If You’re Not Communicating Strategically, You’re Just Making Noise

Recently I came across two quotes online that caught my attention: “The goal is to provide inspiring information that moves people to action.” –Guy Kawasaki, Chief Evangelist at Canva   “Without strategy, content is just stuff, and the world has enough stuff.” –Arjun Basu, SVP of Content Strategy at Bookmark Content   In my new […]

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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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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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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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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 has Moved!

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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