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.

Higher Education Clients

  • Campaign counsel to position Barnard for an unprecedented capital plan; four searches for their alumni and individual giving teams in support of this effort.

  • Fundraising assessment to test readiness for a significant campaign paired with resident counsel and search for Associate Vice President, Advancement.

  • Conducted 3 searches to support President Baenniger’s team committed to making Drew one of the top 50 liberal arts universities in the nation.

  • Placement of professional level major gift talent to collaborate with faculty and leaders.

  • Counsel for first-ever comprehensive $40 million campaign. Recruited key staff in support of campaign goal.

  • Recruitment of two senior level development professionals: a Director of Development and a Director of Planned Giving

  • Partnered with Board members to conduct a national search for a new Foundation President.

  • Post-campaign assessment and recruitment of key contributors in annual fund, alumni relations, major gifts, and communications.

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