Development and Fundraising Consultancy

Baines Cutler is a leading provider of development and fundraising consultancy to the independent schools' sector. Rhiannon Cutler was the lead author of the 2012 Development and Fundraising Survey - the most in-depth look at this subject which has taken place. We now work alongside IDPE and provide development and fundraising consultancy advice across a wide range of skill areas - from development start-ups to development office reviews and development strategy. Details of our Development and Fundraising Consultancy services are below

Development start-ups

Development start-ups

With fee rises and pupil numbers under pressure many schools are looking seriously at fundraising for the first time and setting up a development department. But who should be hired, how much should they be paid, what other costs are there and over what timeframe is it reasonable to expect results? In short – what are the keys to success in development and how do these vary by type and size of school?

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Development office reviews

Development office reviews

Many schools have set up development departments over the last few years but some are finding that the results are less than they hoped or expected. They then ask – have we got the wrong person? Are we expecting too much too soon? Are our parents and alumni not wealthy enough for it ever to work? Should we stick it out, close completely or start again? In short what is realistic for a school like ours?

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Development Strategy

Development Strategy

Many schools have development departments but it is surprising how often development activity and success is expected without schools making a clear link between the school’s overall strategy and the development plan. This can easily lead to unrealistic expectations or demotivated development teams as they seek to work to some extent “in the dark” about the school’s real vision and why it needs money to achieve it. Development offices are often placed in locations well removed from the core life of the school and have to invite potential donors into poor facilities which do not show the school in a good light.

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