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Case Study: The de Paul School (Louisville, KY)

The de Paul School is a private, independent, non-sectarian school dedicated to teaching students in grades 1-8 with learning differences how to learn, how to be independent and how to be successful. Founded in 1970, The de Paul School has provided unsurpassed service to children with learning differences and the school also guided educators in other states to create schools modeled after the Louisville example. The de Paul School is nationally accredited and one of the nation's largest independent schools for students with learning differences. Programs similar to The de Paul School have continued to thrive in Eastern Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Florida, New Jersey, Louisiana and Pennsylvania.

In 2009, board leaders reached out to Ashley|Rountree for counsel in assessing their overall fund development, annual giving and special events programs. The focus of this work was two-fold: to identify strategic opportunities for improving overall performance, especially for leadership giving; and to begin preparing and planning for the school's likely capital campaign. One result of this comprehensive process was an historic $50,000 challenge gift targeted to the annual fund in order to boost new and increased gifts. In 2010, our consultants began working more closely with staff and board leadership to provide direction on issues of board development, governance, committee structure and roles; the work was not only focused on increasing fundraising effectiveness, but also to provide clarity and accountability for broad functions of the board. Our consultants continue to serve as counsel on fund development, campaign pre-planning and board development functions for the head of school and board.


Case Study: Assumption High School (Louisville, KY)

Founded in 1955 by the Sisters of Mercy, Assumption High School is a college preparatory school that brings together approximately 875 young women, grades 9-12, in a Catholic environment. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Assumption is a faith community, guided by the gospel teachings of the Catholic Church, offering special prayer services and liturgies, along with interesting theology classes and a four-year overnight retreat program.

Looking for expert local guidance to assist their largest fundraising effort, Assumption's board and staff turned to Ashley|Rountree to provide ongoing campaign counsel during their most recent capital campaign, Mind, Body & Spirit. Our consultants helped the staff and campaign volunteers identify key underwriters, build successful cultivation strategies and guide successful solicitations in an effort focused on projects for the art and theatre program, new athletic facilities, as well as tuition assistance and faculty funds.

Simultaneous with these efforts, our consultants identified a need for cost-effective, experienced interim administrative staffing to provide short-term administrative support for the campaign and development office. As a result of this relationship, Assumption's development staff members were able to receive the benefit of expert support without having to search, hire and train a full-time replacement.

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