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.

6 Ways to Supercharge your Solicitation Process

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6 Ways to Supercharge your Solicitation Process

Let’s face it — we all get stuck in a rut sometimes. Whether it’s falling into a routine with our food choices, our workout regimen, o […]

Diocese of Trenton – Faith to Move Mountains


Faith to Move Mountains
Campaign website and print materials

Advancement Services: Enhancing Fundraising Success – Book Now Available!


I’ve been somewhat remiss in not mentioning that this book is out as I am one of the contributing authors, however, the new book, “Advancement Services: Enhancing Fundraising Success” is now released. […]

KCI Philanthropic Trends Quarterly


Canadian context. KCI’s Philanthropic Trends Quarterly released focusing on Sector Snapshots – A sector-by-sector analysis o […]

HEPdata is excited to introduce MatchPortal

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HEPdata is excited to introduce MatchPortal — the industry’s first and […]

More New Jobs

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Jobs are regularly posted on this site. Everything from Research, to Advancement Services, to Fundraising positions. Don’t forget to

Asian Prospecting and Fundraising

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A small selection of presentations, links and other resources for Asian prospecting and fundraising. This is a complex and broad subject and there’s no attempt here to provide other than a few samples […]

Let’s Keep This Snowball of Good Going

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Community, Like Minded, NEWS & UPDATES|

Collection of links to various vendors, Nonprofit Hacks is a curated directory of resources & tools to help you grow your nonprofit.


Philanthropy Career Network

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Aspen Leadership Group. We are a national network of fundraising leaders. Through executive search and consulting se […]

BBCON 2015 Series of Posts

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Here’s a convenient reference for links to BBCON 2015 posts on this site on some of the dialog, announcements and other information from the conference. All of this content should be available on Blac […]

BBCON Post Conference Reflections

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On the flight home …

How inspired are you? How much of what you heard will you implement over the next year? How will you change what you’re doing to become more effective? How w […]