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...

Philanthropy’s Ties to Our Nation’s BirthJuly 1, 2019

The founders of our country built more than just a new nation. They pioneered a new concept...philanthropy. In honor of Independence Day, the Winkler Group honors Benjamin Franklin's contributions to fundraising and the lessons that still ring true today. In 1751, Benjamin Franklin’s long-time friend, Dr. Thomas Bond, recognized that Philadelphia needed a facility to...

Giving USA 2019: Is the Boom Over?June 18, 2019

Written by Jessica Browning, Winkler Group Principal and EVP and member of Giving USA Editorial Board. Giving USA 2019 was released today. Here are our key takeaways from the highly anticipated report on philanthropic giving in America. Takeaway 1: Get Ready for a Slowdown? While 2018 giving increased in current dollars to $422.71 billion, there...

2018 Giving Results: Don’t Be Fooled by the IncreaseFebruary 26, 2019

Charitable giving was up once again in 2018; however, the numbers should be a wake-up call to everyone in development and advancement. Giving in 2018 was up 1.6% over the prior year. But remember, it increased by 8% in 2017. The increase in giving came from gifts of $1,000 and above (which rose 2.6% over...

Your Annual Fund and Capital Campaign Should be Partners, not CompetitorsDecember 3, 2018

The holidays are here, and excitement is buzzing as we set-up decorations, visit our loved ones, find the perfect gift, and snap the family holiday card. But all this holiday cheer is also coupled with sheer exhaustion. In the season of giving, are we asking our donors to give to too many initiatives, particularly if...

Can Football Teach Us How to be Better Fundraisers?November 1, 2018

By: Tim Winkler, Founder and CEO of the Winkler Group It's the most wonderful time of the year...college football season. One simple lesson from my own college football days has stuck with me all these years, and it's one that applies as much to fundraising as it does to football. One of my teammates had...

Mastering Nonprofit Communications: Three Short LessonsAugust 30, 2018

Messaging in the nonprofit world is just as important as in corporate America. But instead of getting someone to buy a product, our goal is donor investment in our communities, our universities, our churches. Embrace Vanity In today’s donor-speak, a three-letter word is all the rage.  The word is not “now,” although conveying a sense...

Never Underestimate the Power of PlanningAugust 13, 2018

As many of us who’ve worked in development know, there is never really a downtime when it comes to raising money. And, no matter how successful you were over the past year hitting your goals, it always seems like the celebration is short lived before the conversation turns to what needs to be accomplished next...

Giving USA 2018: Record giving again in 2017, but warning signs aheadJune 11, 2018

Giving in 2017 was the highest-ever inflation-adjusted level. Total US philanthropic giving exceeded $400 billion for the first time ever—reaching $410 billion in 2017.  Giving increased 5.2% in 2017 (or 3.2% adjusted for inflation).  Giving to all sectors increased, except giving to international affairs which declined by 4%.  The decline is largely due to donors...

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...

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