Winkler Group Announces Leadership Team Promotions, Sabbatical, and Firm ExpansionApril 18, 2019

Charleston, April 18, 2019–The Winkler Group, a leading campaign consulting firm with offices in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, today announced the promotion of veteran consultant Jim Bush to Principal and President. A thought leader in the field of philanthropy, Bush’s fundraising career includes numerous executive leadership roles spanning nearly 30 years. He...

WG Leads AFP Campaign WorkshopApril 5, 2019

Winkler Group Principal Jim Bush and Senior Consultant Courtenay Fain last week co-presented "Are You Ready for a Capital Campaign?" to an audience of AFP Members. They covered new ways to increase board involvement in fundraising, the importance of moves management, and what to do now to get ready for a campaign down the road....

Winkler Group Opens Charlotte OfficeMarch 15, 2019

The Winkler Group has expanded to North Carolina; Rex Otey, a career nonprofit fundraiser with nearly 30 years of experience, will lead the firm’s new Charlotte office. Mr. Otey brings substantial development knowledge to Winkler Group Clients. He has raised more than $70 million for universities, independent schools, churches, and nonprofits. He is the former...

Crowdfunding’s Gruesome OriginsMarch 1, 2019

Crowdfunding is not new. It can be traced back 156 years to one of the darkest times in our nation’s history. Today, small contributors can raise large sums of money for a particular purpose with ease thanks to the Internet. But the first crowdfunding project actually occurred in 1863…long before the world wide web. It...

2018 Giving Results: Don’t Be Fooled by the IncreaseFebruary 26, 2019

Charitable giving was up once again in 2018; however, the numbers should be a wake-up call to everyone in development and advancement. Giving in 2018 was up 1.6% over the prior year. But remember, it increased by 8% in 2017. The increase in giving came from gifts of $1,000 and above (which rose 2.6% over...

WG Leads Two Sessions at SUNY ConferenceFebruary 2, 2019

Winkler Group Principal Jim Bush and Senior Managing Consultant Nikki Rach were featured presenters at the SUNY Community College Chief Advancement Officers conference in Latham, New York, last month. Designed to bring together college presidents, foundation board members, and advancement staff, the conference was an opportunity to share best practices in fundraising for two-year colleges....

Lessons from America’s First Hospital Capital CampaignJanuary 17, 2019

As we begin a new year, it’s the perfect time to look back even as we look ahead. Philanthropy in America is as old as America itself, and it’s one of our country’s greatest strengths. Come with us as we recount the first hospital campaign—one that was launched even before we declared our independence. We...

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...

Can Football Teach Us How to be Better Fundraisers?November 1, 2018

By: Tim Winkler, Founder and CEO of the Winkler Group It's the most wonderful time of the year...college football season. One simple lesson from my own college football days has stuck with me all these years, and it's one that applies as much to fundraising as it does to football. One of my teammates had...

Winkler Group Adds Two Consultants As Firm GrowsOctober 9, 2018

Charleston — Two veteran fundraisers, Raymond Carnley and Jay Howard, were named senior consultants this week for the Winkler Group. Together, they have more than 50 years of experience leading capital campaigns and advancement offices for universities, nonprofit organizations, and independent schools. Jay Howard, CFRE Jay Howard has raised nearly $50 million for philanthropic causes...

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