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Blackbaud kills off Common Ground

Robert Weiner

As I wrote last January , there are lots of other database choices for small nonprofits.In the Salesforce world, Affinaquest and RoundCorner are getting good reviews, and lots of organizations are working with Salesforce's Nonprofit Starter Pack. The official word is that Common Ground (CG) will be supported through March, 2014.

Preventing Fraud on our Online Giving Pages

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Some organizations even go so far as to require a CAPTCHA or RECAPTCHA field in order for a donor to make a gift online. In the end, every organization must carefully weigh the pros and cons of setting up front-end security that may confuse or frustrate donors, and balance their security needs with concerns related to donor relations.

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Thoughts on the Blackbaud – Convio deal

Robert Weiner

There are tons of choices out there for small and mid-sized organizations. But that product started out with development and support from a major organization (the Metropolitan Opera). Lots of people have already weighed in on Blackbaud’s purchase of Convio (two of my favorites: [link] and [link] ). Here my perspective. Common Ground?

What to Do When Technology Isn’t Your Problem

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It worked great at my last (completely dissimilar) organization. Copyright P. S. Mueller [link]. She’ll figure this out!”. Let’s get this tool.

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On the value of donor database ratings

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I've redacted the message to anonymize the vendor: Dear _, I thought you might be interested in a recent analysis of low cost fundraising software, conducted jointly by independent organizations Idealware and N-TEN. They have published numerous reports and whitepapers on technology for nonprofit organizations.

Lame spam of the day: Fictitious Business Name Renewal Center

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And every 5 years I get an official-looking form from this organization telling me that "California Law Requires You To Renew Your Fictitious Business Name.". If you run a web search on the name of this organization you'll see lots of posts with words like "ripoff" and "scam". It's novel to get the snail mail equivalent of spam.

Lame scam of the day: Fictitious Business Name Renewal Center

Robert Weiner

And every 5 years I get an official-looking form from this organization telling me that "California Law Requires You To Renew Your Fictitious Business Name.". If you run a web search on the name of this organization you'll see lots of posts with words like "ripoff" and "scam". It's novel to get the snail mail equivalent of spam.

Ingredients of a High Performing Advancement Services Shop

Robert Weiner

These are the people who need to determine whether a contribution can be counted as a gift, which fund it should go to, who is the legal donor, whether it's tax deductible and who gets tax credit, whether accepting it violates any federal, state,or organization rules, who should be notified of the gift's arrival, etc. Play well with others.

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ROI for a donor database

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But a big part of the analysis has to be “who’s the project sponsor?” If fundraisers (preferably senior or at least influential ones) don’t think there’s a problem, the organization is going to have a very hard time justifying a new system. Probably an issue that we should all be looking at. So with some background, I’ve got some questions.

Discussion of Donor Data Retention

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The original question: My organization is working on a data retention policy and wondering if others have insights to share. Is it a criteria which is temporary – “they’ve not given to us ever” doesn’t mean they may not wish they had, and upon decease urge gifts “in their memory” to your organization. Does this make sense to others?

New article: Take Control of your Organization’s Data

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It's in their DIY series -- short tips for implementing something for your organization without extensive tech know-how or extra budget. NTEN just published a short piece of mine on data management in their Change magazine. The topic they gave me was managing decentralized data entry.

Chosing a donor database

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I'd need to spend time learning about your organization to make any kind of informed recommendation. Talk to organizations with similar fundraising programs, staffing, IT support, etc. Could you please advise me as to whether this is a good choice, or whether we should consider other options as well? etc.). This step is not optional.

Should You Delete Donor Records?

Robert Weiner

Organizations need to have a policy about what level of donation gets a particular level of stewardship. have no quarrel with deleting nonresponsive “prospects” or constituents with no tangible connection to the organization. After talking with some clients, it seems opinions vary wildly regarding this subject. But don’t delete them.

Maybe It’s Not Your Database, It’s You

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Does the person who oversees the database understand the organization’s strategic plans so they can make sure the technology can support them?

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Lame spams of the day: ADP Notifications

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If you have any questions, please contact your ADP Technical Support organization. I've been seeing a variety of these recently.

Online Discussion on June 23: Using Social Networks to Promote Good Causes

Robert Weiner

The speakers include: Danielle Brigida , the social-media outreach coordinator at the National Wildlife Federation, in Washington, DC where she manages the organization’s voice on online networks such as Facebook, MySpace, Care2, Change.org, Digg, and StumbleUpon. read more.

Advice for Consultants - Part 2

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The tech underground model (loose yet organized affiliation of npo techs who share skills and back each other up) is one of the good models out there. It enormously simplifies doing self-employed taxes. - get your files organized: both electronically and paper. Reposted with Karen’s permission.). Attend conferences. network.

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Lame spam of the day: FBI & Nigerian Govt want to send me money

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The letter begins "Series of meetings have been held over the past 7 months with the secretary general of the United Nations Organization.

