Independent Schools Face Challenges Related to COVID-19

Experienced school administrator Ari Betof earned an EdD from the University of Pennsylvania, where he received an award of distinction for his dissertation on the financial and organizational sustainability of Friends Schools. Dr. Ari Betof serves as president of Organizational Sustainability Consulting in Brookline, Massachusetts and an expert speaker.

Dr. Betof’s most recent presentation focused on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on independent schools. The presentation, titled “Navigating the COVID-19 Independent School Financial Crisis,” was hosted by the Southern Association of Independent Schools, a professional membership organization that was founded in 1903.

The COVID-19 presentation provided an overview of the financial challenges independent schools currently face, and the importance of strategic decision making. These challenges, which range from ongoing expense obligations to declines in auxiliary income and tuition revenue, threaten to weaken the position of independent schools across the United States. To face these challenges, the presentation provided school leaders with strategies such as mission- and data-driven decision-making.

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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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