Welcome, IDPE Conference Attendees

As fundraising and alumni engagement professionals, the work you do is critical to providing the best educational experience possible at your institution. Graham-Pelton is pleased to be a sponsor of the 2019 IDPE Annual Conference and offer you a complimentary one-on-one consulting session.

Complimentary Consulting Sessions

We are offering exclusive opportunities to connect with the industry’s leading experts on a topic of your choice. There are a limited number of one-on-one consulting sessions so be sure to secure your free slot.

Andy Wood

Andy Wood

Managing Director

  • Fundraising Strategy
  • Corporate Giving
  • Benchmarking

Elizabeth Zeigler

President & CEO

  • Nonprofit Leadership
  • Campaign Management
  • Donor Messaging
Becki Mckinlay

Becki Mckinlay

Managing Consultant

  • Strategy
  • Campaign Planning
  • Organizational Effectiveness

John Claughton

Senior Counsel

  • Bursaries
  • The Role of Heads
  • Capital Fundraising
Charles Platt

Charles Platt

Senior Counsel

  • Board Management
  • Parent Fundraising
  • US & UK Experiences

don't miss us at these general conference sessions

20 years of IDPE: the impact of development on schools

Monday, 10 June 13:45 – 14:30
Our expert panel will explore the history and the emerging trends of school development and across the wider fundraising sector. We’ll discuss the impact of our work, what the benchmarking can tell us, and how the learning from the past 20 years can inform and shape our future success.
Panelists: Luke Deering, VP Business Development, Graduway; Andrew Harris, Executive Director of Campaigns, Aston University; Dan Keyworth, Director of Customer Success, Blackbaud
Chair: Becki Mckinlay, Managing Consultant, Graham-Pelton

Benchmarking – early findings and how to use them to advance your work

Monday, 10 June 14:40 – 15:40

The benchmarking survey continues to be one of the largest in global education fundraising. We will share some of the key early findings from the latest survey, highlight best practice, discuss challenges and, importantly, use our expert analysis to provide some early takeaways to move all types of development programmes forward.

Speaker: Andy Wood, Managing Director, Graham-Pelton
Chair: Matthew Dear, Director of Development, Oundle Society

Genuine impact through integrated bursary fundraising

Tuesday, 11 June, 10:25 – 11:05

A stellar panel will share their insights and experiences of delivering major bursary fundraising programmes, the benefits they bring to schools and the joined-up approach required to deliver something truly transformational.

Panelists: Martin Boulton, High Master, The Manchester Grammar School; John Claughton, Senior Counsel, Graham-Pelton; Ian Davenport, CEO, SpringBoard Foundation
Chair: Elisabeth Anderson, Director of Development, Bryanston School

Effective trustee leadership: what board members, development professionals and heads must know

Tuesday, 11 June 15:00 – 16:00

Without the strategic involvement of your school’s Board of Trustees, it can be difficult to meet your fundraising objectives. But what should that involvement look like? What happens when the appropriate investment does not take place – or, conversely, when governing bodies become too involved in development? Using the IDPE and Graham-Pelton benchmarking findings, this session will explore the areas where strategic investment is necessary, along with the ways to consider and evaluate the oft-discussed ROI.

Panelists: Charles Platt, Development Committee Chair, Miss Hall’s School Pittsfield, Massachusetts; Mark Taylor, Bursar, The King’s School, Canterbury; Elizabeth Zeigler, President and CEO, Graham-Pelton
Chair: Andrew Beales, Development Director, Durham School

About Graham-Pelton

We are a fundraising and management consulting firm for leading nonprofits worldwide. Our mission is clear: elevate philanthropy so nonprofits can flourish.

Graham-Pelton partners with IDPE to produce the UK’s largest benchmarking survey in the sector. The resource has become a vital tool in the nation’s development offices.

Insights and Analysis

What is the value of a Development Office?

Paving the way for impact

Our benchmarking report

The UK’s largest fundraising survey for the education sector

Why is the slowest form of fundraising also the most urgent?

Embracing legacy giving