Case | HBS Case Collection | June 2006 (Revised January 2007)

Dana Hall: Funding a Mission (A)

by F. Warren McFarlan, Herman B. Leonard and Melissa Tritter


Dana Hall is a private all-girls school in New England facing a crisis in its mission. As social norms shift away from single-sex education, the school's enrollment is falling and deficits are becoming the norm. At the same time, the modern vision for girls' education requires an even greater investment in science and sports--at a time when Dana Hall's resources are lower than ever before. Can the school stay true to its mission? How will it find the funding? Through the story of Blair Jenkins, head of school, this case examines the difficult mission and funding decisions facing many nonprofit organizations.

Keywords: Crisis Management; Financing and Loans; Nonprofit Organizations; Mission and Purpose; Strategic Planning; Education Industry; England;


McFarlan, F. Warren, Herman B. Leonard, and Melissa Tritter. "Dana Hall: Funding a Mission (A)." Harvard Business School Case 306-090, June 2006. (Revised January 2007.)