Welcome to School Advancement
Welcome to School Advancement
Systems Thinking to Help Schools Form a Firm Financial Foundation
Questions about Advancement, Systems Thinking, or the ARMED Framework for your school?
Questions about Advancement, Systems Thinking, or the ARMED Framework for your school?
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Move Your Mindset From Fundraising to Development to Advancement

Linear Thinking is Process-Oriented; Systems Thinking is Systems-Oriented. Your school may have excellent results, but all its systems must be working toward excellence to be sustainable.
A tetrahedron is a commonly called a three-sided pyramid, even though it has four sides. When one side changes, the whole object must adjust to accommodate the change to maintain its shape.
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“The DREAM," which was the weekly eNewsletter, will be sunsetted at the end of June 2021. Changes in the way Web sites function, as well as new rules regarding email, have made it impossible to continue publication after over 10 years of doing so in the educational vertical with the software I've been using. There is a real difference between "Unsubscribe" and marking an email as spam. The reason is that there is so much turnover in faith-based school leadership today that schools have become accustomed to using one's position as the email address (e.g., principal@nameofschool.org) rather than an email address with an identifying name. If someone subscribes with that type of email, and the next person in that position doesn't want to receive the publication because they didn't sign on for it and marks it as spam, it affects the ability to send future emails from the sending email address. You may wish to join the SchoolAdvancement Facebook Group to see articles the day after they're published on the site and connect with other development, advancement and administrative professionals in faith-based schools. Building the community is the best way to retain students in your school, and it's also the best way to retain members of the SchoolAdvancement community.
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The Need For SchoolAdvancement

At this time in history, fatih-based schools have closed or merged due to rising costs and changing demographics. Schools simply cannot rely on traditional fiscal approaches to fund their ministries.

Conversely, some areas of the country have experienced growing populations, producing a desire for additional faith-based schools. Some of those populations do not have the financial means to pay for large construction projects, and growing communities are put in the same financial conundrum as those that are shrinking.

While school leaders grapple with the changes they're facing, a paradigm has begun to take shape. Isolated successes have been experienced in some areas of the country, while other dioceses, deaneries, parishes and their respective schools, as well as Christian and other faith-based schools, strategize to plan for the future.

Rather than continuing to “reinvent the wheel,” this site's goal is to provide guidance gleaned from schools which have experienced successes, accepting responsibility for achieving not just excellence, but sustainability. In a spirit of community, SchoolAdvancement shares "next" practices, proven strategies, failed experiments and suggestions regarding what to avoid along the path, and, interestingly, how some small "shifts" can have a significant positive impact on the future of a school. Though the curriculum of various faith-based schools may be different, the five elements of Advancement - Asset Management, Retention, Marketing, Enrollment and Development (The ARMED Framework) represent the “business" side of the mission and are essential for every school’s success.

While some school leaders and boards are beholden to the belief that “It’s all about the money,” others have said “It’s all about enrollment.” Actually, “It’s all about all of it!" Your school's customers will evaluate "the experience" of your school based on their expectations of excellence.

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Recent Articles

Stay Open!

This week’s entry starts another round of the five elements of advancement – Asset Management, Retention, Marketing, Enrollment and Development.  […]

It’s All About All Of It

When I began working with school administrators in the early 2000’s, many were lamenting the fact that parents were disenrolling […]

Summer Vacation – An Oxymoron

Remember those days when people joked about the three best reasons to be a teacher were June, July and August? […]

June: Usually a Good Time To Ask For Gifts – But These Aren’t Usual Times

As the summer approaches, Development Development articles will shift toward activities of an overall development program. I like to use […]

And On the Seventh Day…

Since another round of articles focusing on the five elements of advancement were completed last week, and since many schools […]

Teach Your Parents Well

Remember the song from Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, “Teach Your Children Well”? And, no doubt, your school does. But […]

Move Your Mindset From Fundraising to Development to Advancement

Linear Thinking is Process-Oriented; Systems Thinking is Systems-Oriented. Your school may have excellent results, but all its systems must be working toward excellence to be sustainable.

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