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Strategic Plan: Thriveability

To move beyond sustainability to thriveability requires the entire school community to understand how philanthropy, volunteerism, and innovation can work together to advance our mission and realize our dreams. These goals focus on financial stewardship, business development, and innovation. 

Thriveability Initiatives:

  • Continue to steward La Scuola prudently through its growth into a prek-8 
  • Convene an ad hoc committee to explore how to grow non-tuition revenue
  • Develop programs to drive enrollment growth: SST, marketing & retention 
  • Significantly strengthen and sustain philanthropic support within and outside the parent body by creating a culture of philanthropy 
  • Conduct a comprehensive campaign to finance campus expansions 

2019-2020 Academic Year 

  • Worked with Mission Minded to strengthen La Scuola’s unique value proposition to drive admissions and advancement efforts 
  • Moved from Development model (narrow focus only on fundraising) to an Advancement model that builds awareness and support for the mission with all constituencies to drive retention, satisfaction and philanthropy. 
  • Hired Advancement Director to broaden philanthropy efforts and streamline communications among stakeholders to support the school mission and vision 
  • Annual Fund $520K with (92% participation (vs. $600K goal)
  • La Dolce Vita Gala Fundraiser: $293K (vs. $300K goal), held virtually due to COVID-19 Shelter in Place
  • Comprehensive campaign started with 100% board commitments secured
  • COVID-PPP loan applied for and received to support operations

2018-2019 Academic Year 

  • Conducted capital campaign feasibility study, led by outside consultants at Graham Pelton, to set fundraising goals, timeline and process
  • Hired Mission Minded to help La Scuola to streamline its brand identity and purpose and improve its messaging across constituencies.