Why a Shorter Strategic Plan is BetterApril 19, 2022

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN PART OF A STRATEGIC PLANNING PROCESS THAT DIDN'T WORK? Strategic plans are essential tools nonprofits, universities, hospitals, and cultural organizations use to advance their missions. But the traditional strategic plan is often ineffective.   Most of today’s nonprofit strategic plans are implemented over a five-year period. Yet by the end of year...

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...

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...

Turning Disruption into Opportunity: The Tools You Need for a Strategic Plan that WorksJuly 22, 2021

Throughout the pandemic, many nonprofit organizations turned disruption into an opportunity for innovation. They found new ways to operate and make an even bigger impact on their communities. An effective—and updated—strategic plan is a must for your organization to work at optimum efficiency and capitalize on your new opportunities. Nonprofits can learn how to update their...

The 2021 Strategic Planning ToolkitJuly 13, 2021

A comprehensive guide to re-evaluating an existing strategic plan or developing a new one. Nonprofits have turned disruption into innovation. There’s little doubt that the landscape for nonprofits has changed this past year—we’ve discovered what never worked well, or what opportunities we had been missing all along. These new opportunities can take an organization, a...

How Stakeholder Engagement Can Serve Your Organization Beyond the Strategic PlanJuly 1, 2021

Guest post by Tamela A. Spicer, M.A., Program Manager, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy The strategic planning process can be a big investment for any organization to undertake. Done well, it will take time and resources. Not only is the planning process a way for the board and staff to map out the future...

Five Key Takeaways from Giving USA 2021: Member NotesJune 15, 2021

written by Tim Winkler, Jim Bush, and Jessica Browning, Winkler Group Principals The Giving USA 2021 report can be summarized in four words: Americans are extremely generous.    In a year filled with tremendous heartbreak, giving soared to record highs.  Giving in 2020 grew 5.1 percent to $471.44 billion, a level we have never seen before. Giving as...

An Easier Way to Raise MoneyMay 11, 2021

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,...

Winkler Group Invited to Lead Multiple Sessions at Planet Philanthropy 2021May 4, 2021

The Winkler Group is proud to sponsor and present at AFP Florida's Planet Philanthropy, held June 6 – 8 at the Caribe Royale Resort in Orlando. The annual event draws hundreds of nonprofit leaders from across the state to learn best practices from each other and from industry leaders.  This year marks the eighth time the Winkler Group...

Fundraising Misconceptions in 2021April 1, 2021

written by Jessica Browning, Principal & Executive Vice Presidentoriginally featured as a guest blog for the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy Over the last twelve months, philanthropy has been on a roller coaster ride and we, as fundraising professionals, have done our best to hold on. Many of us closed our eyes in fear...

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