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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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BWF PinPoints: Transparency in Nonprofit Digital Marketing

For anyone who stays current with industry news, the principle of transparency has received a lot of attention lately. From Ray Dalio’s philosophy of “radical transparency”, which he discusses in his book, Principles, to Stanford University’s recent research into “Fairness, Accountability, and the Transparency of Algorithms”, industry leaders are taking notice and challenging proprietary black […]

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The Hospital CEO’s Influence on Philanthropy

What are the top 3 attributes a healthcare CEO brings to philanthropic success for his/her hospital?   Our experience with a large number of healthcare clients suggests these CEO attributes can make the most significant difference in how donors and prospects perceive hospitals and their philanthropic requests.   The successful CEO is courageous—bringing an unwavering sense […]

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Carole Arwidson to lead BWF Strategic Communications Consulting

For immediate publication MINNEAPOLIS, July 19, 2019—Josh Birkholz, President and CEO of the global fundraising consultancy Bentz Whaley Flessner (BWF), and Mark Marshall, President of the Philanthropic Counsel division, are excited to announce the addition of Carole Arwidson as Director of Strategic Communications. Prior to joining BWF, Arwidson served as a member of the account […]

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BWF PinPoints: Transparency in Analytics

For anyone who stays current with industry news, the principle of transparency has received a lot of attention lately. From Ray Dalio’s philosophy of “radical transparency”, which he discusses in his book, Principles, to Stanford University’s recent research into “Fairness, Accountability, and the Transparency of Algorithms”, industry leaders are taking notice and challenging proprietary black […]

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BWF PinPoints: Transparency in Prospect Development

For anyone who stays current with industry news, the principle of transparency has received a lot of attention lately. From Ray Dalio’s philosophy of “radical transparency”, which he discusses in his book, Principles, to Stanford’s recent research into “Fairness, Accountability, and the Transparency of Algorithms”, industry leaders are taking notice and challenging proprietary black boxes.  […]

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BWF Client Advisory: Giving USA 2019—The Numbers and the Story Behind Them

For many fundraisers, the release of the Giving USA report is met with the same level of excitement as the Super Bowl.  Months of buildup, anticipation, and drama culminate in one defining moment that brings to life the best of what our field has to offer.  Of course, the advertising is less enthralling and none […]

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Stewarding Donors with Dementia

Dementia currently affects more than 5.5 million people in the U.S., and this number is expected to double to approximately 16 million people in 30 years. This intersection between a growing population and donor demographic greatly emphasizes why all nonprofit organizations must become better aware of the ways in which their reputation, legal standing, and […]

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Women Give 2019: Generosity Links Women Across Race and Ethnicity

Women Give is an annual report from the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at Indiana University. This year’s study, Women Give 2019: Gender and Giving Across Communities of Color, examines the intersection of race, gender and giving, and asks how we can attend to this intersection in order to better serve our communities and shared futures. Read […]

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BWF Client Advisory: Five Important Findings for Community Hospital Fundraising

For a growing number of hospitals, particularly nonprofit community hospitals, philanthropy is considered a necessity. Philanthropy is no longer seen as only supporting added extras—it’s now a source of revenue that supports the overall care of patients. In many community hospitals across the country, philanthropy is part of the revenue mix and is part of […]

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BWF Client Advisory: Leveraging Internal Resources for Board Candidate Prospecting

What strategies do you use to identify, track, and vet potential board candidates? Board members are your top donors, your most vocal cheerleaders, and are fiduciarily responsible for your organization. Your organization needs sound practices in place to ensure you have a pipeline of philanthropic, committed, and enthusiastic volunteers. This advisory offers tips for each […]

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