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Consumers Guide to Low Cost Donor Management Systems

Robert Weiner

Our friends at Idealware and NTEN have released their Consumers Guide to Low Cost Donor Management Systems. The guide presents detailed comparisons of 33 donor databases that cost less than $4,250 in the first year. Full disclosure — I contributed to the report and am one of the consultants listed.). The guide is available for free here.

Predictions for Nonprofit Fundraising Technology in 2012

Robert Weiner

My overall predictions are that most things will be pretty much the same as last year (and 2010 and 2009, etc.): NTEN published my somewhat snarky predictions for nonprofits' use of fundraising technologies in 2012. many nonprofits will struggle with out-of-date systems. No surprise -- many will also lack the funding to replace them.

Want your product covered in Idealware’s Donor Management report?

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Idealware is updating its 2009 report on low-cost donor databases. The survey deadline is Feb. 4, 2011, so don't delay. Donor Databases Software

America’s Giving Challenge 2009

Robert Weiner

The contest runs through November 6, 2009. The latest round of the America's Giving Challenge is on. This is a national competition to encourage people to use their personal and social networks to help win cash for their favorite nonprofit. The goal is to get as many unique daily donations as possible (minimum of $10), to your cause each day.

Matching Gifts Best Practices 2009

Robert Weiner

SupportingAdvancement.com has published the results of their 2009 survey on how nonprofits are handling corporate matching gifts --their fourth such survey. Over 60% of respondents reported raising over $20,000 in matching gift income in 2009. Over 26% raised over $250,000. It is available at [link].

Results of CASE’s 2009 Online Giving Survey

Robert Weiner

Those of you who fundraise for educational institutions or are interested in how they're raising money online should check out the results of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education's 2009 survey on online giving (PDF). Some highlights: read more.

Convio’s 2009 Online Fundraising Benchmark Report

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Convio has released a new online fundraising benchmark report that is based on data from 600 of Convio’s nonprofit clients from January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2008. The study reports: Positive year-over-year growth in all of the key areas of online success. read more.

Social Media for Revenue or Volunteers? Maybe Not

Robert Weiner

The results of two new surveys paint a bleak picture of the effectiveness of social media for fundraising and volunteer recruitment. read more.

Taking Advantage of a Crisis

Robert Weiner

Target Analytics' Index of National Fundraising Performance for the first quarter of 2009 had nothing but bad news. He says: read more.

What’s in Your Data Ecosystem?

Robert Weiner

Our friends at NTEN have launched a survey to examine nonprofits' data ecosystems. Your first question is probably "what is a data ecosystem?"

Email Bounce Codes Decoded

Robert Weiner

So what the heck does bounce code "550 SC-004" mean? Photo: Balakov. read more.

Creating Strong Passwords

Robert Weiner

The recent theft of confidential documents from Twitter's Google Docs account points out the dangers of insecure passwords. Photo: Paul Linton.

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Twitter Hacking and Cloud Security

Robert Weiner

This could happen to any nonprofit or company storing data this way. As we've seen over and over, it's amazingly easy to guess or steal passwords.

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Optimize Your Web Pages

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Do you know about Google's Website Optimizer ? It's a free tool that allows you to test how different versions of the same web page perform. read more.

Nonprofit Technology 601

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Heather Carpenter’s Nonprofit Leadership 601 blog posted a list of resources for people who are new to the field of nonprofit technolology.

GivingUSA Reports a Drop in 2008 Giving

Robert Weiner

The good news from the annual GivingUSA report (PDF) on U.S. billion. But, unfortunately, most of the news was bad. billion. giving was down 5.7

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Do New Online Donors Give Again?

Robert Weiner

A new study released by Blackbaud’s Target Analytics division suggests that first-time online donors do not become recurring donors. read more.

Cn U Raise $ Via Txt?

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Sarah granted me permission to share her findings with the world. The information below was current as of December 15, 2008.

Downadup Worm on the Rampage

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Internet security firm F-Secure has estimated that more than 3.5 million computers have been infected with the Downadup worm , a malicious program.

Lame spam of the day: Amazon cancelation

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Status: CANCELED. 1 "Retentive"; 2009, Deluxe Edition. Lame lame lame. This doesn't look remotely like an email from Amazon. By: Selwyn Bailey.

Converting Fresh Leads into Donors

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When: Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 2 p.m. CARE2 is holding a webinar on strategies for successfully welcoming, cultivating, and converting new leads into donors. Holly Ross of NTEN will moderate a panel with Heidi Hess of Children's Defense Fund and Greg Zelder of the California State Parks Foundation. What: While They're Hot! Eastern.

Digital Wallet Helps Prevent Phishing

Robert Weiner

I've use a digital wallet for years to keep track of my passwords (I use. Roboform. ). Recently I found that it serves a purpose that hadn't occured to me: phishing prevention. Here's the deal: I got a message from a friend with a link. Roboform knew this wasn't a real Twitter page, and so wouldn't log me in. Thanks, Roboform.

The Idealware Research Fund

Robert Weiner

Our friends at Idealware (a nonprofit technology resource provider) have created a new fund to support their research. Many of Idealware's reports have been funded by foundations and some have had corporate sponsorship (and some are commissioned by TechSoup.org too). read more.

