Fundraising Experts

for School Systems and Education Organizations
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We support strategic fundraising, development planning, and operations to ensure you have the resources needed to achieve your mission.

Our team can help you identify your highest leverage fundraising opportunities, build short and long-term strategies to ensure ongoing organizational success, or mitigate funding gaps, and provide targeted, tactical support to meet your fundraising needs.

Some examples of our suite of services include:

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Strategic Fundraising Plans

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Support building fundraising boards
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Leadership Coaching

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Capital campaign support

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Grant research writing

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Building donor lists

OUR FUNDRAISING PLATFORM

The Case for Support

We create or update your case-for-support. This way, you have a foundational set of materials to guide all asks.

Pipeline Analytics

We build or update your weighted pipeline, clarifying annual goals and potential gaps driven by market-based probabilities. The outcome is a dynamic dashboard illustrating where you are at all times.

Funder and Partnership Development

We create lists of best-fit funders and partners based on your mission, geography, and funding goals. We also coach you through executing the ask to ensure you have the tools to win funds when the time comes.

Board Engagement

We give you job descriptions and recruitment strategies for ensuring the correct people are at the table, and coaching to ensure your Board are executing their fundraising responsibilities with tact and efficiency.

Fundraising Strategic Planning

We facilitate workshops that clarify who you are, what you do, and how you will raise the cash flow needed to operate on an ongoing basis. These goals and activities are foundational to your org-wide strategic plan.

Development Staff Research

We find you the most effective fundraisers in the market through our search platform.

The Stronger Advantage

We’re Playing Chess.

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Radical Candor

We tell you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear.

Analytical Horsepower

Our staff are analytically and quantitatively advanced with experience at top-tier consulting firms.

Lived Experience

Our staff are former teachers, administrators, and non-profit executives. We know the work because we’ve done the work.

Supportive Partnership

We are with you for the long-haul, including implementation phases.

Structured Approach

Our insights derive from time-tested protocols and consultancies. You’ll never wonder where we’re headed or why.

How We Work

Stronger Consulting is a mission-driven education consulting firm. We partner with you to develop the strategies, tactics, and tools necessary to build a reliable and consistently successful fundraising capability. While our team can do all of the work for you, we can also strengthen your internal capacity to run your “fundraising shop” so you can reach organizational sustainability faster and with more certainty.

Evaluate Your Fundraising Preparedness

As a partner in your organization’s success, the team at Stronger Consulting has created this fundraising quiz to help you assess where you are in your fundraising evolution, and determine how close you are to excellence across several important areas.

Our Fundraising Approach

Operational plan to leave no stone unturned

We clarify a specific, observable path forward so that you know exactly who has what by when to meet your goals.

Pipeline dashboard and analytics

We work to build or polish your weighted pipeline, leveraging best-in-class sales practices to chunk out your path forward.

Focus on fundamentals

We revisit fundamental activities including renewals, upgrades, and campaign material creation to establish a strong foundation.

Stronger’s Fundraising Clients Include

We approach our work with the following principles: 

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We provide a client-driven process, rather than relying on “ready-made” programs.

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We are a partner, committed to building the capacity of your organization.

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We value real-time feedback and make adjustments to our services as needed.

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We believe that the ultimate success of this work lies in its long-term sustainability.

Why We Do What We Do

Short Answer

Building and Sustaining Opportunities for Young People

Long Answer

The Stronger Consulting team strives to create and support inclusive, equity-focused organizations filled with individuals from diverse communities who are committed to building strong non-profit organizations. We believe that by providing you and your team with effective fundraising strategies, development team coaching, and targeted and customized fundraising resources, we can help you achieve your mission of creating exceptional outcomes for all children, families, teachers and leaders. 

Case Studies

Safe Space Kit for LGBTQIA – A Resource for Schools and Youth Leaders

Learn about creating safe spaces for kids with this tool kit. GLSEN Safe Space Kit (linked here)

Addressing the Digital Divide | Loss of Learning is Exacerbated When Students Can’t Afford the Technology Schools Use to Ensure Continuity of Learning

How Can We Expect Students to Thrive if They Can’t Afford Technology? It is no secret that access and exposure to technology -- as well as an understanding and fluency related to all aspects of it, has not been equitable across the K-12 landscape, historically....

School Administrator Year End Reflection and Wellness Session

Join us Thursday, June 10th, 9-10:30 AM Pacific Time for our Administrators Reflection Session where you will have time to pause, reflect, record your learnings, and begin to look into how you want to integrate into next year.  See this TW Reflection Session Flier for...

Case Study: Finding a Change-maker

Date: 2019 Partner: EL Education Services: Search and Recruiting Location: New York, NY The Launch At the outset of the search, we understood that the successful candidate would be an experienced change-maker with depth in the portfolio model of schools: a highly...

Case Study: Program Design and Improvement for LA’s Largest Public Charter School Org

Details Date: 2019 Partner: ALLIANCE Services: Program Management Location: Los Angeles, USA The Launch We partnered with Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, the largest public charter school organization in Los Angeles, on program design and improvement.  We...

Case Study: High-Stakes Fundraising and Staffing with Teach for America San Diego

Launch Teach For America San Diego was facing three concurrent challenges, the unexpected departure of a senior development director, a chief of staff on long term medical leave and the need to plan and execute two high-stakes, fundraising events that involved high...

