Ask the Consultants: Free Q&A on Development Concerns

Ask the Consultants: Free Q&A on Development Concerns
Ask the Consultants: Free Q&A on Development Concerns

Time: 3:00pm ET

Join ISM Consultants to ask your most pressing questions about the challenges Development Leaders face today.

Come prepared with questions about fundraising amid uncertainty, how to connect with major donors, strategies to boost the annual fund, and more.

This is a free Q&A session.


This Week's Panel of ISM Consultants

Michael Christopher

Michael Christopher, IAP-L

ISM Consultant

Michael shares his expertise in building comprehensive development programs from the ground up. He believes a successful development program has solid operations, strong annual funds, proactive constituent cultivation, and robust communication and marketing programs.

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

  • Serves on the ISM Advancement Academy faculty
  • Acts as a member of the ISM Summer Institute faculty
  • Authors and co-authors articles for ISM publications, including Ideas & Perspectives
  • Presents national education conferences, including CASE-NAIS, APC, ISAS, NAIS, and NAES
  • Assists schools with development, planning, governance, and school identity as an ISM Consultant

Michael previously served as the Assistant Headmaster for Development at Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis, Tennessee, a PK–12 International Baccalaureate World School of 860 students. He holds the Leader Certification through ISM’s International Advancement Program (IAP−L) .




Herb Soles

Herbert P. Soles, CFRE, IAP-L

ISM Consultant

Herb provides consulting services in the areas of development and fundraising. His expertise includes extensive knowledge of major gifts programs, endowment, and planned giving as a way to increase donors’ capacity to give at leadership levels.

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

  • Consults in the areas of major gift fundraising, capital campaigns, and staff development;
  • Serves as one of the planning architects for ISM’s weeklong Advancement Academy;
  • Acts as an instructor and mentor during Advancement Academy; and
  • Co-teaches ISM’s Summer Institute workshop on capital campaigns.

He holds the Leader Certification through ISM’s International Advancement Program (IAP−L) and is a Certified Fundraising Executive.

Herb has coached advancement teams that have been recognized twice by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education in the Achievement in Mobilizing Support Award competition. He has received seven other national awards for alumni participation, publication improvement, and fundraising management.

Herb has presented at 21 national education conferences, including CASE, NAIS, and NAES.



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