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.

Tips for Remote Relational Fundraising

Tips for Remote Relational Fundraising

For those in the development and advancement field, working from home brings up questions of how to best do our work. We believe some of the most important development work can and should continue to take place, even if it is best to be remote.

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The Essential Role of the Trusteeship Committee

The Essential Role of the Trusteeship Committee

The Trusteeship Committee’s responsibilities are among the most important work conducted by a board. When properly organized and empowered, the Trusteeship Committee should be responsible for recruiting exceptional members to the board who bring professional expertise, philanthropic leadership, and a passion for the organization’s mission.

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Don’t Be Satisfied with “Satisfied”

Don’t Be Satisfied with “Satisfied”

Employee satisfaction and employee engagement are similar concepts on the surface, and many people use these terms interchangeably. Knowing the difference between the two is critical for an organization to create a culture of engagement.

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The Philanthropic Agenda

The Philanthropic Agenda

For any organization considering a major fundraising campaign, developing a strong case for support—“philanthropic agenda”—is critical to the campaign’s success. How do you sift through great ideas for the gems that get funded to advance the mission of an organization?

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Making Sense of Industry Research Results and Using the Insights to Inform or Enhance Your Strategic Communications Efforts

Making Sense of Industry Research Results and Using the Insights to Inform or Enhance Your Strategic Communications Efforts

Today, there are numerous communications tools at one’s disposal, and plenty of platforms and channels to choose from to execute donor communications work.

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Behavioral Interviewing

Behavioral Interviewing

Behavioral interviewing is based on the concept that the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. Questions are framed to ask candidates what they have done in the past relevant to the job they seek.

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Mitigating and Managing Gift Acceptance and Donor Risk in Today’s Hyper-Scrutinized Climate

Mitigating and Managing Gift Acceptance and Donor Risk in Today’s Hyper-Scrutinized Climate

No organization, despite its best efforts and good intentions, can mitigate all risk associated with fundraising. But there are absolutely several things to consider and steps to take that will ensure you’re as prepared as possible should the worst scenario unfold.

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Friends, Foes, or Somewhere in Between? Prospect Development and Training

Friends, Foes, or Somewhere in Between? Prospect Development and Training

Finding the right way to induce fundraisers to utilize your database requires not just technical training skills, but also the critical insight and guidance only prospect development can provide.

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Consuming Philanthropy

Consuming Philanthropy: How Principal, Major, Mid-Level, and Base Donors Give Differently

The most productive and sustainable philanthropy programs maintain distinct yet deeply strategic approaches to fundraising by gift levels.

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