In a Hurry

AFP Minnesota Chapter Meeting

April 6, 2017  |  7:30–9:30 am  |  St. Mary’s University of Minnesota  | Finding Time to Use the Restroom in between Fundraising Campaigns Join AFP Minnesota for a stimulating conversation about the ins, outs, ups and downs of fundraising campaigns. We’ll investigate issues such as how to navigate campaigns internally among other fundraising activities; how […]

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data conversion

Working with Data in R – Part I: Basics

What is R? R is an extremely powerful statistical & data analysis tool that can help you do your work more efficiently, enable you to perform advanced analyses for a large number of applications, and the new skills will impress your boss and colleagues! R is already widely-used in academic and business circles, and is […]

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NIH Funding Creates Philanthropic Opportunities

21st Century Cures Act: Opportunities to Leverage Philanthropy

If you represent a large academic medical center, medical college, or an institution with a deep medical research enterprise, the recently announced 21st Century Cures Act could offer you positive philanthropic positioning. Passed by overwhelming bipartisan support, the act allocated $4.8 billion toward the National Institutes for Health (NIH) budget, with nearly $4 billion for research. Of course, this funding […]

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Colleges and Universities Raise $41 Billion in 2016

Gifts to higher education reached $41 billion in fiscal year 2016, according to the latest Voluntary Support of Education (VSE) survey. This is only a 1.7 percent increase from the $40.3 billion in 2015, and almost no growth when adjusted for inflation. Harvard University raised the most money, $1.19 billion in fiscal year 2016. The top 20 higher education institutions raised a total of […]

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measuring fundraising success

3 Questions for Understanding Fundraising Success

Proper investment in a philanthropy office is vital to success. With that investment comes increased questions, such as “What will success look like?” These questions come from the C-suite as well as the board. Being able to properly answer the “success” questions about the results of your program can help create partnerships throughout your organization. The […]

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digital fundraising strategy

How Social Media Accelerates Fundraising through Digital Relationship Building

In this month’s Points of Practice, read how digital and social technologies can help take your organization to the next level and allow you to share your mission in ways that are beyond past generations’ wildest imaginations. Where past generations influenced their neighbors and their town, today’s generation has the power through the Internet and […]

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Performance Reviews ROI

Performance Reviews: Increasing ROI

Several organizations have made headlines recently with the announcement that they are doing away with annual performance reviews and are using alternative strategies to evaluate performance. But the jury is still out on whether their alternative strategies will be effective. Be cautious about doing away with your current performance review approach. When aligned with your organization’s […]

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Exhibit Hall

AAMC National Professional Development Conference

March 29—April 1, 2017  |  El Conquistador Resort |  Fajardo, Puerto Rico  | Bentz Whaley Flessner is excited to exhibit at the only conference dedicated to fostering the development of institutional advancement professionals within academic medicine. The conference is designed for academic medicine professionals in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing and public affairs/community relations. Participants […]

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social media and planned giving

Using Social Media to Find Planned Gifts

It is becoming increasingly clear that social media can be a tremendous tool for annual giving shops seeking to engage donors. While annual giving has found value in social media, where does planned or major giving stand? Is there value waiting to be tapped? I believe social tools have reached a stage of maturity that […]

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The Forbes Nonprofit Council shares 5 ways to maximize your data insights

BWF’s 7th annual survey of the fundraising analytics community found that the role of data analytics in fundraising is evolving. Successful shops are investing in more sophisticated tools and methodologies, and leadership is a growing consumer of data-driven insights. Data analysts see this as an opportunity to further develop their own skills and expand their knowledge base […]

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