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?

Baines Cutler has unique knowledge of fundraising and development in UK schools. In 2014 we carried out the largest survey in this area ever undertaken, in conjunction with the Institute of Development Professionals in Education (“IDPE”). This survey identified success factors and established what schools might reasonably expect by way of costs and possible incomes. We also looked at the detail – what databases are used, whether to use wealth checkers, who gives by type of school and what sort of projects do they give to? This 2014 report drilled down deeper into issues arising in development, such as the size of team which should be employed, the level of investment schools are prepared to make into a successful development operation, what schools are raising money for, levels of return on investment and getting the relationship with the alumni association right.  You can download both reports from our Publications section.

Since carrying out the surveys we have been asked to work with schools which are considering setting up development departments. We meet with Governors, Heads and alumni society members and consider the key features of the school which would form the basis of future fundraising initiatives. We look at alumni and parental records and help schools put in place a development plan. Where necessary we can call on specialist training material developed by IDPE and even call on development professionals working in other schools. If you would like to find out more about our services or discuss your requirements please Contact Rhiannon with your issues

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