The Popped Kernel: Grateful Patient Dynamic Scoring

by Emma Hinke on January 17, 2019 in Bentz Whaley Flessner Healthcare fundraising presents unique challenges, particularly relating to the prospect pipeline. Unlike educational institutions with naturally engaged alumni populations, most healthcare organizations and foundations have only a kernel of highly engaged and well-known prospects, donors, volunteers, and patrons. Outside of that kernel, however, the universe of constituents expands rapidly. … Continue reading The Popped Kernel: Grateful Patient Dynamic Scoring

From Actions to Journeys—Seeing the World as Our Constituents Do

By Alexander Oftelie on November 8, 2018 The past 10 years have seen an incredible advancement in analytics to support fundraising and engagement. Organizations of every mission and scale have created greater insight into who may give and how. Most analytics strategies, however, are constituent-focused and nearly entirely attentive to a single moment or outcome. … Continue reading From Actions to Journeys—Seeing the World as Our Constituents Do

Platform Fundraising is Here: Are You Ready for It?

Josh Birkholz, principal at Bentz Whaley Flessner, recently wrote an interesting article articulating our firm’s vision and predictions for platform fundraising. Here is a short excerpt. “Today, it feels similar to the early 1980s of prospect research and the early 2000s of analytics. However, the scattered, under invested new reality is the world of platform fundraising. Sure, … Continue reading Platform Fundraising is Here: Are You Ready for It?

Keeping up with the Joneses: Downgrading Capacity Ratings

Prospect research professionals spend much of their time uncovering or confirming a prospect’s wealth, but what happens when research finds something concerning or that could negatively impact a prospect’s philanthropic capacity? Are researchers tracking or notifying fundraisers of prospects’ layoffs, divorces, or even criminal charges? The BWF Insight Research team has completed thousands of capacity … Continue reading Keeping up with the Joneses: Downgrading Capacity Ratings

Using Analytics to Uncover the Personas within your Constituency

by Alexander Oftelie Today nonprofits of every mission and size continue to leverage analytics to inform individual constituent persona behavior, predict outcomes of campaigns, and assess program performance. The benefit of fundraising analytics for them is foundational: apply individual-level insights to large populations. Any fundraiser could filter through a list of 100 known names and identify … Continue reading Using Analytics to Uncover the Personas within your Constituency

The Best Resource for Self-Paced Statistical Learning

There are no shortage of books, traditional & online courses, experts, or blogs (including this one!) about data analytics these days. For someone who may just be starting out in the field, the sheer volume of options can be overwhelming. In my experience, the best resources for self-paced learning about this expansive subject are the … Continue reading The Best Resource for Self-Paced Statistical Learning

Silicon Valley’s Impact on Philanthropy

Fascinating article from the Atlantic about the impact of Silicon Valley and its growing community of data-obsessed entrepreneurs has had on the world of philanthropic giving! Very interesting to observe not only the move towards speaking in the vocabulary used by cutting edge business-types and technologists, but also the importance of metrics and quantifying impact … Continue reading Silicon Valley’s Impact on Philanthropy

2 Fantastic Examples of Visualizing Sports Data

We are currently experiencing a glut of worldwide sports entertainment with the World Cup wrapping up this weekend, the 105th edition of Le Tour de France cycling race throughout the month of July, and the Wimbledon tennis championships all taking place simultaneously. To help keep pace with every minute-by-minute development, we've found 2 excellent data … Continue reading 2 Fantastic Examples of Visualizing Sports Data