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Storytelling can strengthen your outreach to potential families, donors, and others by connecting you with your reader on an emotional level. Read more about the power of storytelling in this excerpt from Messaging and Branding: A How-To Guide.
To get the most from new media, you and your fund-raising staff must blend time-honored capabilities with ones that are gaining importance. Read more in this excerpt from the Handbook of Philanthropy at Independent Schools, Fourth Edition.
"Auctions and Raffles: Dos, Don'ts, Hows, and Whys" is a comprehensive guide to federal rules and regulations regarding auctions and raffles.
Every generation experiences distinct social changes that impact their values, beliefs, and behaviors. This visual explores how these differences impact giving.
This guide explains your Affordable Care Act obligations as an employer, including requirements particular to educational institutions.
In this excerpt by Helen A. Colson from Philanthropy at Independent Schools, fourth edition, the author describes the responsibilities of trustees.
In this excerpt from Philanthropy at Independent Schools, fourth edition, chapter author Michael Stoner describes new skills to look for.
If your development program is to thrive, your school must recruit and retain the right development director, a professional always eager to learn more in a fast-changing field. Read tips about finding the right development director for your school.
AIM is a comprehensive campus-wide assessment tool that engages your school community in evaluating inclusivity and multiculturalism.
The Truth in Lending Act may impact your payment plans and your ability to collect tuition. Are you making the required disclosures? Read this helpful article to find out.
Summaries, infographics, and discussions from NAIS's Deep Dive into the economics of independent schools.
Schools may be asked about the health effects of Wi-Fi technology by parents, teachers, students, and others in their communities. The following resources may prove to be helpful in addressing these inquiries.
NAIS Financially Sustainable Schools Advisory: Whether times are good or bad, no school likes to see students walk out the door before their time.
The 2013 NAIS and United Educators Study Abroad Risk Survey and Summit Report will help schools understand the risks associated with international travel.
Parents are rarely happy about paying tuition after a student has left the school without finishing the year. Occasionally they try and find a silver lining through a tax deduction. What do you say? This publication will help!
Comparing your school's figures to other school's information can help you set goals, assess your progress, and make data-driven decisions. StatsOnline data covers all aspects of school operations, including salaries, enrollment, admissions, and more.
While many have begun to see the value of marketing and research, most independent schools are not fully capitalizing on the potential to significantly enhance areas like enrollment and community engagement. Lessons from the business world can help.
In January, the IRS held a webinar specifically addressing good governance issues for nonprofits. This overview covers the areas of focus in the webinar, a likely sign of potential audit flags or focused attention in the future.
A list of NAIS resources on preventing and responding to suspected educator sexual misconduct.
Under the extreme stress of a crisis, best intentions can turn into actions that are harmful to a school. Here are five tips to shift your mindset in a crisis and ensure that you help your school survive its darkest time and come out stronger.
While responsibilities of the executive assistant to the head vary by institution, these guidelines provide a common standard of leadership and good practice for the individuals responsibile for managing the head of school’s office.
To help your school provide benefits to heads at a reasonable level, and, in the process not generate an income tax liability, this legal advisory covers the basics of benefits and tax concerns they may raise.
Schools can encourage faculty, administrators, and staff to enhance their education background by providing tax-free financial support through an educational assistance program (EAP). This advisory explains EAPS, their requirements, and their exceptions.
Although NAIS schools are not subject to federal income tax, they are subject to myriad reporting requirements imposed by the IRS. This advisory describes eight common tax forms applicable to independent schools.
This advisory explains the ins and outs of unrelated business income tax (UBIT).
In this excerpt from the 2013-14 NAIS Trendbook, NAIS's Amada Torres outlines trends in giving by gender and age.
Security consultant Art Gordon lists some questions that can serve as a first step in security assessment for your school
Creating a safe school is a blend of prevention, risk assessment, and mitigation. This excerpt from the 2013-2014 NAIS Trendbook touches on emergency management plans and threat assessment.
Your school may have started its retirement plan a long time ago, but do you have an official, written plan document? The IRS has provided a window of opportunity to make sure you have a written plan … but it closes on December 31, 2013.
"Technology in Independent Schools: Selected Legal Issues" provides answers to commonly asked legal questions.
Within the Trustee Site, in the second section covering Board Operations, this is the article detailing how to ensure financial sustainability.
Within the Trustee Site, in the second section covering Board Operations, this is the article detailing the board's role in fund raising for the school.
Within the Trustee Site, in the third section covering Key Board Roles, this is the article detailing fiduciary responsibilities of the board.
This is the landing page for the board operations section of the Governance/Trustee site on the NAIS website.
This crisis case study exercise will help school crisis teams test their crisis plans and practice their responses.
Whether you're setting tuition or recognizing the new normal or reading up on financial sustainability for your school.
In this presentation given by NAIS President Patrick F. Bassett at the 2012 SSS Leadership Forum, you'll learn strategies.
NAIS president Patrick F. Bassett reflects on how heads, admin teams, and boards can support one another and provide stellar leadership in difficult times. What does the current environmental scan tell us?
The president of NAIS defines goals for schools by using data proxies as “dashboard indicators.” He examines how the data on admissions, fundraising, financial aid, ....
The president of NAIS identifies industry trend lines on admissions, financial aid, family incomes, and affordability, and considers the challenges the changing landscape presents for independent schools.
The president of NAIS illustrates with current NAIS data the trends for schools that will impact on financial sustainability.
The president of NAIS offers a model for thinking about mission statements and their intersection with all the elements of strategy-making.
The president of NAIS uses the latest research and observations from the field from expert counsel and experienced practitioners to identify the top 10 trends in development today.
The president of NAIS, in his February 2010 address to the membership at Annual Conference, illustrates the "signs of the Apocalypse" that school leaders must face down.
Click on the link below to view the PowerPoint presentation NAIS President Patrick F. Bassett gave during the 2011 President's Breakfast and Annual Meeting at the 2011 NAIS Annual Conference in National Harbor, MD (just outside of Washington, DC).
Click on the link below to view the updated version of the PowerPoint presentation NAIS President Patrick F. Bassett gave during the opening general session of the 2011 NAIS Annual Conference.
This monograph presents crisis decision-making protocols for schools to follow when a PR, media, or constituent crisis rears its head. The protocols are meant to be used as guidelines by administrators and boards, both in trial runs and for actual events.