Joshua M. Birkholz


  • Principal, Bentz Whaley Flessner

Joshua M. Birkholz is a principal at the international fundraising consulting firm Bentz Whaley Flessner, where he consults leading nonprofits in higher education, healthcare, and human services in comprehensive campaigning, organizational structure, data-driven strategies, and productive business processes. Josh also oversees a team of consultants with specialties in the data sciences and prospect development. He is widely regarded as a leading innovator in 21st-century development strategies.

His contributions to the fundraising industry include founding the BWF analytics division, BWF Insight, guiding several institutions through billion dollar campaigns, advocating for the integration of data science, and establishing more than 50 in-house analytics programs throughout North America, Europe, and the Pacific Rim. In addition to his numerous articles and videos, Josh is the author of the sought-after book, Fundraising Analytics: Using Data to Guide Strategy, and contributor to the books A Kaleidoscope of Prospect Development and Return on Character.

Josh is the Chair of the Advisory Council on Methodology for Giving USA. He is an instructor at the Rice University Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. He is a recipient of the prestigious Apra Visionary award for his contributions to prospect development. And in 2017, Josh received the CASE Crystal Apple Award for Teaching Excellence which recognizes CASE faculty members for their outstanding performance at 10 or more CASE international educational programs.