Why We Predict 2021 Will Be the Year of the Transformational Gift
January 4, 2021

Written by Jessica Browning, Principal and Executive Vice President KPIs Giving during the pandemic has surprised us—in a good way.  From the beginning, we predicted that donors would be generous in response to the crisis, but we weren’t prepared for the levels of generosity we’ve witnessed. AFP’s Fundraising Effectiveness Project, which tracks quarterly giving in...

How SUNY College Secured Second Largest Gift in History
December 22, 2020

“It was a miraculous call,” says Stacy McIlduff, Vice President of Development and External Affairs at SUNY Schenectady. “It was the call we all hope for.” The call, from an anonymous SUNY Schenectady donor, resulted in the second largest gift in the college’s 51-year history.  McIlduff sees the gift as a result of best practices...

One80 Place Receives $5 Million from Bezos Day 1 Families Fund Grant to End HomelessnessDecember 10, 2020

The Winkler Group congratulates One80 Place for receiving a $5 million grant from the Day 1 Families Fund.  Launched in 2018 by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, the Day 1 Families Fund issues grants to organizations leading compassionate, needle-moving work to provide shelter and hunger support to young families. One80 Place, located in Charleston, South...

Proof that Donors
are Giving Big
December 7, 2020

Written by Jessica Browning, MBA, Principal and Executive Vice President Donors are giving. It’s a message we’ve been sending since the early days of the pandemic. But we’re revising that message based on what we’ve seen in the past month. Donors aren’t just giving…they’re stretching. It’s why we’re predicting that nonprofits will see substantial major gifts...

St. Andrew’s Opens New Ministry Center After $18 Million CampaignDecember 2, 2020

The Winkler Group congratulates St. Andrew’s Anglican Church of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, on the opening of its new Ministry Center and three-story education building.  St. Andrew’s was built more than 160 years ago and was severely damaged by a fire in April of 2018. A little more than two years later, and after a successful $18 million...

New KPIs to Define Fundraising Success During a Tumultuous YearNovember 19, 2020

Written by Sarah Evans Sprinkle, Senior Consultant KPIs As fundraisers, you’ve probably read every article on Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to measure fundraising success. But those KPIs probably aren’t the best measure of success in a 2020 that has thrown us all some real curveballs.  Because the Winkler Group has had the opportunity to serve...

Struggling to Execute an Overly Complicated Strategic Plan?November 4, 2020

We all know the importance of strategic planning. But there’s probably a good chance that you have been involved in a strategic planning process that didn’t work.  One that resulted in a beautiful list of goals and objectives—but sat on a shelf, unopened.  Or one that was so detailed, staff was too paralyzed to proceed.   ...

Winkler Group Expands
Charleston Presence
October 22, 2020

Charleston—The Winkler Group announces a new position: Director of Finance and Operations. Katie Hajjar, veteran Charleston hospitality executive, has been named to the role. Her addition to the firm is in keeping with the Winkler Group’s long-standing commitment to client service andservant leadership. As part of the firm’s reorganization, Rachel Santos was named to Marketing...

Counterintuitive FundraisingOctober 15, 2020

By Timothy M. Winkler, Sr., MA, CFRE, Principal, Founder and CEO When I was younger—right out of college—I thought it would be cool to learn how to whitewater kayak.  I lived close to excellent kayaking spots, so I signed up for a three-day introductory class at a whitewater center in the mountains.  Over the course...

Bogged Down in a Strategic Plan That’s Too Unrealistic?October 1, 2020

We all know the importance of strategic planning.   But there’s probably a good chance that you have been involved in a strategic planning process that didn’t work.  One that resulted in a beautiful list of goals and objectives—but sat on a shelf, unopened.  Or one that was so detailed, staff was too paralyzed to proceed.   ...

The generous will prosper: those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.
(Proverbs 11:25)

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