About Brian W Dowling

Brian W Dowling has invested more than 25 years working in advancement services, development services, finance and administration and operations for nonprofit organizations. His management experience includes: technology and information systems, software conversions, gifts and records processing/management, prospect research, document imaging, web sites, online programs, finance, investments, working with senior management teams, strategic planning, boards and committees and other duties that help organizations manage their fundraising, constituent engagement and sustainability. Brian’s current role of Senior Vice President for Finance and Information Systems at the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation started in 2008. Brian worked previously at the University of Michigan and was responsible for managing the technological infrastructure, gift processing and records administration for the Office of University Development. This was in support of a $3.1 billion campaign with annual fundraising revenues of $250-$370 million. The database contained over 1,000,000 entities and over 184,000 gift transactions were processed annually. Prior to that, Brian worked at The University of Toronto. The University’s $1 billion plus campaign was Canada’s largest and most successful philanthropic effort in higher education. The database of over 700,000 entities supported a large-scale decentralized advancement operation. Brian also worked at a number of other institutions and businesses in the United States and Canada, where he gained knowledge and perspectives of managing in small, medium and large shops. This experience included multiple system conversions, website development, budgetary and financial responsibilities, operations management and more. He provides consulting services in Canada, the United States, Asia and Australia, has written many articles, is a published author and speaks at conferences and through webinars. He was a founding board member of the Association of Advancement Services Professionals and a founding committee member of the BC Blackbaud Users Group.

Companies with Match Programs are More Productive and Raise More for Charities, Study Finds

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It’s official: companies with matching gift programs tend to have higher levels of labor productivity and their employees value working together. That’s what two Australian academic researchers h […]

Matching Gifts in 2016: How Did Colleges and Universities Fare?

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The Council for Aid to Education’s latest annual survey of fundraising at colleges and universities in the United […]

HEP Matching Gifts YouTube Channel

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The Matching Gifts Channel provides news, tips, and resources that help non-profit and university fundraiser […]

4 Donor Acquisition Strategies to Implement for your Year-End Fundraising

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My, my, my, look how the time flies. Pretty soon we’ll all be standing in the snow, counting down the seconds until January 1st.

But before the earth completes this year’s trip around the sun, make […]

Corporate Giving to Private Educational Institutions Grows, CAE Data Shows

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Every year, the Council for Aid to Education’s conducts a survey of fundraising at colleges and universities in the United States. Called the Voluntary Support of Education (VSE) Survey, it has b […]

Employer Appending and Employer Alerts the Right Way

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Knowing where your alumni work and their title can tell you a lot about them. If they are a “C” level executive you could have found a major gift prospect and perhaps a matching gift eligible alu […]

Quinnipiac University – Email Campaign


Quinnipiac University

Email Campaign
Quinnip […]

China’s Most Generous

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Harvard Study: China’s Most Generous. Good information and web site. From the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovatio […]

East Carolina University – Move In Day Email


East Carolina University 

Move In Day Email
MainSpring created a sense of nostalgia for East Carolina […]

Perspectives on Canadian Philanthropy – Volume 10


Worth a read from the Offord Group. Perspectives on Canadian Philanthropy – […]

UC Davis – End of Fiscal Year Challenge


UC Davis 
End of Fiscal Year Challenge
UC […]

Annual Giving Salary & Professional Development Report Available


In the fall of 2015, Annual Giving Network (AGN) conducted a survey of 870 annual giving professionals who are actively employed at colleges, universities and independent schools in order to iden […]