Tuesday, August 01,2017

Winkler Group Welcomes New Team Members

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 international nonprofit organizations.   As the Director of Development for an international nonprofit, Ms. Cottingham managed a development... Read More

Posted by Jessica Browning at Tuesday, August 01,2017

Monday, May 01,2017

Winkler Group Sponsors Leading Fundraising Conferences

This summer, the Winkler Group is proud to sponsor two of the largest statewide conferences, both advancing philanthropy and the nonprofit sector.    Summer Institute In May, the Winkler Group is the Presenting Sponsor of Statewide Summer Institute, South Carolina's premier fundraising conference.  WG CEO Tim Winkler and Assistant Vice President Jim Bush are also featured presenters.   Held in Charleston May 18-19, Statewide Summer Institute is a collaboration between South Carolina's three AFP chapters.  Thought leaders... Read More

Posted by Jessica Browning at Monday, May 01,2017

Wednesday, March 01,2017

Learn What Works In Fundraising

On the first Tuesday of every month, our industry-leading experts will share the time-tested practices we’ve perfected over a combined 150 years in fundraising. Lasting only 20-30 minutes, each webinar is designed to provide concise, targeted content for the seasoned professional.  Winkler Webinars are relatable to universities, churches and faith-based ministries, independent schools, arts organizations, and community-based nonprofits.    Upcoming Winkler Webinars   Tuesday, March 7, 11:00 a.m. EST: Making the... Read More

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Wednesday, February 08,2017

Philanthropy Outlook: Still Rosy

Total giving is predicted to increase by 3.6% in 2017 and 3.8% in 2018.  Experts believe these increases will be fueled by growth in the S&P and in personal income. These predictions were made in the just-released Philanthropy Outlook from Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.   Giving by individuals is still the largest giving sector, by far.  But as more donors turn to donor-advised funds and family foundations, there is a slight shift in the breakdown.    Giving to Health is predicted to grow 8.5% this year and... Read More

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Wednesday, February 01,2017

WG Clients Merge to Expand Services

  Congratulations to two Winkler Group clients on their successful merger.  CODA and Hope Haven have joined forces to create Hopeful Horizons, a new nonprofit that provides victims of child abuse and domestic violence with more comprehensive services.     The organizations, both fiscally strong with proud histories of serving their communities, have collaborated for years.     Of the merger, Director Shauw Chin Capps remarked, "When we think about child abuse, domestic violence, and sexual assault, often we have this... Read More

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Tuesday, January 03,2017

Winkler Group CEO quoted in Chronicle of Higher Education

In the January 3, 2017 article of the Chronicle of Higher Education, Winkler Group CEO Tim Winkler discusses the acceptance of gifts of property. In the article "What to Do With a Mustang, and Other Lessons in Handling Gifts of Property," Winkler offers a lesson for every advancement professional as he describes what happened when the actual value of a donated vintage car was far less than the donor's appraised value.​  ... Read More

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Monday, December 05,2016

Church Planting: Two Successful Examples

Two successful church planting churches (and Winkler Group clients) explore the opportunities and challenges of creating new church plants. Read More

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Thursday, November 17,2016

Trident Technology College receives record-breaking gift

The Winkler Group congratulates our client, Trident Technical College Foundation on it record-breaking gift.  The gift, made by the Zucker family, will help build the $80 million new Aeronautical Training Center on Trident Tech's campus.  In making the gift, Anita Zucker said the new training center will play an important role in training workers for Charleston-based manufacturing facilities such as Boeing, Volvo, and Mercedes-Benz Vans.  Read more about the Zucker family's investment in education.... Read More

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Monday, October 31,2016

Tim Winkler quoted in story about IU Lilly School of Philanthropy's $50 million campaign.

An Indianapolis newspaper turned to Tim Winkler, Winkler Group CEO, to weigh in on IU Lilly School of Philanthropy's current capital campaign. Winkler was asked about the role of a campaign to institutions of higher education--as well as the strategy behind back-to-back university campaigns.  Read more about the Lilly School of Philanthropy's campaign, and what it will mean to the field of fundraising. Read More

Posted by Laura Taylor at Monday, October 31,2016

Tuesday, June 07,2016

WG Welcomes New Clients

The Winkler Group is proud to partner with these universities, schools, and nonprofit organizations.       Christ Presbyterian Church Christ Presbyterian Academy Greenville Humane Society Kids Across America Greer Middle College Charter High School Historical Society of Central Florida University of Virginia Engineering... Read More

Posted by Laura Taylor at Tuesday, June 07,2016

Monday, May 02,2016

WG Featured at Planet Philanthropy

Winkler Group CEO Tim Winkler will present two sessions during Planet Philanthropy, held May 22-24 in Orlando, Florida.  During his session, It's Good News Don't Waste It, Tim will share practices that capitalize on the recovering economy to boost giving.  His second session It's Good News Don't Waste It, will focus on time-tested best practices to strengthen any major giving program. The Winkler Group is also a major sponsor of the conference, which is recognized as Florida's premier philanthropic conference.  To register, and for... Read More

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Monday, March 28,2016

WG Client Featured on CNN as "Game Changer"

