Dartmouth Associates

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Higher Education

Since 2020, we have services that can bring success to colleges and universities through both periods of abundance and of crisis. Our consultants can lead philanthropic efforts at institutions whose campaigns range from millions to multi-billions – campaigns that can ensure sustainability and transformational growth. When campuses across the world emptied in 2020, the breadth and depth of our experience in higher education equipped us to help our clients lean into the crisis. Together, we can craft new means of donor engagement, redefined metrics for fundraisers and amplify the importance of higher education’s role in helping to solve the world’s most pressing issues. We are here to ensure colleges and universities of all types maximize the philanthropy that will give them sustainable strength.

Independent Schools​

Philanthropy has the potential to be the most consequential component of non-tuition revenues, and the extreme disruption of the pandemic underscores the significance of a strong fundraising program. Our independent school consultants are immersed in this rapidly changing education landscape. As former practitioners and experienced consultants, we see what is ahead and can immediately shaped our counsel to address the critical needs of our school clients: revisiting strategic plans, assessing fundraising capacity and realistic goals, crafting communication plans for parents and alumni and helping to meaningfully engage donors in the case for support. Times have changed, but our commitment to schools and their unique missions never will.

We Help Transform Aspiration Into Reality

Dartmouth Associate’s client-focused and collaborative approach — paired with a comprehensive suite of strategic consulting, analytical, and communications services — enables us to help mission-driven organizations build the capacity needed to achieve their highest potential through the delivery of customized, sustainable philanthropic solutions.

Invest in a Trusted Partner

In these extraordinarily challenging times, we’ve seen the spirit of generosity not just survive but thrive. Our client-focused, collaborative approach to every engagement positions us to help you build the capacity needed to achieve your highest potential, engaging the passions of donors with the mission and vision of your organization.

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Plan with Clarity and Confidence

Whether you are preparing for a major campaign or moving into post-campaign planning, hoping to grow the annual fund, or looking for metrics to evaluate planned giving, our expert analysts help you untangle the issues and move forward with clarity and confidence.


Keep Pace with Your Goals

Turnover and growth offer both an opportunity for change and a threat to philanthropic initiatives. Effective leadership and management of fundraising programs require skilled fundraising professionals whose contributions drive sustainable growth across all areas of philanthropy. We can help.


Build Internal Capacity

Attracting and retaining development talent is one of the most important, and most challenging, responsibilities of a chief advancement officer. We can help you create and implement a customized talent development program to address your goals.


Tell Your Story

Our team of strategists, writers, and designers focus on telling your story in ways that engage your donors and motivate them to give. Each of our communications experts understands fundraising. It’s what they do. It’s the world they live in.


Strategically Focus Outreach and Cultivation

A comprehensive prospect management program provides a clear and accessible organization wide strategy for building, advancing and managing relationships with constituents. A well-developed program can be the difference between moderate performance and exceptional accomplishments.


Cultivate Partnerships for the Future of Healthcare

An effective grateful fundraising program fundamentally relies on a culture of philanthropy within which senior leadership, clinicians, staff and volunteer leaders share a common belief in the critical importance of philanthropy and a common trust in working as partners to invite support from grateful patients and their families.

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