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Notre Dame Schools

Utica, NY

Notre Dame had set a $15M goal to renovate its existing school, and needed a campaign planning study to assess whether it was attainable.


Notre Dame Schools, in Utica, NY, encompass a private Catholic elementary and junior/senior high school (the latter is Utica's only Catholic secondary school, which in 1976 merged three independent schools).


Notre Dame sought to launch an initiative to renovate and build out its existing school, which had been constructed in 1960, and to provide additional scholarships for students. They had set a goal of $15 million and needed a campaign planning study to assess whether that goal was attainable.

Our Solution

Innovative Resources conducted an extensive planning study that included interviews with individuals inside and outside the organization. Our recommendations, in addition to assessing the outlook for a financial goal (which we determined was $2 to $4 million), included implementing strategies that were beyond the original scope of the study, such as creating a board of trustees, building alumni and volunteer engagement, and revamping the school’s admissions model.


Although Innovative Resources did not conduct the comprehensive campaign itself, Notre Dame went on to raise our study’s predicted $4 million, which was then matched by a local foundation. They were able to renovate their school building. The school followed our study’s recommendations and created a board of trustees and revised its admissions model, therefore making significant progress toward long-term sustainability.