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New book: “Advancement Services: Enhancing Fundraising Success”

Robert Weiner

The title of this edition is " Advancement Services: Enhancing Fundraising Success." I'm honored to have written two chapters.

Blackbaud kills off Common Ground

Robert Weiner

Advancement Services Databases Donor Databases Fundraising Nonprofit Technology SoftwareYesterday the news was that Blackbaud had laid off 50 employees it acquired when it bought Convio in May. In what was said to be an unrelated development, they also announced the departure of Gene Austin, the former CEO of Convio. But not in a good way.

Important changes for GiftWorks users

Robert Weiner

Sync event information: registrants, event donations, fundraisers, and team information seamlessly flow into CRM. Donor Databases Fundraising Nonprofit Technology Software This change is in-line with our transition to a subscription-based service. Push-to-sync online donations: sync donors and donations with CRM in a single click.

Thoughts on the Blackbaud – Convio deal

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Provides robust, flexible support for all forms of fundraising, membership, marketing, and communications. During the NTEN call we discussed Tessitura , the performing arts fundraising and ticketing system as an example of a successful effort. Advancement Services Donor Databases Fundraising Nonprofit Technology NTENLuminate?

Year-end donation processing

Robert Weiner

Advancement Services Fundraising Online FundraisingAs the calendar year draws to an end, charities (and ideally, donors) are focused on year-end donations and tax deductions. Here are a few scenarios for U.S. charities to keep in mind. Note: I am not a lawyer. voice mail donation via credit card left December 29 (yes, it happens).

Robert in the news(paper)

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The NonProfit Times ran the story The Evolution of Donor Management And Its Fundraising Future , which deals with how technology is transforming the way nonprofits interact with donors, particularly online. Advancement Services Donor Databases Fundraising Online Fundraising Software

Reigning in shadow databases

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All of these things and more help to keep our records up to date and give them better information and more time to fundraise and friendraise. The response hit the nail on the head: We started working on folding shadow databases into (Raiser''s Edge, our central database) about 8 years ago. We do NCOA, wealth and deceased screenings.

Making the Case for Advancement Services

Robert Weiner

She's trying to make the case for investing in Advancement Services at a college that seems to only want to invest in fundraisers. In his blog post on evaluating fundraising programs, Measuring Success The Buffett Way , Jason McNeil asks What measures might Warren Buffett use to evaluate development effectiveness? Efficiency.

Thinking about a donor database selection workshop

Robert Weiner

The system needs to be intuitive for fundraisers, but streamlined for fast data entry. How can you know what you don't know (e.g.,

Blackbaud’s acquisition of Convio is a done deal

Robert Weiner

Advancement Services Databases Donor Databases Email Marketing Fundraising Nonprofit Technology Online Fundraising SoftwareBlackbaud completed its purchase of Convio. The next adventure starts today, as we wait to see what the future holds for their various systems.

Blackbaud – Convio merger expected to close this week

Robert Weiner

Advancement Services Cloud Computing Databases Donor Databases Fundraising Nonprofit Technology Online Fundraising SoftwareThe Department of Justice signed off on Blackbaud's acquisition of Convio last week, and it looks like the deal will close this week. This is just the beginning of the story. We'll see. How's your crystal ball?

Ingredients of a High Performing Advancement Services Shop

Robert Weiner

I've been thinking about what it takes to run a great Advancement Services operation (aka Development Services, Development Operations, Development Systems, the fundraising infrastructure, the back office). staff, fundraisers, and other colleagues) and externally (fielding inquiries and resolving problems for donors and prospective donors).

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ROI for a donor database

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It does Direct Marketing but not Major Gift fundraising (or it does Major Gift fundraising but not Direct Marketing); we need support in both areas. 2. The current software will not support our “road warrior” fundraisers, or we cannot access it via the browser or devices that we wish to use. 6. Stewarding current donors.

Discussion of Donor Data Retention

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Advancement Services Best Practices Donor Databases Fundraising Prospect Research A few months ago I wrote a post on the topic of whether nonprofits should delete old donor records. The same topic came up recently on the APRA''s listserve, PRSPCT-L. Does this make sense to others? Storage needs can be assessed internally. Not giving?

2012 Heroes With A Heart Awards

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FundraisingHeroes With A Heart Grant. Blogger's Choice Award Lastly, there will be a Blogger’s Choice Award of $1,000 (USD).

What’s a good donor database?

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Advancement Services Donor Databases Fundraising Nonprofit TechnologyI've been enjoying the discussion in the Chronicle of Philanthropy's LinkedIn group in response to the question, " What's a good, affordable donor database program for a small non profit? " (you'll probably need to join the group to read the responses).

Should You Delete Donor Records?

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Advancement Services Best Practices Databases Donor Databases Fundraising After talking with some clients, it seems opinions vary wildly regarding this subject. For example, one nonprofit archives records every year based on past giving or when someone last interacted with them. My response: I am opposed to deleting donor records.

Chosing a donor database

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Talk to organizations with similar fundraising programs, staffing, IT support, etc. I get a lot of emails like the following from small nonprofits: We desperately need to get a new donor database and most of them are totally unaffordable!! Here's how I respond to questions like this: I can't say whether (system x) would be a good fit for you.

