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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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BWF’s 2019 Healthcare Survey Results Released

Our 2019 Healthcare Survey, What the Affluent Think About Giving to Healthcare is designed to keep you informed of trends and attitudes regarding healthcare giving. We hope this information provides insight and assists you in evaluating and fine-tuning your programs to reflect the constantly changing donor landscape. Findings in this year’s survey include increased giving […]

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BWF is Moving

We are pleased to announce the new headquarters for Bentz Whaley Flessner (BWF). Our continued and expanding focus on strong client partnerships and experiences made finding an office that supported a world-class team a priority. BWF’s new, state-of-the-art workspace will accommodate a growing team, while utilizing the facility to leverage technology and collaboration tools to support our […]

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Stewarding Donors with Dementia

Dementia currently affects more than 5.5 million people in the U.S., and this number is expected to double to approximately 16 million people in 30 years. This intersection between a growing population and donor demographic greatly emphasizes why all nonprofit organizations must become better aware of the ways in which their reputation, legal standing, and […]

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“Ain’t Misbehaving”: Understanding Behavioral Economics to Strengthen Fundraising Potential

Behavioral economics provides a framework to understanding philanthropic behavior. March’s BWF Live Fundraising show, hosted by Alex Oftelie, provided a summary of how to more accurately understand your constituents motivation, and how it becomes expressed through behaviors such as giving, volunteering, event involvement, etc. In case you missed the show, click here to view. As […]

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Women Give 2019: Generosity Links Women Across Race and Ethnicity

Women Give is an annual report from the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at Indiana University. This year’s study, Women Give 2019: Gender and Giving Across Communities of Color, examines the intersection of race, gender and giving, and asks how we can attend to this intersection in order to better serve our communities and shared futures. Read […]

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Bentz Whaley Flessner Announces Executive Transition

Minneapolis, MN, March 18, 2019—Bentz Whaley Flessner (BWF), global fundraising consultancy, has announced changes in its executive leadership team. Joshua Birkholz, 11-year principal, will succeed Bruce Flessner as the Firm’s CEO.  Flessner, company founder and principal, is stepping down from his role as CEO and leaving the Firm after 36 years of service. The BWF executive […]

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BWF Client Advisory: Five Important Findings for Community Hospital Fundraising

For a growing number of hospitals, particularly nonprofit community hospitals, philanthropy is considered a necessity. Philanthropy is no longer seen as only supporting added extras—it’s now a source of revenue that supports the overall care of patients. In many community hospitals across the country, philanthropy is part of the revenue mix and is part of […]

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BWF Client Advisory: Leveraging Internal Resources for Board Candidate Prospecting

What strategies do you use to identify, track, and vet potential board candidates? Board members are your top donors, your most vocal cheerleaders, and are fiduciarily responsible for your organization. Your organization needs sound practices in place to ensure you have a pipeline of philanthropic, committed, and enthusiastic volunteers. This advisory offers tips for each […]

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BWF Client Advisory-VSE Survey Results

Higher Education Raises $46.73 Billion in 2018 According to the recently released 2018 Voluntary Support of Education (VSE) Survey, charitable support of colleges and universities reached $46.73 billion in 2018, up from $43.6 billion in 2017, a 4.6 percent increase when adjusted for inflation. This included a notable increase in gifts from “other organizations” – […]

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