We conclude our countdown to CASE-NAIS with Ray Happy, Principal and Managing Director at CCS. A partner based in the firm’s New York office, Ray’s busy speaking schedule most recently included TABS International in Boston and CCS’s 2015 Giving USA launch event. On Feb. 1 at 4:00 PM, he will present “Educating Parents about the Role of Philanthropic Support in Funding Independent School Education” with Mary Richter, Director of Institutional Advancement at The Nightingale-Bamford School.

Here Ray shares how this presentation will help development professionals instill a culture of philanthropy among parents and also some of his favorite New York cultural institutions.

Tell us about the work you have done to support the independent school sector.

I have worked with independent schools for the past 15 years.  I have completed more than a dozen campaigns.

Share with us one of your favorite independent school fundraising success stories.  

We have been able to work with our partner schools to have them “re-think” philanthropy, asking for larger gifts and putting together more ambitious plans.

Tell us a little about your CASE-NAIS co-presenter.

Mary Richter is the Director of Development at Nightingale-Bamford.  She has done an amazing job leading the campaign, helping the school make important changes to the campus that have been on the drawing board for a very long time.  She stepped up and provided the leadership to move forward.

How will your session help development leaders become better fundraisers?

We hope to share with leaders our views of philanthropy in the context of ever-increasing tuition.  Many parents do not understand the business plan of private schools and we will share how to speak to parents about this issue.

What is the #1 takeaway from your session that you hope attendees can quickly apply to their practice?

Schools cannot assume that parents will understand the importance and necessity of fundraising.

What is the top New York attraction or activity you recommend to those attending CASE-NAIS from out of town?

Visit The Frick Collection, attend the Metropolitan Opera or a concert at Carnegie Hall.

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