Make this the Best Fundraising Year in Your School's History

April 3, 2017 Joe Garecht

Your school does amazing work and deserves to be able to raise all the money it needs to thrive.  Yet, so many schools don’t have the time or resources to build a development system that delivers the fundraising results they need. 

Most schools could benefit from professional fundraising counsel – an experienced advisor to help them transform their fundraising and build a strong development system.  For many schools, though, professional fundraising help is out of reach.  That’s why this year I’m partnering with Blackbaud to provide you with a full year of strategy and fundraising advice.

My name is Joe Garecht, and each year I help dozens of schools raise the money they need to succeed.  Over the past decade, I’ve learned that most schools can and should be pursing the same basic strategy, with tweaks here and there to meet the unique needs of their school community.  This year, I’m going to let you look over my shoulder as I guide an “average school” through the process of supercharging its fundraising.

For the purposes of this exercise, we’ll assume that our school:

  • Is a private K-12 school in a suburban community
  • Currently has 400 students with capacity for 50 more
  • Charges a mid-range tuition and raises the remainder of the cost of education through fundraising

Over the course of the year, I’ll be advising our fictional school the same way I do actual clients, walking them through the key phases of building a strong development program.  Here are the topics we will be covering:

April: Understanding Your School's Donor Universe and Finding New Donors

May: How to Write a Successful Fundraising Plan for Your School

June: Ways Smart Schools Communicate with their Donors

July: How to Build a Successful Donor Funnel for Your School: Best Practices, Tools and Tips*

*This will be a live presentation at Blackbaud’s K-12 User Conference in Boston.  If you can’t make the conference, we will also offer it as a live webinar in August.

September: A Simple Strategy for Engaging Your School's Board in Fundraising

October: How to Run a Spectacular Year-End Fundraising Campaign for Your School

November: Harnessing the Power of Referrals for School Fundraising

December: Crafting a Compelling Donor Message for Your School

Each month, you’ll be getting access to the same actionable advice, tips and worksheets that I provide to my actual clients.  I want to make this the best fundraising year in your school’s history… I hope you’ll join me each and every month to learn how to supercharge your school’s fundraising without adding stress or hassle for your team.  I look forward to working with you over the coming year!

About the Author

Joe Garecht

Joe Garecht is a non-profit fundraising consultant, author, and speaker and the founder of Garecht Fundraising Associates and The Fundraising Authority. He has almost 20 years experience in fundraising as a development director, executive director, and consultant. As the executive director of Business Leadership Organized for Catholic Schools (BLOCS), Joe led the effort to raise $50 million in endowments for individual schools, raised $4 million yearly in scholarship funds, and modernized and professionalized the fundraising capabilities of over 175 parochial schools in the Philadelphia region. You can find Joe online at

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