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Legacy Donors: Local Janitor Leaves $8 Million to Hospital, Library—and No One Knew

Vol. 13 No. 6

Everyone likes a rags-to-riches story, but one small community in Vermont was stunned to learn of the wealth Ronald Read, a gas station attendant and janitor, had amassed during his lifetime—and left to the local library and hospital. When he passed away last June, his attorney discovered stock certificates ultimately worth $8 million in Read’s safety deposit box, ready for dispersal between his kin and community.

While the story is sensational, it serves as a reminder to cater to all the “Ronald Reads” in school communities. You never know where your next legacy gift is coming from, and it could be from someone as seemingly humble as the janitor whose nephew attends your school.

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Online Communications: Consistent or One Hit Wonders?

Vol. 13 No. 6

Consistent communication with donors keeps them coming back to your school with the necessary funds to pay for improvements. But, as one non-profit fundraising expert discovered, organizations like your non-profit private school often lack follow-through with online donors—losing out on future donation opportunities.

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Automatic Sibling Discounts: The Conversation Continues

Vol. 13 No. 6

In a recent poll on our Admission Director’s e-List, schools discussed their rationale for having (or forsaking) sibling discounts. A myriad of options were presented, running the gamut from capped tuition or percentage discounts to none at all. We’d like to take a moment to share some perspectives on the situation, based on what participants have contributed.

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Re-enrollment Communication 101

Vol. 13 No. 6

It’s that time of year again: re-enrollment. Images of you chasing tardy families down the street waving paper contracts might spring to mind. The struggle to underscore the importance of deadlines to your school community—only for them to tell you that they didn’t know the deadline and its importance!—may haunt your dreams.

To avoid these night terrors, try these communication strategies to encourage your parents to enroll on time. Ranging from gentle reminders to downright entertaining videos, we’ve got a solution for just about every school.

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