Leaders often look to coaches to help them discover answers to “how to” and “what next” questions. When St. Louis Public Schools Foundation hired a new President, she came to The Rome Group to assist her through fundraising coaching. Her goal was to ensure that she was using the most effective strategies to secure major gifts and to raise more funds for their strategic priorities: early childhood education, college and career readiness, school leaders, and health and wellness.
Our coach helped build the Board of Directors’ confidence in setting ambitious goals to raise the resources required by the District. As the Foundation began to meet its goals through securing significant corporate support, the President turned her attention to individual fundraising. In collaboration with staff and the Development Committee, we developed an annual fundraising plan to grow support primarily from individuals and helped the staff guide in its implementation. As a result, the Foundation hired a full-time Development Director, has grown board giving, and has begun implementing small group fundraisers targeted toward cultivating new individual supporters.
With our coaching, St. Louis Public Schools Foundation’s President raised more funds and increased her comfort level in her role as chief fundraiser.