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BWF Client Advisory: 3 Keys to Effective Donor Communications

Chicago Sun-Times journalist Sydney J. Harris keenly observed that “the two words ‘information’ and ‘communication’ are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through.” Doing just that is harder than ever, given that it’s no longer about pushing out information to people who once gave you […]

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BWF PinPoints: Transparency in Nonprofit Digital Marketing

For anyone who stays current with industry news, the principle of transparency has received a lot of attention lately. From Ray Dalio’s philosophy of “radical transparency”, which he discusses in his book, Principles, to Stanford University’s recent research into “Fairness, Accountability, and the Transparency of Algorithms”, industry leaders are taking notice and challenging proprietary black […]

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Congratulations to UC San Diego!

BWF is excited to share and celebrate UC San Diego’s transformational gift from Denny Sanford.  Sanford’s gift of $100 million is to study empathy and compassion and to cultivate those qualities in physicians. The gift is among the largest of its kind ever made in the U.S. and involves an area of science that’s only […]

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The Hospital CEO’s Influence on Philanthropy

What are the top 3 attributes a healthcare CEO brings to philanthropic success for his/her hospital?   Our experience with a large number of healthcare clients suggests these CEO attributes can make the most significant difference in how donors and prospects perceive hospitals and their philanthropic requests.   The successful CEO is courageous—bringing an unwavering sense […]

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Carole Arwidson to lead BWF Strategic Communications Consulting

For immediate publication MINNEAPOLIS, July 19, 2019—Josh Birkholz, President and CEO of the global fundraising consultancy Bentz Whaley Flessner (BWF), and Mark Marshall, President of the Philanthropic Counsel division, are excited to announce the addition of Carole Arwidson as Director of Strategic Communications. Prior to joining BWF, Arwidson served as a member of the account […]

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BWF PinPoints: Transparency in Analytics

For anyone who stays current with industry news, the principle of transparency has received a lot of attention lately. From Ray Dalio’s philosophy of “radical transparency”, which he discusses in his book, Principles, to Stanford University’s recent research into “Fairness, Accountability, and the Transparency of Algorithms”, industry leaders are taking notice and challenging proprietary black […]

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BWF PinPoints: Transparency in Prospect Development

For anyone who stays current with industry news, the principle of transparency has received a lot of attention lately. From Ray Dalio’s philosophy of “radical transparency”, which he discusses in his book, Principles, to Stanford’s recent research into “Fairness, Accountability, and the Transparency of Algorithms”, industry leaders are taking notice and challenging proprietary black boxes.  […]

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BWF Client Advisory: Giving USA 2019—The Numbers and the Story Behind Them

For many fundraisers, the release of the Giving USA report is met with the same level of excitement as the Super Bowl.  Months of buildup, anticipation, and drama culminate in one defining moment that brings to life the best of what our field has to offer.  Of course, the advertising is less enthralling and none […]

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Wendy Jaccard Joins BWF Philanthropy Services Team

MINNEAPOLIS, June 21, 2019—Josh Birkholz, President and CEO of the global fundraising consultancy Bentz Whaley Flessner (BWF), and Katrina Klaproth, President of Philanthropy Services, are excited to announce the addition of senior associate Wendy Jaccard to its team of consulting professionals. She brings over 25 years’ experience in nonprofit fundraising and has worked with federated national and […]

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Join the BWF team as a Project Associate

Bentz Whaley Flessner is currently seeking an experienced Project Associate to join our team in Minneapolis. About Us Bentz Whaley Flessner, a leading fundraising consulting firm for over 30 years, provides quality advice for every step of the development process to educational institutions, academic medical centers, healthcare systems, and other large environmental and social non-profit […]

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