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.
Development Guild made us feel like we were their only client. They were flexible and always available when we needed them. Each idea and question they presented us with helped us think more deeply about our campaign and goals, and the results were fabulous. Selecting Development Guild as our partner was an easy choice – and the right one!
- Erica DeRosa, Director of Philanthropy and Engagement
We retained Development Guild to conduct two executive searches: an Assistant Head of School for Marketing and Communications and an Assistant Head of School for Enrollment Management. For both searches, we were impressed by the depth and breadth of candidates presented. Development Guild helped us understand the market, and as we learned from them and they learned from us, we further fine-tuned the candidate recommendations. The process led to two wonderful hires for us.
- Ed Hardiman, Headmaster