Trends and Advice for Cultivating Healthy Independent Schools

Dr. Ari Betof is the president and founder of Organizational Sustainability Consulting, a firm that coaches and advises senior leaders and trustees of independent schools, small colleges, and other organizations in the nonprofit sectors. He recently shared his perspective on trends and advice for independent school financial sustainability from the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Annual Conference.

Ari Betof highlighted the development of “rapid prototyping” both by NAIS and individual schools.  He also identified meaningful progress in major initiatives in the sector by organizations like Mastery Transcript Consortium.

A second reflection was the continued hesitancy by school leaders to see the challenges in the broader market as being proportionately relevant to their own schools.  He describes this phenomenon as the “seduction of false optimism” and suggests it poses a risk for nonprofit organizations that do not acknowledge the facts of their reality.

The third reflection was the development of new tools that can aid school leaders, but only if they have the time and understanding to use them.

Dr. Ari Betof also offered perspective about how to leverage meaningful takeaways from an intensive conference experience. He concluded the piece by highlighting the contributions of Pearl Rock Kane, who passed away in March 2019. Pearl was the longtime Director of the Klingenstein Center at Columbia University.

Read Dr. Ari Betof’s full article on Medium.







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Ari Betof is a senior leader and management consultant with 15+ years of experience building sustainable organizations and maximizing revenue growth. He leverages a combination of expertise in organizational stewardship and transferable skills such as principal gift fundraising, quantitative analysis, and strategic planning to drive mission-aligned, high-impact change. Ari is an agile, savvy, and emotionally intelligent partner who achieves results, builds trusting relationships, develops others, and creates scalable systems. He thrives in high-pressure, complex environments while bringing together diverse sets of stakeholders. Core competencies include: • Building high performing teams • Leadership development • Executive coaching • Organizational effectiveness • Change management • Strategic planning and implementation • Business development • Fundraising • Quantitative analysis

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