Affinity Partner Program

Affinity Partner

Affinity Partners provide goods and services to NBOA member schools at a discounted rate. This relationship is special and unique. NBOA Affinity Partners share a commitment to the independent school community and offer these savings to demonstrate that commitment and add value to NBOA membership.

Below is a complete list of organizations recognized as NBOA Affinity Partners. They have agreed to provide special below-market or hard-to-find pricing to NBOA member schools. Take advantage of these great savings!

Questions? Contact Chris Kalavsky at or call 202-407-7146.

NBOA Affinity Partners

APPI Energy

APPI Energy

Founded in 1996, APPI Energy delivers apples-to-apples comparisons of supplier prices and contracts and negotiates supply solutions that reduce and manage energy costs on an ongoing basis for commercial and industrial customers. NBOA members will receive a complimentary preliminary consultation and account data analysis.

Arthur J. Gallagher

Arthur J. Gallagher (TULIP Program)

Use TULIP (Tenant-User Liability Insurance Policy) to provide insurance for individuals or organizations using your school's facilities.

Dude Solutions

Dude Solutions

Dude Solutions, formerly known as SchoolDude, is the leading provider of operations management solutions for educational institutions – serving more than 700 private and independent schools nationwide. NBOA members receive a 10% discount on the purchase of new Dude Solutions software.

First American

First American Education Finance

First American Education Finance and its parent, City National Bank, offers a Purchasing Card Program combining competitive online management and legendary service. Each program is customized to the individual school’s needs. First American has proudly served over 700 schools regarding their leasing and financing needs over the past 25 years.

ISM Insurance

ISM Insurance

ISM Insurance provides group life insurance and long-term disability (LTD) insurance at guaranteed rate reductions through the Independent School Group Insurance Trust (IS/IT). The NBOA discount averages 10% off a school's in-force plan.



Praesidium's mission is to help protect those in your care from abuse and to help preserve trust in your organization. With over 25 years of experience, Praesidium knows how to prevent the sexual abuse of children and vulnerable adults by employees, volunteers, and other program participants. Praesidium employs more than 40 staff, which include licensed social workers, lawyers, psychologists, health care researchers and other experts.

Whalen Berez

The Whalen Berez Group

The Whalen Berez Group is a highly regarded educational interior design specialist providing a turn-key approach to NBOA members’ new building and renovation projects. This can include: furniture programming and procurement, interior design, millwork and custom solutions, flooring, lighting, and more. The end result is great design and significant cost savings.


Winter Webinar Series

Stay Up-to-Date on Hot Topics in Independent School Business & Business Operations

From endowment spending to hiring and retention strategies, learn about the latest information most relevant to your job as an independent school professional in an easy and accessible format. Webinars are held on select Thursdays at 3 PM ET. 

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