Has your organization successfully completed a campaign, celebrated success, and immediately started planning for the next campaign? As fundraising professionals, we need to navigate these perpetual campaigns carefully. We want to be careful about re-approaching the same donors over and over again. We also need insight and information to evaluate whether we have enough prospects […]
Bentz Whaley Flessner presents 4 guidelines for a successful database upgrade.
Bentz Whaley Flessner outlines how full-costing may be worth considering for non-profit organizations that seek private giving revenue to cover operating costs.
Expanding mobile payments is a top trend in online fundraising. This week’s Client Advisory highlights the need for nonprofits to innovate their payment processes through the effective use of technology and vendor selection.
Client Advisory – July 16, 2014 Traditionally, this is a time when the office quiets down and the staff takes a breather before the busy fall begins. However, this time of year is also the perfect time for your institution’s fundraising services/operations services team to complete important data clean-up projects that tend to be relegated […]
This year’s CASE Gift and Records Conference is underway and there is a lot happening in this space. Gone are the days of rote typing. Paper files aren’t going away yet, but digital imaging is on the move. Here are three great takeaways so far: Outsourcing is the new black. While it’s not for everyone, […]
Jennifer Liu-Cooper and I had a chance to present some ideas on becoming more persuasive in the office place. Have a look here and let us know what you think.
The BBCON conference brings together professionals from across the globe to discuss how to leverage technology (and related processes) to support our vital missions. Within each fundraising team, integrating functions and increasing results requires thoughtful collaboration and shared understanding. Technology, communication and training, and organizational culture issues must be aligned to help the team spin […]
Different groups perceive fundraising operations differently, and this greatly affects advancement services. How do I know this? While it’s an intuitive aspect of fundraising operations work, the data are pretty clear. I completed a study in the last few weeks. The survey is an extension of work I conducted for An Executive’s Guide to Fundraising Operations, which […]
This is my favorite quote on the year: ”You succumb to survivorship bias because you are innately terrible with statistics.” The “you” here is the Royal “You”. The author is Dave McRaney. And this gem of a statement is shorthand for saying that most folks could improve how they evaluate situations and make decisions, if they […]
Have you read Daniel Pink’s “To Sell is Human”? It is a great, quick read about the sociology, psychology, and mechanics of selling (defined by Pink as persuasion, rather than pure sales, per se). The book (check it out here) presents some terrific tactics for increasing effectiveness of moving others. This book is especially valuable […]
Reblogged from TED Blog: Dan Pallotta created two huge charity initiatives — AIDS Rides bicycle journeys and Breast Cancer 3-Day events. These initiatives raised $108 million for HIV/AIDS and $194 million for breast cancer. Both had their best years in 2002 … and then Pallotta’s nonprofit went out of business. In the final session of […]
Did you see this amazing New York Times story of manuscripts and other Timbuktu artifacts being stored away for protection? (click here, but may be subscription-based) While the circumstances there are dramatically more dramatic than any development shop, I was moved by the care in handling these materials. And, at the risk of seeming glib, […]
…and thankfully, this is the shortest month of the year. All those who loathe filing (digital or paper), say “Aye!”. Newton had his law of gravity. Einstein devised E=MC2. My law (for this month anyhow) is that filing is universally reviled. Don’t get me wrong, Cannon’s Law of Reviled Filing doesn’t mean it’s unimportant. It doesn’t […]
This month has focused on Business Intelligence, the process of gathering all your organization knows (typically through a centralized database and a cool data visualization tool, etc.) and improving your analysis and decision making. A key component to great BI is how to get at all of the data relevant to your constituents–bio-demographic, giving, activities, and, […]