We are the Institute for School & Parish Development

The Institute for School and Parish Development (ISPD) is a national development consulting, coaching, and educational firm working exclusively with Catholic institutions. We serve Catholic schools, parishes, and dioceses by helping them create and establish effective processes that engage people and invite resources in order to make the mission and vision come alive. We invite you to explore our services/offerings and schedule a conversation to discover how we can best serve you.
Years In Business
Clients Served
Catholic Leaders Taught

Key Service Areas

Strategic Planning

Capital Campaigns

Enrollment Management

Development Assessments

Development Organization

The FISH! Philosophy

10 Ways ISPD Serves You


We Are Catholic.

Headquartered in New Orleans, LA, we work exclusively with Catholic schools, parishes, and (arch)dioceses throughout the country. Our associates are Catholic leaders with over 250 years of combined experience in development/advancement/stewardship/enrollment management.

Our Mission Is Dynamic.

ISPD Mission: Through consulting, coaching, and educating, we bring people, process, and ministry together to help build the Kingdom of God.

We Engage People.

In our consulting, coaching, and teaching processes, we show you how to meaningfully engage people in order to grow your mission and vision.

We Have 34+ Years of Nationwide Experience.

We are proud of our proven track record of successful partnerships with hundreds of Catholic schools, parishes, and (arch) dioceses throughout the country.

We Are Objective.

We guide you through your challenges, help create strategic solutions, and offer best practices in order to support and integrate your vision, mission, and core values.

We Consult On-Site, On-Line, or Hybrid.

Our Assessment, Strategic Planning, Enrollment Management, Feasibility Study, Capital Campaign, and Total Stewardship processes are fine-tuned for success.

We Offer Professional Development (PD) Opportunities

From our annual Summer Development School (3-Day Conference) to our educational workshops, presentations and publications, ISPD excels in our PD offerings.

We Teach On-line.

In partnership with the University of Dayton’s Institute for Pastoral Initiatives, each semester we teach on—line/for-credit courses in Catholic school and parish development.

We Are Affordable.

Our consulting processes, on-line courses, and our Summer Development School are all reasonably priced.

We Encourage All to Move ``Beyond Mediocrity.``

ISPD encourages, motivates, and guides our Catholic clients to move “beyond mediocrity.”