Independent School Receives Third 7-Figure GiftMarch 8, 2018

Christ Presbyterian Academy, a preK-12 independent school in Nashville, Tennessee and Winkler Group client, recently received its third $1 million gift toward its $18 million Transforming Stories campaign.  The gifts have been made by current school families and by the private foundation of a school family.   "These gifts are the result of years of successful cultivation, and...

False Expectations: The Danger of Creative Campaign ReportingFebruary 22, 2018

In 2006, CASE created a campaign standards working group the nature of fundraising campaigns was changing, and CASE recognized the need for standards that schools, colleges, and universities could use to benchmark their campaigns against peer institutions. John Lippincott, CASE President at the time stated, “revisions were warranted due to the rapid growth in the scale...

In Pursuit of the Perfect Stranger: A New Model for Higher Ed Campaign ProspectingJanuary 8, 2018

The Winkler Group is proud to feature Farhana Mather, Director of Development, External Relations, and Strategic Initiatives, Columbia University, New York, in this month’s blog. University campaigns have traditionally been built on faculty, school and unit-based priorities and by tapping into their alumni affiliations based on the grateful mindset of graduates who want to give...

Stewardship: Ministry’s Most Missed OpportunityAugust 30, 2017

Written by Timothy M. Winkler Sr., CFRE; CEO, Winkler Group Stewardship: Ministry’s Most Missed Opportunity This blog is the fourth in a series exploring the challenges facing fundraising in churches and ministries today.  A couple weeks ago I wrote about how churches and ministries too often throw sound fundraising principles out the door in the name of...

Winkler Group and SUNY Adirondack Win CASE Circle of Excellence AwardJune 29, 2017

Winkler Group client SUNY Adirondack edged out the Indiana University and Iowa State University to receive top CASE Circle of Excellence honors in the Case Statements & General Cultivation Publications category.  Winkler Group Vice President for Communications Jessica Browning wrote the case to support SUNY Adirondack’s capital campaign. “This award reflects the Winkler Group’s unending...

Giving USA 2017: Record Philanthropic Giving Again in 2016June 13, 2017

  Record Philanthropic Giving Again in 2016 Americans gave a record $390.05 billion in 2016, according to Giving USA, released today.  Giving grew for the third year in a row, but at a slower rate than the past two years.  Giving to all nine nonprofit sectors grew — only the fifth time in the 40-year...

The Lord Will Provide… (and other misguided statements from people in churches and ministries)June 1, 2017

Written by Timothy M. Winkler Sr., CFRE; CEO, Winkler Group In 2008 and 2009, our phones were ringing off the hook with calls from churches that had recently built new sanctuaries or fellowship halls.  The recession was making it difficult to sustain their debt loads.  Despite good intentions, they had let their architect—not a strategic feasibility study—drive...

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