Adding Google Voice to My Web Site

Robert Weiner

I just added a Google Voice widget to my web site (on the Contact Us page). When a caller clicks the icon s/he is prompted to enter a name and phone number. Google Voice calls that number, then connects the caller to me as a free VOIP call. Very cool. The hardest part was figuring out how to embed the code on my site. Worked like a charm.

Online Alumni Communities in the Age of Social Media

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I received the following email from a listerve. The topic of closed alumni communities versus social media is on the minds of a lot of university staff, so I'm posting this along with my response. I'd like to hear from anyone who is using the social networking function of Blackbaud Net Community. Thanks for any feedback! How will you measure them?

Schools using social media but not for fundraising

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I spent the last 3 days at the CASE District VII conference, for schools in AZ, CA, Guam, HI, NV, and UT. Very few speakers or attendees reported using these tools for fundraising, though. UC Berkeley talked about a badge that donors can post to their Facebook pages after making a gift ("I Feed The Bears").

LinkedIn Discussions Are Spam Magnets

Robert Weiner

I'm a member of several LinkedIn discussion groups, but my participation is lukewarm at best. One of the biggest problems is spam--the noise is drowning out the signal. There doesn't seem to be a way for moderators to review messages before they're posted or for participants to flag spam for review by moderators. Please vote for me.

Clueless Charity PR

Robert Weiner

I got a press release today from a PR firm promoting its client's plans to raise $1,000 for Thanksgiving meals and $5,000 for families in need at Christmas. While these are certainly laudable goals, I had a strong negative reaction. First, the message is spam. have no connection to, and have never heard of, the charity or its PR firm.

Deadline July 1: $100,000 Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation

Robert Weiner

The Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University has posted the application for the 2009 Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation. The Drucker Award is given to a social-sector organization that demonstrates “change that creates a new dimension of performance. The application is available here. read more.

Using Facebook Causes to Promote Your Nonprofit: October 13 Online

Robert Weiner

What: Another in The Chronicle of Philanthropy 's series of online discussions: How to Use Facebook Causes to Promote Your Nonprofit Group. When: Tuesday, October 13, at 12 noon, Eastern time. Where: [link]. How Much: Free. Description: read more.

Win $5K for Charity Through Creative Pitching

Robert Weiner

The Chronicle of Philanthropy isn't known for giving away money, but for talking about how to get it. They've come up with a contest to benefit a few lucky nonprofits. Here's the deal: read more.

Feed My Inbox — RSS feeds by email

Robert Weiner

Diff'rent strokes for diff'rent folks: I like to get information by email. prefer listserves over online forums and email to IM. And I don't like having to look at a web page/feed reader every day to find out whether anything new has appeared on an RSS feed. want information to come to me -- I don't want to seek it out.

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Free Digital Storytelling Online Event

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My friends at TechSoup asked me to pass along info about their upcoming digital storytelling event. Looking for an innovative and compelling way to tell your organization's story? We will help you learn how to maximize the impact of your organization's message with online audio, video, and images. Engage with the experts in the TechSoup Forums.

Donor Tracking vs. Business Intelligence

Robert Weiner

The Nonprofit Times recently published an article called Is It Donor Management Software Or Business Intelligence. It discusses what Laura Quinn calls the "movement from merely tracking data to an emphasis on using it strategically to make business decisions." This vision of donor management software is nothing new.

Develop Your Social Media Strategy with NTEN

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What: NTEN is holding an online workshop on social media using a Choose Your Own Expert format. They've gathered a group of nonprofit social media experts to help you devise a solid organizational strategy and learn the secrets of a variety of social media tools. 

Analysis of the CASE Online Fundraising Survey

Robert Weiner

Steve MacLaughlin at Blackbaud has written an analysis of the CASE Online Fundraising Survey. No surprise -- he focuses on the high number of responses that said they "don't know" or "don't measure" and cites the maxim "If you can't measure it, then you can't manage it." His analysis is at [link].

Editable List of Donor Databases

Robert Weiner

Over the past few years I've been compiling what turned out to be a huge list of donor databases. The entries came from a variety of other lists and from customer satisfaction surveys done by Campbell Research, NTEN, and Idealware. Once I posted the list I started getting requests to add links to vendor websites, tags, and comments. read more.

New Survey: America’s Nonprofits in Danger

Robert Weiner

Just 16% anticipate being able to cover their operating expenses in both 2009 and 2010. 93% of lifeline organizations that provide essential services anticipate an increase in demand in 2009. The Nonprofit Finance Fund just published a survey on how the economic downturn is affecting nonprofits’ current and long-term finances.

Nonprofit Survival 101, Planning for Tough Economic Times

Robert Weiner

When: January 29, 2009 3:30 - 5 p.m. OneWorld.net is offering a workshop on what nonprofits can do to survive the current tough times. What: Nonprofit Survival 101, Planning for Tough Economic Times. Eastern Time. Where: Washington, DC though participants can also join by phone. Cost: Free for OneWorld partner organizations, $60 for others.

Editable List of Donor Databases

Robert Weiner

The good folks at Asipration have taken my list of donor databases and put it into the Social Source Commons wiki. What's more, they added descriptions, logos, and links to the vendors' sites. Very cool! You can go directly to the list at [link] or preview it below