Robert Weiner

New book: “Advancement Services: Enhancing Fundraising Success”

Robert Weiner

Here's the table of contents as a preview: Donor Databases IT Management Advancement Services Prospect Research Nonprofit Management Nonprofit Technology Best PracticesCASE has just published the third edition of its guide to Advancement Services.

Creative credit card donation scam

Robert Weiner

The scammer had done enough research to use specific references to our college to make it appear genuine, although there was considerable broken English in the emails. A friend forwarded the following description of a scam aimed at a well-known college. Fortunately, they didn't fall for it. I would like to make everyone aware of a recent situation here that is most likely a scam to launder stolen credit card funds, appearing as a gift.

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Controlling data entry

Robert Weiner

A member of the PRSPCT-L listserve (for prospect researchers) asked "What do other institutions do to regulate or “police” data entry work, specifically when you have multiple users with authority to make updates?". It'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. Training.

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The Idealware Research Fund

Robert Weiner

Our friends at Idealware (a nonprofit technology resource provider) have created a new fund to support their research. Many of Idealware's reports have been funded by foundations and some have had corporate sponsorship (and some are commissioned by too). As you probably know, neither foundation nor corporate support is a reliable funding source these days.

Discussion of Donor Data Retention

Robert Weiner

Advancement Services Best Practices Donor Databases Fundraising Prospect Research A few months ago I wrote a post on the topic of whether nonprofits should delete old donor records. The same topic came up recently on the APRA''s listserve, PRSPCT-L. The original question: My organization is working on a data retention policy and wondering if others have insights to share. There seems to be a feeling we should remove any records that have not had an action in 7 years.

Lame spam of the day: Raw spam merge text

Robert Weiner

I {amazed|surprised} with the {research|analysis} you made to {create|make} {this actual|this particular} {post|submit|publish|put up} {incredible|amazing|extraordinary}. Some newbie spammer posted a message on my site that shows the contents of their spam merge database. It goes on and on, but you''ll get the idea pretty quickly. I found it fascinating.

Lame spam of the day: weight loss blog comment

Robert Weiner

Researching in Search engines I eventually have discovered this page. Some of the lamest spam I see comes in the form of comments on my blog posts. Some sounds convincing, but my spam filters (Akismet and Bad Behavior) are incredibly good at catching them. It's particularly entertaining when the spam is trying to link to one of my spam of the day posts.). Here's an example. This one's a transparent ad for a weight loss program, but often I have to look harder to figure out what's going on.

Use Online Surveys to Get the Feedback You Need to Succeed

Robert Weiner

An online survey is a powerful research tool that can deliver the feedback you need to determine the needs of your constituents and the activities that attract donors. TechSoup

New listing of big gifts

Robert Weiner

Tags: Prospect Research Fundraising

Guessing the Gender of a Name

Robert Weiner

The PRSPCT-L listserve (for prospect researchers) had a discussion of resources for figuring this out and members provided the following suggestions: [link]. Tags: Prospect Research Ever wonder how to tell the gender of an unfamiliar first name? link]. link]. link].

Thoughts on Software RFPs

Robert Weiner

Techsoup article: Nine Tips for Navigating the RFP Research Phase. I received the following email from Keith Heller , a database consultant who works with Raiser's Edge and Common Ground clients: We’ve been involved with responding to many RFPs over the years and I have a general inquiry that is in your bailiwick.

Making the Case for Advancement Services

Robert Weiner

John Taylor cites statistics from a 1999 study by TARP Research. I got a call last week from the Advancement Services manager at a small college asking for help. She's trying to make the case for investing in Advancement Services at a college that seems to only want to invest in fundraisers.

Editable List of Donor Databases

Robert Weiner

The entries came from a variety of other lists and from customer satisfaction surveys done by Campbell Research, NTEN, and Idealware. Over the past few years I've been compiling what turned out to be a huge list of donor databases. Once I posted the list I started getting requests to add links to vendor websites, tags, and comments. Now the good folks at Aspiration have taken my list and put it into the Social Source Commons wiki. read more.

Green IT for Dummies

Robert Weiner

The guide, produced independently by research and analysis firm Freeform Dynamics, provides guidance for where to start in greening an organization and maps out a pragmatic, yet comprehensive course of action ranked according to expense and difficulty of implementation. Hewlett Packard has published a free guide to greening your IT.

Advice for Consultants - Part 2

Robert Weiner

Your clients expect you to know about new technologies, or at least know enough to be able to research something and inform them about it. Last week I posted John Elbare’s advice for new nonprofit consultants. Today I’m posting Karen Nyhus ‘ advice, originally posted on NTEN’s nptechconsult forum (for members only) in response to a request for “resources and tips for our nonprofit technology community to help them start things off right in 2007.&#

Twitter Best Practices

Robert Weiner

Their recommendations include: Do some casual research to learn if people who care about your cause are talking about it on the site. Every day it seems like there’s a new article on how nonprofits and businesses can use Twitter for engagement, activism, marketing, and fundraising. Today’s entry comes from the Chronicle of Philanthropy, which published When Characters Count: Advice for Charities on Making the Most of Twitter.

Results from Campbell Rinker Donor & Member Database Survey

Robert Weiner

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.

Anatomy of My Web Site

Robert Weiner

That took some research, and was easier once WP was installed in a test environment. Several friends who have decided to explore WordPress have asked how I built my site. Here are the steps I went through: 1) I hired a designer, Robyn Smith ( [link] ). Robyn installed WP on my existing web host ( ). Fortunately, they offered support for WP, since I was paid up for the year.

How Many Donor Databases Are There?

