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Case Study: St. Andrews Episcopal School, Jackson, Mississippi

The Challenge St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is an independent, PreK-3 to 12 college preparatory school located on two campuses in Jackson and Ridgeland, Mississippi. Established in 1947, St. Andrew’s has earned a national reputation for academic excellence by helping students find their individual strengths, passions, and paths to future success. In 2013, the school’s leadership began to imagine what a bold future might look like. They reached out to parents and donors for their input, and found strong support. Among the many program needs, two [...]


Case Study: Boys & Girls Club of the Cedar Valley Capital Campaign

The Challenge The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley serves families with some of the lowest income levels in the state of Iowa with 75 percent living under the poverty level. This requires specialized programs for children and teens that address a broad range of concerns from basic health, nutrition and safety to academic tutoring and behavioral mentoring. It also requires adequate facilities and a plan for financial stability. The Boys & Girls Clubs’ aging facilities and physical infrastructure limited the number of [...]


Case Study: Beckman Catholic High School Capital Campaign

The Challenge Beckman Catholic High School was struggling with declining enrollment, competition from public schools, aging facilities, and a need to expand its geographic reach. They realized they needed a capital campaign to bolster their endowment, strengthen the school’s brand, and address its declining physical infrastructure. However, many people there were haunted by the memory of a capital campaign attempt a decade earlier, which had been a difficult struggle. But when they began talks with ACB, we were able to work with Beckman to identify [...]


Be the Star

Gold, frankincense, and myrrh – the gifts of the wise men. They followed the Star of Bethlehem to guide them. No GPS. No Siri. It wasn’t an easy journey, but they made it successfully and took their esteemed place in history. Time, talent, and treasure – the gifts your board members have to offer. Board members don’t always know the way. Your role is to be the star that guides them, illuminates their path. The board has a common series of roles and responsibilities: Review [...]


Championship Rings… What Fundraising can Learn from Professional Sports

Every major sport the world over culminates in some form of championship.  Here in North America we have the National Football League that has the Super Bowl.  The National Hockey League awards the Stanley Cup.  Major League Baseball has the World Series and the National Basketball Association claims World Champions (but if you ask me, both of these are misnomers because they don’t really play against the World). It’s widely known that the championship team receives a trophy and that each player on a winning [...]