Greenville, South Carolina

For the development team at Furman University, the way data was stored created some challenges in calculating fundraising totals and necessitated some manual processes that resulted in a lot of time spent “crunching numbers” and generating reports. The development team went in search of ways to streamline and simplify campaign reporting to improve decision making, get faster access to data, and increase efficiency.

With outside counsel’s support in automating the process, the staff received more timely and meaningful reports that took less staff time to generate. In the end, that meant improved decision making based on accurate, up-to-date data. With powerful visualization and analysis tools, decision-makers could quickly identify trends, patterns, and insights that they would be hard-pressed to detect using spreadsheets or other manual methods. By consolidating data from multiple sources into a single, centralized platform, decision-makers received faster access to more digestible data. And with automated data collection, analysis, and reporting processes, Furman was able to save time and money, allowing team members to focus on higher-level tasks that require human expertise, rather than spending time on repetitive, manual tasks.

BWF has a strong understanding of our university, a broad view of higher education and other similar universities, and a willing and open approach that helped us to explore, analyze, and execute in a variety of areas within our program. We’re a better advancement program because of their guidance and advice. And, they have always been very responsive, whether we needed big ideas, additional educational resources, examples from other institutions, or last-minute data requests. They have been a wonderful partner!
Heidi Hansen McCrory
Vice President for Development • Furman University

With BWF serving as campaign counsel, the firm provided an important mix of understanding with advice and feedback based on the strategic direction of Furman’s fundraising efforts. In addition, BWF provided expertise to address the operational implementation of some of the team’s technical needs.

This organization utilized the Business Intelligence and Reporting service offered by BWF. To learn more about this solution, click here.