Waiting to Launch Your Campaign is a MistakeApril 14, 2021

By Jim Bush, Winkler Group President and Principal When the economy is strong, giving is strong. Too many fundraising professionals are still hiding behind economic uncertainty as a reason to keep their ambitious plans on hold.  It’s time to dust off those plans.  Why? The experts predict strong economic growth for the rest of 2021. ...

Danger Ahead: Allowing Want to Drive Academic Fundraising GoalsApril 8, 2021

It’s tempting for a trustee to dream about what could be accomplished with a new science lab, more scholarships, or even a larger endowment. It’s equally tempting to try to erase projected deficits or to fund necessary programs simply by raising fundraising goals. After all, a board member’s role includes being a visionary and ensuring...

Fundraising Misconceptions in 2021April 1, 2021

written by Jessica Browning, Principal & Executive Vice Presidentoriginally featured as a guest blog for the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy Over the last twelve months, philanthropy has been on a roller coaster ride and we, as fundraising professionals, have done our best to hold on. Many of us closed our eyes in fear...

WINKLER GROUP CLIENT AMERICAN BATTLEFIELD TRUST RECEIVES $300,000 GIFTMarch 22, 2021

American Battlefield Trust, a Winkler Group partner based in Washington, D.C., received a $300,000 gift from the Darla Moore Foundation to support the Liberty Trail. The gift is yet another example of a significant trend we are seeing in philanthropy: donors are actively giving major gifts despite the pandemic. The Liberty Trail, launched in 2019...

Dynamic and Disruptive Forces are Increasingly at WorkMarch 1, 2021

Guest post by Teri Behrens, Ph.D, and Michael Layton, Ph.D This post first appeared as part of the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy's 11 Trends in Philanthropy for 2021 report in January 2021. View the full report at this link: https://johnsoncenter.org/trends The Nonprofit Ecosystem At the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, we think of philanthropy as...

What’s Driving Record Giving
May Surprise You
February 8, 2021

Written by Jim Bush, Principal and President KPIs Donors are actively giving large and transformational gifts despite the pandemic. We’ve seen ample evidence of generosity across the country and across nonprofit sectors.  There are two primary factors motivating today’s record gifts.  Understanding these motivators is key to securing the transformational gifts that are on the...

How SUNY College Secured Second Largest Gift in History
December 22, 2020

“It was a miraculous call,” says Stacy McIlduff, Vice President of Development and External Affairs at SUNY Schenectady. “It was the call we all hope for.” The call, from an anonymous SUNY Schenectady donor, resulted in the second largest gift in the college’s 51-year history.  McIlduff sees the gift as a result of best practices...

One80 Place Receives $5 Million from Bezos Day 1 Families Fund Grant to End HomelessnessDecember 10, 2020

The Winkler Group congratulates One80 Place for receiving a $5 million grant from the Day 1 Families Fund.  Launched in 2018 by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, the Day 1 Families Fund issues grants to organizations leading compassionate, needle-moving work to provide shelter and hunger support to young families. One80 Place, located in Charleston, South...

Proof that Donors
are Giving Big
December 7, 2020

Written by Jessica Browning, MBA, Principal and Executive Vice President Donors are giving. It’s a message we’ve been sending since the early days of the pandemic. But we’re revising that message based on what we’ve seen in the past month. Donors aren’t just giving…they’re stretching. It’s why we’re predicting that nonprofits will see substantial major gifts...

St. Andrew’s Opens New Ministry Center After $18 Million CampaignDecember 2, 2020

The Winkler Group congratulates St. Andrew’s Anglican Church of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, on the opening of its new Ministry Center and three-story education building.  St. Andrew’s was built more than 160 years ago and was severely damaged by a fire in April of 2018. A little more than two years later, and after a successful $18 million...

The generous will prosper: those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.
(Proverbs 11:25)

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