2015-2016 Annual Report ~ Membership Renewal Information
Annual Report ~ Membership Renewal Information, June 2015
“This was one of the best ADVIS presentations that I've attended. The presenters dealt with a difficult topic in a non- threatening very erudite manner. They backed up what they said with data. Their style and manner made everyone feel comfortable in participating in a safe environment. Add their humor to the mix and it was one dynamic, informative, two thumbs up workshop. I learned a great deal and left with renewed energy to continue talking about inclusivity and racial competence in my school.”
~ 2014-2015 ADVIS Diversity Program Attendee
Raising Big Money in a Small Shop
was simply a great conversation. The speakers were engaged, interesting and candid. I left feeling inspired by their energy and success.”
~ 2014-2015 ADVIS Development Retreat Attendee
"Richard Honack was probably the best speaker I have heard at an ADVIS event. He was knowledgeable, engaging, and had the kind of enthusiasm that made you feel like you were sitting in a college class. I left feeling like I gained a wealth of information that was useful for all of the departments I work with - Advancement, Alumni, and Admissions."
~ 2014-2015 ADVIS Admissions Retreat Attendee
ADVIS Annual Report & Membership Renewal
“A dynamic community of independent schools in the Greater Delaware Valley and beyond, ADVIS enriches and sustains schools through advocacy, thought leadership, professional development, and networking opportunities.”
Dear Heads of School,
This year the ADVIS Board completed a thoughtful review of ADVIS’s mission that concluded with reframing our mission statement to more accurately reflect our work and better support our marketing efforts. We are very pleased to officially unveil our new mission statement - please view the full
mission statement with operational principles
This process segued nicely with discussions throughout the past year with the
Multicultural Resource Center of the Philadelphia Independent Schools
, an organization well known to some of you as
. MCRC was founded in 1990 and is dedicated to social justice and support for all aspects of diversity in our schools through providing excellent professional development opportunities for faculty, students and administrators. We found that there is much synergy between the two organizations, which already have a history of partnership, and that a merger makes sense. We are delighted to announce that effective July 1, 2015, MCRC will merge with ADVIS, and that a rich track of diversity programs, to be known by the moniker
, will add significant value to your ADVIS membership. We will launch by offering the very successful
New Educator Institute
, which will occur on August 27 at The Episcopal Academy, to
ADVIS member schools! Please
for a summary of the process and outcome of these discussions, and be sure to view the
of our website.
The Board also reviewed ADVIS’s Bylaws this year, specifically to incorporate language to allow the Board to remove a trustee who no longer is employed by his or her school. As part of this process, the Board voted to change the title of the Executive Director to President, and that of Board President to Board Chair, in keeping with current trends and the growth of the organization.
Part and parcel of the planning and discussions behind all of these initiatives has been affirmation of ADVIS’s commitment to its foundation – you, the membership -serving your professional development and advocacy needs. We are pleased to report that this year we had the highest participation rate in our professional development programs in the last four years, with 94% of our schools attending at least one program, and 64% attending an equal or higher number of programs than the previous year (compared to 56% for 2013-14/2012-13). Please take a moment to
view this Professional Development Report for 2014-15
– it affirms the value of ADVIS membership and offers a snapshot preview of the year ahead. We are particularly pleased to have again achieved high ratings on our programs meeting attendees’ expectations, and also our increased connections with local colleges and universities – this will be a continued area of focus for us.
Of course, member schools also benefit from services we provide such as our free administrative job postings, placement of advertisements of policy of nondiscrimin-
ation as required by the IRS, our common recommendation forms, and our regional marketing campaign, designed to drive the public to the ADVIS website to learn about independent private education and YOUR school, through the search function and school profiles housed on our site. Once again, we will analyze the past year’s results and evaluate new opportunities, ever seeking a better ROI on this line item in our budget for our members.
As we conclude 2014-2015 and approach ADVIS’s 35th anniversary year, we have a great story to tell: several big new initiatives in the works, including
and MCRC@ADVIS, increased support for marketing and other services to our schools, and increased corporate support! All this together with maintaining a minimal increase in our membership fee – at just $.10 per enrolled student, we are very pleased to keep the increase this year to just 1% overall (of course this will vary by school, depending on both school size and enrollment fluctuations year-year).
A copy of your school membership invoice has been sent directly to your Business Office, and we will soon send a pre-populated online membership information form to your assistant (or whoever you have designated - if this person has changed, please let us know) to update our database – this feeds both the School Search function on our website and our new online Membership Directory.
We hope you agree that ADVIS membership yields tangible high-value benefits. We very much value your participation in the association and look forward to serving you in the coming year. Best wishes for a restorative summer!
Christopher R. Tompkins
Board Chair, ADVIS
P.S. Don’t miss the opportunity to become part of the cohort of school teams that will work throughout the year on breaking down silos to think and plan strategically, guided by Grant Lichtman (
view event information here
). We are pleased to partner with PAISBOA to offer this program.
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