Inheriting Confusion in Fundraising: Strategies to Cope with Database Cleanup

Connection Cafe

Here are some of the coping strategies I’ve used during a database cleanup : Don’t purge files too soon , but go through them and put the contents in date order and dispose of any obvious duplicates (if needed). Nonprofit Management database clean-up donor database inherited files

6 Qualities A Nonprofit Database Management System Should Have

TechImpact

Nonprofits use databases to handle volunteers, donors, staff, and more. For smaller nonprofits, a database may be nothing more than an Excel file. Medium to large nonprofits might have an IT staff and a simple database, designed by the in-house development team.

4 Tips For Maintaining Your Nonprofit’s Databases

TechImpact

Database are extremely useful in simplifying business operations, communication, and workflow for both the for-profit sector and nonprofit sector. Nonprofits and charities use databases to manage donor, volunteer, and B2B profiles and aggregate data. Image courtesy of WiseGeek.

Spring Cleaning Your Database

Connection Cafe

Bad data is bad business, and there’s a cost to it: Inaccurate reporting, … Technology Cleanup data DBA Maintenance Training

Foundation Center - Nonprofit Collaboration Database

AFP Blog

Interesting tool from our friends at the Foundation Center Foundation Center - Nonprofit Collaboration Database : Nonprofit Collaboration Database Search the Nonprofit Collaboration Database to find real-world examples of how nonprofits are working together. Learn more about the database, here

Finding the Usual Suspects in your Database

Connection Cafe

In my last blog I talked about a segment of your audience that could use a bit more love: non-donors, prospects, casual observers—the usual suspects. Call them what you will, but these are the people that expressed interest in your organization and mission and are waiting to hear more.

Training on your new database

Robert Weiner

A question was posted to a listserve for nonprofit techies looking for tips on training staff on a new database. The trainer needs to understand the database, present technical concepts clearly and without jargon, teach at the students' level, and be incredibly patient. Train end users on a sample database, not production data. The sample database should be configured with your own codes, menus, security settings, and any customizations.

Finding the Right Donor Database for Your Nonprofit (Updated)

NonProfit Hub

To make it easy for you to navigate this article, we’ve broken our discussion into three helpful sections: Donor Databases for Small Nonprofits. Donor Databases for Medium-Sized Nonprofits. Donor Databases for Large Nonprofits. Donor Databases for Small Nonprofits.

Data on Databases

Idealware

Databases are the technology that nonprofits love to hate. Some people wish their database had more options, some wish it were simpler, and some just wish they could get the same results from a query twice in a row. If you’re unsure about your current database, you aren’t alone.

ROI for a donor database

Robert Weiner

Here's how I responded: I’ve yet to see a published report that provided a convincing general argument that [insert any nonprofit name here] will raise more money by using [insert database name here]. The cost of fundraisers refusing to use the current database because it’s not user-friendly, so their pipeline and contact history is in their heads, in spreadsheets or paper files, or has to be entered by an assistant (though you can put a cost on the last one).

Thinking about a donor database selection workshop

Robert Weiner

I'm planning a new workshop on selecting donor databases, focusing on the question, "Why is this so friggin' complicated?" It needs to be easy to get reports from the database, but it also needs to support complex selection criteria.

Charity Commission to join national fraud database

AFP Blog

Charity Commission to join national fraud database : The Charity Commission is to become a member of Cifas, the national fraud database, so it can develop a risk fraud profile of the charity sector and provide a means of checking trustees for linkage to fraud and rights to remain in the UK.

Chosing a donor database

Robert Weiner

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!! Looking at the Idealware Low Cost Database report , I find that there are so many considerations that it is quite complicated to make a choice. The only way I know of to answer your question is to go through these steps: Write down what you need in a database, in as much detail as you can.

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

Robert Weiner

I'm working on an article with the title, "Maybe It's Not Your Database, It's You." The premise is that complaints about an organization's database may be misdirected: the problem is how the system is being managed (aka management problems disguised as technology problems).

Spring Cleaning Your Database, Part 2

Connection Cafe

If you haven’t already, take a look at my Spring Cleaning Your Database article from this time last year. Take the time to check your database backups and review your disaster recovery plans. Other thoughts on optimizing your database?

More Defunct Donor Databases

Robert Weiner

The good folks at Aspiration have been working to put my list of donor databases into a wiki. Along the way the identified some that seem to have disappeared and weren't on my earlier list of defunct donor databases. Giving Database from Willow Mountain Consulting. Tags: Donor Databases Here are the new entries: Association Management System from Micro Solutions. Donation Management System from Cumulus 9. DonorAccess from DonorAccess.

When does a small nonprofit need a database? | CoolData blog

AFP Blog

When does a small nonprofit need a database? CoolData blog : "When should an organization acquire some kind of database system or CRM? Any organization, no matter how small, has to track activity and record information for operational purposes. This may be especially true for nonprofits that need to report on the impact they’re having in the community. I usually think in terms of tracking donors, but nonprofits may have an additional need to track clients and services." 'via

The One: 5 Benefits of Committing to a Single, Centralized Database - Target Marketing

AFP Blog

The One: 5 Benefits of Committing to a Single, Centralized Database - Target Marketing : 'via Blog this

Defunct Donor Databases

Robert Weiner

The flip side to my list of donor databases would be a list of systems that no longer exist. Tags: Donor Databases Fundraising Advancement Services This does not mean that these systems are no longer in use, just that they’re no longer being sold or supported (I recently met someone who still uses FundMaster, which hasn’t been sold since at least 1999). This probably isn’t as useful a list, but it’s short so here goes: SYSTEM. VENDOR. Alchemy.

