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...

New KPIs to Define Fundraising Success During a Tumultuous YearNovember 19, 2020

Written by Sarah Evans Sprinkle, Senior Consultant KPIs As fundraisers, you’ve probably read every article on Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to measure fundraising success. But those KPIs probably aren’t the best measure of success in a 2020 that has thrown us all some real curveballs.  Because the Winkler Group has had the opportunity to serve...

An Easier Way to Raise MoneySeptember 1, 2020

Written by Jim Bush, Principal and President You can raise significantly more money each year by just keeping your current donors happy and fulfilled. A 1% increase in retention rates can mean as much as $123,000 in new revenue next year.  Donor retention isn’t hard.  Clearly it’s worthwhile.  So why are we, as fundraising professionals,...

GIVING USA: What Americans gave in 2019 and why it mattersJune 16, 2020

You’re out for a bike ride and you see a big hill ahead.  Do you slow down?  No, you build up speed because momentum will help you get over the hill faster and easier.  COVID-19 is a mountain we’re all still climbing.  Recovery is on the other side and we’re headed for it.  Knowing what...

What I’ve Learned from 15 Years Serving ClientsJanuary 1, 2020

As the Winkler Group turns 15 years old this year, I wanted to share with you a list of lessons I've learned while serving the clients that we are so grateful for. Honor the Lord in all we do. Always be proactive in seeking ways to improve. Daily. What excites me the most, after 15...

Do You See Disney in Our Logo?December 1, 2019

Someone asked me that at a conference years ago. I was taken aback at first, but then I started thinking about it. I laugh about it now but am also grateful because his legitimate question provided the opportunity to share what our logo actually stood for, as well as the story behind it. Not surprisingly,...

New Year, New Opportunities for Three Independent SchoolsAugust 1, 2019

The Winkler Group is proud to congratulate three of our independent school clients that exceeded their capital campaign goals over the summer! The big milestones they crossed—and their hard work and dedication—will enhance their students’ educational experience. Read how these campaigns are transforming these schools: Christ Presbyterian Academy in Nashville, Tennessee Transforming Stories, the largest...

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

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