5 Summertime Tasks to Prepare for a Successful Fall Donation Drive

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With the new school year just around the corner, it’s important to begin preparing for your fall donation drive. But, you may be wondering where to start. Let’s explore where you can look for donors in your database and how you can use wealth screenings to find your next best prospect.

5 Tasks to Prepare for a Fall Donation Drive

1. Screen Your Giving Day Donors

As designated Giving Days have risen in popularity, many universities have been able to raise millions of dollars. They’ve also seen their number of donors double. Giving Days have other benefits- alumni and other members of your institution’s community are able to lend support from anywhere. Furthermore, they’re also given recognition among their community of gift givers.

So, to gear up for your fall donation drive, it’s important to screen your Giving Day donors. By conducting a wealth screening, you can see which donors have the greatest propensity and capacity to give. Donors who give during events like Giving Days may donate sporadically to your institution over time. But, they are still inclined to give. By reaching out early, and implementing effective engagement techniques, they’ll be more likely to donate during your fall donation drive. This is an even greater opportunity for your institution to cultivate donors who give again and again.

2. Screen Your Alumni

Alumni who had positive experiences at their alma mater are keen on giving back. They want to see incoming and returning students have an experience that was just as positive as theirs was.

So, when reaching out to alumni for your fall donation drive, it’s important to understand more about them. By taking the time to familiarize yourself with their interests and giving history, you can engage them in relevant ways. It’s important to ask yourself: who’s an active member of our institution’s alumni association/ Which alumni have given in the past? What do they do now? And do they have the propensity and capacity to give more? By conducting a wealth screening, you can get those answers and more. You can learn more about the wealth, lifestyle, affinities, and interests of alumni and uncover donors, hidden in your database. This can also help you personalize your outreach, and communicate with alumni about fundraisers that they’ll feel individually connected to.

For example, in 2014, the University of Maryland received a historic gift of $31M from former Computer Science Major and Oculus CEO, Brendan Iribe. Brendan attributed his love of virtual reality to the University of Maryland’s computer science department, which is what inspired him to give back.

3. Screen the Parents of Your Incoming Students

With incoming students arriving in just a few months, it’s important to screen your new students’ parents. Which families, of your incoming class, may have the greatest ability and willingness to give during your fall donation drive?

For most parents, if they have the ability to give, they’ll contribute as much as they can. They want to ensure that their son or daughter has all the resources necessary to be successful. Especially if members of your university’s incoming class are legacy students, their parents may be even more keen to give. They’ll want their child to have the best experience at an institution they feel personally connected to and invested in.

By the time your fall donation drive comes around, you can hold an event for parents. This is an opportunity to walk them through the campaigns you have in progress, and how these will transform their child’s college experience.

4. Screen Your Gala Attendees

During galas for your institution, attendees are keen on seeing what their gifts are being put towards. They want to know how their commitment to your campaign(s) is being transformed into tangible accomplishments. It is important to know which gala attendees have contributed substantially in the past. However, it’s even more important to find former attendees who have the ability to give more.

So, it’s important to understand (through screenings) where their values lie, and which projects they’re likely to invest in further. Then, during your fall donation drive, you can tailor your outreach in ways that keep your attendees motivated to keep giving.

5. Model Your Screening Files to Find More Potential Donors

You’ve screened all the donors hidden in your database who have the greatest propensity and capacity to give. Now what? How do you find new donors to give during your fall donation drive?

Using WealthEngine’s modeling solution, you can create a core donor persona. From there, you can find overlaps in demographic data, preferences, and giving history among your existing donors. This will help you understand potential donors you should be reaching out to. Essentially, you’re creating an impression of your ideal donor and then using those traits to find more people like them.

For example, one of WealthEngine’s clients, a large, private, research university in the midwest had a plan in place for fundraising at all levels. However, their biggest challenge was securing Major Gifts. By using WealthEngine’s modeling solution,  the team generated a model that automatically identified the top 10% of their donors. The gift capacities of these donors were in the $100,000 range, and over 200 members were identified as top prospects. This reduced their major gift donor lead time by 88%.

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WealthEngine at Salesforce Connections Conference

The key to forging lasting connections with your consumers is at your fingertips. At the upcoming Salesforce Connections Conference, follow WealthEngine and other industry leaders as we discuss how you can build better customer connections using the Salesforce Platform.

During the Customer Success Expo on Monday, June 17th, between 5:00 and 5:20 pm, we’ll be detailing the most powerful ways you can increase your sales and improve LTV. We’ll also be discussing how companies use wealth intelligence to identify a customer’s capacity and propensity to spend money.

