Winkler Group Grows Leadership TeamDecember 4, 2017

Charleston—The Winkler Group, a national nonprofit consulting firm headquartered in Charleston, has announced new appointments to its leadership team.  These new appointments come as the Winkler Group experiences its 13th straight year of growth.  Jessica Browning is the new Senior Vice President of Communications for the firm.  In her nine years with the Winkler Group,...

False Expectations: The Danger of Creative Campaign ReportingDecember 1, 2017

In 2006, CASE created a Campaign Standards Working Group.  The nature of fundraising campaigns was changing, and CASE recognized the need for standards that schools, colleges, and universities could use to benchmark their campaigns against peer institutions. John Lippincott, CASE President at the time stated, “revisions were warranted due to the rapid growth in the scale...

Call to Action: House Tax BillNovember 15, 2017

The Winkler Group joins with the Giving Institute in a special request to all philanthropy professionals.   As we know, "The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act" does not include any provision to address the significant loss of charitable contributions as consequence of changes to the standard deduction.  The House is expected to vote on their bill...

Best Practice: The Perfect Prospect QualificationOctober 31, 2017

Part I As a seasoned development professional, you already know that your campaign’s lead donor—or even your next major gift donor—is already in your database.  But your database contains thousands of prospects.  In this vast sea of oysters, how do you find the pearls?  Today, we begin a two-part blog that explores a successful prospect...

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...

Winkler Group Welcomes New Team MembersAugust 1, 2017

Four exceptional leaders in the field of fundraising have joined the Winkler Group. Lisa Cottingham, Courtenay Fain, Colby Rankin will serve as Senior Consultants; Nicole Hess as Operations Support Assistant.  Each was recruited for their significant experience and dedication to philanthropy.  Lisa Cottingham, Senior Consultant Ms. Cottingham brings over 25 years of experience serving national and...

Winkler Group and SUNY Adirondack Win CASE Circle of Excellence AwardJune 29, 2017

Winkler Group client SUNY Adirondack edged out the Indiana University and Iowa State University to receive top CASE Circle of Excellence honors in the Case Statements & General Cultivation Publications category.  Winkler Group Vice President for Communications Jessica Browning wrote the case to support SUNY Adirondack’s capital campaign. “This award reflects the Winkler Group’s unending...

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...

The Lord Will Provide… (and other misguided statements from people in churches and ministries)June 1, 2017

Written by Timothy M. Winkler Sr., CFRE; CEO, Winkler Group In 2008 and 2009, our phones were ringing off the hook with calls from churches that had recently built new sanctuaries or fellowship halls.  The recession was making it difficult to sustain their debt loads.  Despite good intentions, they had let their architect—not a strategic feasibility study—drive...

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