New book: “Advancement Services: Enhancing Fundraising Success”
JANUARY 7, 2016
CASE has just published the third edition of its guide to Advancement Services. I'm honored to have written two chapters.
Blackbaud kills off Common Ground
AUGUST 30, 2012
Today the news is that Blackbaud is killing off Common Ground , one of the two donor management products (aka CRMs or Constituent Relationship Management systems) that they acquired from Convio. Advancement Services Databases Donor Databases Fundraising Nonprofit Technology SoftwareAny BB staff or CG consultants care to chime in?).
Preventing Fraud on our Online Giving Pages
JULY 24, 2014
The credit card scam/fraud attempt that many nonprofits have experiences starts with a very large online gift from an unknown donor. The addresses of the “donors” are all in sequence, or all within the same zip code. Some organizations even go so far as to require a CAPTCHA or RECAPTCHA field in order for a donor to make a gift online.
Training on your new database
DECEMBER 21, 2012
Advancement Services Databases Donor Databases IT Management Nonprofit Management Nonprofit TechnologyA question was posted to a listserve for nonprofit techies looking for tips on training staff on a new database. I discussed training at a high level on page 13 of this chapter from CASE's Handbook of Institutional Advancement. It's an art.
Important changes for GiftWorks users
FEBRUARY 9, 2015
Push-to-sync online donations: sync donors and donations with CRM in a single click. Process recurring donations based on donors'' schedule of giving. Maintain cleaner data: set required fields for donors and donation records. Donor Databases Fundraising Nonprofit Technology Software And more!!
Creative credit card donation scam
MARCH 10, 2011
The next day, we receive an email from the donor with the following info: the $9,000 gift amount was a mistake, it should have been $900. The gift was made in memory of the donor’s late mother (never named) who had a wonderful experience at our college. Fortunately, they didn't fall for it. Comments.
Consumers Guide to Low Cost Donor Management Systems
APRIL 28, 2009
Our friends at Idealware and NTEN have released their Consumers Guide to Low Cost Donor Management Systems. The guide presents detailed comparisons of 33 donor databases that cost less than $4,250 in the first year. Full disclosure — I contributed to the report and am one of the consultants listed.). read more.
Reigning in shadow databases
MAY 10, 2013
Advancement Services Best Practices Databases Donor Databases 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. We do NCOA, wealth and deceased screenings. We get Google alerts.
Thinking about a donor database selection workshop
NOVEMBER 10, 2011
I'm planning a new workshop on selecting donor databases, focusing on the question, "Why is this so friggin' complicated?"
Robert in the news(paper)
SEPTEMBER 10, 2015
The NonProfit Times ran the story The Evolution of Donor Management And Its Fundraising Future , which deals with how technology is transforming the way nonprofits interact with donors, particularly online. Advancement Services Donor Databases Fundraising Online Fundraising Software
Controlling data entry
FEBRUARY 11, 2011
Donors will give online and misspell their own names, or leave the caps lock on. Advancement Services Databases Donor DatabasesIt's a tough problem. Here are a few approaches (other than locking down data entry): Policies. You need clear data entry standards. Security. You need to control who can make changes and what they can change.
Year-end donation processing
DECEMBER 19, 2011
As the calendar year draws to an end, charities (and ideally, donors) are focused on year-end donations and tax deductions. So if the charity did not process the charge until January 2012, the donor would be treated as making the gift in 2012 rather than 2011, as she intended. Here are a few scenarios for U.S. Note: I am not a lawyer.
Idealware’s revised Consumers Guide to Low-Cost Donor Management Systems
MARCH 21, 2017
Idealware just released the latest version of their Consumers Guide to Low-Cost Donor Management Systems. Databases Donor Databases Fundraising Nonprofit Technology SoftwareIt will give you an overview of 32 systems and in-depth reviews of their top 11 “best value” choices. You can download it here.
Want your product covered in Idealware’s Donor Management report?
FEBRUARY 1, 2011
Idealware is updating its 2009 report on low-cost donor databases. Donor Databases SoftwareThe survey deadline is Feb. 4, 2011, so don't delay.
More nonprofit software mergers and acquisitions
MARCH 4, 2013
Advancement Services Alumni Relations Databases Donor Databases Software AlumniLast year the big news in my industry was Blackbaud's acquisition of Convio and the merger/acquisition of Datatel and Sungard Higher Education (now called Ellucian). The press release for the iModules deal says Harris Connect “will be supported.
Blackbaud’s acquisition of Convio is a done deal
MAY 7, 2012
Advancement Services Databases Donor Databases Email Marketing Fundraising Nonprofit Technology Online Fundraising SoftwareBlackbaud completed its purchase of Convio. The next adventure starts today, as we wait to see what the future holds for their various systems.
Blackbaud – Convio merger expected to close this week
MAY 4, 2012
Advancement Services Cloud Computing Databases Donor Databases Fundraising Nonprofit Technology Online Fundraising SoftwareThe Department of Justice signed off on Blackbaud's acquisition of Convio last week, and it looks like the deal will close this week. This is just the beginning of the story. We'll see. How's your crystal ball?
Discussion of Donor Data Retention
JANUARY 15, 2015
A few months ago I wrote a post on the topic of whether nonprofits should delete old donor records. so removing records is a sure way to lose individuals who could be a donor in the future. Advancement Services Best Practices Donor Databases Fundraising Prospect Research I’m a bit worried by this. Does this make sense to others?