With the WealthEngine Connector App with Salesforce, we specialize in helping you identify, understand, and connect with wealthy individuals. Our App gives you instant access to wealth and lifestyle insights from half a trillion data points on over 250 million individuals across the U.S. With this tool, you have the ability to improve your conversion rates, increase your deal sizes, and reduce your acquisition costs.

Visit us at booth #74 at the Customer Success Expo or set up an appointment here.

You’re only steps away from uncovering the hidden gems in your database!

Analytics Company, WealthEngine, Launches First Predictive Prospecting Platform

Entirely new, cloud-native architecture fueled by Engagement Science™ will change how organizations personalize campaigns and nurture prospects.

BETHESDA, MD – June 4, 2019 – Today WealthEngine announced the launch of the industry’s first predictive prospecting platform, WealthEngine 9 (WE9). With this launch, the company leaps beyond the business of providing wealth data to its more than 3,500 customers and becomes the only analytics company to provide wealth affinity scoring based on propensity, capacity, and intent.

“Segmenting who you precisely want to go after is a difficult problem today,” says WealthEngine CEO, PV Boccasam. “You can’t personalize or prioritize your message if you don’t intimately know your audience. Everyone else is focusing on what a person has while we have created a platform based on signals that reveal the why which we call Engagement ScienceTM.”

Coming to market with an entirely new cloud-native architecture, the WE9 platform consumes trillions of points of data to create more than 250 million pre-scored profiles giving you the ability to model, analyze, engage and take action with your next best prospect. Easily accessible through an API, WE9 enables real-time, compliant wealth screening within any customer relationship or donor management systems of record.

“I switched our business to WealthEngine because I realized they were ahead of the game in knowing how to make the data meaningful to their customers,” says Greg Workman, Director of Finance and Operations at Spectrum Health Foundation & Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation. “WE9 is going to make us even more efficient and effective while helping us connect with the right people at the right time.”

With this release, the company is also revising pricing to a flexible, credit-based model to optimize clients’ ability to use any of the available WE9 applications and services needed to drive their business objectives. Annual subscription clients will have access to the entire platform, with continuously refreshed data sets, and all the applications that were previously sold separately such as Analyze, Modeling, Prospect, APIs, and Connectors.

“Our models now enable us to identify a person’s propensity to donate or spend,” says Boccasam. “Interlinked with our customers’ data, WE9 has richer knowledge about their target audiences, so we can reveal their motivations. As a result of personalized engagement, our customers have seen increased lifetime value, improved campaign effectiveness and lowered
cost of acquisition.”

WealthEngine Engagement ScienceTM

As a predictive prospecting platform, WE9 enables its customers to do four critical things:

Discover insights faster than ever: Search, tag, filter, and favorite people as a way of keeping track of and prioritizing ideal donors and buyers. Through seamless access to more than 180 million US-based households and 250 million adults each with thousands of enriched attributes, discover the potential of ideal donors and buyers.

Segment with precision: Get granular with target audiences by digging deep into relevant wealth, and crucial lifestyle signals that provide insight into what motivates prospects to engage. By proactively nurturing prospects and existing donors and customers, insights are activated through personalized campaigns.

Prioritize top targets: Once ideal targets are identified, WE9 can uncover the next best donors and buyers, with automated models to find new prospects who share similar wealth and lifestyle signals. Take control of multi-channel campaigns, predict who is most likely to engage next and prioritize resources accordingly.

Activate your audience: WE9 insights go beyond wealth with more than 1800 wealth and lifestyle signals to reveal what motivates ideal prospects to take action, or existing donors to give more. By knowing what moves them, campaigns can be personalized in order to drive lasting, measurable engagement.

About WealthEngine

WealthEngine has been supporting more than 3500 industry-leading financial services, higher education, healthcare systems, advocacy, and high-end retail and hospitality organizations in capturing hundreds of millions of dollars for more than 20 years. Fueled by our wealth and lifestyle signals, our customers measurably improve their personalization and effectiveness across fundraising, capital campaigns, marketing, and overall engagement with their audience.

Rooted in machine learning, with a cloud-native architecture, WealthEngine 9 platform boasts an entirely new user experience to provide wealth, demographic and lifestyle signals that come together to formulate powerful scores, available in real-time. Underpinned by the company’s Engagement ScienceTM, WE9 targets, segments, and models prospects continually so customers will know what motivates their audience to save, buy or donate.

