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New book: “Advancement Services: Enhancing Fundraising Success”

Robert Weiner

CASE has just published the third edition of its guide to Advancement Services. I'm honored to have written two chapters.

Creative credit card donation scam

Robert Weiner

The scammer had done enough research to use specific references to our college to make it appear genuine, although there was considerable broken English in the emails. A friend forwarded the following description of a scam aimed at a well-known college. Fortunately, they didn't fall for it. Comments.

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Controlling data entry

Robert Weiner

A member of the PRSPCT-L listserve (for prospect researchers) asked "What do other institutions do to regulate or “police” data entry work, specifically when you have multiple users with authority to make updates?". It's a tough problem. Here are a few approaches (other than locking down data entry): Policies. Security. Training. Monitoring.

Making the Case for Advancement Services

Robert Weiner

John Taylor cites statistics from a 1999 study by TARP Research. I got a call last week from the Advancement Services manager at a small college asking for help. She's trying to make the case for investing in Advancement Services at a college that seems to only want to invest in fundraisers. Efficiency. Support for Advancement.

Discussion of Donor Data Retention

Robert Weiner

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?

Advice for Consultants - Part 2

Robert Weiner

Your clients expect you to know about new technologies, or at least know enough to be able to research something and inform them about it. Last week I posted John Elbare’s advice for new nonprofit consultants. Reposted with Karen’s permission.). Rather, define what you do (and what you don’t do! Attend conferences. network.


Tales of faux donors scamming charities

Robert Weiner

They researched online. 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. billion. Our IT dept.

Lame spam of the day: Raw spam merge text

Robert Weiner

This is|That is} the {first|very first} time I frequented your {web page|website page} and {to this point|so far|thus far|up to now}? I {amazed|surprised} with the {research|analysis} you made to {create|make} {this actual|this particular} {post|submit|publish|put up} {incredible|amazing|extraordinary}. found it fascinating. Way cool!

Lame spam of the day: weight loss blog comment

Robert Weiner

Researching in Search engines I eventually have discovered this page. Some of the lamest spam I see comes in the form of comments on my blog posts. Some sounds convincing, but my spam filters (Akismet and Bad Behavior) are incredibly good at catching them. Here's an example. At the end there's a hyperlink that says "Weight Loss Program".

Use Online Surveys to Get the Feedback You Need to Succeed

Robert Weiner

An online survey is a powerful research tool that can deliver the feedback you need to determine the needs of your constituents and the activities that attract donors. TechSoup

New listing of big gifts

Robert Weiner

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Guessing the Gender of a Name

Robert Weiner

The PRSPCT-L listserve (for prospect researchers) had a discussion of resources for figuring this out and members provided the following suggestions: [link]. Tags: Prospect Research Ever wonder how to tell the gender of an unfamiliar first name? link]. link]. link].

Thoughts on Software RFPs

Robert Weiner

Techsoup article: Nine Tips for Navigating the RFP Research Phase. I received the following email from Keith Heller , a database consultant who works with Raiser's Edge and Common Ground clients: We’ve been involved with responding to many RFPs over the years and I have a general inquiry that is in your bailiwick. What do you think?

Editable List of Donor Databases

Robert Weiner

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

Green IT for Dummies

Robert Weiner

The guide, produced independently by research and analysis firm Freeform Dynamics, provides guidance for where to start in greening an organization and maps out a pragmatic, yet comprehensive course of action ranked according to expense and difficulty of implementation. Hewlett Packard has published a free guide to greening your IT.

Twitter Best Practices

Robert Weiner

Their recommendations include: Do some casual research to learn if people who care about your cause are talking about it on the site. Every day it seems like there’s a new article on how nonprofits and businesses can use Twitter for engagement, activism, marketing, and fundraising. Inject some personality into your messages. read more.

Results from Campbell Rinker Donor & Member Database Survey

Robert Weiner

Marketing research firm Campbell Rinker has published the results of its latest survey of donor and member management software. Of the 841 respondents, 27% would NOT recommend their current systems to a comparable organization, 26% were unsure, and 47% would give a positive recommendation.

Anatomy of My Web Site

Robert Weiner

That took some research, and was easier once WP was installed in a test environment. Several friends who have decided to explore WordPress have asked how I built my site. Here are the steps I went through: 1) I hired a designer, Robyn Smith ( [link] ). Robyn installed WP on my existing web host ( ). You can find themes at. link].

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How Many Donor Databases Are There?

