Reading, Writing, Arithmetic and Philanthropy
- Survey superintendents, principals, teachers, volunteers, donors and others to gather their thoughts on how the foundation operating structure can be improved.
- Ask these individuals to participate in a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) session to gather thoughts and ownership.
- Create a strategic and operational philanthropic plan.
- Provide each principal with unrestricted funds to do whatever he or she desires to promote teaching, research and service. This could include continuing education funds for teachers, materials for teachers in the classroom, funds for volunteers, etc.
- Look at best-of-class programs, and see which new ideas can work for you.
- Be flexible and open to possibilities.
- Create endowment funds, and use restricted and unrestricted funds wisely.
The needs and pressure for additional private dollars for public school foundations are great. The days of a single operational focus for a public school foundation are over. Make every constituency own philanthropy and seek to broaden your impact. The teachers and children are waiting.
Duke has extensive experience as a nonprofit practitioner, author, lecturer and consultant. He has been a contributing author to NonProfit PRO for the last 11 years. He has been a long-standing member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals where he was previously named the AFP Indiana Chapter Fundraising Executive of the Year and has held the CFRE designation for many years.
He received his doctorate degree from West Virginia University with an emphasis in education administration, master's degree from Marshall University with an emphasis in public administration and a bachelor's degree from West Virginia University with an emphasis in marketing/management. He has also completed post graduate work at the University of Louisville.
He is currently executive director of development for The Salvation Army Indiana Division in Indianapolis, Indiana. Contact Duke at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-224-1029.