With Worksheets and Suggestions for Cost Cutting that Will Better Support Fundraising
During the 2008 economic crash, my employer had to lay of 10% of the Advancement Office. We just had to. I had to choose to lay people off. It was miserable.
What it taught me, though, is that management is just as confused and frustrated as staff are when it comes to figuring out what budgets and whose jobs to cut. Of course, we are going to advocate for leaving Prospect Research intact because that is where we come from. However, you can back up these assertions for your own shop by using data. Let’s begin.
When starting a data mining project, we are often challenged by our management to “go do some data mining.” We can get stuck from there, unless the tool that we’ll use has already been chosen, like a screening service or modeling vendor. Even then, making sure that we understand the question involved helps frame how we set up the study and then what we do with the results.