Why You Must Engage Your Alumni Virtually—and How to Do ItSeptember 24, 2020

Written by Courtney Brady, Senior Consultant Homecoming is a vital event for alumni relations and development.  But thanks to COVID-19, most schools are cancelling or postponing their celebrations.  So how do you connect with alumni, cultivate high-level donors, and keep them connected to your school without being face to face?  Here are a few ways...

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,...

Record Enrollment, Remarkable Fundraising: How One Liberal Arts College is Thriving in a PandemicAugust 17, 2020

Written by Jessica Browning, Winkler Group Principal and EVP Even as the Coronavirus spread across the nation last March, Brevard College leaders had a vision and a path forward.  That plan, despite many distractions, has kept them focused on a strong future. The 167-year-old liberal arts college in the mountains of Western North Carolina has...

The One Thing Independent Schools Should be Doing Right NowAugust 3, 2020

Q&A with Debra Wilson, President of the Southern Association of Independent Schools Winkler Group Principals Jim Bush and Jessica Browning had the honor of sitting down with Debra Wilson, president of SAIS, to discuss the state of independent school enrollment, the hidden value of the pandemic to heads of school, and why she’s optimistic about...

Community Colleges: Don’t Squander This OpportunityJuly 1, 2020

Community colleges are having a moment.  Foundation directors and advancement teams: take advantage of it. You and I know that community colleges power our economy.  They also provide an access to education that breaks down barriers and builds bridges across neighborhoods.  In short, America has never needed two-year and community colleges more than we do...

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,...

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...

The generous will prosper: those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.
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