Improved Leadership Annual Giving Program

Three Reasons to Reinvest, Revitalize, or Initiate Leadership Annual Giving

Leadership Annual Giving Benefits Annual giving staff can often feel as if they are being pulled in multiple directions with priorities ranging from expanding the donor base, building a pipeline, and raising unrestricted dollars. The result is that annual giving staff are often left to determine—with finite resources available—how they can allocate and prioritize time […]

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donor-advised fund processing

Best Practices for Processing Donor-Advised Funds

In our last client advisory, we explored donor-advised funds (DAFs)—why donors choose them, how organizations can take advantage of them, and how donor-advised funds donors are different from traditional donors. Donor-advised funds represent an important and growing fundraising opportunity. But what happens once a donor-advised fund transaction comes through a nonprofit organization’s door? How do […]

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Senior Associate, Liberal Arts – Education Practice

Since our inception BWF has helped leading liberal arts colleges build strong advancement programs and execute transformational campaigns.  We are expanding our team of consultants who work with this select group within higher education. We seek an experienced advancement professional who believes in the importance of a liberal arts education and understands the unique opportunities liberal arts […]

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donor-advised funds

Maximize Donor-Advised Fund Distributions

Donor-Advised Funds Are Growing Donor-Advised Funds (DAFs) continue to be a popular philanthropic choice for many donors, so nonprofits need to learn how to maximize donor-advised fund distributions. Once a niche market, the growth of DAFs is outpacing other giving vehicles. According to the 2015 Donor-Advised Fund Report from the National Philanthropic Trust, DAFs experienced an […]

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Tech Nonprofit Collaborates with Organizations to Maximize Impact

Here is a great read and podcast featuring Jake Porway, the founder of DataKind, a nonprofit that connects nonprofits to technologists to solve problems.  The article and podcast focuses on data beyond  spreadsheets or funder reports, how it can be used in the social sector, and how collaboration can help solve challenging problems. Here is […]

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Multi-Vendor Partnerships

Multi-Vendor Partnerships

Points of Practice – Multi-Vendor Partnerships In the October 2016 issue of Bentz Whaley Flessner’s Points of Practice, author Jason Boley describes how organizations are turning to multi-vendor partnerships to address how fundraising operations have grown increasingly complex due to advances in technology and the need to support multi-channel fundraising initiatives. Whether the topic is […]

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Scoring

From “Science Project” to Real Value

Forbes contributor Jason Bloomberg recently wrote about big data themes emerging from the Strata+Hadoop World conference, held at the end of September in New York. The conference bills itself as a deep dive into emerging techniques and technologies between cutting edge science and business fundamentals. Particularly, it serves as a venue for speakers and vendors […]

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NFL Data Visualization

Love football and the NFL? What about data visualization? Check out a map that shows NFL fans across the country. There are a couple interesting teams that span huge, different sections of the country (Dallas, Pittsburgh) and also teams that dominate particular regions (Minnesota, Green Bay, New England), and interesting multi-team states (Florida, California, North Carolina). […]

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What Can a $23M Drug Bust Teach Us About Predictive Modeling?

At the end of August, news broke about a record-setting drug bust in Australia that caught world-wide attention. Three Canadians were allegedly caught trying to smuggle $23M worth of cocaine (about 200lbs!) into Australia via a cruise ship they had been traveling on. What’s the connection between this amazing story and the world of fundraising […]

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