WealthEngine is hosting it’s second annual WE Prosper Summit, October 1, 2019, at the famed interactive Newseum in Washington, DC. The company is an active participant in Pledge 1%, regularly giving back to the community it serves through time, product and donations. Based in Bethesda, the company has offices throughout the US. Learn more at wealthengine.com.

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The 2019 Millennial Wealth Report At A Glance

Our WealthEngine research lab has uncovered the evolving living, giving, saving, and spending habits of millennials across the U.S. These behaviors are fundamentally changing the way organizations engage with their consumers and donors. So, let’s explore some of the key ways this generation is approaching their wealth differently. 

After witnessing how the Great Recession influenced their predecessors, the financial and cultural values of millennials have changed. This has influenced the way brands and organizations have marketed to them. Unlike the wealth of baby boomers, millennial wealth places a greater emphasis on stability, transparency, and collaboration. Millennials don’t want to be passive consumers. They want to collaborate with organizations and businesses, to be part of every aspect of the buying and giving process. In addition, with their considerable social media presence, they’re able to provide businesses with feedback at any time, anywhere. 

With the Great Transfer of Wealth upon them, millennials and Gen Xers will inherit about $68 trillion in assets over the next few decades. And, now that millennials have surpassed baby boomers as the largest living generation, they’ll receive a majority of this transfer. Millennials, being more environmentally, politically, and socially conscious, are expected to invest in organizations and businesses that are consciously meeting the needs of communities AND individuals. In that sense, millennial wealth is actively fueling the betterment of humanity. 

To discover more themes, download WealthEngine’s 2019 Millennial Wealth Report, and be on the lookout for your industry-specific report coming soon!

Who needs donor research tools?

Forging lasting connections with donors is a cornerstone of working in Development. The best way cultivate strong relationships with them? Understanding more about your donors’ interests and giving history. By leveraging the use of donor research tools such as WealthEngine, you can access donor information in one easy and accessible place. This can help you optimize your outreach and forge relationships that last.

To explore the benefits of donor research tools, read this article, “Who Needs Donor Research Tools,” published in Philanthropy Daily by Elizabeth Palla.

WealthEngine Releases First Annual Millennial Wealth Report

BETHESDA, MD, May 29, 2019 — Today, WealthEngine’s Research Lab published its inaugural Millennial Wealth Report revealing that this largest and most diverse generation will inherit $68 trillion in “the Great Wealth Transfer.” The 2019 Millennial Wealth Report dives deep into the demographics of the millennial population, as well as social and economic trends that influence how this unique group spends and gives its money.

“Everyone wants to understand and connect with millennials,” says Raj Khera, EVP of Customer Growth. “I see the power they have as consumers and as major influencers in the market. And yet, their complete wealth picture is complicated since much of the assets they draw from are really in their parents’ names. It’s a fascinating challenge to tackle.”

The 2019 Millennial Wealth Report is a publicly available document and contains information regarding how millennials differ from their generational predecessors, how these differences inform their decision making and how they’ll approach the money they receive in the Great Transfer of Wealth. The information gathered in this general report is represented graphically and will be elaborated on in industry-specific millennial reports that will be available soon.

The report goes on to say that when these millennials receive this transfer of wealth, they will hold five times as much as wealth as they have today, by the year 2030. With their increased buying power, millennials are expected to influence the ways nonprofit and for-profit organizations function, and how they deploy personalized and wealth-aware campaigns.

As the largest and most diverse generation in the United States, surpassing baby boomers, millennials are spreading throughout the United States. Although most millennials predominantly reside in major cities, millennial millionaires primarily live in suburban areas such as Potomac, Maryland and Cupertino, California.

“Millennials expect to make an impact,” says Khera. “They spend with companies that align with their interests and they give carefully to causes. The companies who can make personal and meaningful connections with this coveted demographic will win the marketing game.”

About WealthEngine: WealthEngine works with more than 3000 industry-leading financial services, higher education, healthcare systems, advocacy, and high-end hospitality organizations to deeply understand their current and prospective donors and customers. Our cloud-based prospect engagement platform contains WE Profiles for 250M adults in the U.S., enriched with demographics, lifestyle and affinity, charitable/political giving history, real-estate and other wealth signals. WealthEngine also is an ardent supporter of its local community and a member of the 1% Pledge movement. To learn more visit: WealthEngine.com.

Contact: Raj Khera, EVP Customer Growth, rkhera@wealthengine.com, 240-270-1859

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LinkedIn Donor Prospects Older, Better Educated

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When you hear the phrase “social network,” your first thought might be seeing another “Which character in Game of Thrones are you?” personality test that another friend has shared on Facebook. Add the word “professional” in front of “social network” and it might change your perspective completely.

