4 Tips For Maintaining Your Nonprofit’s Databases


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.

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.

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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

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.

6 Qualities A Nonprofit Database Management System Should Have


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.

Do It Yourself Cloud Databases


Ten years ago, if you had standard database needs (like CRM) you could use a desktop-based application like ACT or the Organizers DataBase – but if you had needs that were not served by a shrink-wrapped product, you would buy MS Access or Filemaker and someone would build a special database for you. Cloud database Infrastructure nptech nten IT StaffEric Segal. President. Data Collaborative.

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.

Data on Databases


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.

Reigning in shadow databases

Robert Weiner

The following story, posted with permission, was sent to the FUNDSVCS list in response to a question about how to reign in schools and departments at a university that keep their own shadow databases of contacts. 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. I have a story that we have used quite often: A few years ago, we imported a shadow database into Raiser''s Edge.

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.

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.

Want To Learn How To Use Your Database To Grow Your Membership?

Wild Apricot Blog

What exactly is a membership database and how can it help you achieve your organization's goals? Here are details on an Expert Webinar with Wes Trochlil that can answer your database questions. webinar membership database

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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.

Data Therapy: 10 tips to optimize your Database Administrator


Data data culture database administration IT Staff Alan Gordon. Data Operations Manager. Society for Science & the Public.

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.

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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.

10 Mandatory Membership Fields to Track in Your Database

Wild Apricot Blog

It’s important to keep track of the right member information, because you can analyze it to develop growth, retention, or engagement strategies for your organization. From our experience, here are the 10 mandatory membership fields to track. form registration application strategy membership fields

Time to Review Your Membership Database?

Wild Apricot Blog

Wild Apricot has created a Guide to help small organizations identify your membership database needs; understand your options as well as offering tips and tools to help you make an informed software or system choice. membership records membership database management

Wes Trochlil’s Top 5 Tips on Effective Database Management

Wild Apricot Blog

Database expert and consultant, Wes Trochlil, gives us a quick run-down of his top 5 database management tips and speaks about his upcoming Wild Apricot Free Expert Webinar. database management

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?

Is your Database Costing you Crucial Donations?


This is why the database you use is really vital to enabling you to effectively appeal to your various segments. Your database could be a goldmine of data just waiting to be put to the test. Also consider what historical and transactional information you need to bring over from Common Ground to your new database. Evaluating your current data and determining key criteria for a new database will help you ask the right “data” questions when you are shopping around.

Membership Database Selection Blog Series

Wild Apricot Blog

One of the issues facing small membership organizations identified in our Blog Reader Survey was finding ways to better manage membership databases. So in response, we’re creating a blog series to help organizations identify your membership database requirements; understand the various options available; and help you determine the best solution for your specific needs.(

Membership Database Selection Part 2 - Understanding Your Choices

Wild Apricot Blog

Part 2 of our 3-part blog series on membership database selection outlines the software/system options available and their pros and cons in meeting small non-profit/membership needs.( association management software association management software system association management system database database management membership records membership system nonprofit non-profit Non-profit technology nptech

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.

What Do You Need to Track in a Donor Database?


A donor management system is sometimes called a fundraising system or a donor database. Can you log a “soft credit” for gifts that someone else in the database—say, a board member—helped to bring in? Data data management databases donor database idealware low-cost donor databases nptech nten:research Fundraising

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Finding the Right Donor Database for Your Nonprofit

NonProfit Hub

Get all of your organization’s information in one centralized database. One database manages your supporter relationships and their gifts, pledges and payments. The post Finding the Right Donor Database for Your Nonprofit appeared first on Nonprofit Hub. Consider this—7 out of every 10 donors only donate once. Not enough to shock you? Let’s add to the mix. 77 percent of donors leave due to a lack of communication. Those are downright terrifying numbers.

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?

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Moving Your Database to the Cloud: Key Considerations to Prepare Your Move


Change Management Cloud cloud database cloud technology Data infrastructure in the cloud Leadership migrating to the cloud nonprofit IT infrastructure nptech IT Staff Tal Frankfurt. Founder and CEO. Cloud for Good. It does not matter if you are small or big or if you are moving to the cloud to manage your donors, volunteers, dogs, cats, or trees: there are some things that you should keep in mind. Here are my top ten (and a bonus one at the end).

