Who Gives to a Donor Advised Fund?

Guest Post by Michele Borucki, Helen Brown Group What is a DAF?  A Donor Advised Fund (DAF) is a charitable giving vehicle administered by a public charity created to manage donations on behalf of organizations, families, or individuals. DAFs are not new in the philanthropic realm, but they are certainly on the rise. According to […]


How To Make Your Donors Feel Connected to Your Cause

Social connection is part of what makes the human experience so interesting and complex. Our relationships with one another are part of what fuels our thoughts, our ambitions, and in many cases, our happiness. As explored in this New York Times article here, social relationships are directly tied to health and well being. In the […]


Managing Your Donors: The Need For A Donor Management System

A donor management software (DMS) might be the best thing for your nonprofit since sliced bread. Pardon the cliché for a second and let us explain. DMSs are like really big filing cabinets that live in the cloud and track everything about your organization. We mean, like everything. Want to track emails from sales reps […]


Nonprofit Trends to Look For in 2019

We have a unique perspective here at iWave – we are immersed in two worlds. Our clients live in the nonprofit world. We live in the software world. We invest in our solutions, so our clients can invest in the world around them. In our conversations around the office, we love talking about nonprofit and technology […]


Tips To Manage Your Prospect Research Data

In today’s nonprofit world, using software to fundraise is the norm. For all the good technology brings however, sometimes it seems to complicate lives more than simplify them. Even if your organization uses just one tool, knowing how and when to organize data is tricky. Whether you’re a large organization, mid-size shop, or a small […]


Finding Passionate Volunteers with Prospect Research

Every nonprofit depends on monetary donations to survive and thrive.  But where would nonprofits be without passionate citizens eager to lend a helping hand? Good volunteers are hard to find and even harder to keep.  That’s why it’s important to find the “right” volunteers with skills and interests that are aligned with your nonprofit’s mission.  […]


How to Attract More Corporate Support For Your Nonprofit

Earlier in August, iWave hosted a webinar by Claire Kerr of Fronstream called Serious Business: Digital Strategies to Boost Corporate Support.  In the spirit of that webinar, here are some organizational and fundraising intelligence strategies you can use to attract more financial help from corporations.  (And stay tuned — next time, we’ll discuss ways to identify […]


Finding New Donors With Political Contributions

Many prospective donors give not only to support various nonprofit organizations, but also to support various elected officials and campaign platforms. Every election cycle, tens of thousands of individuals pledge funds ranging from a few hundred to several thousand dollars to support their candidates. Consider these thoughts from industry consultant Lori Lawson in her previous […]

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5 Tips For Using Charitable Donations Data

  Making sense of charitable donations data records is a critical step toward achieving your prospect development goals. Finding information about your prospects can sometimes be a case of feast or famine. With one prospect, you may struggle to uncover the material you need. With another, you may be worried you’re spending too much time […]


Donations Data – What’s the Deal?

Have you been hearing a lot about donations data lately?  We have.  But what does donations data really mean and why is it useful?  Here’s the ‘CliffNotes’ version. Firstly, what’s in it for you?  Well, past giving can be a great indicator of future giving.  Think about it.  It doesn’t matter how much wealth someone […]