Prospecting at the Speed of Philanthropy

Predictive modeling, the process of using data patterns to predict future activity, is well established in fundraising for identifying prospects, prioritizing portfolios, and increasing return on annual giving investments. However, for many organizations, these likelihood indicators remain static for many … Continue reading →

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BWF Client Advisory – The Growing Challenge of Finding and Retaining Operations Talent

In this week’s Client Advisory, Bentz Whaley Flessner addresses the challenges of finding and retaining fundraising talent. As talent management rises in its prominence in leadership concerns, conference agendas, and resource investment, organizations must ensure that the conversation targets both the frontline and the infrastructural talent to make true development success a reality.

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Principles of Training New Major Gift Officers – Part II

Last week we discussed two of the essential principles for training new major gift officers: understanding the donor perspective and clear definition of the donor cycle. This week we have three more. Beyond orienting fundraisers to the nature of major gift philanthropy, organizations must seek to broaden the aptitude of these professionals to work with […]

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Principles of Training New Major Gift Officers—Part 1

The non-profit fundraising sector is in the midst of a major talent shortage, most acutely felt on the frontline. Development officers are getting recruitment calls constantly, even within a few months of moving to a new institution. This model of trading talent back and forth in short intervals to temporarily meet institutions’ hiring demands in […]

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Health Philanthropy in the News – August 2015

For more information on our work with hospitals and health systems, please contact Healthcare Practice Leader, Mark J. Marshall. Enterprise Holdings founder Jack C. Taylor and his family give an additional $5 million to the Gary Olson Endowment Fund at St. Luke’s Hospital. The fund supports the hospital’s ability to continue to provide care for patients with insufficient financial resources, provide funding for […]

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Become A Better Public Speaker

No matter what your job responsibilities entail, effective written and verbal communication skills are critical to success (yes, even if you’re in Advancement Services!) Think back to the last five job postings you saw: how many didn’t require one or … Continue reading →

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Client Advisory – The Growing Impact of Fundraising Analytics

Bentz Whaley Flessner’s sixth annual survey of the fundraising analytics community reveals the expanded use and growing impact of analytics to support fundraising activity. Survey participants from across the United States, Canada, and Europe provided information on staffing, analytics applications, techniques being employed, and the overall impact analytics has on fundraising. Several of the key […]

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BWF Points of Practice – High-Impact Prospect Development

In the August 2015 issue of Bentz Whaley Flessner’s Points of Practice, we’re providing an update on the 2013 predictions of BWF Principal Josh Birkholz with regards to the five key ways that prospect development would transform fundraising. Two years later, we’re revisiting his predictions. Which ones hit the mark? What’s missing or new that […]

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