Philanthropy is fueling the ability of independent schools to deliver exceptional, innovative curriculum while ensuring that educational access remains a top priority.

Unprecedented engagement with parents and alumni, leading to record-breaking fundraising goals are changing the way that we think about education philanthropy. There has long been a roster of schools with robust programs and long philanthropic legacies. That roster used to be a few. Today, we see fundraising as a top priority among most schools, accompanied with increasingly ambitious, successful campaigns and leadership to match. Return on investment is top of mind and a growing trend toward unrestricted major gifts is encouraging schools to re-conceive their traditional fundraising programs and staffing. At Development Guild DDI, our work spans from developing a fundraising agenda with a new Head of School, to creating the plan that will help reach well past your campaign goals, to recruiting the critical new talent needed for the most ambitious goals.

Independent Schools Clients

  • Counsel to position Beaver for its largest-ever campaign; three key searches including Director of Philanthropy & Engagement.

  • Collaboration with new Head of School to assess fundraising opportunity in the wake of a new strategic plan.

  • Partnership began with a campaign feasibility study and includes serving as counsel for the school’s $125M campaign.

  • Nation-wide recruitment for a senior-level planned giving leader.

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