporters that are strong and enduring.

HOW I CAN HELP

Here are some (but not all) of the specific ways in which I can help your independent school.

Annual Giving


  • We'll build leadership giving models that result in rapid growth and sustainable annual giving programs. At Drew, I increased Annual Giving by 86% over six years and increased leadership giving by 81%.

  • We can identify major gifts and trustee prospects from the very beginning of their experience with the school.

Board of Trustee's Trainings


  • I can help your Governance Committee develop best practices in trustee recruitment and mentoring with my coaching.

  • Tap me as a resource to offer strategic advice on all matters related to advancement on an ongoing basis or for your Board retreat.

Annual Giving


  • We'll build leadership giving models that result in rapid growth and sustainable annual giving programs. At Drew, I increased Annual Giving by 86% over six years and increased leadership giving by 81%.

  • We can identify major gifts and trustee prospects from the very beginning of their experience with the school.

Board of Trustee's Trainings


  • I can help your Governance Committee develop best practices in trustee recruitment and mentoring with my coaching.

  • Tap me as a resource to offer strategic advice on all matters related to advancement on an ongoing basis or for your Board retreat.

Major Gifts Program


  • We could mount a major gifts program to build greater financial stability. A recent program I co-created has resulted in $5 million raised to date -- for debt reduction.

  • Let’s create a stewardship program that lets your top donors feel the impact of their gifts to your school.

Planned Giving


  • By inspiring your Board of Trustees to commit to building a Planned Giving program, you’ll experience significant growth in your number of legacy donors.

  • Together, I’ll show you how to develop an ongoing support and communication program that gently but consistently markets this vital giving program. A program I built yielded a 20% increase in the number of members to their legacy society.

Major Gifts Program


  • We could mount a major gifts program to build greater financial stability. A recent program I co-created has resulted in $5 million raised to date -- for debt reduction.

  • Let’s create a stewardship program that lets your top donors feel the impact of their gifts to your school.

Planned Giving


  • By inspiring your Board of Trustees to commit to building a Planned Giving program, you’ll experience significant growth in your number of legacy donors.

  • Together, I’ll show you how to develop an ongoing support and communication program that gently but consistently markets this vital giving program. A program I built yielded a 20% increase in the number of members to their legacy society.

Capital Campaign


  • We’ll craft a Capital Campaign that works for your organization. One of my most successful campaigns raised $10 million, beginning with the quiet phase (during the summer of 2008). I have experienced first-hand the challenges of mounting a campaign even when the timing isn’t ideal.

  • Together, we'll tackle campaigns that require out-of-the-box thinking. One campaign that comes to mind was when I helped raise $2.8 million to bring an antique carriage barn to campus and transform it into math and visual arts classrooms. Sometimes it’s the unlikely project that garners the most support – but only if we make the right case.

  • We will develop and implement a feasibility study to test your project and knit you closer to your key supporters.

Development Office Audits; Advancement Team Mentoring


  • We’ll identify the strengths and weaknesses of your advancement team and plan for individual and team growth.

  • We’ll retool job descriptions and put into place systems based on best practices that create high functioning teams.

Capital Campaign


  • We’ll craft a Capital Campaign that works for your organization. One of my most successful campaigns raised $10 million, beginning with the quiet phase (during the summer of 2008). I have experienced first-hand the challenges of mounting a campaign even when the timing isn’t ideal.

  • Together, we'll tackle campaigns that require out-of-the-box thinking. One campaign that comes to mind was when I helped raise $2.8 million to bring an antique carriage barn to campus and transform it into math and visual arts classrooms. Sometimes it’s the unlikely project that garners the most support – but only if we make the right case.

  • We will develop and implement a feasibility study to test your project and knit you closer to your key supporters.

Development Office Audits; Advancement Team Mentoring


  • We’ll identify the strengths and weaknesses of your advancement team and plan for individual and team growth.

  • We’ll retool job descriptions and put into place systems based on best practices that create high functioning teams.

MISSION STATEMENT

Together, we can do better. A whole lot better.

Within the world of philanthropy, we in independent schools are so fortunate. We know who our constituents are and we see many of them every day. Current and past parents, alumni, and grandparents know our program, believe in our mission, and are highly invested in ensuring that it is sustained and protected. These are the people who make the biggest difference every day. They deeply understand the need to hire and retain talented, dedicated faculty. They share our goal of creating diverse and inclusive communities. They want our schools to prosper and remain sustainable for future generations of students. They get it.

Identifying and building relationships with leaders within these groups, inviting them to invest in our schools, and making certain they feel the value of their support is essential to building a powerhouse advancement program. But how?

I can help you.

For over twenty years, I have had the honor of serving several schools by leading their advancement and development programs. Whether it is a lagging annual giving program that needs a shot in the arm, a looming capital campaign you can’t be certain you’re ready for, a major gifts program that you know needs to get launched, or some other strategic advancement effort that keeps you awake at night, I can help you.

Together, we’ve got this.

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Barbara Barron

Advancement Consultant for
Independent Schools

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