Should You Delete Donor Records?
AUGUST 1, 2014
I was recently contacted by the vendor behind a new cloud-based donor management system with this question: We have noticed that our clients have become much more conscious about archiving/deleting old donor/prospect records because our pricing model is based on the number of records. But don’t delete them. What do you think?
ROI for a donor database
JULY 10, 2012
So how do we justify that system to management (and perhaps our donors)? Stewarding current donors. Identifying future donors. If any of you have come up a generally applicable formula for calculating the return on investment from a donor database I’d love to see it! Probably an issue that we should all be looking at.
What’s a good donor database?
FEBRUARY 24, 2012
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
Tales of faux donors scamming charities
AUGUST 8, 2012
The following is a compilation of online discussions of faux donors trying to scam colleges, schools, and nonprofits. The donor promised his patent would completely fund the university, wipe out the national debt, and make America the happiest place on Earth. BTW beware potential donors who only correspond using cap lock.
Chosing a donor database
JULY 25, 2010
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!! Or you might have some reports that are mandatory, like a lapsed donor report. Tags: Advancement Services Donor Databases Nonprofit Technology Software etc.).
Maybe It’s Not Your Database, It’s You
DECEMBER 6, 2012
Databases Donor Databases IT Management Nonprofit TechnologyI'm working on an article with the title, "Maybe It's Not Your Database, It's You."
More Defunct Donor Databases
AUGUST 19, 2009
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. Tags: Donor Databases Here are the new entries: Association Management System from Micro Solutions.
Do New Online Donors Give Again?
MARCH 20, 2009
A new study released by Blackbaud’s Target Analytics division suggests that first-time online donors do not become recurring donors.
Donor Tracking vs. Business Intelligence
SEPTEMBER 21, 2009
The Nonprofit Times recently published an article called Is It Donor Management Software Or Business Intelligence. " This vision of donor management software is nothing new. This lack of analytic tools often drives nonprofits to look for new donor management software.
Defunct Donor Databases
JANUARY 13, 2009
The flip side to my list of donor databases would be a list of systems that no longer exist. Donor Access. Donor Access. Tags: Donor Databases Fundraising Advancement Services This probably isn’t as useful a list, but it’s short so here goes: SYSTEM. VENDOR. Alchemy. Campagne Associates. Campaign Manager.
Do You Need a New Donor Management System?
MARCH 31, 2011
How do you know if you should switch, or stick with the donor management system that you have? TechSoup
Converting Fresh Leads into Donors
SEPTEMBER 24, 2009
CARE2 is holding a webinar on strategies for successfully welcoming, cultivating, and converting new leads into donors. Converting Fresh Leads into Donors. Holly Ross of NTEN will moderate a panel with Heidi Hess of Children's Defense Fund and Greg Zelder of the California State Parks Foundation. What: While They're Hot! Eastern.
Editable List of Donor Databases
SEPTEMBER 16, 2009
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.
Editable List of Donor Databases
AUGUST 26, 2009
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 Many Donor Databases Are There?
JANUARY 11, 2009
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). Donor Quest.
Blackbaud kills Common Ground: So What?
SEPTEMBER 20, 2012
One of the discussions during NTEN’s community call about Blackbaud’s purchase of Convio was whether the nonprofit community should band together and build its own donor management system rather than being dependent on for-profit vendors. Advancement Services Databases Donor Databases Fundraising IT Management Nonprofit Technology Software
Back Away From That Spreadsheet: Why Excel Isn’t a Donor Database
AUGUST 18, 2009
Idealware published a new article of mine today, on a subject that comes up whenever I teach workshops for small nonprofits: "Why not use Excel as my donor database?" Tags: Donor Databases " The article is at [link].
Inside the Mind of a Top Donor
JANUARY 29, 2009
Lokey, who has appeared on The Chronicle’s list of America’s top donors every year since 2000. How could a small institution with big aspirations engage donors with significant financial capability? What do you see as the ED’s role in working with major donors? Mr. Lokey responded to questions such as.
New article: Take Control of your Organization’s Data
DECEMBER 12, 2011
Advancement Services Databases Donor Databases IT Management Nonprofit Management Nonprofit TechnologyNTEN just published a short piece of mine on data management in their Change magazine. It's in their DIY series -- short tips for implementing something for your organization without extensive tech know-how or extra budget.
Do You Need New Donor Management Software?
FEBRUARY 23, 2009
Idealware just published an article by Keith Heller called Do You Need New Donor Management Software? Keith urges nonprofits to look before they leap into new software, cautioning that "new software may not make anything better — in fact, it could make things worse." " His closing summary is right on target: read more.
Back Away from that Spreadsheet: Why Excel Isn’t a Donor Database
AUGUST 19, 2009
Idealware just published a new article of mine, on a subject that comes up whenever I teach workshops for small nonprofits: "Why not use Excel as my donor database?".
Results from Campbell Rinker Donor & Member Database Survey
JANUARY 5, 2009
Marketing research firm Campbell Rinker has published the results of its latest survey of donor and member management software. Of the 841 respondents, 27% would NOT recommend their current systems to a comparable organization, 26% were unsure, and 47% would give a positive recommendation.