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BWF’s 2019 Healthcare Survey Results Released

Our 2019 Healthcare Survey, What the Affluent Think About Giving to Healthcare is designed to keep you informed of trends and attitudes regarding healthcare giving. We hope this information provides insight and assists you in evaluating and fine-tuning your programs to reflect the constantly changing donor landscape. Findings in this year’s survey include increased giving […]

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Stewarding Donors with Dementia

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 […]

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Women Give 2019: Generosity Links Women Across Race and Ethnicity

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 […]

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Bentz Whaley Flessner Announces Executive Transition

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 […]

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BWF Client Advisory: Five Important Findings for Community Hospital Fundraising

For a growing number of hospitals, particularly nonprofit community hospitals, philanthropy is considered a necessity. Philanthropy is no longer seen as only supporting added extras—it’s now a source of revenue that supports the overall care of patients. In many community hospitals across the country, philanthropy is part of the revenue mix and is part of […]

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BWF Client Advisory-VSE Survey Results

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” – […]

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IN MEMORIAM: Frank Bentz 1930-2018

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 […]

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Fundraising in 2018: Looking Back to Move Forward

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 […]

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In the News: BWF and AASP Announce Survey Partnership

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 […]

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Women’s Philanthropy Institute Council

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 […]

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Platform Fundraising is Here: Are You Ready for It?

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 […]

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