The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 203: The Ever-Changing Role of Database Administrators

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Promoting Your Value as a Database Administrator. Confessions of a Database Administrator. Confessions of a Database Administrator, Part II. The post The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 203: The Ever-Changing Role of Database Administrators first appeared on npENGAGE.

Membership Database Selection Blog Series

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One of the issues facing small membership organizations identified in our Blog Reader Survey was finding ways to better manage membership databases. association management productivity database management membership records database Membership management Best practices Associations

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The Complete Membership Database Selection Guide

Wild Apricot

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

Ask Maureen: Cleaning Up a Messy Fundraising Database

sgEngage

Dear Maureen, My organization’s fundraising database is a hot mess! There are no rules, and that means our database is almost useless. Here’s what I’d recommend: I’d like you to schedule a meeting with everyone who uses the database and facilitate a few fact-finding sessions.

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.

4 Reasons to Invest in Nonprofit Database Software

DNL OmniMedia

Juggling all of these tasks is where nonprofit database software comes in. Nonprofit database software solutions serve as your nonprofit’s hub of information and documentation, allowing your nonprofit to make data-driven decisions to improve operations while staying organized. .

[VIDEO] Keeping Your Donor Database Healthy, Wealth, and Wise

Bloomerang

Cabral, MA, CFRE will lead you through the why and how of creating your own database standards manual and processes to ensure that you are not leading your organization down the path of “Garbage In=Garbage Out.” It’s a donor database, apropos to this topic. Robin L.

Confessions of a Nonprofit Database Administrator

Connection Cafe

Database Administrator, Manager of Development Operations, Manager of Development Systems, Information Systems Manager — every career move I thought, “With this new title, at this new organization, I will definitely have a voice. No one else understands the database the way you do.

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.

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 185: Promoting Your Value as a Database Administrator

Connection Cafe

Database administrators (also commonly called database managers, DBAs or DBMs) are often operating behind the scenes, outside of the spotlight. Confessions of a Nonprofit Database Administrator. Confessions of a Nonprofit Database Administrator, Part II.

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. When it comes to database management, Graham finds that nonprofits are not necessarily looking for more staff, but better tools to manage their growing donor lists. Who manages the database?

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).

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. However, database are also used for storing records, files, other types of information. But of course, a good database can go down-hill if it is not properly maintained. Tech CRM data database management donors volunteer

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.

16 Best Free Database Software to Manage Your Data Effectively

Find the free stuff

Are you wondering about the best database software to effectively management, store, and organize your data? These top free database software are the best choices for you. What is Database Software?

How To Find Effective Database Solutions for Social Services Organizations

EveryAction

Though database technology may not be anyone's first thought related the the human services field, experienced staff of these organizations know just how important these tools are, allowing them to work more efficiently, saving time and money, and maximizing the impact of their work at every level.

How to Create a Free Membership Database Template in Wild Apricot

Wild Apricot

A membership database will help you move on from using spreadsheets and start making the best of your member data. Use our free membership database template to get started

Donor Databases Aren't One-Size-Fits-All; Here's How to Find the Best Fit

EveryAction

Shopping for a donor database is a complicated process, which is made even more difficult when it is hard to find information about a software's compatibility with your organization's unique mission and needs. That's why we've put together a collection of guides to the process of evaluating and selecting database tools, customized for several types of organizations that we commonly work with.

How to Set Up a Free Church Database Template Quickly and Easily

Wild Apricot

Here's how our free church database template can help and how to set one up quickly and easily Wondering how to save time and money when it comes to managing your church?

Wes Trochlil’s Top 5 Tips on Effective Database Management

Wild Apricot

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

Confessions of a Nonprofit Database Administrator, Part II

Connection Cafe

Did you attend What is a Database Manager ? All the database managers and advancement services ROCKSTARS across the country see you. Healthcare Nonprofit Nonprofit Management database administrator nonprofit professional development

4 Ways to Leverage Your Donor Database for Virtual Events

AccelEvents

Whatever format you choose, your donor database can aid you in engaging supporters prior to, during, and after the event. Here are a few ways that you can lean on your donor database to make your virtual event a huge success !

4 Ways to Leverage Your Donor Database for Virtual Events

AccelEvents

Whatever format you choose, your donor database can aid you in engaging supporters prior to, during, and after the event. Here are a few ways that you can lean on your donor database to make your virtual event a huge success !

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). Now, it's certainly possible that an organization chose the wrong database to begin with, or has outgrown the system they chose, or the vendor isn't providing good support and keeping the technology up to date.

Try This Simple Membership Database Right Now - Free

Wild Apricot

Wild Apricot is a simple membership database software that makes it easy to register members, collect payments, and communicate with them. Start your free trial now

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.

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 a new database can do when you only know what your current one does--or doesn't do, what you'll need in the future)? Advancement Services Databases Donor Databases IT Management Nonprofit Technology

How To Find the Right Database For Social Justice and Advocacy Nonprofits

EveryAction

Here are a few examples of how different departments can save time and increase their impact by using a unified database. The database used can have a large impact on the efficacy of an organization’s fundraising efforts, so it is important to use a software which can manage major donors, planned giving programs, grants, and more. For nonprofits doing political advocacy and social justice work, having solid data management practices can sometimes be an afterthought.

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

Wild Apricot

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

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.

Membership Database Selection Blog Series

Wild Apricot

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.(

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

Time to Review Your Membership Database?

Wild Apricot

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

Do It Yourself Cloud Databases

NTEN

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.

How the Senior Dining Association Grew Their Contact Database 501% Throughout COVID-19

Wild Apricot

Discover how the Senior Dining Association was able to grow their contacts just over 500% between 2019 and 2020, as well as what your organization can do to capitalize on what they learned

Data Therapy: 10 tips to optimize your Database Administrator

NTEN

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

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.

Managing Your Membership Database - Webinar Wed. May 2

Wild Apricot

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

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

Wild Apricot

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

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.

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

Wild Apricot

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.

Major Database Layer Upgrade

VisionLink

We are very pleased to announce that we completed a successful and significant upgrade of our core database systems last night. While not as flashy as some of our feature upgrades for users, this is the kind of infrastructure upgrade that sustains VisionLink and our customers over time.

3 Steps to Succesfully Importing Your Membership Database

Wild Apricot

membership database romie importI like to think that importing your members into Wild Apricot, is like moving your family into a new home. You first want to make sure the house was well built with a good foundation.