The Big Ask: The Head of School's Role in Advancement #PODCAST

February 14, 2017 Peter Baron

As we celebrate #HeadsWeek at Blackbaud, we took a step back to think about the Head of School’s role in fundraising.

What impact should a head have on raising money to support the school? How do they balance this responsibility and running day-to-day operations? For new Heads, how should they approach this task as they think about organizational leadership and long-term sustainability?

Joining us to talk about this and much more on Blackbaud K-12’s Get Connected Podcast is Joe Williams, Head of School at New Hampton School. Joe became Head in July of 2016 after spending many years as an Assistant Head overseeing admission, communications, and advancement at Kimball Union Academy.

And for those Heads out there on the fundraising trail, make sure to listen to all the way through to learn some of Joe’s best “travel hacks” to lighten the stress of being on the road.

As always, don't forget to let us know what you think! And don't forget to send us your questions about marketing, websites, social media, and video - we'll answer them on the air and make you a part of the conversation!

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About the Author

Peter Baron

Peter Baron is the Chief Member Relations Officer at the Enrollment Management Association. Prior to joining EMA, Peter served as a senior product marketing manager, for Blackbaud K-12. Peter is the founder of edSocialMedia, a community-driven site dedicated to exploring the role of social media in education. He regularly contributes to various online communities and education conferences like NAIS, CASE/NAIS & SSATB to explain the importance of providing modern, user-friendly experiences for school constituents. Peter also serves as a trustee for Wolfeboro, The Summer Boarding School and is an Executive Committee member of TABS’ North American Boarding School Initiative.

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