  OneWorld Health was heralded by CNN for its radical approach to healthcare. Instead of hospitals that require ongoing donor support, OneWorld Health's centers are 100% sustainable, providing affordable care and a skilled workforce.   The Winkler Group led the nonprofit's capital campaign in 2014.  They raised enough money to open more hospitals and health clinics in impoverished regions of Central American and Africa.     ... Read More

Posted by Laura Taylor at Monday, March 28,2016

Thursday, March 03,2016

WG to Lead CRD's Workshop in Charleston

The Winkler Group has been invited to lead the two-day workshop on campaigns prior to the Council for Resource Development's (CRD) Summer Institute, June 21 and 22 in Charleston, SC. Tim Winkler, WG CEO, will share the real-world best practices that result in campaign success.  Winkler Group-led campaigns average 117% of their original goals.   Joining Tim will be Kim Hallin, former CRD President and Executive Director of the Trident Technical College Foundation.  She and Tim will share case studies from TTC's campaign and highlight... Read More

Posted by Laura Taylor at Thursday, March 03,2016

Wednesday, February 24,2016

Winkler Group CEO quoted in the Chronicle of Philanthropy

  In an article highlighting Northwestern University's $3.75 billion campaign and their record year of mega gifts, Tim Winkler was asked to weigh in.  Northwestern received four nine-figure gifts last year, which it attributed to strong cultivation and stewardship fundamentals.   But Winkler pointed out the other side of mega gifts--warning of the possibility that big gifts could depress small ones.  Instead, he advised nonprofits and universities to use a large gift to spur momentum and raise visibility for all potential donors.   ... Read More

Posted by Jessica Browning at Wednesday, February 24,2016

Monday, February 01,2016

U.S. charitable giving projected to grow 4.1 percent in 2016, 4.3 percent in 2017

U.S. charitable giving projected to grow 4.1 percent in 2016, 4.3 percent in 2017, research from Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Marts & Lundy finds The Philanthropy Outlook 2016 & 2017 also predicts 6 percent rise in giving to education INDIANAPOLIS—Charitable giving in the United States is expected to grow by 4.1 percent in 2016 and by an additional 4.3 percent in 2017, according to The Philanthropy Outlook 2016 & 2017, a new report researched and written by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. The... Read More

Posted by Jessica Browning at Monday, February 01,2016

Friday, January 08,2016

Thanks to Your Action, IRS Reverses Course on Controversial Proposal

The IRS has withdrawn its proposed substantiation requirement for certain contributions--a regulation that would have allowed nonprofits to file an additional information return to substantiate contributions of $250 and more.  The proposed framework for donee reporting would have included the donor’s name, address, and social security number or tax identification number. Nonprofit leaders voiced concerns to the IRS during a formal comment process that ended in mid-December, citing problems with donor privacy and onerous reporting that would burden small... Read More

Posted by Jessica Browning at Friday, January 08,2016

Wednesday, January 06,2016

Laura Taylor promoted to Winkler Group Director of Operations

    Charleston—Laura Taylor has been promoted to Director of Operations for the Winkler Group, a full-service fundraising firm with offices in Charleston and Nashville. Ms. Taylor will serve as the primary project liaison for the firm’s team of consultants who serve nonprofits, churches, independent schools, and universities across the country.  Additionally, Ms. Taylor will lead business development and marketing initiatives for the firm, including social media campaigns and website content. Her promotion comes as the firm enjoys its... Read More

Posted by Jessica Browning at Wednesday, January 06,2016

Tuesday, January 05,2016

Study Brings Good News for Nonprofits

Almost half of all nonprofits (46%) were in a capital or special campaign in 2015, according to the Special Report on Nonprofit Fundraising Campaigns, a new study by the Nonprofit Research Collaborative (NRC).  In 2011, only 12% were in the midst of a campaign.  The study also found gains in overall fundraising revenue.  “The sharp increase over 2011 is not surprising, given the state of the economy five years ago.  In the post-2008 landscape, many nonprofits delayed campaigns,” explains Tim Winkler, founder and CEO... Read More

Posted by Jessica Browning at Tuesday, January 05,2016

Monday, December 21,2015

Huge Win for Nonprofits, IRA Charitable Rollover

  The IRA Charitable Rollover is permanent, thanks to the PATH bill that passed Congress and was signed by President Obama last Friday.     The rollover was first enacted in 2006 and encourages those age 70 ½ and older to make tax-free donations up to $100,000 from their IRAs directly to certain charities.  The bill also retroactively reinstates the IRA Charitable Rollover provision for all of 2015 and enhances deductions for charitable contributions of real property for conservation purposes, and for donations of food inventory. ... Read More

Posted by Jessica Browning at Monday, December 21,2015

Thursday, December 10,2015

Stay informed about the proposed IRS regulations

Many nonprofits are expressing their concerns about the proposed regulations from the Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department. The proposed regulations would allow, but not require, charitable nonprofits to file a new, separate information return with the IRS (in addition to the Form 990) by February 28 every year to substantiate contributions of more than $250 in value.  The new informational tax return, called a "donee report," would include the donor's name, address, and Social Security number or other taxpayer identification... Read More

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