Higher Education

Consistently setting national giving trends and best practice standards, fundraisers in higher education repeatedly break the eight- and now the nine-figure gift barrier.

The arena for ambitious and breathtaking campaign goals, higher education has positioned philanthropy to have transformational potential. At the same time, the decline in alumni participation gives many pause, globalization necessitates an international approach to fundraising, and the growing cost of higher education and the need for student support remain at the forefront of the national conversation. The higher education landscape is complex – large public research universities, small private colleges, emerging community college systems – each institution faces unique challenges that require tailor-made solutions. From colleges just setting their course on a culture of philanthropy to universities with well-charted paths, we offer campaign services, executive and professional level recruiting, staff structuring and buildouts, alumni engagement planning, and fundraising assessments.

The Development Guild provided the University of Miami with guidance and support through a senior level position hire at the U. They were a pleasure to work with! The work of the firm was very thorough and yielded us a great hire in the end. Their partnership in the search process was critical to our success.

- Erica Arroyo, Associate Vice President, Engagement

Because Development Guild counseled us on our $40M capital campaign, they knew us well and understood the kind of leader we needed in a Vice President for Institutional Advancement. The Development Guild team was fantastic; they always helped us anticipate new developments and kept us fully informed throughout the search. They were easy to work with and fit in beautifully with our team. They could not have done a better job! 

- Toni Hays, President

There are lots of search firms to choose from but when I needed to build my advancement team, I chose Development Guild. Their ability to identify and engage talent who not only have the required professional experience but are also a strong culture fit is unparalleled. I can always count on Development Guild to represent us well to candidates; I look forward to partnering with them again for future searches.

- John Malcolm, Vice President, Institutional Advancement

Our Higher Education Clients

  • Alfred State College
  • American University of Beirut
  • American University in Cairo
  • Babson College
  • Barnard College
  • Bennington College
  • Bentley University
  • The Boston Conservatory at Berklee
  • Boston University Health Policy Institute
  • Boston University School of Law
  • Boston University School of Medicine
  • Brandeis University
  • Bridgewater State University
  • Buffalo State College
  • Bunker Hill Community College
  • Cambridge College
  • Colby College
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • Columbia University School of Nursing
  • Drew University
  • Emerson College
  • Emmanuel College
  • Fisher College
  • Fitchburg State University
  • Harvard Medical School
  • Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Hofstra University
  • John Hopkins University, School of Medicine
  • Keene State College
  • Lesley University
  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT
  • New York University
  • New York Law School
  • Northeastern University
  • Olin College
  • Quinnipiac University
  • Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
  • Regis College
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Sacred Heart University
  • Simmons University
  • Smith College
  • St. Lawrence University
  • Suffolk University
  • SUNY New Paltz
  • UMass Medical School/UMass Memorial Healthcare
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • University of Massachusetts Boston
  • University of Massachusetts Foundation
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • University of Massachusettts Dartmouth
  • University of Miami
  • University of Rhode Island Foundation
  • University of the People
  • University of Utah, Moran Eye Center
  • Vassar College
  • Wagner College
  • Weill Medical College of Cornell University
  • Wellesley College
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology
  • West Point Association of Graduates
  • Wheaton College

Other Practice Areas We Serve