Inheriting Confusion in Fundraising: Strategies to Cope with Database Cleanup

Connection Cafe

It also can be embarrassing if you contact the wrong person or ask a question that isn’t appropriate to the situation. Nonprofit Management database clean-up donor database inherited files

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. Advancement Services Best Practices Databases Donor Databases

Finding the Usual Suspects in your Database

Connection Cafe

Ask questions, post content that sparks a conversation, when people like, reply or share your content respond quickly and accordingly, use compelling images and videos and most importantly have a personality, avoid sounding like an institution.

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.

ROI for a donor database

Robert Weiner

My colleague Charlie Hunsaker posted the following question on the FUNDSVCS Advancement Services listserve: I have two clients who are looking for new systems and want a “cost justification” for their acquisition to share with their management. So with some background, I’ve got some questions. And the final question, would you be willing to share it and all your assumptions with this Listserv? These are not easy questions and the analysis may be complex/complicated.

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. Here's how I respond to questions like this: I can't say whether (system x) would be a good fit for you. Can we send mass emails directly from the database?

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.

Volunteers Or Donors: The Millennial Question


The question has to be asked, then. The post Volunteers Or Donors: The Millennial Question appeared first on Tech Impact Blog - Leaders in Non-Profit Technology. Our Impact Tech content marketing CRM database donations donors nonprofit nonprofit technology npTech technology volunteers

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.

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.

12 of Your Email Deliverability Questions Answered


Unfortunately, there were so many questions from the audience that we weren't able answer them all during the alotted time. Here are some great, thoughtful questions that we received and Brett's email wisdom. " My bigger question is: why continue to keep sending?

7 Questions To Ask First

Connection Cafe

So leaning on that background, as well as my more recent decade in nonprofit technology, I offer the following interview questions that an interviewee can ask of a hiring organization, to determine whether a given group is where you should place a career bet. The Seven Questions.

3 Data Year End Data Questions Your Nonprofit Should Be Asking


The post 3 Data Year End Data Questions Your Nonprofit Should Be Asking appeared first on Tech Impact Blog - Leaders in Non-Profit Technology. Tech data database donations nonprofit nonprofit technology npTech Data, data, data. Is there a word more often uttered in the nonprofit technology sector today? Cloud might be a close second, but data has to reign supreme.

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3 Questions Environmental Organizations Should Ask When Evaluating a CRM


While this may be an intimidating proposition, the process can be made easier by keeping a larger value framework in mind and making sure to ask a few key questions. For environmental organizations, these are three questions that should be asked about any potential new CRM.

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

3 Key Questions Every Nonprofit Should Ask When Outsourcing Their Managed IT Services


The post 3 Key Questions Every Nonprofit Should Ask When Outsourcing Their Managed IT Services appeared first on Tech Impact Blog - Leaders in Non-Profit Technology. General CRM data database Managed Services nonprofit npTech Office 365 Outsourcing critical processes, such as managed IT services, to specialized professionals may seem like a daunting task for your non-profit.

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. So, whenever you are in the market evaluating CRMs, don’t fear to ask some key questions. Also consider what historical and transactional information you need to bring over from Common Ground to your new database.

To Analyze or Not to Analyze… That is the Question

Connection Cafe

If this sounds like your organization, then it may be time to do some sort of analysis of your database to help uncover some potential upgrades to your annual fund and major/planned gift prospects to assign and qualify in your portfolios. Many smaller to mid-sized nonprofits are not going to find it economically feasible or have the staffing in place to do something like this in-house, so they will want to look at a predictive modeling vendor to help them analyze their database.

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5 Cloud Computing Questions Nonprofits Need Answers To


Nonprofits have a lot of questions about technology advancements. Connecting Up lists the 5 main questions nonprofits need to ask themselves when choosing a cloud service. Must Read: “ Cloud Computing for Nonprofits “ by our Executive Director, Patrick Callihan.

Multiple Constituent Groups, One Database: Case Studies


Written by Idealware's senior editor Chris Bernard, these three case studies illustrate the article " Multiple Constituent Groups, One Database? For patients, it’s interactions, questions they’ve asked, their participation in webinars, communication history, healthcare history, and things like that. We don’t do straight volunteering so much, just a yearly event—a lobby day—and anyone who registers or interacts with us is in (the database),” she said.

Here's 28 Reasons Why Your Nonprofit Should Switch to EveryAction

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

Whether its bequests, charitable gift annuities, trusts, and pooled income funds, EveryAction allows for tracking and management of legacy gifts within your donor database. #12. We ensure fast, expert answers for your "how to" questions and technical issues. #14.

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. ” If you find any answers resembling your question, please let us know.

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Major Fundraising Application Canned, What’s Next for Nonprofit Databases?


Leave us a comment with your thoughts, questions or concerns about the announcement, and click through for the original post or to read more Groundwire content. The application was a fee-based, customizable online database for capturing donations and engaging donors. It could work with a website’s front end, like forms and web profiles, and route form inputs to a database that any lay person could manage. What’s next for nonprofit databases?

What was it, the question mark?

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 What was it, the question mark? Here is the link, [link] Let me know if you have any questions. December 14, 2007 I feel misunderstood. Earlier this week, I wrote a post on about the NTEN CRM satisfaction survey.

Adding to your Board? Top Ten Questions to Ask when Choosing a Board Recruiting Service


What questions should you be asking as you think through who will perform the very important function of board recruiting for you? . Top Ten Questions to Ask when Choosing a Board Recruiting Service. BoardAssist has over 20,000 NYC candidates in our database.

