"Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes."

Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes.” The hit song by the late Jimmy Buffett provides such an appropriate theme for this year’s ISPD Development School. Today, there are many changes and innovations taking place in this world of development–advancement, enrollment management, and stewardship (the Operational Vitality domain). Making sure your “latitude” (freedom to choose the best direction), and your “attitude” (receptiveness to new ideas, best practices, and innovative vision) are in synch can mean the difference between prevailing or just surviving. In celebration of ISPD’s 35th anniversary in June 2024, this year’s Development School has two major components: Day 1 for Catholic Elementary School Principals and Administrators and Days 2-3 for all principals, presidents, pastors, superintendents, associate superintendents, development/advancement directors, board members, enrollment management/admissions directors, faculty/staff, and more.

Countdown to Day One


June 18, 2024: Day One Development School Focus Areas

Special all-day conference specifically designed for Catholic elementary school principals/administrators. This special day for Catholic elementary schools will focus on specific development– advancement– enrollment management topics that principals/administrators can take back and implement right away – your own toolkit!

June 19-20, 2024: Day Two & Three Development School Focus Areas

This is the two-day ISPD Development School open to all – 16 presentations, 8 roundtable discussions, 3 keynote presentations, park bench sessions, and over 20 presenters from across the country.

The ISPD Summer Development School Experience : Day 1 + Days 2 & 3

The Experience begins on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, with a special all-day conference specifically designed for Catholic elementary school principals/administrators. This special day for Catholic elementary schools will focus on specific development– advancement– enrollment management topics that principals/administrators can take back and implement right away – your own toolkit!

The two-day Development School will run from Wednesday, June 19, 2024 through Thursday, June 20, 2024. We invite you to explore the wonderful opportunities that are being presented by reviewing the conference brochure. Over sixteen presentations by Catholic leaders throughout the country plus three keynote offerings from Dr. Tim Uhl, superintendent of schools in the Diocese of Buffalo; Jesse Roberts, founder and CEO of Unbound 360; and Frank Donaldson, ISPD president.

The ISPD 2024 Development School Experience will take place at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside – the premiere leisure hotel that is ideally located along the bank of the Mississippi River, across the street from Harrah’s Casino, walking distance to the Aquarium of the America’s and the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium. The Hilton New Orleans Riverside is also inter-connected to the Outlet Collection at Riverwalk that includes 85 outlet shops, restaurants and a fabulous food court. It is two easy walking blocks to our world-famous French Quarter (where Jimmy Buffet got his start at the Bayou Room in 1967) as well as countless restaurants, art galleries streetcar lines, and more.

*Conference attendees will be able to reserve their rooms at the discounted price of $199/night. 

With the special first day for Catholic elementary school principals/administrators, there will be twelve presentations and four roundtable discussions. With the two-day Development School open to all, there will be sixteen presentations, twelve roundtable discussions, and three keynote presentations.

Topics will include strategic growth planning for Catholic schools and long-range pastoral planning for parishes, annual funds, galas and auctions, enrollment management best practices, publications and communications, planned giving, feasibility studies and capital campaigns, major donor identification and invitation, database management, total stewardship, new parishioner welcome, alumni involvement, and much more will be offered.

Over 20 presenters from throughout the country – superintendents, pastors, presidents, principals, advancement directors, enrollment management/admissions directors, diocesan directors of stewardship, and ISPD associates. Learn and share with people who are making it happen!

  • Mass offered each morning of the conference.
  • Tourist information on Swamp Tours, the New Orleans music scene, Mardi Gras World, WWII Museum, Natchez Steamboat Excursions, French Quarter Walking Tour, Jackson Square/St. Louis Cathedral, a listing of the Top 10 real New Orleans restaurants, and more will be part of the package we will send you upon registration.
  • “It’s Five O’clock Somewhere” reception on Wednesday, June 18th in the famous River Room of the New Orleans Riverside Hilton. Bring your party gear! Margaritas, cheeseburgers, and gumbo will be the order of the day.

The ISPD 2024 Summer Development School is a great way to showcase your company, brand and products to Catholic school and parish administrators. This conference attracts key decision makers including Diocesan Superintendents, Presidents, Principals, Advancement/Development, marketing and enrollment professionals, who are working tirelessly to improve their schools and parish communities.

ISPD Conference sponsorships provide opportunities for attendees to connect and build relationships! We expect between 100 and 200 attendees to this year’s conference. Conference Sponsors will have exclusive access to attendees and will be able to generate qualified leads through our conference app Whova. Used by many organizations, including NCEA, Whova can provide a unique opportunity to connect with our advancement, development and parish administrators.

Price includes : Registration/tuition; Continental breakfast each morning; Lunch each day; Refreshments throughout the day; Wednesday reception; Conference materials

*Special EARLY BIRD rates if you register by April 1st.


ISPD’S 2024 Inaugural Circle of Catholic Champions

In celebration of ISPD’s 35th anniversary, we are introducing ISPD’s 2024 Inaugural Circle of Catholic Champions — a combination of individual Catholic Leaders, parishes, schools, and (arch)dioceses that ISPD has worked with in the past 35 years. They represent the following traits that exhibit true Catholic Development – Advancement – Stewardship excellence:

  • Commitment to engaging people
  • Belonging leads to believing culture
  • Proactive thinking
  • Excellent stewardship of resources they have been given
  • Collaborative leadership
  • Ability to create and share an innovative and dynamic vision
  • Commitment to bringing people to Christ and Christ to people

Customized Guidance Awaits: Reserve a Time for Tailored Support

At the ISPD Summer Development School, we understand that every Catholic school, parish, and (arch)diocese faces its own unique set of challenges and opportunities. That’s why we’re extending a special invitation to you: join us for personalized discussions and chats tailored to address your individual situations.

Whether you’re grappling with enrollment issues, seeking guidance on implementing new educational initiatives, or simply looking for fresh perspectives on how to strengthen your faith community, our team of experienced educators and leaders are here to listen, support, and collaborate with you.

Don’t miss out on this chance to connect with fellow educators and leaders, gain fresh insights, and chart a path forward for your school, parish, or (arch)diocese. Reserve your spot today and let’s start a conversation that can make a real difference.