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Designed specifically for independent school trustees, heads of school, advancement leaders, and other administrators such as the CFO—who are encouraged to attend as a team—this seminar will review the essential steps to planning and orchestrating a successful campaign.

In this 120-minute seminar exclusively for independent schools, two members of GG+A’s Independent Schools Practice Area will discuss the key steps to ensuring your school’s campaign success. Attendees will gain a deep and shared understanding of what it takes to prepare for and execute a campaign with both appropriate aspiration and an achievable timeline.


When: Friday, October 22 at
10:00 a.m. PDT / 12:00 p.m. CDT / 1:00 p.m. EDT
120 minutes

Seminar Faculty


Elizabeth Kolb Farr

Elizabeth Kolb Farr, Senior Vice President and Independent Schools Practice Area Leader
Before joining GG+A, Liz spent 35 years in independent schools–as a student; as a teacher, dorm parent, and coach; and as a development professional. Liz’s lengthy and successful career as an independent school fundraiser included leadership of programs in annual giving, major gifts, capital campaigns, planned giving, alumni engagement, and fundraising events. Among other roles, she served as Associate Director of Development at The Shipley School, as Director of Development at Epiphany School (WA), and as Director of Annual Giving at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart. Liz is an alumna of Friends’ Central School and Vassar College.


Jim McKey, Senior Vice President
Jim began his career as an educator in independent schools, teaching history and providing counseling to college-bound students, before he segued to become Director of Development at Friends’ Central School. During that tenure, Jim served as President of the Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools. Next Jim was Director of Advancement for George School, which under his leadership received the CASE Circle of Excellence Award for overall fundraising performance. His cultivation and stewardship of the School’s lead donor paved the way for a $128 million gift, the largest gift ever to an independent school, and a subsequent bequest of $30 million. Finally, Jim served for 12 years as Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Earlham College, his alma mater, where he managed a staff of 25 and oversaw development, alumni relations, foundation relations, and communications. Under his leadership, Earlham completed a comprehensive campaign that raised $68 million, surpassing its $60 million goal.

Please note: This seminar is specifically meant for K-12 private schools. The content is not appropriate for higher education or other types of institutions.

Registration Information

$299 for up to five (5) participants from the same school ($50 each additional participant)


  • Registered attendees who cancel 10 or more business days prior to the Seminar will be refunded the full registration fee.
  • There will be no refunds for cancellations made fewer than 10 business days before the start of the program. However, should an attendee cancel fewer than 10 business days prior, another attendee from the same school may attend instead at no additional cost.
  • A no-show to the Seminar does not constitute a cancellation. No refunds will be given to no-shows.

Cancellation requests must be made in writing by emailing Damian Chlanda at

Confirmation of Seminar

Occasionally, GG+A may be forced to cancel a scheduled workshop due to insufficient registration. If this is the case, we will cancel the workshop no later than 10 business days prior to the start date. In the unlikely circumstance this happens, registrants will receive a cancellation notice
10 business days prior to the start of the Seminar.


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