Le Jardin Academy
Finding the Right Solution for Le Jardin Academy’s Development Needs
Le Jardin Academy is an International Baccalaureate World School located in Kailua, Hawaii that provides its students with a global education. The school strives to create curious, active learners who excel scholastically and have the opportunity to develop their personal skills and talents. The students are supported in learning to lead balanced, healthy lives, to appreciate the arts, and to value the diverse perspectives of other people and cultures.
Le Jardin Academy brought Shannon Cleary on in January of 2016 to run the advancement department, which was a new initiative for the school. The school received a grant that was requested by the board of directors because they felt that starting an advancement office would benefit their growing school. When Shannon came on board, her immediate task was to look at the systems and positions that the school currently had in place. One of the major changes that she set in motion was moving to a model that encompassed an associate director of development, associate director of communications, stewardship and relations coordinator, and a data coordinator. Prior to this, the school had individual roles for marketing, public relations, and development.
The second major change was moving from the school’s Senior Systems software solution to Raiser’s Edge NXT, Blackbaud’s fully integrated cloud fundraising and CRM solution built exclusively for nonprofits. Le Jardin Academy uses Senior Systems for its SIS, but the software did not have the robust capabilities to support the school’s new advancement office. Shannon had experience with Raiser’s Edge™ in her previous job and she knew that it could be beneficial to Le Jardin.
Once Shannon and her staff made the decision to move forward with the purchase of Raiser’s Edge NXT, they worked closely with their Blackbaud account manager during the entire implementation process. “Our account manager spent time to determine what our specific needs were as a school, and then he tailored the set of solutions to meet those needs,” Shannon shared. He was also able to connect Le Jardin Academy with other schools that previously used Senior Systems but have since migrated over to Raiser’s Edge NXT to support their development needs.