Looking Ahead: Why it Makes Sense to Invest Now in Advancement

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 developed new campaign and annual giving strategies to help clients handle the toughest economy in a generation.

Nonprofit Essentials: Effective Donor Relations

Part of the AFP/Wiley Fund Development Series, Nonprofit Essentials: Effective Donor Relations provides in-depth advice from an expert in the field. Filled with immediately useful guidance on creating and implementing each aspect of a donor relations plan, this professional guide offers sample documents, checklists, and other tools to ensure your first-time donors become return donors.

Development and Constituent Training

The most serious economic recession in 70 years is forcing nearly all non-profits–colleges, universities, children’s hospitals, cultural organizations, and social service agencie–to slash budgets and refocus priorities. One of the first casualties is funding for professional development and training. And this means serious problems for staff retention and program quality are just around the corner. When the economy starts to recover, you may not be ready to catch the wave. Traditionally, most institutions have relied on conferences which deliver a smorgasbord of just-in-case training options. In times of scarcity, the expenses of such conferences call into question the value of training that doesn’t address urgent issues or quickly improve the effectiveness of your programs. Bentz Whaley Flessner has a solution. We’ve been in the business of meeting the just-in-time development and constituent relations training needs for our clients for over 25 years.