• Research, Theory, and Analysis

    For years now, this phrase has been the tagline for Ideas & Perspectives, our flagship publication. The phrase not only reflects the content of our advisory letter, but it resides at the core of Independent School Management’s raison d'être—supporting private-independent school leaders.

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Volunteering and Civic Life in America 2012

Released December 2012. The Volunteering and Civic Life in America web site provides inclusive information allowing civic leaders, nonprofit organizations, and interested individuals to retrieve a wide range of information regarding demographic trends and rankings for volunteering and civic engagement activities in their regions, states, and metro areas. Data was collected through two supplements to the Current Population Survey to which thousands of Americans respond: the volunteer supplement and the civic supplement. This document highlights some of the key findings from the new data released in 2011.

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The 2012 Bank of America Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy: Issues Driving Charitable Activities Among Wealthy Households

Released November 2012. The 2012 Bank of America Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy examines the giving patterns, priorities, and attitudes of America’s wealthiest households for the year 2011. This study reveals consistent trends in the giving and volunteering behaviors of high net worth individuals and households from previous years, as well as departures from past trends. The study, the fourth in a series written and researched by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University in partnership with Bank of America (in particular, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management), builds on previous studies issued in 2006, 2008, and 2010.

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Annual ISM Parent Re-enrollment Survey Brief, April 2012

Released April 2012. In January 2012, Independent School Management issued an invitation to School Heads to ask their current families to participate in a brief online research survey. The schools, of every type, size and configuration, were not "selected" in any manner. They were simply a current or past client school for which we had the Head's email address. We asked 5135 schools in the United States to participate. The Heads were sent all information necessary to participate in the initial invitation. We cannot definitively say how many schools chose to participate, just that 6,311 families took the survey, representing 8077 students. One of the purposes of this survey was to gather data on factors impacting private school families' re-enrollment decision, and whether or not they planned to re-enroll.

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Annual ISM Parent Re-enrollment Survey 2011: ISM Research Brief: Overall

Released June 2011. In January 2011, ISM issued an invitation to School Heads to ask their current families to participate in a brief online research survey.  We asked 5,135 schools in the United States to participate, of which 238 schools were members of The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS). Another 112 Canadian school were invited to participate.  One of the purposes of this survey was to gather data on factors impacting private school families’ re-enrollment decision, and whether or not they planned to re-enroll. This is the 92-page report of the overall study.

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Annual ISM Parent Re-enrollment Survey 2011: ISM Research Brief: USA

Released June 2011. In January 2011, ISM issued an invitation to School Heads to ask their current families to participate in a brief online research survey.  One of the purposes of this survey was to gather data on factors impacting private school families’ re-enrollment decision, and whether or not they planned to re-enroll. We asked 5,135 schools in the United States to participate, of which 238 schools were members of The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS). This 92-page report focuses on data derived from private schools in the U.S.

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Annual ISM Parent Re-enrollment Survey 2011: ISM Research Brief: The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)

Released June 2011. In January 2011, ISM issued an invitation to School Heads to ask their current families to participate in a brief online research survey. One of the purposes of this survey was to gather data on factors impacting private school families’ re-enrollment decision, and whether or not they planned to re-enroll. We asked 5,135 schools in the United States to participate, of which 238 schools were members of The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS). This report focuses on data derived from boarding schools in the U.S.

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