Thought Leadership

BWF is a recognized and respected thought leader in the philanthropic sector. We are constantly assessing the fundraising landscape and providing timely guidance and insights.

Mid-Level Giving: Retain, Engage, and Build Your Pipeline

How do you maintain increased fundraising while also sustaining new engagement levels? By implementing a mid-level giving program, you don’t have to pick one.

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Strategic Planning
Giving USA 2021

BWF Shares Giving USA 2021 Highlights

As one of the most comprehensive and widely referenced data reports, the Giving USA annual report is often met with equal amounts of immense anticipation and excitement for those in the philanthropic industry. BWF is excited to share the key findings from this year’s Giving USA: The Annual Report on Philanthropy.

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Back-office Development Staff

5 Ways to Make the Case for the Advancement Operations in Fundraising

How do you make the case for non-frontline roles? Leaders are more likely to interact and prioritize the frontline officers, but a balance must be met to maximize ROI. Here are five ways to make the case for organizational support staff.

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Business Process Optimization

Year-End Goal-Setting Done Right

Fiscal year-end is right around the corner for many of us. This is often a busy time of year, and planning & and goal- setting for the coming year is on everyone’s to-do lists. Regardless of whether the goal you’re setting is financial or based on activities, or whether it applies to your whole entire organization or only a small team, here are some practical techniques that can help make your goal- setting more proactive, efficient, and accurate.

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Predictive-modeling

The Importance of Refreshing Predictive Models

At its core, predictive models represent a snapshot in time. It is critically important that predictive models be monitored, evaluated, and refreshed on a regular basis. Unfortunately, only a small number of top-level fundraising teams operate under this paradigm.

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Four Key Points to an Effective Business Intelligence Strategy

Four Key Points to an Effective Business Intelligence Strategy

The effects of COVID-19 have proven the importance of agility. Having access to informative insights to make time-sensitive, data-driven decisions is the key to ensuring continuity during uncertainty.

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The Next Generation of Analytics: The Quantification and Analysis of Donor Engagement

The Next Generation of Analytics: The Quantification and Analysis of Donor Engagement

Data and fundraising, once thought anathema to each other, were forever joined as many as 15 years ago when the science of analytics was first applied to the art of fundraising.

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Certainties of Fundraising in Uncertain Times

Certainties of Fundraising in Uncertain Times

We are far from normal. As much as we work to embrace the uncertainties of these times, let’s stay grounded in the certainties of these times.

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The 2020 aasp Survey Summary

The 2020 aasp Survey Summary

BWF partnered with aasp and Lindauer Global on an industry survey to capture career and talent themes within advancement services. With an expanded reach and focus on individual advancement services careers, this survey’s key findings highlight the differing perspectives and areas of opportunity.

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9 Best Uses of Year-End Fundraising Budget

9 Best Uses of Year-End Fundraising Budget

As the year comes to a close, many in our industry use this time to assess year-end goals, evaluate performance metrics, and ensure the donor base is being engaged in innovative ways. Here are some tips for allocating your year-end budget to help define your success in 2021.

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