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Girls Preparatory School

Chattanooga, TN

Director of Development

The new Director of Development will join a community that benefits from a strong sense of tradition as well as the energy and excitement surrounding the creation of the Reaching Our Highest Potential strategic plan. Building on the success of GPS’s fundraising to date will be critical to securing the resources necessary for the achievement of the strategic plan and the continued pursuit of the school’s vision: “GPS strives to stand among the nation’s leading schools and is driven to educate and prepare our girls to be a strong force in the global community and to be recognized as models of active and ethical citizenship.”  Like many schools, GPS has a core of long-term, loyal donors who have been generous to the school for many years but have reached or are approaching their capacity for giving. Accordingly, a key priority for the future is expanding the current base of support by engaging the next generation of parents, grandparents, and alumnae. Identifying the varying needs of different constituents and tailoring approaches to communication, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship to meet donor expectations will be an important element of ensuring that both existing and new donors continue to make Girls Preparatory School a philanthropic priority for years to come. The school will also put a particular focus on creating more meaningful opportunities for alumnae to engage with each other as well as better communicating the ways in which GPS is educating, inspiring, and empowering girls in order to strengthen alumnae’s commitment to the school itself. The fundraising firm Grenzebach Glier and Associates is currently conducting an audit of the entire development effort to identify additional opportunities for growth, to obtain data that will inform overall strategy as well as specific goals, and to suggest the ideal structure of the development staff. Click here for a full description.



Jessica McCann, Jennifer Sherry, & L. Lincoln Eldredge Brigham Hill Consultancy


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