The most productive and sustainable philanthropy programs maintain distinct yet deeply strategic approaches to fundraising by gift levels. Although level breakdowns vary by institution, the most common bands in mature programs include: Principal, Major, Mid-Level, and Base. Read more as BWF CEO Josh Birkholz shares his thoughts on the most effective approaches for each band of […]
Over the past few years, the rising influence of high-net worth philanthropy has led to considerable debate. In the decade since the 2009 recession, giving has grown at unprecedented levels. During this time period, charities with business models aligned with high net-worth donors have seen the greatest period of growth. Read more as BWF’s President […]
Consultants: Barett T. Christensen | Josh Birkholz
Josh Birkholz, principal at Bentz Whaley Flessner, recently wrote an interesting article articulating our firm’s vision and predictions for platform fundraising. Here is a short excerpt. “Today, it feels similar to the early 1980s of prospect research and the early 2000s of analytics. However, the scattered, under invested new reality is the world of platform […]
Consultants: Alexander Oftelie | Allison Gannon | Andrew Schultz | Barett T. Christensen | Bond Lammey | Emma Hinke | Josh Birkholz
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Consultants: Allison Gannon | Barett T. Christensen | Josh Birkholz
A webinar and list of GDPR nonprofit strategies to deploy to maintain proper data management and online engagement practices.
Consultants: Allison Gannon | Andrew Schultz | Josh Birkholz
BWF Insight launched our 8th annual survey of the fundraising analytics community in May 2017. We sought to discover the trends in analytics methodology, applications, and tools popular with today’s analysts, paying special attention to the impact across the industry. We received responses from across the United States, Canada, and Europe from data practitioners working […]
Consultants: Emma Hinke | Josh Birkholz
Many nonprofit fundraising shops have long since recognized the value and power of their own internal datasets. Good leaders know that evaluating and analyzing our data leads to important insights that inform our decision making and goal setting processes. A common sticking point in fully realizing this value, however, and in the adoption and integration of […]
Interested in data socialization? Review this article discussing how data socialization is an attempt to tackle the ongoing process of making sure the right data is in front of the right person at the right time.
Great fundraising places are data-driven and develop new approaches, but what sets them apart may be simpler than you think. In this month’s Points of Practice, author Josh Birkholz reveals one of the key distinguishing characteristics of high-performing fundraising programs: The Impact Maturity Model.
Review articles about the Fundraising and Regulatory Compliance Conference, EU-U.S. Privacy Shield on Health-Care Data Transfers and GDPR Guidance.
BWF’s 7th annual survey of the fundraising analytics community found that the role of data analytics in fundraising is evolving. Successful shops are investing in more sophisticated tools and methodologies, and leadership is a growing consumer of data-driven insights. Data analysts see this as an opportunity to further develop their own skills and expand their knowledge base […]
Consultants: Andrew Schultz | Bond Lammey | Josh Birkholz
Be sure to check out this fascinating article about some cutting edge machine learning being used to decode the language used by the 4,000-year-old Indus Valley Civilization! For more than a century, thousands of examples of Indus “seals” – small tablets with a few symbols accompanied by some sort of animal – have been found […]
How many times have you exported data and realized a little too late that the leading zeros in constituent IDs were no longer showing up? I know I have, and much to my chagrin I have had to re-send the file or spend time working through a process of making Excel or CSV format the […]
Consultants: Allison Gannon | Josh Birkholz
Happy Halloween! Check out some key statistics for Halloween by the U.S. census Bureau.
Here is a great read and podcast featuring Jake Porway, the founder of DataKind, a nonprofit that connects nonprofits to technologists to solve problems. The article and podcast focuses on data beyond spreadsheets or funder reports, how it can be used in the social sector, and how collaboration can help solve challenging problems. Here is […]