Is Your Fundraising Hurting Your Parent Experience? Oct 27, 2021

Hi friends! 

Today we have a much-needed topic for you: fundraising.

I've been talking A LOT about this recently, not only because it's the start of annual giving, but because the way you approach your asks year-round will truly affect your parents' perception of your school,...

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7 Surveys Every School Needs to Use Oct 25, 2021

Hey there, 

Surveys are a hot topic right now! Why? Through annual surveys, you can benchmark data, figure out what's working, and what needs to improve. Here are 7 key surveys you should be using at your school: 

1. New-family survey. This helps your school better understand the...

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👩‍🎓 Internal Marketing of Your Middle/High School Oct 15, 2021

Hey there, 

Internal marketing = marketing gold. How does this apply to your school right now? 

If you have a middle or high school program (or whatever your next level is), you always want to be actively educating parents on that program AND overcoming their objections. 

This...

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What is the 4-1 Rule? Oct 11, 2021

Hi friends! 

As many schools are just starting their annual giving this month, I have a quick tip for your social media when it comes to marketing and fundraising this season. 

First, how much are you making those asks? When you look at your social media feeds, are there...

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How to Create a High-Touch Customer Experience Oct 08, 2021

Hi there!

In the age of digital marketing and automation, it's easy to lose a few key factors in school marketing, one of which is a high-touch customer experience.

Don't get me wrong—I'm all about automation and the power of technology, but there is something so special about a handwritten...

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Is Your High School or Middle School Worth it? Sep 30, 2021

Hey there,

At independent schools, and small independent schools especially, it can be a challenge to keep up enrollment in middle school and high school.

If you currently have families in those prior levels who are approaching middle or high school (or whatever your next level is), how many of...

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The #1 Fundraising & Retention Mistake Schools Make Sep 24, 2021

Hey there, 

Fundraising season is quickly approaching! How are your preparations going? 

Let's make sure you're ready for the season by discussing the one thing that can make or break participation in your annual giving: 

Relationship-building! Yes, I talk about this...

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The Dangers of Asking Too Much Sep 19, 2021

Hi friends, 

As Annual Giving season is right around the corner, today I'm here to tell you one of the major fundraising mistakes that I see in small and independent schools. 

In addition, making this key mistake can also negatively impact your retention efforts. So, let's dive in!

I'll...

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5 Things You Can Outsource NOW Sep 13, 2021

Hey there, 

Today we're talking all about outsourcing. Why? If you're a part of a small school, I know you probably wear many hats and are limited on resources to hire others.

Despite that, there are certain aspects of your job that CAN be outsourced and can actually save you valuable...

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Cost-Effective Solutions for Hiring an Advancement Director Sep 11, 2021

Hi there! 

Today we're talking about advancement directorsdo you have one? Do you need one? 

If you don't yet have an advancement director, I would strongly encourage you to seek one out. Now, you may be thinking, why do I need an advancement director? What if my school doesn't...

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5 Reasons To Conduct Third Party Interviews Sep 08, 2021

Hi friends, 

Have you ever conducted third-party interviews of your current parents, alumni families, and your students?

If not, I highly recommend it. It will not only give your constituency an anonymous place to express how they feel, but it will also give you key insights into why...

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4 Reasons Why Schools Fail to Get Important Work Done Sep 06, 2021

Hey there, 

You're swamped with work, you're constantly putting out fires, and there's always something that slips off your plate each week. Does this sound like you?

If so, it's likely because some or all of these 4 things are happening to you. Understanding why this happens is the key to...

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