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3 Questions for Understanding Fundraising Success

Proper investment in a philanthropy office is vital to success. With that investment comes increased questions, such as “What will success look like?” These questions come from the C-suite as well as the board. Being able to properly answer the “success” questions about the results of your program can help create partnerships throughout your organization. The […]

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How Social Media Accelerates Fundraising through Digital Relationship Building

In this month’s Points of Practice, read how digital and social technologies can help take your organization to the next level and allow you to share your mission in ways that are beyond past generations’ wildest imaginations. Where past generations influenced their neighbors and their town, today’s generation has the power through the Internet and […]

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Performance Reviews: Increasing ROI

Several organizations have made headlines recently with the announcement that they are doing away with annual performance reviews and are using alternative strategies to evaluate performance. But the jury is still out on whether their alternative strategies will be effective. Be cautious about doing away with your current performance review approach. When aligned with your organization’s […]

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Using Social Media to Find Planned Gifts

It is becoming increasingly clear that social media can be a tremendous tool for annual giving shops seeking to engage donors. While annual giving has found value in social media, where does planned or major giving stand? Is there value waiting to be tapped? I believe social tools have reached a stage of maturity that […]

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The Forbes Nonprofit Council shares 5 ways to maximize your data insights

BWF’s 7th annual survey of the fundraising analytics community found that the role of data analytics in fundraising is evolving. Successful shops are investing in more sophisticated tools and methodologies, and leadership is a growing consumer of data-driven insights. Data analysts see this as an opportunity to further develop their own skills and expand their knowledge base […]

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Can Machine Learning Crack This 4,000-Year-Old Mystery?

Be sure to check out this fascinating article about some cutting edge machine learning being used to decode the language used by the 4,000-year-old Indus Valley Civilization! For more than a century, thousands of examples of Indus “seals” – small tablets with a few symbols accompanied by some sort of animal – have been found […]

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Engaging High Net Worth Individuals and Families

Major Findings from the 2016 Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy In October, US Trust in partnership with the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy released the 2016 Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy. This report gives us insights into high net worth (HNW) donors’ giving and volunteering activities, motivators, behaviors, and priorities. The survey results […]

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Comparing Visualizations

How data is visually displayed can impact the understanding of trends and patterns and can help viewers retain information. Here is a blog post from Data Science Central on comparing visualizations using different tools such as SPSS, R, Tableau, and a few others.  What tools are you using for your visualizations and helping your audiences understand […]

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Finding The Wealthy With Social Media

A Case Study: What nonprofits can learn about wealth targeting from selling investment real estate on Facebook. I feel strongly about the power of the tools and strategies available today to savvy digital marketers. To put myself to the test, I decided that I would drink my own medicine and attempt to sell my home […]

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Trump’s Impact on Charitable Giving

In the aftermath of the November 8th election, non-profit organizations have been asking themselves the following questions about President-elect Trump’s impact on charitable giving. How will President-elect Donald Trump’s income tax rate proposals affect charitable giving? What impact could Trump’s proposals to cap itemized deductions have on motivations for charitable giving? What impact might Trump’s spending and deregulation proposals have […]

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Analysis: Pivot tables

I have been playing around with the pivot_table function in the Python package, pandas.  The reason for this is because I was using groupby and wanted to see the difference in functionality and how it could impact my work. Using the pivot_table function is a lot like PivotTables that you may have used or seen in […]

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