Data Science for Fundraising

The Rise of Managed Services

For decades, we have seen telephone programs managed externally. Large nonprofits are increasingly outsourcing their caging/gift processing procedures. CRM systems are increasingly moving to cloud-based providers. And networking technology is increasingly moving to third parties. In all of these cases, the cost savings, accountability, and staffing challenges have made third party technology solutions very attractive […]

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International Prospects

International Prospecting: Looking Beyond Capacity

BWF Client Advisory — June 28, 2017 Today’s data-driven prospect development shops have more tools than ever before to identify top quality prospects. In a world growing more economically and culturally interconnected every day, the centers of wealth and philanthropy extend well beyond U.S. borders. Prospect development efforts, likewise, must bring a more global focus […]

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Charitable Giving

Giving USA 2017

Bentz Whaley Flessner is excited to report the significant figures announced in today’s release of this year’s Giving USA report. Total charitable giving rose 1.4%, in inflation-adjusted dollars, to an all-time high of $390.05 billion in 2016. Other key highlights include: While giving has now exceeded pre-recession highs, overall giving grew more modestly in 2016 compared to growth seen in […]

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Donor Relations

Growing Relationship Management: Checks and Balances to Ensure Success

  Growing Relationship Management: Checks and Balances to Ensure Success In a recent blog post, BWF Managing Associate, Bond Lammey, wrote about the value of establishing a relationship management policy. The relationship between a robust major gift program and an effective relationship management system has long been viewed as closely correlated. The challenge often isn’t establishing a […]

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BWF Announces Promotion of Karl Miller

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. […]

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data dashboard

5 Tips for Getting Started with a Dashboard

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 […]

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Bridging the Gap

Bridging the Divide Between Frontline Fundraisers and Operations Staff

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 […]

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Vintage abacus

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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data conversion

Working with Data in R – Part I: Basics

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 […]

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