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 […]
The announcement this week of the Penny and Phil Knight gift of $500 million to the University of Oregon, the largest ever to a public university, shows that while 2015 was a record year for 8-figure and 9-figure gifts, 2016 is on track to see even more. The growing and new fortune in the world’s […]
Read Bruce Flessner’s comments on the Great Recession in the Chronicle of Philanthropy February 2, 2011, article on donations to colleges. Read Article
In our recent online briefing, “The Profile of the Super Donor: Who is making the 8- and 9-figure gifts,” we touched upon the rise of the anonymous donor. The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University has collected data over the last decade that indicates only 3% to 5% of large gifts have historically come from […]
Five key emerging trends and approaches to feasibility studies for the evolving philanthropic landscape.
Advancement and development audits have evolved to help institutions thrive in the 21st century philanthropic environment.
Philanthropic institutions will rebound from the economic downturn using concepts such strategic partnerships, data mining and analytics, and best practices.
Campaigns of today are resembling campaigns of the past with a focus on facilities.
Bruce Flessner offers his insight in Annual Giving in 2010 and beyond.
BWF continues to see challenges for grassroots fundraising as the unemployment rate rises and Americans remain cautious about their economic situation; however, the recovery is already showing a return of lost wealth.
On Wednesday the Federal Reserve released the minutes from their August 11 and 12 meeting. The Fed viewpoint was that the economic recovery steps had strengthened their confidence that the downturn in economic activity was ending. This end of the recession is also the dominant viewpoint in the survey of leading economists by the Wall […]
Too many development shops are focused on where the economy is now. Last fall Bentz Whaley Flessner looked at where the economy was going to be and advised clients that budgets and gift levels would be difficult in the quarters ahead. We shared our insight in client advisories, spoke at conferences around the continent, and […]
Giving in turbulent economic times presents special challenges. What worked one or two years ago may not be an effective approach right now. For a thorough analysis of giving strategies in this bear market, turn to the philanthropy experts at Bentz Whaley Flessner. Visit www.bwf.com to download the white paper on Giving in Tough Times […]
Bentz Whaley Flessner urges caution in making the case for your institution based on the volatility of financial markets. In the long run, development programs will be asked to make the case for the permanent charitable capital of endowment. Communicating that current financial struggles occur because of an institution’s dependency on endowment can linger with […]
The retirement of approximately 78 million baby boomers has been the most widely anticipated demographic shift by gift planning experts in recent years.