Marburn Academy


Changes in instructional design, advances in technology, new extracurricular activities, and a rapidly growing student body drove the Marburn Academy to develop a new vision for the school. Marburn had been leasing Walden Elementary from Columbus City Schools since the 1980s, but its age and configuration could not sustain the school’s growth. Modular classrooms and common areas were accommodating high school students, and adding trailers disrupted their community model.

Services Provided

  • Campaign Counsel


A new Marburn Academy was built and opened in the fall of 2016 in New Albany. This new 55,000 square foot school houses all students (k-12) under one roof and features three academic neighborhoods: elementary, middle, and high schools. The elementary school neighborhood has five 900 square foot classrooms to accommodate 16 students each. Each of the middle and high schools’ neighborhoods has six classrooms that includes a common area where students and teachers can mingle. Marburn Academy used to serve 170 students annually and now serves more than 250 students!

Our Impact

Cramer & Associates was instrumental in developing a strategic and detailed campaign plan for Marburn Academy for its first ever capital campaign. We also created an advancement structure for the school to carry out both the campaign and annual fundraising operations. Over the course of three years, the philanthropic goal for the campaign increased several times – beginning at $8 million and increasing to more than $13 million by the end of the campaign. The campaign required careful thought, consideration, and planning in order to garner the most dynamic volunteer team to assist them in achieving the end goal.

Campaign Facts

» Rick Milenthal – Campaign Chair
» Craig Morrison – Board Chair
» 55,000 square foot k-12 school
» Total Goal: $13+ million

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