How to Optimize Social Media In Your Fundraising

Social media continues to revolutionize how we interact with the world (especially the digital one) and the people around us.  But while many nonprofits have integrated social media into their fundraising strategy, few employ the following tactics that give their online presence a boost. First, some fast facts for you.  Social media is the number […]

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BUSTED: 4 Prospect Development Myths

Myths, mistruths, fake news…there’s a lot of information out there, but you can’t believe everything you read.  We’re here to dispel of the myths that persist in the nonprofit world, particularly in regards to prospect development. MYTH: Automation will make prospect researchers obsolete Technology is advancing so fast that headlines, not to mention the average person, […]

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3 Best Practices for Effective Relationship Mapping

Earlier in 2017, iWave introduced relationship data to Prospect Research Online.  We also published a recent blog post on how to get started with relationship mapping.  Now we’re going to cover three (3) best practices for implementing a functional mapping program that provides great results. If you’re unfamiliar with relationship mapping as it pertains to […]

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Challenges and Opportunities for Prospect Development in 2017

Guest Post by Lori Hood Lawson As US President Donald Trump proceeds to sign executive orders as I write this, a number of national and international nonprofit organizations either reap the rewards of such directives or run headlong into an unannounced fire drill(s), or a combination of both. What can you do, in your prospect […]

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Making Connections With Relationship Mapping

Are you leveraging your organization’s board of directors as part of your major gift strategy?  You should be, and you can start with relationship mapping. In many ways, board members represent the kind of major gift donors you are continually searching for.  However, a common belief persists that board members influence fundraising success through their […]

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5 Great Uses of Your PROscore Credits

  Here’s a question:  How many PROscore credits do you have? Okay, how about this one:  Are you using them? We introduced PROscore and PROscreen to make it easier for clients to prioritize and segment major gift prospects.  These features are powered by PROscore credits.  To help you get the most out of PRO’s features, […]

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The Three Keys to a Better Major Gift Ask

The following is an excerpt from iWave’s new eBook: The Three Keys to a Better Major Gift Ask.  Read the full story. There are three important ratings that researchers and fundraisers use to segment and prioritize major gift prospects and donors. They are: PROPENSITY: Has this person given to nonprofit causes before? AFFINITY: Is this person passionate […]

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Planned Giving vs. Major Gifts

Back in December 2016, our blog focused on major gifts fundraising.  With the arrival of a new year, it’s a great time to discuss major gifts versus planned gifts.  There are many similarities between the two, but a planned gift often requires more research and fundraising work – with potential for an even greater donation […]

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Happy Holidays!

Season’s Greetings from the iWave team! Whatever you’re celebrating this holiday season, we hope you give yourself time to kick back and savor everything you’ve accomplished in 2016.  If you want to know what we’ve been up to this year, please check out our Year in Review. To all our clients, partners, and friends: Happy New […]

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MAJOR GIFTS SERIES PART 2: The Four Steps of Major Gifts Fundraising

Last week, we defined major gifts and explored their huge positive impact on nonprofits of every size and cause.  This week, we are going to cover major gifts fundraising and the best practices of actually acquiring large gifts for your organization. So you’re convinced your organization needs to invest time and energy in major gifts fundraising.  […]

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