Creating a Culture of Philanthropy [Podcast]

Doreen Rice

Doreen Rice

Doreen Rice is the director of advancement at The Pembroke Hill School in Kansas City, MO. She has been at Pembroke Hill for 21 years and in independent school advancement for nearly 25 years.

Pembroke Hill School is a coed day school serving 1,200 students age 2 years through Grade 12.  Pembroke Hill is a merged school. The Pembroke-Country Day School for boys (founded in 1910) and The Sunset Hill School for girls (founded in 1913) joined forces in 1984 to become The Pembroke Hill School. For anyone in school fundraising, you know the challenge of building donor loyalty to merged schools. The school celebrated its Centennial in 2010-11.

During Doreen's time at Pembroke Hill, the school has experienced significant growth in its Annual Fund.  Additionally, a recent endowment campaign raised nearly $18 million far surpassing the goal of $13 million, and a record number of estate commitments have been received during the current school year.

Over the past 10 years Pembroke Hill has done a fabulous job building a culture of philanthropy. Yes, they have successfully completed a capital campaign, grown their annual fund and endowment, and increased planned giving. But their success goes beyond simple fundraising. In this podcast Doreen discusses the wide range of efforts they have undertaken; friend raising and leadership donor cultivation; educating the community about the positive affects of the annual fund and endowment on the entire school community; and the need for capital giving and planned giving. And they have seen increases in both the size of gifts and the percentage of giving among alums, parents and faculty. Most important to Pembroke Hill is the fact that all of their efforts are driven by support of their mission.

What Doreen shares in this podcast is a blueprint for building the giving culture we all want at our schools.

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