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Staffing goes hand-in-hand with preparing for and implementing a campaign. In development we expect to have to increase our staff sizes to increase fundraising results for a campaign. In this week’s Client Advisory, Bentz Whaley Flessner addresses four key questions that help steer development leaders into the most effective campaign staffing situations.

Boeing and the family of the late Bill Boeing Jr. will donate $30 million to the Museum of Flight in part to help promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs. The company donation of $15 million will create the “Boeing Academy for STEM Learning” at the museum, which will fund a variety of [...]

In this issue of Points of Practice, the Bentz Whaley Flessner analytics team presents results of its sixth annual survey of the fundraising analytics community. Results demonstrate the significant and positive impact of analytics across our industry, the maturation and continued development of the analytics professional, and a wider variety of the uses of analytics within fundraising.

Salaries for American fundraisers were flat in 2014, according to a new survey — a finding at odds with what experts and others are reporting from the field. The median salary for fundraisers was $65,000 last year, the same as it was in 2013, according to the Association of Fundraising Professionals annual compensation survey. Indeed, the [...]

Donations to Greek children’s charities have dived since the government imposed drastic curbs on bank withdrawals, putting some volunteer-run services at risk just when they are needed most. One charity chief is turning to the millions of Greeks who live abroad for help, as business and individual donors at home cannot get hold of cash [...]

A Russian billionaire announced Monday he has committed $100 million to a 10-year international effort led by UC Berkeley astronomers to seek messages from advanced civilizations on planets throughout the Milky Way and galaxies far beyond. The project is by far the most ambitious and costly endeavor in what is known as SETI, the Search [...]

New rules for the Combined Federal Campaign, scheduled to take effect January 1, 2016, have been pushed back a year, according to the Office of Personnel Management. The delay until the 2017 campaign is not related to the recently disclosed hack of the office’s database of federal employees’ personal information, said OPM public-affairs specialist Lindsay Haake. “The [...]

The Smithsonian launched its first-ever crowdfunding campaign on Monday (July 20) in an effort to preserve, conserve and display the spacesuit that Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong wore while becoming the first man to walk on the moon. The Washington, DC institution inaugurated a multi-project partnership with the crowdfunding website Kickstarter with “Reboot the Suit,” [...]

By the mid-1990s, the Houghton family, whose wealth is derived from the glass and ceramic material manufacturer Corning, was into its sixth generation. Many of the cousins felt they had lost touch and were drifting away from the family. An adviser suggested that they come together around philanthropy, specifically giving money to organizations around Corning, [...]

Bentz Whaley Flessner Principal and DonorCast Founder, Josh Birkholz offers his take on the trends that stand out in this year’s Giving USA report on charitable giving. Hear what he has to say in this special video included in this week’s Client Advisory.