Top 10 Tough Donor Data Migration Decisions

3rd Sector Labs

Keep in mind, however, that all CRMs and donor databases are different – each has its own database structure, definitions of key terms, and attributes for handling certain data types. Data governance represents ‘rules of the road’ for your donor database.

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10 Donor Data Migration Decisions: Q&A with Gary Carr

3rd Sector Labs

We asked several interesting poll questions to open the event, and the wrapped with a Q&A session. Unfortunately, we could not answer all questions before the event closed. Database / tech staff = 27%. Donor data migration: you’ve got questions, we’ve got answers.

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8 Secrets To Writing a Great Nonprofit RPF With Ease [Free Template]

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

An RFP is a structured, formal method of obtaining specific information from vendors, including: answers to your questions, personalized solutions to specific problems, and pricing information. These questions should include: What expertise do we already have on our staff to handle this work?

Technology, data and fundraising: is it getting too complicated?

3rd Sector Labs

We have been asking nonprofits a very important fundraising question, and getting some surprising results. The question: Is it easier or more complicated to execute a fundraising campaign today than it was 5 or 10 years ago? As a kick-off to each event, we ask three short questions.

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Your Donor Management System Questions Answered (Part 2 with Robert Weiner)


The webinar was so popular and the questions so good that we couldn't get to everything in the hour. But we didn't want your questions to go unanswered. Our panelists split up the remaining questions and offer their answers. For very small NPOs (500 – 1000 members), can a DMS also function as a membership database if you are moving from a spreadsheet-based approach to tracking members and donors?

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Fundraising strategy, technology and data Q&A with Chris Goodman and Gary Carr

3rd Sector Labs

Chris and Gary Carr , CEO of Third Sector Labs, led a lively discussion, and both stayed as long as they could after the event to answer questions. Unfortunately, not every fundraising strategy, technology and data question could be answered, and so we wanted to share more of the Q&A here. If you have questions about your nonprofit systems, databases, CRM or data needs, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Ask yourself some good, deep questions.

Data 100 as free, bolt-on analytics engine for any database app

Mifos happens to be built on Tomcat with a MySQL database. All that matters is that is has extensive functionality for specific business cases, and it has a database we can directly access. People who work at microfinance institutions ask themselves these questions.

Your Donor Management System Questions Answered (Part 1 with Eric Leland)


The webinar was so popular and the questions so good that we couldn't get to everything in the hour. But we didn't want your questions to go unanswered. Our panelists split up the remaining questions and over the next three weeks we'll publish their answers. Eric is an Idealware Expert Trainer and a longtime consultant who has helped nonprofits do just about everything, from setting up a website to implementing a database system.

How to Use Data to Achieve Your Mission

Wild Apricot

Most nonprofits don't use their database to help achieve their mission. Database expert Wes Trochlil reveals how the most successful organizations use their data efficiently and effectively by asking the right questions. database management database data Wes-Trochlil

How to calculate donor acquisition costs

3rd Sector Labs

But it begs a really important question – how do you know where your donor came from? Does your donor database code the gift so that you know what activity or appeal generated it? If you can’t get the answers you want, then it’s time to look at your donor database.

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Your Donor Management System Questions Answered (Part 3 with Karen Graham)


She used one question as a jumping off point to talk about examples of how processes can affect your software purchase decisions. I’m going to approach this question at a tangent because it brings to mind an important point about selecting technology. They asked questions such as: What if an online donation comes from an individual but we want to acknowledge the household for the gift?

Attention nonprofits: We don’t know our donor data!

3rd Sector Labs

The answers to those questions are simple: we can’t. Answer: only what is stored in the donor database. 53% don’t know when was the last time that their donor database was cleaned. Consider these questions: Does it matter how good your fundraising appeal copy is if it goes to the wrong person at the wrong time? Big Data CRM Data Cleaning Data Management bad data big data database donor data donor retention fundraising fundraising mistakes

CRM data migration: it’s all about the future

3rd Sector Labs

Need to merge multiple databases? Too much bad or unusable data, however, will leave you with an array of data hoarding problems that will clog your donor databases, put a drag on fundraising efficiency, and hurt your organization. Also keep in mind that it is very difficult to discover every data migration issue that lurks in your old database until you start testing files and seeing how the old data looks in the new CRM.

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5 Steps To Collecting Better Donor Data


It will highlight which donation campaigns were more effective than others, what donors responded well to what, and most important, it holds the potential to greatly increase your donation potential you already have within your database. Image courtesy of CRW Connect.

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

3rd Sector Labs

Our question was this: Are your donors truly anonymous, or are you just not making the effort to collect data properly? The question challenged our client’s established way of doing things. Data Acquisition Data Management data management donor acquisition donor database donors fundraising fundraising mistakes workplace giving Most charities raise money from many different sources – direct mail appeals, online donations, events, United Way campaigns to name a few.

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Blackbaud kills Common Ground: So What?

Robert Weiner

This could undermine nonprofits’ willingness to use cloud-based (aka Software as a Service or SaaS) databases. Blackbaud says it still gets calls from GiftMaker users, and we get questions from GMP users on TechSoup’s forums ( here's one from June 2012 ). Advancement Services Databases Donor Databases Fundraising IT Management Nonprofit Technology Software

Your Credit Card Processing Questions, Answered!

Tech Soup Blog

There were so many questions coming in from attendees, in fact, that we did not have time to address all of them during the live session. To help answer questions regarding credit card processing in general, and Dharma Merchant Services specifically, Dharma's Alexia Marcous has taken them time to answer them in writing. Your Questions, Answered. How does Dharma link an online donation to our organization's donor database?