Inheriting Confusion in Fundraising: Strategies to Cope with Database Cleanup

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It’s probably happened to anyone who has changed jobs in fundraising a few times – you inherit files that are less than helpful. Investing the time to sort and scan the paper trail helps affix at least a broad scope of information in your mind.

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.

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Donor Stewardship: Guiding Donors to The Next Level of Support

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As nonprofits know well, preserving relationships with donors is imperative to an organization’s success. In philanthropy, the donor stewardship process begins with a donor’s first gift—the end point of the cultivation stage—and is a vital component of your donor retention strategy.

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Understanding Volunteers and Donors With Analytics

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Many nonprofits forget that their volunteers and donors are also customers. Being data-driven can help your organization see where you have been and identify paths to where you want to go. Using Data to Better Understand Your Donors and Volunteers.

How to Make a Donor Profile in 5 Easy Steps

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Making a donor profile might be something that sounds reserved for larger nonprofit institutions with thousands of donors and prospects, a team of analysists, and a budget with room to spare. What is a Donor Profile ? How is a Donor Profile Used? A Donor Profile Example.

Donor Data And Your Nonprofit


There are more tools available to nonprofits today that can be used for measuring their donor data than ever before. The truth is, without the help of data, effectively planning a fundraising strategy or maintaining high donor retention numbers makes a hard job near impossible. Without any information to backup your results, or help you get started planning, you’re really just shooting in the dark. This is, I believe, the perfect summation of our donor data.

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5 Steps To Collecting Better Donor Data


Drilling down below surface level, beyond just the gross amount of donations your nonprofit received last year, will reveal a wealth of information that will help your nonprofit better analyze your donation situation. Here is a guide to help you effectively calculate donor retention rates.

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Technology and the Shift to Donor-Centric Fundraising

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But NTEN is certainly not the only organization leveraging advances in technology to make fundraising a donor-centric process. Many organizations hold large fundraising events offline where community members, leaders, board members, and donors are all gathered together in one room.

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Finding the Right Donor Database for Your Nonprofit (Updated)

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Consider this—7 out of every 10 donors only donate once. 77 percent of donors leave due to a lack of communication. Now, we’ll walk through our favorite donor management tools to help you find one that can organize and centralize all the donor data you’re collecting!

One Thing Most Nonprofits Stink at (Donor Retention) and How You Can Change It in 2014

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Donor acquisition is all the rage, but did you know nearly 3 out of 4 new donors leave and never come back. In 2013, Chuck Longfield was on a mission to shed light on the importance of donor retention in the nonprofit industry. Great donor service.

On the value of donor database ratings

Robert Weiner

If you are not familiar with Idealware and N-TEN, they are both well-respected non-profit organizations that focus on helping non-profits enhance their use of technology. 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.

The 5 Factors That Helps Predict Future Donors’ Giving


Future prospective donors can be predicted with surprising accuracy based on a handful of factors. The post The 5 Factors That Helps Predict Future Donors’ Giving appeared first on Tech Impact Blog - Leaders in Non-Profit Technology. Fundraising database donation donations donors fundraising nonprofit nonprofit technology nonprofits website

Growing your Members and Donors with the Power of Data

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Both are founders and CEOs of consulting agencies that focus on how nonprofits can more effectively communicate with supporters to grow their members and donors. Prospect Research – With a database full of clean contact information, should you ask them all for a major gift?

5 Best Practices for Converting Volunteers to Donors

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It is not a secret that nonprofits need volunteers and donors to achieve their goals and carry out their mission. Many nonprofits do not know that the line between their volunteers and donors is very thin. Here are 5 best practices to help you convert more volunteers to donors.

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.

How Accessible Data Can Help You Better Care for Your Donors

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Like any hospital patient, donors don’t want the same “care” as the guy before them. For the best donor interaction, development staff needs information to be accessible wherever and whenever their conversation happens. Donor data is the key to securing a gift.

Top 10 Tough Donor Data Migration Decisions

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If you’ve migrated donor data from one CRM to another, no doubt you have dealt with a lot of difficult decisions. In fact, our donor data migration clients often express surprise at the number of decisions they have to make. For more help, see this post.

5 Steps to Boost Donor Acquisition with Ticketing

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Are you struggling to find ways to meet potential new donors? Do you often feel limited by your database, connections, and networks? So, how can this help you acquire more donors? It shows you people that share your interests and helps you start the conversation.

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5 Ways to Reach New Donors Online

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To help you, Jasmine Marrow, the director of nonprofit strategy at GuideStar, the world’s largest database of nonprofit information, shows you five ways to reach donors online. Jasmine-Marrow online-presence online-profile Fundraising donations donors nonprofitsMany nonprofits miss out on donations by not having the right online presence.

From an Event Manager | Focus on the End Goal: Donor Engagement + Retention

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Initially, it was difficult to carve out time to take a step back and think about the bigger picture when it came to donor engagement and retention. The goal is for the event attendees to become annual donors.

What Do You Need to Track in a Donor Database?


[Editor's Note: We're talking about fundraising this month on the NTEN blog, and when you're fundraising, you've got to collect and track information about donors and donations, right? NTEN and Idealware's report on low-cost donor management systems was released earlier this summer, but here's an excerpt from the report that addresses some tracking considerations.] Donors are the lifeblood of nonprofit organizations.