Facebook and Twitter have their uses for nonprofits and so does LinkedIn, but in a much different way. LinkedIn provides more concise information — without all the personal stuff. People are likely to post their business and school information on LinkedIn — things that are helpful to research and fundraising folks making it a better option for prospect research.

During a session at Fundraising Day New York at the Marriott Marquis in Midtown Manhattan this morning, development prospect research analyst Qaya Thompson shared how LinkedIn is used at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Joining Thompson on the panel were Sally Boucher, CFRE, director of research at WealthEngine and Jeremy Woolf, director of marketing at CCS.

Yale-New Haven Hospital uses LinkedIn for research, to verify name, school information, employment/title and interests. Although LinkedIn users often provide a lot of information, Thompson said it’s important to always cross-reference what’s listed with at least two other sources. Sometimes things are out of date and people are not completely honest.

LinkedIn has more than 100 million U.S. members, 300 million in all, and they tend to skew older, have higher incomes and are better educated than other social networks. The average LinkedIn user is 44.2 years old and 79 percent are 39 or older. They have twice the purchasing power of the average U.S. consumer, with an average household income of $83,000, far more than Facebook ($25,000) and Twitter ($52,000). Almost half of LinkedIn users have incomes of more than $100,000.

The free version of LinkedIn allows you to view in depth profiles, identify board members and search based on nonprofit interests. LinkedIn Premium, which has a monthly fee, helps with running more advanced searches that include groups, years of experience, seniority level, and company size, among other variables.

Woolf offered three “best practices” for nonprofits before they leap onto LinkedIn:

  • Right-size your expectations
  • Have a plan to use the information
  • Have a place to import data – like company name, title, URL and industry – to in your CRM or DMA

When it comes to connecting, he suggested asking connections for an off-line introduction. As part of the follow-up from a meeting, personalize a request to connect via LinkedIn and ask connection if they would serve as a connector to their network.

Panelists offered a number of tips to consider when exploring LinkedIn for fundraising and prospect research:

  • Know your privacy settings;
  • Use LinkedIn as a first resource for verifying employment, title or company;
  • Use LinkedIn as a resource for finding or verifying professional and school connections;
  • Use LinkedIn for finding “nice to know” information for profiles and conversation starters;
  • Use LinkedIn for donor insights, and
  • Follow accepted ethical guidelines.

Read the full article on TheNonProfitTimes website »

Did you Know? 100% of Millionaires live on Our Earth.

Today, WeathEngine celebrates Earth Day by holding high one of our customers who is nourishing our planet and building passionate engagement.

Nourishing the earth starts with cultivating community. At the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, they believe gardening can strengthen communities by increasing access to fresh food, fostering healthy living environments, and developing deeper social connections.

Although they’ve been able to foster a community, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society wanted to strengthen attendance at their events and reach prospective donors who would be invested in giving to their cause.

We helped them upload their inner circle and conduct advanced searches on new individuals. As a result, they can identify matches, gauge the propensity and capacity to give, and set up a peer-to-peer ask. They’ve also been able to immediately screen for 100 individuals who had attended their fundraiser in Philadelphia’s Navy Yard, to identify additional inner circle matches. This allowed them to get a better idea of who attended their event, and create a strategy to follow up with those individuals, and engage them further.

By leveraging wealth and lifestyle insights, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has the power to foster a community that isn’t just engaged but is passionate about preserving the earth and their community.

Watch how the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is using WealthEngine in Action. 

 

Increase Grateful Patient Giving by Modeling Your Nightly Screenings

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Grateful patient giving has a little known secret that few healthcare organizations use: modeling. When you create a model of your past donors, you learn unique insights about the donor profile of your ideal grateful patient candidates.

You can then use your customized grateful patient giving model to score all future nightly screenings in a way that narrows your list of qualified prospects to the most likely donor candidates. This makes your grateful patient fundraising effort much more efficient while saving your team time and generating more revenue faster.

Grateful Patient Giving

Grateful patient giving has enabled health systems to raise $10 Billion according to the Journal of American Medicine. When a patient receives treatment and expresses immense gratitude, they may be a candidate for grateful patient fundraising. Past patients or patient families have a natural affinity for your hospital and are usually good prospects.

Your health system may have set up a nightly screening routine as part of your grateful patient fundraising program. Nightly screenings ensure that you continue to identify prospects when new patients come in.

