2015Nov11

Client Advisory – Are Your Development Officers Prepared to Raise More Money?

Many of our clients are preparing for or headed into a major campaign. Their success will depend on many things: engaged donors, clear priorities, sufficient infrastructure, etc. Campaigns also largely rely on those agents who transform these important elements into fundraising outcomes: development officers. For DOs to be successful, however, leadership of your development shop […]

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Women in Philanthropy

BWF Client Advisory – A New Pattern of Charitable Giving Among Younger Women

Women have a special role in the world of philanthropy: they live longer than men, have significant input in where gifts are directed in their households, are attending 4-year institutions at a higher rate than men, and tend to give more to social service-related philanthropies. In this week’s Client Advisory, Bentz Whaley Flessner offers a […]

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Weekend Project

In some of my spare time at home I have been focusing on working with Python “pandas”, the data analysis library. This weekend I learned that I was able to import data through the clipboard (that is, whatever you last … Continue reading →

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Predictive Modeling

BWF Client Advisory – 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 years despite the dynamic nature of donor relationships. Now, it is within the reach of […]

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BWF Client Advisory: Learning from Amazon—How Development Programs Can Avoid Mismanaging Talent

Originally published September 23, 2015 Many of our clients have been talking about the New York Times’ recent article on the work environment at Amazon. Amazon prides itself on having a culture of relentless performance. In many ways it can be thought of as a case study for finding the balance between being high performing […]

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Five reasons why fundraisers leave – the challenge of keeping talent in a time of competition

We’ve seen and heard a lot about fundraiser turnover – that the average tenure is 2 years or less an an institution, that millennials don’t have staying power because they’re always looking for the next big thing, that non-profits can’t keep up with rising salaries and titles available in the big shops. But where does […]

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