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Guidance For Digital and Social Fundraising in 2017

Introductions First Hello, fellow fundraising professional. My name is Barett Christensen, recently hired Senior Associate at Bentz Whaley Flessner. If you will humor me, before we get to the predictions for 2017, it seems a brief introduction may be in order. For the last three years, I have been fully focused on building the country’s […]

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Engaging Nonprofit Boards

Engaging Nonprofit Board Members in Work That Matters

Boards Play an Important Role in Fundraising Boards play incredibly important roles in helping organizations fulfill their missions. One of the most important of these roles is helping organizations raise money. A recent study by the Nonprofit Research Collaborative found that active fundraising by nonprofit board members was positively correlated with organizations meeting their fundraising goals. […]

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Partners in Philanthropy: Hospital CEO/CDO

The December 2016 issue of Bentz Whaley Flessner’s Points of Practice offers valuable insights about how hospital CEOs and CDOs can partner to grow their institutions. If you’re a chief development officer, we encourage you to share this piece with your CEO. Its content—based on substantial real-time experience with top-performing hospital foundations—can be a useful […]

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Your Telefund Program: 4 Considerations Before Pulling the Plug

The Stanford solution. Stanford started quite the commotion when they announced the end of their telefund program a few weeks ago. This bold move has initiated an important dialogue regarding the future of phone programs in development offices. But before you go pulling the plug on your telefund program, there are some important items your […]

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Improved Leadership Annual Giving Program

Three Reasons to Reinvest, Revitalize, or Initiate Leadership Annual Giving

Leadership Annual Giving Benefits Annual giving staff can often feel as if they are being pulled in multiple directions with priorities ranging from expanding the donor base, building a pipeline, and raising unrestricted dollars. The result is that annual giving staff are often left to determine—with finite resources available—how they can allocate and prioritize time […]

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Best Practices for Processing Donor-Advised Funds

In our last client advisory, we explored donor-advised funds (DAFs)—why donors choose them, how organizations can take advantage of them, and how donor-advised funds donors are different from traditional donors. Donor-advised funds represent an important and growing fundraising opportunity. But what happens once a donor-advised fund transaction comes through a nonprofit organization’s door? How do […]

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Maximize Donor-Advised Fund Distributions

Donor-Advised Funds Are Growing Donor-Advised Funds (DAFs) continue to be a popular philanthropic choice for many donors, so nonprofits need to learn how to maximize donor-advised fund distributions. Once a niche market, the growth of DAFs is outpacing other giving vehicles. According to the 2015 Donor-Advised Fund Report from the National Philanthropic Trust, DAFs experienced an […]

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Common-Sense Metrics

Tech Nonprofit Collaborates with Organizations to Maximize Impact

Here is a great read and podcast featuring Jake Porway, the founder of DataKind, a nonprofit that connects nonprofits to technologists to solve problems.  The article and podcast focuses on data beyond  spreadsheets or funder reports, how it can be used in the social sector, and how collaboration can help solve challenging problems. Here is […]

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Multi-Vendor Partnerships

Multi-Vendor Partnerships

Points of Practice – Multi-Vendor Partnerships In the October 2016 issue of Bentz Whaley Flessner’s Points of Practice, author Jason Boley describes how organizations are turning to multi-vendor partnerships to address how fundraising operations have grown increasingly complex due to advances in technology and the need to support multi-channel fundraising initiatives. Whether the topic is […]

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