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.

Fundraising in 2018: Looking Back to Move Forward

Fundraising in 2018: Looking Back to Move Forward

As 2019 begins, we can look back on 2018 and explore important trends that have shaped philanthropy and consider how they will affect the year ahead. The world of giving has been shaped by at least five trends.

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Three Strategies to Get Personal with Donors

Three Strategies to Get Personal with Donors

As the holiday memories fade and we start the new year, now is the perfect time to reflect on the past year and develop an action plan. It is time to go beyond just thanking donors and start engaging donors.

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The Ticking Time Bomb in Stewardship

The Ticking Time Bomb in Stewardship

Now is the time to make sure that you have identified any potential gaps in your stewardship plan and have made plans to address these.

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Hosting Acquisition Events

Hosting Acquisition Events: Increase Your Leadership Annual Fund Donors

To have a successful event, you will need three key things: a well-thought-out list of invitations, a compelling speaker (or speakers) with a genuine message and ask, and a hospitable atmosphere.

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Seeing the World as Our Constituents Do

From Actions to Journeys—Seeing the World as Our Constituents Do

Journey analytics provides us the opportunity to combine our singular insights and create insight at scale to not only match the size of our constituency but the depth and length of their relationships with us.

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Downgrading Capacity Ratings

Keeping up with the Joneses: Downgrading Capacity Ratings

Prospect research professionals spend much of their time uncovering or confirming a prospect’s wealth, but what happens when research finds something concerning or that could negatively impact a prospect’s philanthropic capacity?

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Managing Your Board of Trustees

The Small Shop: Managing Your Board of Trustees

Board members are “mission critical” especially in the life of small nonprofit organizations. By paying close attention and understanding important characteristics of volunteer leadership, the organization will be positioned for long-term success.

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Reviewing Your Post-Season Playbook for Alumni Engagement

Reviewing Your Post-Season Playbook for Alumni Engagement

With a storied history including a top-20 national ranking in all-time victories, a top-10 national ranking in both all-time winning percentage and 20-win seasons, and ranking third in regular season […]

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Focus on the Fundamentals? 5 Ways to Keep Athletics Fundraising Strong

Repeal of the Athletic Seating Deduction

The athletic seating deduction was an important facet within college and university fundraising. However, in January 2018 new tax laws reexamined this deduction, making it non-deductible for donors. Here we provide a brief synopsis of change and alternatives for fundraisers to consider.

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