Annual funds are as different and varied as the organizations that run them. From the large-scale direct marketing solicitation of tens of thousands of prospects to the targeted email blast to a few hundred regular donors, annual giving remains the backbone of a comprehensive fundraising strategy and, in many cases, forms the solid base of the fundraising donor pyramid.

Because of the many differences and variations we developed The Data-Driven Annual Fund, a workbook that focuses on...Read more

Part Two: Creating a Culture of Philanthropy

In Part One we discussed how training and professional development, along with a comprehensive development plan that has buy-in from key stakeholders, can help alleviate some of the challenges facing the nonprofit community. Now, we’re discussing the all-important culture of philanthropy nonprofits must adopt to be successful fundraising organizations.

Too often,...Read more

Part One: Professional Development and the Development Plan

Executive Directors and Development Directors are often faced with some significant challenges when it comes to fundraising. While the magnitude of these challenges can vary, they are not insurmountable. In this two-part blog series we share resources that may help overcome or alleviate some of these challenges. Identified challenges include:

  • Many development directors have had limited firsthand experience securing gifts, and the applicant pool for development professionals is woefully
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Fund development programs span a wide range of activities and competencies. As advances in areas such as technology, data analytics, business intelligence, and market research continue to drive increasing sophistication in the fundraising sphere, it becomes increasingly difficult, yet important, to coordinate and integrate the various players and activities.

As individual staff members become specialized in one unit or another within fund development teams (research, fundraising, marketing and communications, or information services), they can become distanced or even...Read more

What is Big Data?
Ask 10 people, and you may get 10 different answers. Big Data can be generally defined as data from multiple sources that is combined in ways to make it informative and actionable. By combining data from disparate sets, patterns and insights emerge, and this actually creates more data! As patterns and trends are recognized in the data, these relationships, not previously a part of the data set, become new bits of data ripe for mining and analysis.

As time goes on, bigger data sets are also being generated because information is being...Read more

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