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.

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.

Three Steps to Creating a Culture of Philanthropy

We often talk about creating a culture of philanthropy within our organizations. It’s one of those nebulous concepts that everyone strives for, but many don’t achieve. The truth is a culture of philanthropy is not the result of human resources or fundraising. It’s the culmination of consistent, powerful, and continuous internal communications.

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Communicating with the Philanthropic Unicorn

Have a moonshot idea that needs a transformational gift to make it a reality? Want to deepen your pipeline of well-heeled and influential donors looking to co-create philanthropic opportunities? Wondering if your strategies and communications are fully leveraged to reach this dynamic yet relatively small pool of UHNW individuals? This thought piece explores the motivations of UHNW individuals and provides insights into how best to ensure your communications approaches hit the mark.

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Nonprofit CRM

Top Problems You May Experience After Go-Live with Salesforce

Problems often arise when implementing new software, but they need not be inevitable. Anticipating potential problems before going live can minimize or eliminate those potential issues after go-live. Below are several potential post-go-live problems you’ll want to be aware of in advance.

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Donor Love: Three Ways Every Development Team Can Share the Love in February

Great stewardship is important throughout the year, but February is a particularly good time to reach out and share some love with your major donors. Whether you work at a major university or in a health care system or in a small, all-volunteer shop, every organization can give their donors warm fuzzies with a few simple tips.

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Positioning Information Strategy Teams During Mandatory Remote Work

Due Diligence Survey: UK & Europe vs. Australia

The growing interest in the the due diligence process along with the ethics and reputational risk in philanthropy is growing globally. This survey, which was a collaboration between BWF and PyroTalks CIC, initially focused on the UK & Europe and was later extended to include Australia thanks to a partnership with Apra Australia. The differences in findings have been summarized below to provide a useful perspective on international approaches to due diligence.

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Development Debrief Podcast

Innovation and Impact Podcast Series

Kathryn Van Sickle explores the theme of innovation in the fundraising industry. Be inspired by the guests as they talk about how they have shaped and shifted the sector through thinking outside of the box.

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4 Communications Lessons Learned During a Time of Seismic Change

As the calendar turns from 2021 to 2022, the world is emerging from a pandemic unseen in more than a century. For communications professionals at colleges and universities throughout the United States, the past 18 months have provided both enormous challenges and generational opportunities.

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Cryptocurrency and the Nonprofit: A Beginner’s Guide

Cryptocurrency is all the rage these days amongst Millennials and Gen Z. How do we incorporate this newly created wealth to increase support with our other daily fundraising activities?

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CRM Analysis & Conversion

Identifying the Right Philanthropic Investments

According to a joint Candid and Center for Disaster Philanthropy 2020 study, between 7 and 34 percent of all nonprofits were at risk of closing because of the pandemic. At the heart of the discussions were budgets. As we look to 2022, now is the time to build more sustainable models and diversify revenue streams. What are some ways to approach investing in your advancement program with an eye on the return?

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