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.

Five Ways to Engage Your Board in Meaningful Work

Five Ways to Engage Your Board in Meaningful Work

Many development professionals are unhappy with the performance of their foundation board. Disengaged board members do not participate in fundraising, they do not attend meetings, or they promise they will help and do not follow through.

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Facebook and Cambridge Analytica

Facebook and Cambridge Analytica: What You Should Know

The blowback from this scandal has been many fold and will likely continue to develop in the coming months and years. Our digital team could talk for hours about the nuances of the situation but for now, we have four observations and five recommendations.

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5 Ideas for Engaging Next Gen Donors

5 Ideas for Engaging Next Gen Donors

Why do non-profit leaders need to better understand this generation? For one thing, next gen donors are expected to inherit an estimated $59 trillion dollars by 2061 and it is estimated that they will allocate almost half that sum to charitable causes.

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Counting vs. Accounting

Maximizing Philanthropy: Counting vs. Accounting

In the midst of uncertainty caused by shrinking profit margins and limited resources, C-Suite interest in and reliance on cash flow generated by development shops has never been greater.

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Why and How to Engage Women Donors

Why and How to Engage Women Donors

Women make up 45 percent of American millionaires. In 2013, an estimated 60 percent of high-net-worth women made their own fortunes, and some estimates put as many as two-thirds of all wealth in the U.S. will be controlled by women by the year 2030.

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Creating a Comprehensive System Training Plan

Creating a Comprehensive System Training Plan

Organizations recognize the value and benefits of developing training plans and delivery on the software system. When done properly, training can make employees more efficient—increasing proficiencies, productivity, and morale, while decreasing costs. But creating effective training isn’t easy.

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Assessing Philanthropic Capacity for Prospects in High Cost of Living Areas

Assessing Philanthropic Capacity for Prospects in High Cost of Living Areas

What is your organization’s approach to assessing philanthropic capacity of your prospect pool? Do you use a formula provided by your wealth screening vendors or another industry-standard formula?

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5 Takeaways from the Major Gifts Fundraising Benchmark Study

5 Takeaways from the Major Gifts Fundraising Benchmark Study

For the study in early 2017, over 600 nonprofit organizations in a variety of sectors from the U.S. and Canada were polled. The goal of the research was to assist organizations in seeing what prospect identification processes other nonprofits use, compare their effectiveness, and explore related insights.

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Understanding Your High- and Ultra-High-Net-Worth Donors

Understanding Your High- and Ultra-High-Net-Worth Donors

In 2017, The Philanthropy Workshop released a study on the perspectives and philanthropic practices of high- and ultra-high-net-worth individuals. Highlighted are key survey findings, what these findings can mean for your organization, and the valuable next steps for moving forward.

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