The Politics of Giving

There was a fascinating blog entry in last week’s Chronicle of Philanthropy which summarized the findings of a recentstudy on the relationship between politics and charitable giving. Three universities (Rice, UT San Antonio, and Penn State) collaborated to find out how a person’s politics influence how they donate. While many donors may not believe that their political beliefs have anything to do with their charitability, the results of the study suggested otherwise.

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Major Gifts Fundraising

I was recently perusing the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s website, and I ran across a transcript from a conversation fundraisers had on persuading donors to give “big.” Specifically, this conversation was on the relationships and time involved, along with other aspects of persuading donors to give. The conversation was a really good one, so I thought I’d share it as this week’s blog post. Please feel free to check it out here: http://philanthropy.com/article/How-to-Persuade-Donors-to-Give/131832/

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Summer Busy, Summer Not

Memorial Day – the official start of summer. For schools, it’s the start of those precious 2-3 months when all the planning gets done. Often it’s a time when people take vacations or are just not as available as they are at other times of the year. And for many, it’s the slowest time of the year in terms of donor activity.

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Fundraising Success Webinar!

Data Data Everywhere!

Metafile is co-hosting a webinar with Fundraising Success on using data to optimize your fundraising results. This free webinar will cover topics such as how to clean your data, how to use it to identify donor interest, how to communicate with specific segments, and so on. The session will be moderated by Margaret Battistelli Gardner, Editor-in-Chief of Fundraising Success.

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Online Giving Forms

Wow! The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of activity. We’ve had numerous customers asking us to provide an online giving form for them. And we’ve been happy to oblige. Working on these web forms in recent weeks made me wonder how many of our customers are aware that we can do this, so I thought I’d share what “this” is.

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Wish #3: The Value of CRM

In my January 20th post  I committed to sharing items from a ‘Wish List’ - things I wished I would have known when I was an active ResultsPlus database user. Well it’s time for wish number three, and no one was more surprised than me that I never took advantage of some very basic functionality in ResultsPlus: the calendar.

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From Silos to Synergy?

Having recently returned from a conference, I’ve been thinking about some of the current themes in nonprofit technology. As in the past, integration (vs. silos) was a major topic. In recent years the concept of silos vs. integrated systems has come up time and again and I’ve often felt the discussion missed the mark. While in the extreme, data silos can definitely contribute to issues, the major barrier to effective, consistent communication and knowing your constituents is often a human one.

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Build on the Basics

I was thrilled to be an attendee at the AFP International Conference in Vancouver BC last week. It was exciting to be amidst this energized group of professionals in such a breathtaking location! Thanks to our Canadian neighbors for hosting the event and for sharing the beauty of their city and country.

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Blogging from the NTC

For those of you who are wondering what the NTC is, it’s the nonprofit technology conference held by NTEN (Nonprofit Technology Network) each year. Historically, I’ve enjoyed the conference and always learned a lot when I’ve attended. This year is no different! I wanted to jot a few notes about what I’ve learned so far, and to invite any of you reading this who are also at the NTC to drop me a note.

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