Lame spam of the day: Meeting invitation from George Adoo

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Here are the details: Organizer: johnnymark3000@gmail.com. Guest list has been hidden at organizer''s request). I''m not sure if this one is lame (the subject, text, and double salutation are certainly lame) or clever. This spam arrived in the form of a meeting invitation. This thread shows that the problem has been around for a while.

Lame spam of the day: They want me to donate $50 million?

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Text: Attn: Sir/Madam. I got your contact while making inquiry for reliable person that will stand for God for charitable organization and change children’s lives in any part of the word, the reason behind this missionary work is based on the fact that my husband and my four children died in the plane crash on the 7th, of September 1998.

Blackbaud kills Common Ground: So What?

Robert Weiner

Nonprofits that are currently using Common Ground Enterprise, Luminate, and Convio Online Marketing are also nervous. I’ve been hearing from many large organizations that are wondering whether they should be looking elsewhere. 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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Tale 6: At another organization I worked for, a person visited our offices and asked for a tour. He indicated to the receptionist that he was opening a business in town and wanted to contribute philanthropically to our organization for which he had the utmost respect. Maybe they’re just practical jokes. They researched online. billion.

Roundup of 2009 Online Giving Stats

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69% of the organizations they looked at raised more online in 2009 than in 2008, while 31% raised less. Small organizations grew fastest.

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

Robert Weiner

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

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?"

Taking Advantage of a Crisis

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Although some recent news stories have reported postive economic signs, the outlook for the nonprofit sector still looks bleak. He says: read more.

Do New Online Donors Give Again?

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

Resources from the Compasspoint Panel

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My own resources page: [link] It includes links to articles like: Should Your Organization Use Social Networking Sites? Yesterday I spoke on a fundraising panel at Compasspoint's Silicon Valley/Peninsula Nonprofit Forum and mentioned a variety of resources. Here they are, with links: Donor Retention. Attracting New Donors. Ebook: [link].

Thoughts on Software RFPs

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often see RFPs that are quite lengthy and well-considered, and looking for a system that has huge strategic value to an organization, but the required turn-around time to respond to the RFP is very short – often only 2 or 3 weeks. What’s the thought behind requiring quick responses from the vendors? What do you think?

Phishing Scam: Habitat for Humanity fundraising

Robert Weiner

An organization like Habitat wouldn't look for employees by sending mass emails to "undisclosed recipients." And they wouldn't use a Gmail address. We are an organization with a remarkable heritage. I received the following phishing email today. There are so many things wrong with this pitch. Fundraising (at least in the U.S.)

A Month with the Palm Pre

Robert Weiner

found that MediaMonkey , a free music organizer/player, sync tool that I had used with an older MP3 player, will sync my tunes with the Pre. I've had my Palm Pre Plus for a little over a month now. wrote up my initial impressions after having it for a week. Overall, I love it except for Outlook sync. Tasks: gSyncIt, via Google. Usability.

C3 Announces 2010 In-Kind Donation and Grant Program for Nonprofits

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C3 is looking for examples of how organizations can increase internal communication, communication between donors, clients and communities, and/or effective communication strategies in times of crisis or other large scale campaigns. C3 will also provide complimentary training as needed. read more.

Free Digital Storytelling Online Event

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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. My friends at TechSoup asked me to pass along info about their upcoming digital storytelling event. Follow the action on Twitter #tsdigs.

Donor Tracking vs. Business Intelligence

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I've heard countless organizations describe their donor databases as "roach motels" or "data vaults" -- the data goes in but it doesn't come out. The Nonprofit Times recently published an article called Is It Donor Management Software Or Business Intelligence.

Transcript: Using Social Networks to Promote Good Causes

Robert Weiner

The discussion featured: Danielle Brigida , the social-media outreach coordinator at the National Wildlife Federation, in Washington, DC where she manages the organization's voice on online networks such as Facebook, MySpace, Care2, Change.org, Digg, and StumbleUpon. read more.

Matching Gifts Best Practices 2009

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The responses came primarily from academic institutions, but also included significant numbers from healthcare, religious, and social service organizations. SupportingAdvancement.com has published the results of their 2009 survey on how nonprofits are handling corporate matching gifts --their fourth such survey. Over 26% raised over $250,000.

Transcript: Promoting Causes on Online Social Networks

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As I mentioned last week , the Chronicle of Philanthropy held a live online discussion about how nonprofits can use social networks to promote their organizations. On the panel, was Danielle Brigida, social-media-outreach coordinator at the National Wildlife Federation; marketing and communications consultant Nancy E.

Advice for Consultants - Part 3

Robert Weiner

Will you tier your fees for different sized organizations? This is the third in a series of posts aimed at new consultants in the nonprofit sector. The previous posts are at Part 1 and Part 2. Make sure you have enough savings, loans, or other income to tide you over while you build your business. Do you need a rented office or home office?

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

Robert Weiner

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