Development Audit and Fundraising Plan


The Goal

Highline Academy Charter School in Denver needed advice on how to build a robust fundraising program to supplement its public funding. The Board of Directors hired Kathie Kramer Ryan to assess the school’s fundraising efforts to date and the systems in place to process and track gifts as well as to provide recommendations and strategies for maximum improvement.

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The Success

Kathie and her team conducted a development audit to assess Highline Academy’s fundraising efforts and their systems for acknowledging and tracking donors. She interviewed administration, staff and members of the Board of Directors, and evaluated the institution’s readiness to raise and steward the needed funds.

Based on her findings, Kathie recommended strategies to increase individual, foundation, and corporate support for the school. Kathie also suggested that Highline Academy broaden its community presence through organizational branding, a more robust and comprehensive website and social media. 

From Our Client

“Kathie was a pleasure to work with and has a solid grasp of best practices in fundraising and development. She got to know us by conducting the development audit and took into consideration Highline’s limited resources when making recommendations. She presented the Board with a workable plan, tailored to our specific needs, as well as a detailed timeline.”

—   Ruth Kedzior, Board Member, Highline Academy Charter School