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.

Performance, Fundraising Metrics, and Visualization


Results from a survey ran by the InfoRich Group Inc. on Performance, Fundraising Metrics and Visualization. […]

BBCON Day 3 – Raiser’s Edge NXT for Large RE Customers

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This may be a critical consideration for those that are larger or mid-tier clients currently on RE that are trying to make a critical system and platform decision. RE is a legacy product, NXT is the n […]

Unsung Fundraising Heroes


Post from Roger Craver from The Agitator on breaking down silos and the value of those that organize […]

BBCON Day 2 – Raiser’s Edge NXT API

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NXT API “The ecosystem of good.” A better way for integration realities.

REST APIs can be loosely considered as the glue that can link applications and is a well established standard. They are gear […]

BBCON Day 2 – Luminate Roadmap

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Luminate Roadmap. Same caveats, ignore spelling and grammar, post done on the fly. Was a little late for this one so may have missed a few of the announcements.

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BBCON Day 2 – NXT Roadmap

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NXT Roadmap. Same caveats, ignore spelling and grammar, post done on the fly.

For most of us, NXT will be the path of migration from Raiser’s Edge (Legacy) to the future. NXT, which was announced l […]

BBCON Day 2 – Keynote

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2nd day keynote. Talk about integration and new cloud based solutions in an “open” environment. Same caveats as yesterday, ignore spelling and grammar, post done on the fly.

Announcement, Blackbaud […]

BBCON 2015 Keynote

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Excuse any typing, grammar on this post – done on the fly.

Orchestrated, as all keynotes are – but with a drum band from a college – noisy and inspiring. Beatles remix, come together, a few audio g […]

A Sobering Look at Your Last 5 Fiscal Years of Alumni Giving

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Interesting piece on Alumni Giving by Peter B. Wylie and John Sammis. First posted on the CoolData blog.

For a while now, John Sammis an […]

How Prospect Research can Help Nonprofits Raise More Money from Events


Fundraising events can be a great way to generate revenue for your nonprofit and allow your donors to interact directly with your orga […]

Lebertech Technology Services

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Lebertech Technology Services. Organization that specializes in the implementation, management and enhancement of The Raiser’s Edge and the Salesfor […]

Grateful Patient Programs