Donor Relations

Engaging and stewarding donors and prospects

Trust—Just What the Doctor Ordered

Whether you are building a new grateful patient program or simply evolving, the best prescription is a healthy dose of trust. It is not always easy to build trust with development professionals so that physicians feel comfortable entrusting fundraisers with the precious relationships they hold so dear when caring for a patient. BWF’s Kara Wagner describes potential obstacles and ways to overcome them.

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Rethinking Patient Facilitated Access

If you work in healthcare, you likely have been the recipient of a call from a donor looking for help. The donor might be asking for help scheduling an appointment (often seeking a slot sooner than what the donor could get on their own), securing a private room, assisting a friend or family member in a medical crisis, or smoothing out a challenging healthcare experience. These requests raise a host of ethical and logistical challenges. Forces in society and the healthcare industry are shaping contemporary views of facilitated access programs. From healthcare equity to labor shortages to burnout, difficult times put more pressure on philanthropy to deliver.

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Follow these steps to build a powerful annual giving strategy.

8 Steps to Create a Powerful Annual Giving Campaign

A robust annual giving campaign is critical for creating a reliable fundraising stream. Follow these eight steps to build a powerful annual giving approach.

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Donor Love: Three Ways Every Development Team Can Share the Love in February

Great stewardship is important throughout the year, but February is a particularly good time to reach out and share some love with your major donors. Whether you work at a major university or in a health care system or in a small, all-volunteer shop, every organization can give their donors warm fuzzies with a few simple tips.

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Report Review: “Everyday Donors of Color: Diverse Philanthropy During Times of Change”

Across all surveyed, donors of color tend to focus their giving on four principal types of organizations: religious, educational, civil rights and arts, and financial wellness.

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Certainties of Fundraising in Uncertain Times

Certainties of Fundraising in Uncertain Times

We are far from normal. As much as we work to embrace the uncertainties of these times, let’s stay grounded in the certainties of these times.

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Focus on the Fundamentals? 5 Ways to Keep Athletics Fundraising Strong

Focus on the Fundamentals? 5 Ways to Keep Athletics Fundraising Strong

Amidst the unprecedented impacts of the pandemic, countless programs and organizations are facing uncertainty and challenges. Intercollegiate athletics are no exception as colleges and universities try to determine next steps moving forward. BWF has the game plan to help succeed with athletics fundraising.

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Courageous Creativity: Fundraising During COVID’s Intermission

Courageous Creativity: Fundraising During COVID’s Intermission

What can our arts and culture fundraisers do during this very difficult “intermission”? How do you keep your audience actively engaged with your organization when there are no shows or galas? BWF consultant Amy Lampi shines a spotlight on the importance of being courageous and creative during these unprecedented times.

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Rethinking Gift Officer Metrics During COVID-19

Rethinking Gift Officer Metrics During COVID-19

Given the current, remote-only work environment for nonprofits, the focus on continuing meaningful work without the benefit of face-to-face engagement has become more important than ever.

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