MORRISTOWN, NJ. Representatives from seven European schools visited The Peck School in Morristown on April 25th as part of The Institute for Development Professionals in Education (IDPE) inaugural US Study Tour. The IDPE is a United Kingdom based organization that brings together development professionals in Europe for networking and professional development. The fundraising professionals made the trip across the Atlantic to explore and learn from outstanding independent school development offices in the tri-state area.

At independent schools, annual gifts provide crucial additional funds to supplement tuition and endowment revenue.  At The Peck School, annual gifts go directly to enhance the school’s program and student experience; funding advanced educational programming, increased professional development opportunities for teachers, and unique community experiences for students and their families.

“We were blown away by our visit to The Peck School, literally and figuratively. The school is steeped in a history and culture of giving something back. Indeed, since its founding, the Peck School and its students have benefited from loyalty, generosity, and strong sense of community,” said Glen Fendley, IDPE chair and Head of Development at the Girls’ Day School Trust in England.

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The tour was hosted locally by Graham-Pelton, a consulting firm for leading non-profit organizations worldwide. A global firm with European offices in London, Dublin, and Edinburgh, Graham-Pelton is committed to elevating the profession in the area. Professional fundraising in UK schools is a rapidly increasing field. It has more than doubled in the last decade, with double-digit growth in funds raised annually.

Independent schools like The Peck School in Morristown are considered “models” in the field of Development, with long traditions of philanthropy. 

“We are so grateful for the high participation levels in annual giving we get from staff, faculty, parents, and alumni. Every gift to the annual fund is a vote of confidence for the school’s mission. It was nice to shine a spotlight on the confidence our donors have in our program,” said Joan Myers, Director of Advancement at The Peck School.