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Consuming Philanthropy: How Principal, Major, Mid-Level, and Base Donors Give Differently

The most productive and sustainable philanthropy programs maintain distinct yet deeply strategic approaches to fundraising by gift levels. Although level breakdowns vary by institution, the most common bands in mature programs include: Principal, Major, Mid-Level, and Base. Read more as BWF CEO Josh Birkholz shares his thoughts on the most effective approaches for each band of […]

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BWF Client Advisory: 3 Keys to Effective Donor Communications

Chicago Sun-Times journalist Sydney J. Harris keenly observed that “the two words ‘information’ and ‘communication’ are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through.” Doing just that is harder than ever, given that it’s no longer about pushing out information to people who once gave you […]

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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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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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Client Advisory – Tax Season: Best Practices for Receipting and Acknowledging Donors

Tax Season: Best Practices for Receipting and Acknowledging Donors  April 15 is just around the corner, and donors are wrapping up their income tax returns. For many, this will mean itemized deductions for charitable contributions to your organization. Donors were a crucial part of your organization’s success last year, so what can you do now […]

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Client Advisory – Healthcare Philanthropy: Defining Your Prospect Pool

From the smallest community hospital to well-known academic medical centers, healthcare nonprofits must intentionally and strategically define their prospect pool in order to build and support a strong major gifts program. There are various ways to identify the most promising prospects for your institution; however, make sure that your process is systematic, results-oriented, and includes […]

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Client Advisory – Using Infographics for Stewardship

Why Are Infographics Important?  As a society we have become more and more dependent on the rapid intake and comprehension of large quantities of information. Our donors and prospects expect to easily digest the data we send. Therefore, we must guard against overwhelming our audiences with information they cannot easily process. Otherwise, we risk disinterest […]

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Nonprofit Essentials: Effective Donor Relations

Part of the AFP/Wiley Fund Development Series, Nonprofit Essentials: Effective Donor Relations provides in-depth advice from an expert in the field. Filled with immediately useful guidance on creating and implementing each aspect of a donor relations plan, this professional guide offers sample documents, checklists, and other tools to ensure your first-time donors become return donors.

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