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- And so much more.
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As Development Director, you understand the importance of operating a successful annual giving program. The revenue it provides can greatly enhance your programs and, in many schools (while not recommended by ISM) contribute to balancing your operating budget. Solid preparation for your yearly campa...Login to see the full article
You, as Board President, with assistance from the Chair of the Committee on Trustees (COT), have the responsibility of forming and charging the array of Board committees each year. ISM urges a six-step process, normally initiated in late spring. 1. Review Board performance for the previous 1...Login to see the full article
ISM defines “management positions” as those carrying responsibilities—under the delegated authority of the School Head—for hiring, evaluating, and, when necessary, dismissing those employees who report to them. In contrast, ISM defines “influencer positions”—those school administrators to whom no on...Login to see the full article
Directors and Officers insurance (formerly known as School Legal or Trustee Liability insurance) was created in the 1930s, ostensibly to protect corporate directors and officers from personal liability. It now may be the most critical insurance protection for your school. As the CFO/Business Manager...Login to see the full article
A key function of the Board is to plan for the school’s financial stability. In the development arena, the Board fulfills this responsibility through strategic decisions that provide the necessary foundational support for all elements of the Comprehensive Development Model—Leadership, Case for Givin...Login to see the full article
At ISM, we are hopeful the United States has begun a new resolve to end systemic racism. ISM’s leadership and consulting teams resolutely believe that matters of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are for our corporate good, and we pledge to do our part in finding solutions to end unfair practic...Login to see the full article
Private-independent schools have, for decades, offered financial aid to those unable to afford the full cost of tuition. Using a need-based formula, schools have typically awarded financial aid as a discount for which an applicant applies. Schools have reported that, over the past decade, f...Login to see the full article
A Paid-Time-Off (PTO) bank is a repository of hours on which employees may draw without differentiating among vacation days, sick time, or personal time. In its “pure” form, the PTO bank provides an employee unlimited freedom, within the PTO maximum, to decide not to be in the classroom, on the playing field, on the stage, in the administrative office, or anyplace else their responsibilities normally require. Is this a practicable concept for your school?Login to see the full article
In an earlier issue of Ideas & Perspectives, we discussed how to maintain your advisory program during a school closure. The following article provides advice on how to handle your program after such an event.Login to see the full article
Borrowing originally from concepts advanced within the for-profit sector, ISM has for decades taught a basic competitive marketing truth: private schools can compete based on price, product, or process, but not based on all three at the same time. And separately—also for decades—ISM Consultants have taught Boards of Trustees and senior administrators the implications of the ISM Circle, a unique approach to evaluating private school organizational structure. This article shows how to combine these related concepts into a unified set of ideas.Login to see the full article