On the value of donor database ratings

Robert Weiner

Donor Databases Nonprofit Management Nonprofit Technology SoftwareA colleague forwarded the following email from a vendor and asked how I think a potential buyer should respond. 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.

What’s a good donor database?

Robert Weiner

I'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). Advancement Services Donor Databases Fundraising Nonprofit Technology

Who are the people in your database?

Connection Cafe

At the end of last year, I spent a good deal of time analyzing our database (yes, my inner geek is showing) and asking the big questions: where do I need to make an investment? The reason marketers start here is the same reason a nonprofit should – making a connection to the real people in your database. Author: Jennifer Atkins.

DonorSearch’s Charitable Giving Database

Donor Search

The strongest indicator of future giving is past giving. Curious how we know? We know past giving’s role in predicting future giving because we have back tested our predictive models against $5 billion in known giving. That $5 billion came from 2 million donors to 400 fundraising organizations. Look at these statistics: A donor who… About DonorSearch Data and Statistics DonorSearch Products Education

Three Crucial Elements of Donor Database Tools

NonProfit Hub

I get asked the question often, “What should we look for in donor database tools?” All good donor database tools worth your time and money will include: 1. I believe there are three crucial elements that you need. A dashboard. This allows you to see how things are going at a glance.

Growth in Giving Database Offers Behavior Analysis

Donor Search

Fundraising is all about donors. That seems obvious. And yet, for the longest time executives at charities and the fundraising profession didn’t have basic information about some of the most obvious and fundamental aspects of fundraising. How well do we retain donors?

Data Deduping Tips for a Tidy Database

John Haydon

I’m no database expert, and I’m not going to claim to be one. The post Data Deduping Tips for a Tidy Database appeared first on John Haydon. Big data actually sort of makes my head hurt.

Take The Quiz: Are You Managing Your Membership Database Like The Top Nonprofits?

Wild Apricot Blog

To find out how your database management processes stack up against the top nonprofits, take this short quiz that Wes Trochlil (Founder of Effective Database Management) helped us put together. data management management trochlil wes membership database data quizThis quiz is designed to help you identify areas to improve, and give you expert tips. At the bottom of the quiz, compare your score against others.

How’s that donor database of yours?

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology How’s that donor database of yours? December 2, 2008 In general, although I am sometimes asked, I tend to avoid assisting clients with choosing a donor database package. Others I think about: CiviCRM had 4.8%, Organizer’s Database at 3%, Salesforce was at 2.6%, Democracy in Action at 0.6%

3 Reasons Why Your Donor Database Data Went Bad

NonProfit Hub

We see this happen often within donor databases and nonprofit CRMs. A clutter-free and efficient migration of data into your new database is a great start, but all of that hard work will be for naught if that environment is not kept intact going forward.

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

How’s that donor database of yours?

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

In general, although I am sometimes asked, I tend to avoid assisting clients with choosing a donor database package. Others I think about: CiviCRM had 4.8%, Organizer’s Database at 3%, Salesforce was at 2.6%, Democracy in Action at 0.6% I also have to wonder (shudder) how many home grown Access and Filemaker databases fall into the “Other&# category of the survey, almost 20% of the total. In that trio was Organizer’s Database, the desktop open source DMS.

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. Now the good folks at Aspiration have taken my list and put it into the Social Source Commons wiki. read more.

Dirty data be gone! Five tips to spring-clean your database - Information, research and resources for fundraisers and their leaders

AFP Blog

Five tips to spring-clean your database - Information, research and resources for fundraisers and their leaders : "What about your database? Dirty data be gone! When was the last time you conducted some spring cleaning on your donor data so that data pulls, analysis and reporting didn’t require extra manual manipulation?

Membership Database Selection Guide: Everything You Need to Make the Right Decision

Wild Apricot Blog

This membership database selection guide is perfect for small organizations, associations and nonprofits just getting started with formally managing their member data or looking to switch systems. guide selection database membership

Take The Quiz: Are You Managing Your Membership Database Like The Top Nonprofits?

Wild Apricot Blog

To find out how your database management processes stack up against the top nonprofits, take this short quiz that Wes Trochlil (Founder of Effective Database Management) helped us put together. data management management trochlil wes membership database data quizThis quiz is designed to help you identify areas to improve, and give you expert tips. At the bottom of the quiz, compare your score against others.

Institute of Volunteering Research launches free research database - Third Sector

AFP Blog

Institute of Volunteering Research launches free research database - Third Sector: "Institute of Volunteering Research launches free research databaseBy David Ainsworth, Third Sector Online, 12 August 2010Evidence Bank, with 200 entries, set up by research arm of Volunteering England

Volunteers can access centralized database for nonprofits - The Reporter

AFP Blog

Volunteers can access centralized database for nonprofits - The Reporter: "With support from organizations such as United Way, First 5 Solano and the Valero refinery in Benicia, a new online volunteer center for Solano County has been launched.The new site allows local nonprofit organizations to sign up to be part of a mass database, where those interested in donating or volunteering time can.

How Many Donor Databases Are There?

Robert Weiner

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). Feel free to let me know what I missed, which systems no longer exist, and which aren’t really donor databases. Giving Database. Organizers Database (ODB).

3 Reasons Why Your Donor Database Should Be Used By Multiple Employees

NonProfit Hub

Unfortunately, the day-to-day work of managing fundraising efforts often falls to one person who is the sole user of the donor database or CRM software. Here are three reasons why everyone in your organization should have their hands in the donor database regularly: 1.

3 Ways to Ruin Your Donor Database Before Entering Any Data

NonProfit Hub

Any fundraiser who has ever used a donor database knows what a nightmare it can be if their nonprofit’s donor data is messy, inconsistent, inaccessible or nonexistent. But a donor database doesn’t just go bad on its own, and no system is immune from neglect or over-indulgence.