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...

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...

Lindsay McDaniel Joins Winkler Group as Business and Operations ManagerAugust 8, 2018

Charleston—The Winkler Group has named a new Business and Operations Manager.  Lindsay McDaniel, an established organizational director, brings extensive project management experience and client development to the firm.    For the Winkler Group, Lindsay will oversee the firm’s operations and will spearhead marketing efforts that continue the firm’s 15 years of consecutive revenue growth.  She...

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...

Only 10 Days Until Giving USA Release: Be the First to KnowJune 4, 2018

  Did philanthropic giving continue its record growth again last year?  Did giving to education slow for the second year in a row?    The answers will be revealed on June 14 when Giving USA is released.  As members of Giving Institute, publishers of Giving USA, the Winkler Group will be among the first to share the results on our website...

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