BWF Client Advisory — May 17, 2017 Staying Up to Date At its core, predictive models represent a snapshot in time. Whether that snapshot was taken one week or one year ago, it is the basis of your predictions and just like a printed photograph, this snapshot will degrade over time. This is not dissimilar […]
It is now that time of year when the class of 2017 is thinking about graduation and the next step coming in their lives. As advancement officers at colleges and universities, you are once again hoping you can crack the code to engage these recent graduates. For that matter, finding ways to engage not just the […]
Bentz Whaley Flessner would like to invite you to participate in our 2017 Fundraising Analytics Survey. This survey provides a comprehensive snapshot of the fundraising analytics profession and covers compensation, professional development, methodology, software, and institutional culture.
Bentz Whaley Flessner is pleased to announce the promotion of Karl Miller to Managing Associate effective July 1, 2017. Karl joined the firm in 2016 and during this time he has provided counsel to great colleges and universities across the country as they achieved new fundraising heights. Karl has more than 20 of years of leadership experience in development. […]
The widespread adoption of data visualization in news sources and business reports has spurred the fundraising industry to adopt data visualization in its reporting. Management and staff request data visualization, often in the form of dashboards, for fundraising teams to monitor and report on production toward goals and to inform strategy development. While data visualization […]
Consultants: Katrina Klaproth | Maya L. Abate
The end-of-year gift processing and reporting season is over, and most advancement offices are gearing up for spring solicitations and appeals. Now is a good time to review advancement’s strategic priorities and evaluate departmental effectiveness. One critical but often overlooked aspect in achieving a successful fundraising program is the relationship and interaction between gift officers […]
Social databases are inexpensive to gain access to, and when married to your database, the combination can be powerful fundraising tool.
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 […]
Now that every 2017 NCAA Tournament bracket is officially busted, is it time to start planning for your 2018 bracket? Check out how industry experts are incorporating analytics into their picks.
What is R? R is an extremely powerful statistical & data analysis tool that can help you do your work more efficiently, enable you to perform advanced analyses for a large number of applications, and the new skills will impress your boss and colleagues! R is already widely-used in academic and business circles, and is […]
If you represent a large academic medical center, medical college, or an institution with a deep medical research enterprise, the recently announced 21st Century Cures Act could offer you positive philanthropic positioning. Passed by overwhelming bipartisan support, the act allocated $4.8 billion toward the National Institutes for Health (NIH) budget, with nearly $4 billion for research. Of course, this funding […]
Gifts to higher education reached $41 billion in fiscal year 2016, according to the latest Voluntary Support of Education (VSE) survey. This is only a 1.7 percent increase from the $40.3 billion in 2015, and almost no growth when adjusted for inflation. Harvard University raised the most money, $1.19 billion in fiscal year 2016. The top 20 higher education institutions raised a total 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.