These screenings also help keep your database up to date as customer net worth and lifestyle attributes change over time.

Grateful Patient Fundraising Using Screening

Regular screenings can serve as the foundation for your Grateful Patient Program. Nightly wealth screenings help ensure that you don’t miss any opportunities. They enable you to see a complete picture of a patient’s wealth, lifestyle and affinities.

For instance, WE Screen merges our proprietary wealth scores and ratings with your contact data. Now you know what we know about your contacts’ wealth, income, lifestyle, and affinity.

When you review and track data from your screenings regularly, you can act on it right away. For example, let’s say you had 10 new patients check in on a night. By the next day, you will already know which one of them is a candidate for grateful patient giving. You can ensure that you start to nurture the relationship right away.

One of our clients, a large American health system went from raising $19 million to $47 million in one fiscal year.

In fact, the VP of Philanthropy Services at this organization said, “…when a physician is referring a patient to us we can quickly get back to that physician to say that particular patient, that prospect now might have some capacity. Let’s figure out how to engage that person. With WealthEngine, with the ability of the gift officer to go directly to the website and receive these reports it reduces the time and it’s much more actionable for that gift officer in real time instead of waiting for the administrative staff to provide that report to them.”

A Grateful Patient Model Reveals Much More

Grateful patient screening is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to grateful patient giving. Subsequently, you can extract actionable insights from your screening data. What if you could find prospects that look like your best donors? You can accomplish this by learning from past successes in your grateful patient program.

Our client, a healthcare foundation has said, “We see the value of maximizing the screening data to help us focus on building the right relationships and make targeted asks throughout the year. We have created a development strategy to make that happen and are eager to get started.”

For instance, you can upload your data from screening directly into WE Analyze. The solution finds patterns of traits among your patients.  These are traits that your top donors have in common.

For example, you could find that most grateful patient fundraising has come from patients who live in a 50-mile radius of the hospital. Further,  donations could have come from parents of young patients. These patterns can then be fed into a data model.

The model will divide your database into segments based on the likelihood of grateful patient giving.

Use Insights from Your Models to Predict Giving

Patterns that are fed into the model can help you find more prospects like your top donors. This means you now have a data-driven way to predict grateful patient fundraising.

With over 20 analytical models, WealthEngine can model your grateful patient screening data to identify the best prospects for major gifts, annual gifts, planned giving and much more. Models can also help you craft a capital campaign to raise money for a new wing, building or program. Models that use machine learning and artificial intelligence, like the ones WealthEngine creates, take the guesswork out of finding more grateful patients, retaining existing donors and growing their commitment.

Another WealthEngine client, a health system based in North Carolina used their screening data to create a model for their major annual fundraising event. As a result, event proceeds went from $400,000 to $7.4 million. A grateful patient model can make your efforts more targeted and increase donor lifetime value.

WE Insights: Get a Free Sample of a Model of Your Data

WealthEngine has a free service for clients in which they can get a sample model on actual data. Here’s an example of some of the insights you can learn:

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More so, you can use your model to personalize your message to your prospective donors. WealthEngine’s models reveal detailed information about your past donors so you can see how well new prospects fit with the profile of past donors.

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Contact WealthEngine about WE Insights to see a profile of your nightly screening files.

Score New Contacts with Your Model Using an API for Instant Results

Screening is the first step of your Grateful Patient Program. Analyzing and modeling your screening data allows you to prospect with high predictability.

Predictive prospecting creates a profile from your existing patients’ demographic, lifestyle and interest related attributes. This information generated by a predictive model, helps you identify your next best prospects. Predictive prospecting allows you to have a more targeted approach. This means that you reduce conversion costs while increasing efficiency.

You can increase the efficiency of grateful patient fundraising through API implementation. WealthEngine’s API can seamlessly integrate into your existing CRM and provide you updates in real-time.

Our client, a $6 Billion health system has said, “We built an integration with WealthEngine’s API. We have really got an automated process where our daily census can be screened, can be both matched and screened virtually automatically with very little intervention from us.”

Learn How to Model Your Screening Data

Learn more about how your nightly screening data could help you increase conversions and lower costs. Model your data now.

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The Final Four with WealthEngine: Uncovering Wealthy Basketball Fans from Your Team’s City

Get ready college ball fans: March Madness is coming to an end, and we’re down to the final four! To celebrate the final few games, and the final few teams, we decided to use our wealth and lifestyle insights to find the wealthiest basketball fans in each team’s city. How did yours stack up? Check out our results in the graphic below, and download it here.

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