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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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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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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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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NIH Funding Creates Philanthropic Opportunities

21st Century Cures Act: Opportunities to Leverage Philanthropy

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 […]

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Colleges and Universities Raise $41 Billion in 2016

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 […]

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measuring fundraising success

3 Questions for Understanding Fundraising Success

Proper investment in a philanthropy office is vital to success. With that investment comes increased questions, such as “What will success look like?” These questions come from the C-suite as well as the board. Being able to properly answer the “success” questions about the results of your program can help create partnerships throughout your organization. The […]

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How Social Media Accelerates Fundraising through Digital Relationship Building

In this month’s Points of Practice, read how digital and social technologies can help take your organization to the next level and allow you to share your mission in ways that are beyond past generations’ wildest imaginations. Where past generations influenced their neighbors and their town, today’s generation has the power through the Internet and […]

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