Resolutions for the New Year

There must be something about turning the calendar page which makes us think of turning over a new leaf. Aside from the obvious change in numeric year, maybe it marks the end of the excesses of the holiday season and a self-promise to be healthier.

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Article on Ways to Boost Responses Using Your Data

Perusing the NonProfit Times website, I found an easy-to-read article on 5 ways to boost responses based on data in your donor database. This article seems like a perfect way to refresh and update development skills even though time is likely short for many people as the year draws to a close. Each of the 5 recommendations can be done using your ResultsPlus database and the donor data it contains.

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Year-End and Beyond

This is the time of year when organizations start thinking about closing the year, if their fiscal year matches the calendar year. And even for organizations whose fiscal year doesn’t coincide with the calendar year, things like the distribution of donation summaries for donors are in many professionals’ thoughts.

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Happy Thanksgiving

For this week's post, I wanted to highlight how thankful I am for our customers.  Aside from the obvious business reasons, I am grateful for each of you because of the fun and unique relationship we've built over the years.  I look forward to continuing those relationships and building new ones with new people and entirely new organizations.  Working with nonprofits is its own special joy.  It's such a privilege to work with people whose purpose is to help others, whether through community service organizations, spiritual organizations, health services, education, animal welfare - the list goes on.  Know that you and your work are appreciated!  Happy Thanksgiving.

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Using Facebook

Before the main topic, just a quick note about today, November 16...It's Give to the Max Day (www.givemn.org)!  Today is the day all of Minnesota focuses on charitable giving. (We don't ignore it the other 364 days, but today is really special.) To date, GiveMN has helped Minnesota nonprofits raise over $30,000,000.00. Let's raise that by another few million today!

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Seeking Input for Webinar: Please Help!

We're putting together our next free webinar for ResultsPlus to be held on Thursday, December 6th from 1 PM Central Time - 2 PM Central Time.  The topic will be Performance Metrics, and specifically focused on the Performance Overview and how to read, interpret, and use it for decisions.  Please let us know if there are additional aspects of the Performance Overview you would like covered in the webinar.  Or, if there are other specific questions you have regarding gathering performance statistics, let us know that too.

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A Hauntingly Good Time

This past week, I spent quite a bit of time helping with a 4-day event here in Rochester. It was a fundraiser for a local nonprofit. The event required about 500 volunteers and had between 5,000 and 6,000 participants. I came away from this event with several thoughts that I’d like to share with you.

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Things That Go Bump in the Night

Halloween is right around the corner, and it has me thinking of things that go bump in the night. I thought I’d share the 3 scariest things I hear from people when it comes to technology and fundraising software. The good news is, these 3 scary things are all easily remedied or avoided, so you don’t need to stay awake at night in fear.

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Donor Retention Rates/Growth in Giving

The results for the 2010 Fundraising Effectiveness Survey  are now available. This annual survey is conducted as part of the Fundraising Effectiveness Project, of which Metafile is a charter member (Donor Software Workgroup). The project was started by AFP and the Center for Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute. With this new data, the project now has data from 2004-05 through 2010. It’s growing into an essential statistical resource.

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