Robert Weiner

Mission Research. I thought it might be useful to compile a list of all of the commercial donor databases I’m aware of. This list came from my head, my bookmarks, and lists compiled by NTEN and Idealware for their donor management software surveys (and I’m not certain all of these are actually donor databases). SYSTEM. VENDOR.

Nonprofit Marketing Research Made Simple, No Matter Your Budget

Connection Cafe

If so, then your organization can probably benefit from conducting market research. Clearly define the question you want the research to answer.

New Research on Social Media Use

Wild Apricot Blog

Here''s a summary of the Social Media Update 2014 report by the Pew Research Internet Project that looks into social media habits and demographics of users. research social media Social media can be a great tool to reach out to potential members and engage current ones.

Research Friday: The gift

ASU Lodestar Center

Welcome to Research Friday ! highlight current research reports or studies and discuss how they can. posted by. Executive Director.

Healthy and Productive Nonprofit Meetings: What Does the Research Say?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

What Research Says About Productive Meetings and Conference Calls. Flickr Photo by Haldane Martin. Our tips are here. Take the Chairs Away.

Finding Your Next Funder: How Prospect Research Helps Secure New Major Donors

Connection Cafe

Prospect research. Nonprofit Fundraising American Alliance of Museums Analytics Arts & Cultural Major Giving Museums prospect research

Fundraising With Facebook Research Report

Wild Apricot Blog

Here are highlights of Artez Interactive’s latest research paper, "Fundraising with Facebook”. research; Facebook

10 Dos and Don’ts of Conducting Survey Research

NonProfit Hub

Ted Lannan is the former senior marketing research analyst at Inceptia, a nonprofit organization providing expertise in a variety of higher education topics. We chatted with Lannan to get his best tips for nonprofits to succeed with survey research. Do some research online to find out if somebody else has done a similar survey.

Attention Nonprofit #DataNerds: A Few Recent Research Studies on Data, Technology, Funding, and Trends

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Foundation Center’s Glasspockets Site ReLaunches with A Wealth of Data About Foundation Transparency. ” 2. Download here. 6.

3 Ways Prospect Research Can Help Nonprofits Raise More Money at Events


Read on for tips from DonorSearch 's Ryan Woroneicki on how to make prospect research part of your event planning. prospect research events

Research Friday: Branding in the nonprofit sector

ASU Lodestar Center

Welcome to Research Friday ! highlight current research reports or studies and discuss how they can. Research done by Venable et al.

What the Research Says About Increasing Facebook Engagement

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The research also suggests that asking questions works best for increasing engagement.  Engagement Research Studies Facebook

New Research on Mobile Giving

Wild Apricot Blog

Here's a look at key findings and takeaways from a new Pew research report on mobile giving. mobile research

The Marketing of Marketing is not Telling Us The Whole Story About Member Research


And we focus far more on data and surveys than we do on qualitative market research. The marketing of marketing is big business.

15 Game-Changing Prospect Research Tools and Resources

Donor Search

Prospect research can seem daunting and overwhelming. Either way, this… Basics of Prospect Research Lists & Rankings Uncategorized

Research Friday Board Engagement: Thinking Beyond the Wallet

ASU Lodestar Center

Welcome to Research Friday ! Click here to read "Research Friday: The Results are In - State of the Sector 2012" by Angela Francis.

Three Powerful Ways to Engage Millennials Backed by Research

John Haydon

The Four-Year Research Summary answers two questions: What are the most common millennial attitudes about supporting causes?

Discovering Donors: Prospect Research Basics

NonProfit Hub

She has ten years of experience serving as a frontline fundraiser, prospect researcher and consultant for nonprofits. _. Featured Fundraising

Nonprofit Web Design Process Part 2a: Analytics Data as User Research

Connection Cafe

Our purposes for using Analytics as User Research are: To learn about current visitors to the website. Research Questions. User Research.

Research Friday: Government contracting part II: Adapting in an era of less

ASU Lodestar Center

Welcome to Research Friday ! highlight current research reports or studies and discuss how they can. posted by. Nonprofit Finance Fund.

Digital Adoption Survey: A New Research Project from NTEN and Mobile Citizen


NTEN is excited to partner with Mobile Citizen on a new research project to explore how online services and Internet access help you and your colleagues deliver services and programs, and connect you with your constituents. We hope this research provides an initial benchmark that we can all learn from and build on together.

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New Research: 10 Case Studies on Nonprofit Transition to the Cloud


We wondered to what extent organizations were effectively replacing traditional IT functions and servers with Cloud solutions. Into the Cloud: AED.