Balancing Staff and Donor Politics in Today’s Divisive LandscapeJuly 18, 2022

Politics have a way of oozing into every aspect of our lives these days, so why should the nonprofit world be any exception? compiled by Jim Bush, Jessica Browning, and Nikki Rach Among organizations like the ACLU or the NRA, there is little need to balance staff and donor beliefs because they are most likely...

Fundraising in This EconomyJune 16, 2022

Between stock market downturns, inflation, and rising interest rates, the state of the economy is keeping many fundraisers up at night. Written by Jim Bush, Principal and President, Winkler Group Uncertainty seems to be the word of the day because no one knows what’s coming next—if we’ll be in a recession, or if the economy...

Opinion: A Challenging Climate Demands Commitment to FundraisingMarch 17, 2022

Inflation, the Great Resignation, and the war in Ukraine are all causes for fear and heartbreak. But now is not the time to pull back on fundraising, particularly as demand for services remains high. At the beginning of the pandemic—and during the 2008 recession—many nonprofits fell silent. They didn’t want to trouble their donors during...

To Stop the Great Resignation, Shift to
the Great Retention
March 4, 2022

Savvy nonprofits are focusing on staff retention to advance their missions. Written by Anna Lipscomb The “Great Resignation” was one of the most discussed topics of 2021; we even wrote a blog on the subject. The Great Resignation has been in the making for the past 10 years thanks to the introduction of a generational...

Fundraisers’ Guide to
Securing DAF Grants
February 8, 2022

HOW TO LEVERAGE DONOR-ADVISED FUNDS IN CAPITAL CAMPAIGNS As fundraisers, it is time for us to stop fretting about DAFs because they represent significant financial potential.    The guide includes insights from leading experts in the field of donor-advised funds as well as fundraisers who are seeing significant returns from DAF grants. We’ll cite the latest...

How to Use Social Media to Cultivate Mid-Level DonorsJanuary 12, 2022

Ways development professionals can make the most of social media as a cultivation tool for mid-level donors. Written by Rachel Santos and Anna Lipscomb Like middle children, mid-level donors are prone to being overlooked. Not as intuitive as entry-level givers—nor as exciting as a six-figure major gift prospect—middle donors are stuck in a chasm between...

Trends that Will Shape
Philanthropy in 2022 – Part I
December 9, 2021

The last two years have been anything but predictable. Will 2022 be another aberration or will we return to pre-pandemic trends in giving? Written by Jessica Browning, Principal and EVP, Winkler Group We've seen the sector embrace the new and the old; developing innovative and creative solutions to meet and overcome challenges presented by the...

Winkler Group CEO Quoted in The Chronicle of Philanthropy and the Houston ChronicleNovember 30, 2021

Is Giving Tuesday helping or hurting fundraising? Written by Rachel Santos GivingTuesday is the juggernaut of all giving days. Last year, the giving day raised $2.47 billion in the United States—up 25% over 2019—adding to the $503 million raised earlier on GivingTuesdayNow, a special May 5 giving day meant to generate capital to meet pandemic...

Pioneering DAF Research Released TodayNovember 11, 2021

By Jim Bush, Principal and President, Editorial Review Board Member for Giving USA The Giving Institute released today their Special Report on Donor Advised Funds. The study—the largest of its kind to date—analyzed $75 billion in grant dollars from DAFs made to more than 240,000 recipient nonprofit organizations between 2014 and 2018. As members of...

It’s Time to Skip Giving TuesdayNovember 3, 2021

By Timothy M. Winkler Sr., MA, CFRE, Principal and CEO of the Winkler Group GivingTuesday—the Tuesday after Thanksgiving—is fast approaching, and many nonprofits will benefit from its messaging and its ability to generate philanthropy. People are reminded about the importance of making philanthropic investments. Many worthy organizations are brought to the forefront of our collective...

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