Whether your school is completely new to fundraising or in the early stages of its development journey, we can help you create strong foundations

We offer practical, step-by-step advice to help you get started and ensure the right elements are in place to raise fundraising income and build a long-term culture of philanthropic giving.

We offer a wide range of services:

01.Start-up packages

How ready are you to fundraise? That’s the question behind our start-up work. We find out what you wish to fundraise for, assess your community and stakeholders, and audit your resources. As part of the process, we review your school’s strategic plan for the next five to ten years: success is dependent on being able to articulate the strategic importance of fundraising and on the quality or status of stakeholder (e.g. alumni, parents, past parents, local businesses) relations. 

Some schools prefer to receive a road map of next steps to work through independently, while others ask us to continue to guide them on their journey.  In both cases our work might include: 

  • Developing action-bound timelines to keep fundraising on track 
  • Providing templates for development plans 
  • Desk research and data preparation 
  • Drafting cases for support 
  • Recruiting junior team members to set up a database and support alumni relations 
  • Inducting or mentoring new staff 
  • Carrying out preliminary surveys 
  • Conducting initial discussions with your high-net-worth individuals 
  • Devising and supporting gift solicitation strategies 
  • Drafting a longer term development strategy and plan 

In most schools, this process of putting the key elements in place lasts three to six months. 


"RSAcademics' long-standing experience in philanthropy, common sense approach and the credibility they establish with senior leaders from the beginning, were among the factors that led us to choosing this consultancy."

Anonymous, Tonbridge School

Get in touch

Email Rachael Petrie, Head of Philanthropy, via rachaelpetrie@rsacademics.com

Call Rachael on +44 1858 467449