Sponsors Directory 2023-2024



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Coakley & Williams Construction (CWC) is the independent school builder of choice in the DMV. We have been trusted to build more than 75 projects at 26 prestigious private schools because we understand the value of donor dollars, schedule, and student, faculty & campus safety. We work with our clients on preliminary estimates, scheduling, and planning support. Based in Bethesda, MD, CWC has provided general contracting services in the DMV for 60+ years.

Learn more at www.coakleywilliams.com


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cox graae + spack architects is a nationally recognized architectural design, planning, programming, space planning, and interior design firm based in the historic Georgetown district of Washington, DC. Through 35 years of practice, the firm has distinguished itself as one of metropolitan Washington’s leading Architectural services providers with a specialty in institutional and educational design. Our body of work has received consistent praise for its sound planning principles and a clear architectural expression that is sensitive to its context and highly reflective of each client’s unique culture. We are engaged and challenged by the creative process of working with academic communities and their stakeholders to develop a framework for consensus building and intelligent decision-making. 

Learn more at https://cgsarchitects.com/


Venable has been representing independent schools nationwide for more than 25 years. Our independent school attorneys provide legal expertise and strategic guidance to a wide variety of educational institutions consistent with the school’s culture and mission. As a full-service national law firm, Venable handles virtually every type of legal issue facing independent schools.

Learn more at www.venable.com



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For over 50 years, The Budd Group has developed and executed facility solutions for clients in education, medical, government, corporate, manufacturing, commercial, retail, religious and hospitality facilities. Because our solutions are carefully customized to the needs of each customer and facility, the following provides only a sample of our capabilities. Whatever your facility needs, contact us today and let us develop a custom solution for you.

Learn more at buddgroup.com


DLR Group | Bowie Gridley located in the high energy Penn Quarter area of Washington, DC, is a premier architectural firm  that specializes in working with independent schools to develop strategic campus planning and building design solutions that are appropriate to each institution’s unique needs and mission. Our deep portfolio includes a long history of partnerships in the greater Washington area, as well as work with schools throughout the United States and internationally. Our expertise, breadth of experience, and collaborative approach spans the planning and design of academic and student life, arts, athletics, and residential facilities, as well as a specialty in historic preservation. This complements and strengthens DLR Group’s stature as the number one K-12 education design firm in the United States.

Learn more at https://www.dlrgroup.com/independent-schools/


Educators Benefit Services (EBS) is committed to providing high-quality, affordable employee benefits, and management support services to independent schools. EBS is the exclusive broker and administrator of AIMS Health. The Plan provides benefits to over 64 schools, covering nearly 8000 members.

EBS has been enormously successful for more than thirty years – in fact, it is one of the most successful independent school health insurance groups in the country. That success has been built upon favorable pricing; outstanding service both to schools and individual policyholders; and exceptionally low overhead costs, reflecting the nonprofit nature of the EBS mission.

Learn more at https://www.aimsmddc.org/mpage/EBS_Home

At FLIK Independent School Dining, we believe every meal is a moment to eat, share, and connect. As the only dining services company exclusively catering to private and independent k-12 schools, FISD is proud to nourish school communities across the greater Washington DC area. At FISD we lead the industry with our commitment to the highest food standards, sustainable and local sourcing, and our world class people and innovation. Rooted in nutrition education, we ensure the student experience and the entire campus community can make healthy food choices every day. It is our mission to empower a community of kindness through great food, with respect for each other and our amazing planet.

Learn more at: https://www.flikisd.com/


For over 30 years, Lynx Investment Advisory has been providing independent schools, non-profit organizations, endowments, high-net worth individuals and families objective, conflict-free investment advisory services.  By delivering investment advice on a fee-only, fiduciary basis, with no affiliation to banks or broker/dealers, Lynx’s clients receive recommendations unbiased by outside influence. Each portfolio is designed and implemented based on the client’s unique goals and needs – offering an individualized approach to every client we work with. 

Learn more at: www.lynxinvestment.com

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PrepMatters offers one-on-one test preparation, educational planning, and academic tutoring to students in the DC Metropolitan area and all over the world. Partnering with families, schools, and local non-profits with a shared commitment to education, we strive to help all students reach their educational goals. We believe that these successful outcomes help not only individuals but also the entire community and that to achieve success preparation matters.

Learn more at www.prepmatters.com

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RCM&D is ranked among the top independent insurance advisory firms in the United States. Our specialized teams provide strategic solutions and consulting for risk management, insurance, and employee benefits. Leveraging 130 years of experience, RCM&D’s dedicated Education Practice serves more educational institutions and consortiums than any other broker in the mid-Atlantic region. With in-depth industry knowledge, we provide a consultative approach to help your institution identify unique exposures and determine the most effective risk mitigation techniques.

Learn more at www.rcmd.com




Philanthropy doesn’t happen by itself. It requires a thoughtful and systematic approach. The Compass Group is a national fundraising consulting firm that teaches mission-based organizations to build their capacity for sustainable impact. With an average of 32 years of experience, our consultants leverage real-world expertise to provide tailored service, balancing the application of art and science. Our culture—and service model—is based on partnership. As a minority-led business, we proudly serve the most diverse portfolio in the industry. This broad experience, combined with our expertise from working with more than 50 independent schools, means you’ll benefit from our unique blend of best practices and fresh thinking. 

 Learn more at www.compassgroup.com


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ConnectOne Bank serves the financial needs of independent K-12 educational institutions along the eastern seaboard. Recognized for outstanding client services and accessibility to decision-makers, ConnectOne Bank offers creative financial solutions consisting of campus renovation and expansion financing (both taxable & tax-exempt), including ground-up construction and real estate acquisition. Additionally, the Bank provides cash management services that typically reduce/eliminate bank service fees while increasing interest income on operating balances.

Learn more at https://www.connectonebank.com



LeadTeam Partners facilitates the school partner search process for school administrators. We work with private schools nationally to help find the right consultant, coach, facilitator, speaker, or vendor for your needs. 

Learn more at: https://www.leadteampartners.com/

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USI is one of the largest insurance brokerage and consulting firms in the world, specializing in property and casualty, employee benefits, personal risk and specialty products. USI combines its client-centric culture at the local level with leading edge technical resources on the national level. With approximately 200 offices, we have a team of professionals nearby ready to serve you.

Learn more at: www.usi.com



A.W.G. Dewar, Inc. has been the leading provider of tuition reimbursement insurance for over 90 years. Serving nearly 1,200 leading independent schools across North America, The Tuition Refund Plan offers substantial protection for both schools and their families from the financial consequences of student withdrawals and dismissals.

Learn more at: www.tuitionrefundplan.com


Marsh McLennan Agency is one of the nation's leading insurance brokerages, providing comprehensive risk management and employee benefit solutions to organizations of all sizes. Designed to meet the unique needs of growing schools, MMA combines capabilities with caring, global reach with local support, and advanced technology with human connection. MMA’s proprietary and fully customizable tuition insurance product, Protect My Tuition ™, leverages world-class resources to protect independent school families’ most important investments - the education of their children. Our team of dedicated claims specialists know what independent schools encounter daily and have settled millions in tuition insurance claims. Our goal is to make withdrawals or tuition continuance as easy as possible for both the school and student.

Learn more at: https://www.marshmma.com/us/home.html