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Client: Mount Vernon Presbyterian School, Sandy Springs, Georgia

“Lighthouse understands the school environment, yet their work with a wide range of clients brings added perspective and expertise to bear. They were committed to our success.”

—Jeff Jackson

Former Headmaster

Mount Vernon Presbyterian Academy

President, Georgia Independent School Association

In 2006, Mount Vernon Presbyterian School, an independent school in metropolitan Atlanta, chose Lighthouse Counsel — based on its tailored, energetic approach, its depth of support and scope of expertise — to lead its strategic-planning process following the completion of its campus expansion.

Lighthouse developed a dynamic plan that included a new mission statement, sessions with staff to outline tasks and details, staff coaching for implementation, a communications plan, and a brochure for marketing and cultivation.

“Lighthouse Counsel is big enough to have all the resources we needed, yet they still treated us with individualized service. They enabled us to develop a workable plan with great creativity and objectivity. The results were far better than what we might have achieved without them.”

—Keith Milner

Strategic Planning Co-Chair

Assistant Vice President (retired), AT&T

Mount Vernon then commissioned Lighthouse to prepare an advancement plan, and it also provided support, recruited development staff and worked with the annual fund director during a period when the school was without an advancement director.

Lighthouse produced the annual fund materials and the head of school’s newsletter; and conducted exit interviews and parent, faculty and student satisfaction surveys. Through its partnership with Lighthouse, Mount Vernon’s annual fund increased by 50 percent in one year.