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BWF’s Bond Lammey to Lead Apra

For immediate publication MINNEAPOLIS, September 3, 2019—Josh Birkholz, President and CEO of the global fundraising consultancy Bentz Whaley Flessner (BWF®), is excited to announce and celebrate Bond Lammey, Managing Associate, as the new President of Apra for the 2019—2020 term. For 30 years, Apra has been committed to serving, representing and advancing the professionals and […]

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Using Analytics to Uncover the Personas within your Constituency

Today nonprofits of every mission and size continue to leverage analytics to inform individual constituent persona behavior, predict outcomes of campaigns, and assess program performance. The benefit of fundraising analytics for them is foundational: apply individual-level insights to large populations. Any fundraiser could filter through a list of 100 known names and identify top prospects, […]

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Introducing BWF Insight

Bentz Whaley Flessner is pleased to announce a new consolidated division providing services in prospect development and analytics—BWF Insight. After ten years of success, BWF is retiring the name of its analytics practice, Donorcast, and combining forces with its strong team in prospect development to provide a comprehensive service approach for modern pipeline management and organizational infrastructure. […]

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Metrics That Really Work

After many years of analyzing nonprofits going into campaigns, we’ve seen three primary drivers for achieving substantial increases in production. Simply put these are who we see, how we see them, and who sees them. In other words portfolio composition for the frontline, more effective fundraiser activity, and larger, better aligned frontline fundraiser teams. Although […]

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Research Verification is Mission Critical for Campaigns

Has your organization successfully completed a campaign, celebrated success, and immediately started planning for the next campaign? As fundraising professionals, we need to navigate these perpetual campaigns carefully. We want to be careful about re-approaching the same donors over and over again. We also need insight and information to evaluate whether we have enough prospects […]

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Client Advisory – Emerging Trend: Segmenting your Database

Client Advisory – November 27, 2013 Emerging Trend: Segmenting your Database Bentz Whaley Flessner is seeing a new trend emerging where institutions are segmenting all constituents based on a shared prospect strategy. Because an institution’s constituency will contain a variety of all of these prospect groups, this categorization will provide strategic next steps and benefits […]

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Get your grateful patient process going

It’s 2013…a lot transpired in recent months that may affect healthcare fundraising. New and different taxes. New and different healthcare provisions. New and (potentially) different court rulings. But, one this hasn’t changed: your organization must get serious about installing and leveraging an effective grateful patient program. Great grateful patient and family programs have interrelated components–physicians […]

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Integrated Advancement Ecosystem idea

Years ago, I created this image and phrase “integrated advancement ecosystem.” It guides my thinking, and I’ll be building on and detailing the concepts in this framework in the months to come. Some of the components are called different things by different (types of) organizations. For example, “constituent programs” for a university are generally “alumni […]

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Change is Hard…but Decline is Worse

Development and alumni organizations face obstacles and challenges each day. It seems that pressure comes from all sides and angles. Raise more money, despite a slow economy. Engage more people, despite increasing competition for space in people’s lives. Lately, two core changes have been impacting nonprofits around the country: leadership changes and technology issues. Both […]

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3 tips to make change happen

Surprise! Development and alumni organizations must change. Frequently. Sometimes, inexplicably. And, typically, with some difficulty. Board leadership, executive leadership, organizational direction and cases for support, super star researchers/ faculty/ curators/ whatever–changes here often force change. The economy, technology, emergencies, demographic shifts, socio-political–changes in these areas can forever alter the very viability of our work. Change […]

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