Balancing Staff and Donor Politics in Today’s Divisive LandscapeJuly 18, 2022

Politics have a way of oozing into every aspect of our lives these days, so why should the nonprofit world be any exception? compiled by Jim Bush, Jessica Browning, and Nikki Rach Among organizations like the ACLU or the NRA, there is little need to balance staff and donor beliefs because they are most likely...

Fundraising in This EconomyJune 16, 2022

Between stock market downturns, inflation, and rising interest rates, the state of the economy is keeping many fundraisers up at night. Written by Jim Bush, Principal and President, Winkler Group Uncertainty seems to be the word of the day because no one knows what’s coming next—if we’ll be in a recession, or if the economy...

Rising Construction Costs: How to Keep
them from Derailing Your Campaign
April 12, 2022

High rates of inflation and supply chain disruptions have caused construction costs to soar. Written by Jessica Browning, Principal and EVP, Winkler Group If your academic institution or nonprofit organization is in a campaign or planning one to build new facilities, what can you do to mitigate the challenges associated with rising construction costs? There...

Opinion: A Challenging Climate Demands Commitment to FundraisingMarch 17, 2022

Inflation, the Great Resignation, and the war in Ukraine are all causes for fear and heartbreak. But now is not the time to pull back on fundraising, particularly as demand for services remains high. At the beginning of the pandemic—and during the 2008 recession—many nonprofits fell silent. They didn’t want to trouble their donors during...

Fundraisers’ Guide to
Securing DAF Grants
February 8, 2022

HOW TO LEVERAGE DONOR-ADVISED FUNDS IN CAPITAL CAMPAIGNS As fundraisers, it is time for us to stop fretting about DAFs because they represent significant financial potential.    The guide includes insights from leading experts in the field of donor-advised funds as well as fundraisers who are seeing significant returns from DAF grants. We’ll cite the latest...

Trends that Will Shape
Philanthropy in 2022 – Part I
December 9, 2021

The last two years have been anything but predictable. Will 2022 be another aberration or will we return to pre-pandemic trends in giving? Written by Jessica Browning, Principal and EVP, Winkler Group We've seen the sector embrace the new and the old; developing innovative and creative solutions to meet and overcome challenges presented by the...

The Real ROI of an OutsiderDecember 1, 2021

We are often asked why organizations should invest their resources in outside counsel to lead their capital campaign. Written by Rachel Santos It’s a valid question. As nonprofit leaders, you exist to serve your constituents and make sure every donor dollar is put to its highest and best use. Let’s look at the question in...

St. Andrew’s Anglican Church: A Case StudyNovember 18, 2021

St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, located in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, had long planned to build an educational building beside their sanctuary. Written by Jessica Garrett and Timothy M. Winkler, Sr., MA, CFRE Their church was growing. Over 2,000 members attended their Mt. Pleasant services on any given Sunday; hundreds participated in ministry and educational ministries...

Pioneering DAF Research Released TodayNovember 11, 2021

By Jim Bush, Principal and President, Editorial Review Board Member for Giving USA The Giving Institute released today their Special Report on Donor Advised Funds. The study—the largest of its kind to date—analyzed $75 billion in grant dollars from DAFs made to more than 240,000 recipient nonprofit organizations between 2014 and 2018. As members of...

3 Factors Converge to Create Big Opportunities for Human Service OrganizationsOctober 1, 2021

Written by Jessica Browning Three historic factors are converging right now to create a fundraising season for human service organizations that is like no other:  the outpouring of support from donors during the pandemic, the federal government’s landmark investment in recovery, and a stock market that keeps climbing.  The three factors are explained below, followed...

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