Monday, October 08,2018


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 during his career. His expertise lies in engaging boards and volunteers in capital campaigns and in strategic planning. Mr. Howard has worked extensively with independent schools... Read More

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Tuesday, May 01,2018

Sarah Evans Joins Winkler Group As Senior Consultant

Charleston—The Winkler Group has named noted fundraiser Sarah Evans as its newest Senior Consultant.  Ms. Evans is the former Director of Philanthropy and Donor Relations at Ashley Hall.  While at the independent school, Ms. Evans raised the highest number of major gifts in the school’s recent history and played an integral role in its successful capital campaign. Prior to her tenure at Ashley Hall, Ms. Evans was the Director of Development at Addlestone Academy.  Under her direction, annual giving to the school quadrupled.   ... Read More

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Thursday, March 08,2018

Independent School Receives Third 7-Figure Gift

Christ Presbyterian Academy, a preK-12 independent school in Nashville, Tennessee and Winkler Group client, recently received its third $1 million gift toward its $18 million Transforming Stories campaign.  The gifts have been made by current school families and by the private foundation of a school family.   "These gifts are the result of years of successful cultivation, and also of vision.  CPA leaders have done an outstanding job keeping school families and the community in the loop about where the school is headed," explains... Read More

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Monday, December 04,2017

Winkler Group Grows Leadership Team

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, she has written materials that have successfully raised millions of dollars for nonprofit organizations and institutions.  Ms. Browning is a graduate of Duke University and the... Read More

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Wednesday, November 15,2017

CALL TO ACTION: House Tax Bill

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 on Thursday, November 16.  We ask that you consider a call AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to your House member and their Chiefs of Staff, asking them to put pressure to either vote NO on the Tax Cuts and... Read More

Posted by: on Wednesday, November 15,2017

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 on 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 on 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 on 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 on 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 on 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 on 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 on 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 on Monday, February 01,2016