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Independent School Philanthropy: New Prospects, New Perspectives

Friday, November 13, 2009
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Latin School of Chicago
59 West North Boulevard
Chicago, IL

Parents are central to the fundraising process in every independent school but increasingly trustees and other key leaders are looking beyond this core group for vital philanthropic support. How often do development officers hear the following: “Isn’t it time for our alums to step up to the plate? Can’t we expect our past parents to continue to support the school? Shouldn’t grandparents be a predictable source of annual and capital gifts? What about other friends of the school? And our vendors?”

This one-day workshop is designed for development officers, administrators and key volunteers who are looking to broaden the scope and reach of their advancement programs. We’ll exchange ideas, examine best practices and procedures, and consider specific cultivation and stewardship processes for each constituent group.

Participants will leave with models that can be adapted – and applied – by professionals and volunteers to increase philanthropic support from all quarters. Whether you hail from an office with multiple staff members or are a one man/woman band, you’ll come away with tips and techniques you can put to good use right away!

Among the topics we’ll explore:

  • a comprehensive strategic planning process designed exclusively to engage and strengthen alumni/ae fundraising and friendraising,
  • models for increasing alumni/ae philanthropy,
  • keeping past parents involved and giving,
  • new initiatives to bring grandparents and grandfriends closer into the heart of the school, and
  • ways to maximize financial support from vendors and corporate partners.

*** ISACS has received approval to provide continuing education points for CFRE International for this workshop. Full participation in the workshop, Independent School Philanthropy: New Prospects, New Perspectives, is applicable for 3.5 contact hours/CFRE Continuing Education points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification. ISACS will have a continuing education points tracker information form available for you at the workshop.

Starr Snead is the founder and principal of Advancement Connections, a firm dedicated to serving advancement professionals and volunteers in schools throughout the United States and around the globe. Based in Charleston, South Carolina, Advancement Connections provides fundraising, constituency relations (alumni/ae, parents and others), marketing, strategic planning and communications services exclusively to PS-12 schools. Prior to Advancement Connections, Starr was the executive director of the Advancement Program Council (APC), a national non-profit member association in Washington, DC.

Starr has worked in independent schools since 1972 as a teacher, administrator and more recently as advancement director for Greenhill School in Dallas, Texas; Heritage Hall in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Ashley Hall in Charleston, South Carolina. From 1982–1997 Starr directed Starr Snead & Associates, an international consulting firm in New Haven, Connecticut. In this role she provided strategic planning, board development, and fundraising counsel to schools and nonprofit organizations.

Starr is a frequent speaker at CASE and NAIS conferences. Her popular workshops and seminars offer practical solutions to today's development and advancement challenges, combining more than 37 years of personal and professional experience with the "best practice strategies" of many of our nation's leading independent schools.

This workshop will take place at The Latin School of Chicago, 59 West North Boulevard, Chicago. The Latin School is conveniently accessible by public transportation and taxis. Click here for directions and parking information for The Latin School.

Hotel Reservations
ISACS recommends the following two hotels and has secured special rates based on availablity. Attendees must make their own hotel reservations; please contact the hotels directly to make your reservations.

The Seneca Hotel
200 East Chestnut
Chicago, IL 60614

Call 1-800-800-6261 and use the group code "ISACSIND" when making reservations for the $99/night plus tax rate for a deluxe room (single/double occupancy). This rate is based on availability. Click here for directions and parking information for The Seneca Hotel. The Seneca is approximately one mile from The Latin School and one block from Michigan Avenue.

The Hotel Indigo
1244 N. Dearborn Parkway
Chicago, IL 60610

For reservations, please call the Hotel Indigo directly at 312-787-4980, ask for reservations and request the "Independent Schools Association" rate to receive discounted rooms. Rates vary depending on date of stay; space and availability are limited. To book your room online (and receive the ISACS dicounted rate), click here. The Hotel Indigo is three blocks from The Latin School.

Click here for directions and parking information for The Hotel Indigo.

Registration Fee
  • $175 Member Fee
  • $225 Non Member Fee
  • 10% discount for schools sending teams of two or more
  • Workshop includes lunch

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be received in writing to ISACS by emailing 10 business days prior to the event to receive a 50% refund. Cancellations received within 10 days of the event will not receive a refund. Registration may be transferred to another member from the same school. ISACS reserves the right to cancel the workshop for insufficient enrollment. In this case, participants will be notified and given a full refund.

Questions? Please call 312-255-1244.

Member Cost: $175     Non-member Cost: $225


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