As a premier progressive school, our expert faculty frequently have their work published in educational journals, present at local and national conferences and share their expertise in roundtables and symposia. Parker’s staff members are also specialists in their fields and often contribute to national dialogues, as John G. Levi Director of Development Brent Caburnay recently demonstrated at the INDEX Advancement Conference in San Diego, California.
As one of three panelists speaking on “Emerging Trends in Major Gifts,” Caburnay tapped his eight years of fundraising experience at Parker to comment on challenges and opportunities in the future landscape of development officers across the country. He spoke specifically about aspects of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion within his department’s work identifying unique ways to engage and steward volunteers. Representing Parker as an example of a mid-sized school, Caburnay was joined by his peers from the Westminster Schools in Georgia and Berwick Academy in Maine, who spoke to nuances of large and small schools, respectively.
Reflecting upon the experience and others like it, Caburnay stated, “I'm proud of Parker's network of dedicated development volunteers who work tirelessly on behalf of the school to help raise funds to advance our educational program as well as support our robust financial assistance program. Our well-developed and nurtured volunteer program was admired by many at the conference looking to expand the work of their own programs.”
Conference participants were both shocked and impressed that the school has volunteers who have been meeting weekly with the development team since 1996. Caburnay said, “It speaks to the culture of the school, where philanthropy has been so deeply ingrained in who we are as a community since the founding of Parker.”