Head of Philanthropy, Senior Advisor Governance
Debra Price became Head of Philanthropy in January 2016 following 26 years at Benenden School as Development Director and later as Deputy Head. Debra was appointed in 1990 to establish and lead the development function at Benenden and is believed to be the first School Development Director in the UK. She led Benenden’s Development Office for over 20 years before being appointed as the school’s Deputy Head.
As Development Director she established one of the most successful school fundraising operations in the UK. She created models and structures to support an ambitious program of philanthropy and sustainable giving; these included developing a substantial major gifts program, crafting five highly successful capital campaigns, establishing legacy and bursary giving, and creating a range of volunteer support networks both in the UK and around the world. Hallmarks of her work are the development of innovative communications and cultivation programmes in support of every aspect of the giving process. Her experiences as both a Development Director and a Deputy Head have given her a unique insight into how to create fundraising functions that enable philanthropic giving to become accepted, and supported, by the whole school community.
As Deputy Head of Benenden, Debra was responsible for the school’s compliance, and in particular put in place a comprehensive programme of monitoring procedures for the governing body under the auspices of the board’s scrutiny committee to ensure that the board was fully compliant in respect of ‘quality of governance’ requirements. Debra is also a former governor herself, and currently a board member of four Harrow International Schools in China, Bangkok and Hong Kong.
Debra has twice chaired the CASE Europe Annual Schools Conference, and addressed professional association conferences both in the UK, and Asia, on a wide range of fundraising topics.
In addition to her work with RSAcademics she is a director of an educational publishing company, and Education Consultant to Harrow International and its portfolio of schools in China, Hong Kong and Thailand. Debra has also written a Parent’s Guide to Critical Thinking, and a children’s guide to the history of the Household Cavalry.