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...

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...

Contributing to the Madness — March MadnessApril 5, 2018

The Winkler Group, like so many companies across the country, goes a bit crazy in March.  As the newest member of the team, I wanted to make a bold statement this year.  I wanted to solidify my spot as Rookie of the Year and see my name engraved on the firm’s NCAA Bracket Challenge trophy....

Measure Your Fundraising Success through Key Performance IndicatorsOctober 2, 2017

Written by Jim Bush, Vice President, Winkler Group Effective development and advancement offices assess quantifiable metrics each year—and these metrics go far beyond just total giving.  Without goals, success is hard to define.  In certain areas, the end goal may be too daunting.  Tiered goals allow for more gradual, but attainable success.  We recommend that...

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...

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...

Fundraising as Ministry: Overcoming the Oxymoron – Part TwoApril 3, 2017

The Winkler Group’s last blog introduced the disconnect between philanthropy and ministry, and the perils of their separation.  In today’s blog, we’ll explore four concepts that fuse the best practices of the fundraising world with the Biblical concepts developed into stewardship principles.   #1: Building Relationships. Relationships position fundraising and ministry as complementary. The fundraiser’s...

Fundraising as Ministry: Overcoming the Oxymoron – Part OneMarch 24, 2017

Jesus talked about money and possessions more than any other topic except the Kingdom of God.  Theologians over the centuries have linked philanthropy (stewardship) to discipleship.  And the latest Giving USA revealed that 55% of all donations are motivated by spiritual convictions. So why do we, as fundraisers, neglect the spiritual aspects of philanthropy.  And...

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