This time of year, many nonprofits are counting up the last of June’s gifts and trying to get to a total that meets their fundraising goals. When the reports come out, most fundraisers will start the new year again – at $0.00 – without thinking about how last year went, why it went that way, and how it can be better. It can always be better. Here are some ideas for looking backward, even if only briefly, to fine tune your new fundraising year.
By - Greg Duke
During this time of year, many Directors of Advancement Services start to make plans about what their offices are hoping to get done next year. If you’re in charge of maintaining a nonprofit database, one of those plans should be to clean up and improve the data about your prospects and donors. Even the best-maintained database may have problems: incorrect data, data in the wrong places, fields that need to be cleaned up, or segments in the database that need to be repaired. Yet there never seems to be enough time to allocate toward fixing the problems. And it only seems that there is enough inclination when something important like a database conversion is about to happen.
By - Greg Duke
Many of you in the nonprofit world have heard about GDPR (the General Data Protection Regulation) and its consequences for the protection of data for individuals in the European Union and the United Kingdom. There have been a lot of rumors and stories involving the consequences for American nonprofits which fail to protect their European-based alumni or donor constituents.
In this article, I will demystify GDPR and help point American database managers and others involved in the maintenance of data in the right direction to follow European and UK law.
By Greg Duke
Graduation season is upon us once more! As college graduates celebrate, advancement services staff all over the country are getting anxious requests from development staff about how long it will take them to get their new alumni into their Raiser’s Edge database. Here are three strategic tips, from my experience in working in advancement services and on Raiser’s Edge, which will help you get new alumni ready for contact.