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Consuming Philanthropy: How Principal, Major, Mid-Level, and Base Donors Give Differently

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 […]

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Principal Gifts: Why Malcolm Gladwell is Only Half Right

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 […]

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Platform Fundraising is Here: Are You Ready for It?

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 […]

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Integrated Analytics Drives Success

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 […]

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Data Analytics Implementation Across Industries

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 […]

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The Forbes Nonprofit Council shares 5 ways to maximize your data insights

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 […]

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Can Machine Learning Crack This 4,000-Year-Old Mystery?

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 […]

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Tech Nonprofit Collaborates with Organizations to Maximize Impact

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 […]

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