Five Signs Your Nonprofit Is Ready to Migrate Your Database to the Cloud

Tech Soup Blog

In our 2012 Global Cloud Survey we found that only 12 percent of respondents, mostly from larger organizations, are using cloud-based client relationship management (CRM) database services like Salesforce for Nonprofits , or Microsoft Dynamics CRM. We asked nonprofit cloud database expert, Tal Frankfurt of Cloud4Good. I asked Tal what the main data issues are that indicate to him that a nonprofit is ready to migrate to a cloud-based database. You Have Multiple Databases.

Finding the Perfect Donor Database

Wild Apricot Blog

If you’re facing the prospect of choosing a donor database system for your organization, drop by the Meeting Archives at TechSoup.org to check out this recent addition: Finding the Perfect Donor Database in an Imperfect World. There are nearly two hundred donor databases on the market. Tags: Non-profit technology Usability Fundraising nptech database Donor management webinar software

Infographic Friday: 2015 Nonprofit & Association Technology Trends


General cloud cloud computing cloud technology data database fundraising nonprofit nonprofit technology nonprofits npTechCloud computing continues to intrigue the nonprofit community. The idea of being able to work from anywhere in the world, and still access all your files, regardless of what computer you’re on is attractive for the busy nonprofit. We’ve all have, or hopefully had, one of those servers in the back closet of the office. […].

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Managing Your Membership Database - Webinar Wed. May 2

Wild Apricot Blog

Here's a reminder about our Membership Database webinar on Wednesday, May 2. membership database management Wild Apricot webinar

Infographic: Optimizing Your Nonprofit Donation Page


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Webinar: Hidden Heroes - the Buried Treasure in Your Database


“Hidden Heroes: the Buried Treasure in Your Database” TUESDAY, MARCH 19TH, 2013 at 2PM ET. In this webinar you'll learn: Where to look in your database to find your own HERO prospects. Just 3% of your existing donors who are giving average amounts today can boost your annual revenue by 30%. The trick is to find the right people, make the right offer and steward gifts strategically.

7 Reasons Your Nonprofit Needs To Go Mobile


Mobile Tech database donation donors fundraising infographic mobile Mobile Fundraising Mobile Technology nonprofit nonprofit technology nonprofits npTechWhether you like it or not, the world is getting smaller. Not literally, of course. We would feel that pretty quickly. But the world’s getting smaller thanks to technology, and ironically enough, the technology we use to do that communicating is getting smaller too.

How To Track Everyone Who's Anyone To You: Is A Single Database Right for Your Org?


By Laura Quinn, Idealware Since most organizations don’t track just one type of constituent, the idea of a single database for all of them—donors, volunteers, clients, email subscribers, advocates and everyone else—is something of a holy grail.

Data hoarding: Does the term apply to your donor data?

3rd Sector Labs

Now, let’s talk about your donor database. Nobody gets rid of anything in your donor database. Filling up your database with bad data means you will spend that much more time and effort finding the data you need. Consider a nonprofit with 100,000 names in its donor database.

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More fundraising software = more data headaches

3rd Sector Labs

Start with contact databases, donor management systems, and CRMs. All that, and we aren’t touching on the implications of accounting, systems integrations, data warehousing, ad hoc databases, and search. Technology both simplifies and complicates our lives.

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To raise money with social media, start with social data

Connection Cafe

Fundraising CARE data insights database nonprofit social mediaI’m sorry to say it, but.your social media presence is not the key to fundraising. However, that being said, data acquired through social media holds the key to dramatically improved fundraising.

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5 Content Marketing Tips That Yield Donors


General content marketing data database donation donations donors nonprofit nonprofit technology nonprofits npTech social media technology Content marketing is constantly transforming the information we produce and consume. Now more than ever it is being utilized to extend reach, bring in more traffic and produce leads for organizations. Putting out content, however, does not automatically lead to more money for your business. Here are some ways you can yield leads from your […].