Dementia currently affects more than 5.5 million people in the U.S., and this number is expected to double to approximately 16 million people in 30 years. This intersection between a growing population and donor demographic greatly emphasizes why all nonprofit organizations must become better aware of the ways in which their reputation, legal standing, and […]
Women Give is an annual report from the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at Indiana University. This year’s study, Women Give 2019: Gender and Giving Across Communities of Color, examines the intersection of race, gender and giving, and asks how we can attend to this intersection in order to better serve our communities and shared futures. Read […]
Consultants: Allison Gannon | Barett T. Christensen
BWF offers strategic fundraising services for nonprofits to invest their fiscal year-end dollars.
Minneapolis, MN, March 18, 2019—Bentz Whaley Flessner (BWF), global fundraising consultancy, has announced changes in its executive leadership team. Joshua Birkholz, 11-year principal, will succeed Bruce Flessner as the Firm’s CEO. Flessner, company founder and principal, is stepping down from his role as CEO and leaving the Firm after 36 years of service. The BWF executive […]
Higher Education Raises $46.73 Billion in 2018 According to the recently released 2018 Voluntary Support of Education (VSE) Survey, charitable support of colleges and universities reached $46.73 billion in 2018, up from $43.6 billion in 2017, a 4.6 percent increase when adjusted for inflation. This included a notable increase in gifts from “other organizations” – […]
BWF is excited to share and celebrate the University of Sydney’s Inspired campaign reaching the $1 billion milestone, the first institution in Australia to do so. We are proud of our partnership and the efforts of the University and its leadership and staff. Congratulations!
It is with great sadness and profound respect that we announce the passing of our founder, and philanthropy colleague, Frank Bentz, on Monday, December 31, 2018. Frank Bentz led the development programs at Western Michigan University, Franklin College and the University of Minnesota before helping found Bentz Whaley Flessner in 1983. The firm grew from […]
Consultants: Annie Harm | Bruce Flessner | Desirae Hammond
As 2019 begins, we can look back on 2018 and explore important trends that have shaped philanthropy and consider how they will affect the year ahead. The world of giving has been shaped by at least five trends: 1. Volatile markets impact giving. December 2017 was a record giving month for many nonprofits in the […]
CHICAGO, IL, November 7, 2018. Bentz Whaley Flessner (BWF) and the Association of Advancement Services Professionals (AASP) are excited to announce our recent partnership focused on the development of a long-term survey strategy and methodology. BWF’s goal is to further support AASP in assessing industry trends, ensuring that the results are broadly informative, connected to […]
The WPI Council is a group of volunteer leaders committed to advancing the vision and mission of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute. Council members serve as ambassadors to external stakeholders, elevate the Women’s Philanthropy Institute profile, and strengthen the institute’s global impact. Bruce Flessner is proud to serve on this committee that recognizes in order to […]
Consultants: Barett T. Christensen | Josh Birkholz
Josh Birkholz, principal at Bentz Whaley Flessner, recently wrote an interesting article articulating our firm’s vision and predictions for platform fundraising. Here is a short excerpt. “Today, it feels similar to the early 1980s of prospect research and the early 2000s of analytics. However, the scattered, under invested new reality is the world of platform […]
Consultants: Alexander Oftelie | Allison Gannon | Andrew Schultz | Barett T. Christensen | Bond Lammey | Emma Hinke | Josh Birkholz
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How has the athletic seating deduction rule worked before this year? Historically donors have not been able to deduct donations for athletic seats because they receive a benefit in return for the donation. Many colleges and universities adhered to the 80/20 principle, which only applied to athletic seating and treats 80% of the seat price […]
Getting new gift officers off to a strong start is important to their future success. They need to feel supported, appreciated, and wanted. Having a thorough onboarding plan is only part of that process. While getting a campus tour to orient them to their new surroundings and providing them with new supplies and office keys […]
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