SF Fundraising Day 2010

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San Francisco's Fundraising Day will be happening June 16 at the downtown Marriott. We've programmed sessions on online fundraising with Madeline Stanionis, social media with Jeff Patrick, database selection with Eric Leland, and an open discussion session with me and Michael on whatever tech topics the attendees bring.

Prizes for Paperless Fundraising

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Have you successfully moved from paper-based direct mail fundraising to digital tools (email, websites, video, social media, widgets, and/or mobile)? The Paperless Choice Challenge is rewarding successful, creative, replicable campaigns that use electronic fundraising tools by giving away eight prizes totalling over $20,000. read more.

Idealware’s Field Guide to Nonprofit Software: Fundraising, Communications and Outreach

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Idealware recently released its Fundraising, Communications and Outreach. You can get more information and order a copy on their site.

Lame spam of the day: Raw spam merge text

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Weiner: Nonprofit Fundraising Technology Consulting ? Some newbie spammer posted a message on my site that shows the contents of their spam merge database. It goes on and on, but you''ll get the idea pretty quickly. found it fascinating. Do {you have|you’ve} any? Way cool! Some {very|extremely} valid points! Greetings!

Fundraising Survival Guide

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Network for Good recently published The 2008 Online Fundraising Survival Guide: 12 Winning Strategies to Survive & Thrive in a Down Economy. This 45-page guide includes sections on avoiding “the four most common fundraising mistakes,&# answering the four questions required to get a donation ( Why Me? Why Now? What For?

Analysis of the CASE Online Fundraising Survey

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Steve MacLaughlin at Blackbaud has written an analysis of the CASE Online Fundraising Survey. Tags: Fundraising Online Fundraising

Blackbaud kills Common Ground: So What?

Robert Weiner

Advancement Services Databases Donor Databases Fundraising IT Management Nonprofit Technology SoftwareAccording to the Foundation Center’s analysis of data from the National Center for Charitable Statistics, there are approximately 1.5 million nonprofits in the U.S. That’s about.026 percent of U.S. nonprofits. doubt they’re the only ones.

Tales of faux donors scamming charities

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Advancement Services Fraud Fundraising Prospect Research ScamThe following is a compilation of online discussions of faux donors trying to scam colleges, schools, and nonprofits. In most cases it’s not clear what the scammers are trying to achieve. Maybe they’re just practical jokes. She transferred this caller to a major gift officer.

Schools using social media but not for fundraising

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Very few speakers or attendees reported using these tools for fundraising, though. It's not an explicit fundraising appeal, but they might start using fundraising badges for class campaigns in the future. Tags: Fundraising Online Fundraising Social Media

Analysis of Convio’s Online Fundraising Study

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Care2’s Allyson Kapin just published an analysis of Convio’s online fundraising study (which I mentioned earlier this week ). Tags: Online Fundraising Fundraising She interviewed me, so of course I think the article is good. The analysis is posted at [link].

Phishing Scam: Habitat for Humanity fundraising

Robert Weiner

It plays Habitat's name, Haiti relief, and pure greed -- it claims you can earn big tax-free commissions as a fundraiser. Fundraising (at least in the U.S.) doesn't work this way -- commissions violate the Association of Fundraising Professionals' code of ethics. I received the following phishing email today. Registered No.

Trends Affecting Fundraising in 2009

Robert Weiner

The Chronicle of Philanthropy is starting the year off with a list of trends they believe will affect fundraising in 2009. Tags: Fundraising You can read the full article at philanthropy.com/news/prospecting/index.php?id=6835.

Using Humiliation to Fundraise

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Twice in the past week I’ve come across online fundraising campaigns in which the fundraiser promises to do something embarrassing when the goal is met. Trend or coincidence? You can watch her hilarious video appeal at [link]. read more.

Fundraising in a Bad Economy

Robert Weiner

The Association of Fundraising Professionals has posted A Survival Kit for Fundraising in a Bad Economy , which includes links to dozens of articles. read more.

Fundraising Via Social Media: Pros and Cons

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Beth titled her post Are Fundraising Groundswells A Massive Opportunity or Distraction for Nonprofit Organizations? While it is tempting to succumb to the “raise one-time money fast” approach that social media fundraising can indeed accomplish, DON’T DO IT. I’m not convinced that this is an either/or situation.

Taking Advantage of a Crisis

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

The Current Economy and Major Gifts Fundraising

Robert Weiner

I’ve previously posted resources for nonprofits coping with the economic downturn ( Coping with a Troubled Economy , Fundraising Survival Guide , Economic Effects on Philanthropy ). Groups must plan to change the scale and nature of their fundraising work now to match predicted foundation gaps. Tags: Fundraising

Convio’s 2009 Online Fundraising Benchmark Report

Robert Weiner

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. Compared to 2007, results for online fundraising were up 14 percent, email file growth was up 28 percent, and Web site traffic was up 20 percent. read more.

Lame spams of the day: Robospam promoting Liberty Reserve investments

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More lame spam as blog comments

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Social Media for Revenue or Volunteers? Maybe Not

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

NY Times says text donations system is flawed

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Tags: Fundraising Mobile Communications Online Fundraising