Fast Facts About ADVIS:
Over 130 Member Schools in the tristate, 13 county Greater Delaware Valley region…
Educate nearly 50,000 students in pre-kindergarten through high school; 31% students of color
Employ over 11,000 faculty, administrators, and staff
Award nearly $325,000,000 in need based financial aid to 36% of students
Represent more than 500,000 alumni
Collectively have an annual operating budget greater than one billion dollars!
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ADVIS – E. E. Ford Foundation Transformative Models for Independent School Sustainability    
In November of 2017, ADVIS was awarded a $100,000 grant by the Edward E. Ford Foundation, which we will match 1:1, to support transformative collaboration for financial sustainability amongst our schools.
On October 17, 2018, we held an exposition of exemplars of such efforts from around the country, featuring John Gulla, Executive Director of the E. E. Ford Foundation as keynote speaker, and a panel of school leaders moderated by Marc Frankel and Judith Schechtman of Triangle Associates. Panelists included John Kerney, The Winchendon School; Robert Kosasky, St. Andrew's Episcopal School; D. Scott Looney, Hawken School; Michael Nachbar, Global Online Academy; Bernie Noe, Lakeside School; and Charlie Sachs, The Greenwich Country Day School/The Stanwich School.
The application process is now open for seed $$ funding for innovative, collaborative projects that explore and experiment with school partnerships that might result in potentially transformative operational models of our schools. As per the Foundation’s terms, at least one member of every project team receiving funding must be an ADVIS/NAIS member with an Upper School; beyond this, the possibilities are limited only by conventional thinking! In order for an application to be considered, at least one team member school must have attended the October 17th program. Questions about the application process should be directed to Barbara Kraus-Blackney, For the initial round of funding, applications are due by December 31, 2018. ADVIS may extend this deadline if we have not committed all funds after reviewing applications submitted in the first call for proposals.
Use the links below (and in the navigation menu on the left) to access:
  • Making the Case
  • Featured Initiatives & Possible Collaboration Models
  • Industry Disruptors
  • Articles of Interest
  • Consultants with Expertise in Design Thinking, Strategic Thinking, Mergers and Acquisitions
To facilitate collaboration and inquiry around transformative projects for independent school sustainability, we have created a group in the ADVIS Ning – our online community – for all those who attended our program on 10/17/18. The group is called ADVIS-E.E. Ford Grant Program: Transformative Models and can be joined by clicking on the following link and requesting to join the group: ADVIS-E.E. Ford Grant Program: Transformative Models

Please note, to join the group you must first be a member of the ADVIS Ning. If you are not already a member of the ADVIS Ning, click on the following invitation link to request access: Once we receive your request, we will approve your Ning membership and you may then use the GROUP LINK above to request access to the E. E. Ford group. If you have any questions about the process of joining the Ning or the group, please don’t hesitate to call the ADVIS office!

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