Phil Higginson, IAP-L

Phil Higginson, IAP-L
Phil Higginson, IAP-L

ISM Consultant

Phil joined ISM as a full-time Consultant in 2023. A nationally recognized leader in philanthropic efforts and a renowned speaker, his expertise is in fundraising and development. Phil works with schools to develop their strategic vision, establish financial priorities, and formulate campaigns to fund identified strategic initiatives.
Phil most recently served at Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, North Carolina. In over 20 years with this school, starting as the Director of Development and transitioning to the Associate Head of School for Philanthropy, he helped establish 75 new endowments equating to nearly $14M raised in outright and deferred gifts.

Phil started his career in 1987 at Washington International School, Washington DC. Since that time, in his 36 years of independent school advancement work, he has served four additional schools.

At St. Albans School in Washington, DC, he collaborated on a $15 million capital campaign. At Norwood School, Maryland, he headed development programs that included another $15 million capital campaign. He has also served at Sandy Springs Friends School and Landon School, both in Maryland. 

Phil was a founding faculty member for ISM’s Advancement Academy and has served as a planning architect, instructor, and mentor for over 12 years. He teaches workshops related to the 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 Leader Certification through ISM’s International Advancement Program (IAP−L). 

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 served as a member of the CASE District III Board; he chaired the CASE/NAIS conference in 2008 and is a member of the CASE Laureates.

Phil earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Richmond, Virginia.