Phil Higginson, IAP-L

Phil Higginson | ISM Advancement Consultant | Assistant Head of School for Institutional Advancement at Ravenscroft School | Bio
Phil Higginson | ISM Advancement Consultant | Assistant Head of School for Institutional Advancement at Ravenscroft School | Bio | Mobile

ISM Advancement Consultant | Associate Head of School for Philanthropy at Ravenscroft School

Expertise

Phil consults in both the advancement and strategic planning areas. Phil has worked with schools to develop their strategic vision, establish financial priorities, and formulate campaigns to fund the identified strategic initiatives. His expertise includes extensive knowledge of endowment and planned giving as a way to increase donors’ capacity to give at leadership levels.

Current Role

As a member of ISM’s Advancement Team, Phil:

  • Serves as one of the planning architects for ISM’s weeklong Advancement Academy
  • Acts as an instructor and mentor during Advancement Academy
  • Teaches workshops related to alignment of advancement objectives, institutional strategic planning, management of major gifts programs, roles and responsibilities of the Development/Advancement Committee, and effective use of advancement data

He holds the Leader Certification through ISM’s International Advancement Program (IAP−L).

Phil also currently serves as Associate Head of School for Philanthropy at Ravenscroft School, NC, where he has led multi-million dollar capital and endowment campaigns totaling $25 million.

Phil has presented at more than 30 local and national conferences for CASE, NAIS, NCAIS, AISGW, and NCPG. He served as Chair of the 38th annual CASE-NAIS national conference, and has served on three planning committees for this event. He is currently a member of the CASE District III Board.

Prior Experience

Previously, Phil headed development programs at Norwood School, MD, including a $15 million campaign. At St. Albans, Washington, DC, he collaborated on a $15 million campaign. He has worked as an advancement officer, coach, and administrator since 1987.

Education

Phil graduated from Groton School, MA, and earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Richmond, VA.