Case Study: Staffing Changemakers with Chicago Public Schools

Launch At the outset of the search, we understood that the successful candidate would be an experienced change-maker with depth in the portfolio model of schools: a highly specific skill-set and candidate profile. Through the benefit of Stronger Consulting’s extensive...

Case Study: Transformation Amid a Crisis

Stronger Consulting supports the South Bend Empowerment Zone’s training efforts at the onset of the pandemic. In March 2020, schools everywhere had to pivot to online teaching and learning with extremely short notice due to a mysterious pandemic making a swift and...

Case Study: A Nationwide Search for an Entrepreneurial Leader

Launch At the outset of the search, we understood that the successful candidate would be an experienced change-maker with depth in the portfolio model of schools: a highly specific skill-set and candidate profile. Through the benefit of Stronger Consulting’s extensive...

How Do you Define Equity?

When school systems and nonprofits have a strong grasp on equity, it is easier to tell that story to funders and donors and find a clear match for the work foundations want to fund and the work organizations are equipped to do.  However, this work isn’t done...

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Program Consulting

In partnership with the Broad Center, Stronger Consulting created a suite of personalized toolkits designed to support new chiefs across different functional areas to enter their new roles effectively and efficiently.  The tool kits included personal development support, entry planning support and advice from CEOs and district leaders.

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Program Consulting

New Schools Venture Fund For the New Schools Venture Fund, Stronger Consulting developed a network and relationships to find educational entrepreneurs interested in becoming new school founders. Stronger Consulting led the outreach campaign including marketing support, pitch calls, and webinars to engage audiences to learn about the Innovative Public School Leaders program. This campaign generated 130 new individual leads, 160 institutional contacts and led to more than 40 applications for innovative school leaders. The Innovative Public Schools program currently has 82 new school ventures underway.

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Program Consulting

Emerge Resilient is a life coaching program designed by Stronger Consulting to support young adults in building a set of life skills and learning how to adapt to be more resilient, and stretch in new ways.  Through this program, which includes horse therapy, participants are equipped to meet young adult life outcomes and grow into functional adults.

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Program Consulting

Stronger Consulting led the model development for Transcend’s “Yellow Hats League,” a network designed to bring together a diverse community of world-class experts who build and spread innovative models of education. From idea conception through execution, we designed the partnership model, developed partnerships with potential clients and service providers, and created a sustainable system to assess and retain partners.

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Program Consulting

In partnership with UC San Diego, Stronger Consulting led program development and fundraising for the PATHS Scholars Program to increase the number, persistence, and success of under-resourced and underrepresented minority students in STEM.

With the Center For Research On Educational Equity, Assessment & Teaching Excellence (CREATE) at UC San Diego, Stronger Consulting developed programing, protocols and relationships with industry corporate partners to provide internships and career development for young people who have limited access to these opportunities.  The internship program creates pathways for young people to become connected to the private industry in high school and college and gain exposure to new careers and career pathways.  

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Management Consulting

 

With Brick Education Network, Stronger Consulting tackled three key areas critical to organizational success and sustainability.  By developing a strategic growth plan, consulting on strategic fund development, and constructing a compensation study and total compensation plan, our consultants prepared Brick for the next phase of growth. 

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Management Consulting

At a critical moment of organizational reflection, Stronger Consulting led a CEO and board-level working session which included strategic direction discussions ultimately leading to the next phase of growth for Green Dot Public Schools.  

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Management Consulting

Through a multi-year partnership, Stronger Consulting led strategic fund development including identifying new leads, producing pitch materials, applying for mission-critical grants and establishing a bank for future outreach all resulting in raising 20% of KIPP San Diego’s annual budget.  Stronger Consulting was also a key thought partner in the merger decision of KIPP San Diego and KIPP LA.  

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Search & Recruiting

For College Track Colorado, Stronger Consulting filled multiple roles including a critical Site Director role which needed highly-qualified candidates in a short timeframe.  By creating an extended application to assess candidate skills and experience and conducting thorough screenings that probed for effectiveness and depth in previous roles, College Track was excited and relieved to find a solid candidate match. 

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Seach & Recruiting

In partnership with Equitas Schools, Stronger consulting led the search, interviews, and placement process for three key roles including Chief of Staff, Founding School Principal, and Chief Development officer.

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Program Consulting

Lifting Our Stories is a newly created organization designed to help young people explore career opportunities and access college readiness academic and application  support.  Stronger Consulting provides monthly guidance including organizational founding, by law creation, board development, executive coaching and program resources.  

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Program Consulting

Facing a growing middle school and high school population with no engagement activities, Strong Consulting worked with St. Bart’s Epsicopal to develop a comprehensive youth ministry program and to search and hire for a program coordinator. 

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Program Consulting

In response to COVID-19, Stronger Consulting developed, launched and trained staff on Scholar Unlimited--a traditional summer and after school program that had to be transformed to an online product.  From sourcing and purchasing a learning management system to redesigning a finished product to meet shifting district requirements, Strong Consulting developed curriculum, set up a parent helpline, trained teachers and provided tech support leading to a successful launch and execution. This innovative programmatic solution radically changed the clients product during an urgent and critically important time for children and teachers to access education in new ways.  

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Program Consulting

College Connect in an in-development app geared toward providing young people college counseling support.  Stronger Consulting provides organizational and leadership coaching on a monthly basis which has led to monetary awards for the ed tech product.  

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