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Articles, white papers, and advisories authored by Bentz Whaley Flessner’s team of philanthropy experts.

Welcome

BWF Welcomes Alex Oftelie

BWF is excited to welcome back Alexander Oftelie as a managing associate of the BWF Insight Division. From 2007–2013 Alex helped build BWF’s first analytics practice, DonorCast. He worked to bring analytics to the forefront of philanthropy and partnered with hundreds of leading non-profits to create innovative, measurable solutions. After BWF, Alex went on to have successful careers at […]

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Data Science for Fundraising

The Rise of Managed Services

For decades, we have seen telephone programs managed externally. Large nonprofits are increasingly outsourcing their caging/gift processing procedures. CRM systems are increasingly moving to cloud-based providers. And networking technology is increasingly moving to third parties. In all of these cases, the cost savings, accountability, and staffing challenges have made third party technology solutions very attractive […]

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Bridging the Gap

Bridging the Divide Between Frontline Fundraisers and Operations Staff

The end-of-year gift processing and reporting season is over, and most advancement offices are gearing up for spring solicitations and appeals. Now is a good time to review advancement’s strategic priorities and evaluate departmental effectiveness. One critical but often overlooked aspect in achieving a successful fundraising program is the relationship and interaction between gift officers […]

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VSE2016

Colleges and Universities Raise $41 Billion in 2016

Gifts to higher education reached $41 billion in fiscal year 2016, according to the latest Voluntary Support of Education (VSE) survey. This is only a 1.7 percent increase from the $40.3 billion in 2015, and almost no growth when adjusted for inflation. Harvard University raised the most money, $1.19 billion in fiscal year 2016. The top 20 higher education institutions raised a total of […]

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measuring fundraising success

3 Questions for Understanding Fundraising Success

Proper investment in a philanthropy office is vital to success. With that investment comes increased questions, such as “What will success look like?” These questions come from the C-suite as well as the board. Being able to properly answer the “success” questions about the results of your program can help create partnerships throughout your organization. The […]

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