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Finding the Right Donor Database for Your Nonprofit

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Consider this—7 out of every 10 donors only donate once. 77 percent of donors leave due to a lack of communication. And with the right donor management tool to fit your organization’s needs, you have a better shot at communicating in the right way and building better relationships, so donors come back for round two. Check out our list of donor management tools to find the one that works best for with your organization’s size and objective.

Guarantee Success for Your Year-End Campaign with Donor Data as Your Guide

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Don’t leave your results up to chance; your database includes all the tools you need to test in advance and find proven strategies that can help you meet or exceed your fundraising goals. To engage donors in this way, we have to know them, and in fact, we do know a lot about them.

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6 Tips For Engaging And Retaining Your Nonprofit’s ‘BIG’ Supporters


It is said time and time again, “donors are the lifeblood of our nonprofit.” ” Literally, they keep charity alive and help nonprofit organizations grow and flourish, so how do you keep your donors and sponsors interested in your nonprofit for years to come?

Using Salesforce to Cultivate Donor Relationships

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” Recently, I had an opportunity to meet Tal Frankurt, CEO of Cloud for Good, where he shared some thoughts about how a well-designed SalesForce database could be an excellent tool for managing, measuring, and tracking relationships with donors.

10 Ways To Segment Donors To Improve Nonprofit Fundraising Effectiveness


Image courtesy of Fundraiser Help. The answer lies in the way nonprofits are catering o the demands of its donor network. But what are donors looking for? The answer lies in the segmentation of donors, and the personalization of emails to each one of these unique donors.

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4 Ways Data and Analytics Can Help Nonprofits Achieve Positive ROI

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One of the core reasons I love data analytics in the world of fundraising is that it can drive us to achieve positive ROI and help us to determine an appropriate return on investment for our organization.

5 Inventive Ways Donor Data Can Boost Your EOY Fundraising


The giving spirit is high, and donors want to know how they can contribute to the causes that they care about. Your organization needs to do more than simply ask your donors for contributions. Building a deeper fundraising strategy can help you: Raise more funds.

A 3 Step Guide to Attracting Corporate Donors Using Social Media


Yet including corporate donors in your fundraising mix is a critical strategy. Black baud published a revolutionary report on Social Sharing that encouraged you to identify and empower your supporters in new way by categorizing your social media users within your database.

Lessons from a Fundraising Insider: How our Donor Retention Rates grew to 43%

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I work as the Donor Relations Coordinator at Lena Pope , an agency that serves children and families through counseling and education. We impact over 10,000 lives each year, and in 2013 we had a donor retention rate of 43% ( compared to 27% ). Our database is healthy .

Is Your Organization Prepared to Dodge Donor Data Disasters?

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You also most likely have some experience with accepting and tracking financial gifts from donors to a charitable organization. To help plan for episodic event tracking, there are three basic options you can use to track these new types of donations.

Infographic: Optimizing Your Nonprofit Donation Page


If you’re unhappy with your donation page’s performance, check out the infographic below to help your nonprofit kick the dust off its stale donation page and get up to date!

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

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Picture this: You’re at a donor event, making small talk with an attendee you have never met before and you’re struggling to come up with something to talk to them about. You glance at your watch uncomfortably, and then look up to see a long-time major donor walking up.

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Easy Ways to Keep Your Data Clean and Donors Happy

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Additionally, services provided by Blackbaud can be very helpful in keeping your data clean and your donors happy , specifically Deceased Record Finder. It’s nonproductive to send mail to donors who are deceased, and doing so is a great way to upset surviving spouses. Once your database is sparkling clean, get a Policies and Procedures manual in place that outlines data entry standards. The impact on your donors’ experience should be a positive one.

Fundraising without donor data: What’s that proverb about giving a man a fish?

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How often do the funds come in without workable donor data – or any donor data – behind it? If your organization is fundraising without donor data to support it, then you have a problem that needs your attention. Fundraising without donor data. Receiving a gift with no donor data behind it is like being given a fish. For tomorrow, you need data … donor data. Fundraising without donor data occurs often.

Is your Database Costing you Crucial Donations?


Last year I received an end of year appeal from an organization I’ve been closely involved with as a donor (and much more) for over eight years appealing to me to become a new donor. I was so put off by the generic ask that I actually made the decision to not make my end of year gift on the simple principle that I was offended by the lack of personalization and consideration given to a historical donor.

More fundraising software = more data headaches

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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. There are search results, however, that help us define the problem.

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Select The Right CRM For Your Nonprofit


It stores your volunteer’s information, your donor’s information, your past and future opportunities, and helps your nonprofit more effectively forecast future investment and donation opportunities. Fundraising Tech CRM data database donation donors fundraising

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5 Ideas That Will Give Your Donors a Reason to Stick Around

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You see, making new friends is like acquiring new donors. A single donation without donor stewardship is a waste – you know it as attrition. About a year ago we were hit with the depressing reality of the state of donor retention across the nonprofit industry.

No More Excuses—You Need to Call Every New Donor

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In our own donor communications experiment over at Bloomerang, we made a $5 online donation to 50 random nonprofits. For each nonprofit, the donor was new to their database. New donors above your average donation amount. Returning donors above your average donation amount.