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Interim Staffing & Searches

Case Study: Hosparus (Louisville, KY; New Albany, IN; Elizabethtown, KY; Bowling Green, KY)

Hosparus is the region's leading hospice care provider, serving more than 5,000 patients annually in 36 counties across Kentucky and Southern Indiana. A Joint Commission-accredited, nonprofit hospice organization, Hosparus has for has been providing care, comfort and counseling over 30 years.

After undergoing a significant change in staff leadership, Hosparus turned to Ashley|Rountree in 2009 for assistance to help provide campaign direction and counsel for a new capital campaign. The campaign envisions a $14.5 million effort to support renovation and construction for facilities used for staff at the headquarters in Louisville, as well as offices in New Albany (Indiana) and Elizabethtown (Kentucky). The campaign supports new programs and endowment funds, providing much-needed stability in a time of shifting health care funding dynamics. Our consultants helped to provide structure and recruiting strategies for campaign volunteers and directed efforts to cultivate and secure major gifts. The campaign is currently in a quiet phase but has already secured three $500,000 gifts—the largest in the agency's history. Our consultants recently devised a comprehensive, 30-county prospect-screening program to assist Hosparus staff and board in boosting new prospects for gifts to the campaign.

Recently, Hosparus asked Ashley|Rountree to evaluate its annual giving programs and make recommendations on how to grow and sustain a new base of entry-level donors during the campaign. Using best-practice methods from peer hospices nationally, the program was redesigned to focus on gaining new support from families served by Hosparus and improving the cost-efficiency for special events, among other efforts. Later that same year, Hosparus leadership asked Ashley|Rountree to serve as interim staff, leading a staff of 18 in Advancement and Public Affairs, and to direct a national search for a new Senior VP. Both the reorganization and the search were successfully concluded within 4 months.

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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 & 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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