Robert Weiner

Mission Research. 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). It does not include custom systems, of which there are many. I am not planning to keep this list updated — that sounds like a full-time job.

5 Research-Backed Lessons on Major Gifts Fundraising

Connection Cafe

5 Research-Backed Lessons for Major Gifts. Engaging in thorough prospect research efforts to dive deeply into the best of the best identified prospects.

Donor Retention vs. Donor Acquisition: What Research Shows About Overall Online Engagement

Connection Cafe

Nonprofit Fundraising Donor Acquisition donor retention eMail marketing fundraising research fundraising trends Luminate Online Benchmark Report online donor acquisition Online Fundraising repeat giving sustained giving sustainer programs

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New Research and a Welcome Surprise from Foundation CEOs

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

New Research and a Welcome Surprise from Foundation CEOs. This question was one of many in a recently released research study commissioned by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation on the occasion of its 50 th anniversary. Guest Post Philanthropy Research Studies

Nonprofit Marketing Research Made Simple, No Matter Your Budget

Connection Cafe

If so, then your organization can probably benefit from conducting market research. Marketing research done on a regular basis will allow you to make better decisions, chart changes over time, plan initiatives, and assess your success. This will help you focus your research.

Healthy and Productive Nonprofit Meetings: What Does the Research Say?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

In preparation, I’ve been studying the research and best practices for productive meetings. What Research Says About Productive Meetings and Conference Calls. Intercall did some research about what people actually do on a conference call. Flickr Photo by Haldane Martin.

Research Friday: The gift

ASU Lodestar Center

Welcome to Research Friday ! highlight current research reports or studies and discuss how they can. I was taught that proper research and first-hand experience were paramount to any sort of doctrine. Read Karina Lungo''s " Research Friday: Why Give to International Charities? ".

New Research on Social Media Use

Wild Apricot Blog

Here''s a summary of the Social Media Update 2014 report by the Pew Research Internet Project that looks into social media habits and demographics of users. research social media Social media can be a great tool to reach out to potential members and engage current ones.

3 Ways Prospect Research Can Help Nonprofits Raise More Money at Events


Read on for tips from DonorSearch 's Ryan Woroneicki on how to make prospect research part of your event planning. prospect research eventsDo you have events planned as part of your end-of-year fundraising push?

Attention Nonprofit #DataNerds: A Few Recent Research Studies on Data, Technology, Funding, and Trends

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

In the last few weeks, there have been a few good research studies and web sites relaunched that cover technology, data, funding, and trends. Here’s a roundup.

15 Game-Changing Prospect Research Tools and Resources

Donor Search

Prospect research can seem daunting and overwhelming. Either way, this… Basics of Prospect Research Lists & Rankings UncategorizedThere are a ton of resources out there, but there is not a lot of guidance.

10 Dos and Don’ts of Conducting Survey Research

NonProfit Hub

Ted Lannan is the former senior marketing research analyst at Inceptia, a nonprofit organization providing expertise in a variety of higher education topics. We chatted with Lannan to get his best tips for nonprofits to succeed with survey research. Check out his 10 dos and don’ts to take your nonprofit survey research to the next level. If you’re avoiding survey research tools because you think you can’t afford them, think again.

Fundraising With Facebook Research Report

Wild Apricot Blog

Here are highlights of Artez Interactive’s latest research paper, "Fundraising with Facebook”. research; Facebook

The Marketing of Marketing is not Telling Us The Whole Story About Member Research


And we focus far more on data and surveys than we do on qualitative market research. I suspect that we’ve largely stopped talking about good qualitative customer research because it is messy, difficult, time-consuming, and sometimes expensive. The marketing of marketing is big business.

What the Research Says About Increasing Facebook Engagement

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This post summarizes some findings from a recent research report about increasing engagement on Facebook and a couple of conversations about applying the research over on my blog Facebook page. The research also suggests that asking questions works best for increasing engagement.

New Research on Mobile Giving

Wild Apricot Blog

Here's a look at key findings and takeaways from a new Pew research report on mobile giving. mobile research

Research Friday Board Engagement: Thinking Beyond the Wallet

ASU Lodestar Center

Welcome to Research Friday ! scholar, student, or professional to highlight current research reports or studies and discuss how they can inform and improve day-to-day. Click here to read "Research Friday: The Results are In - State of the Sector 2012" by Angela Francis.

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

Connection Cafe

Prospect research. The American Alliance of Museums conference was last week, and I had the opportunity to meet and introduce the panel of a jeopardy style session, What is Prospect Research, Alex?

Discovering Donors: Prospect Research Basics

NonProfit Hub

Kim Becker Cooper is a guest contributor for Nonprofit Hub and the Marketing Director at DonorSearch, a prospect research and wealth screening company that focuses on philanthropy. Finding major gift donors without prospect research is like searching for a needle in a haystack.

Research Friday: Branding in the nonprofit sector

ASU Lodestar Center

Welcome to Research Friday ! highlight current research reports or studies and discuss how they can. Research done by Venable et al. Journal of Business Research , 65(5), 701-707. [3] posted by. Alex Flores , Teach For America. As part of a.

Research Friday: Government contracting part II: Adapting in an era of less

ASU Lodestar Center

Welcome to Research Friday ! highlight current research reports or studies and discuss how they can. Read Angela Francis and Anjali Deshmukh''s " Research Friday: Government contracting in the new normal.". research friday Anjali Deshmukh Angela Francis Nonprofit Finance Fund

Live blogging from the 2011 Millennial Donor Summit: Exploring the Latest Millennial Research

Amy Sample Ward

Last year, we did research on Millennial donors and it spurred us to do it again. Giving, communication and engagement are the three areas of research. This year’s research followed last year’s findings.