Conversation Starters: Strategies That Open Doors to Major Gift Success

by Paul D’Alessandro Donors, Then and Now In the late 80’s I worked on my very first capital campaign for a major university.  I remember walking into the room where there were a few prospect researchers.  They had a stack of books to look up information on donors, and they would draw insight from published […]

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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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Trust As a Service

Last week, iWave hosted Lori Lawson of WorkingPhilanthropy.com for an engaging webinar on prospect research ethics.  Lori discussed, among other topics, data transparency and security.  She challenged prospect researchers to remember that “data is people.”  She also encouraged researchers to talk to their software solutions providers to learn about their commitment to transparency and security. Lori discussed the […]

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Taking a Hard Look at Prospect Research Ethics

Every growing nonprofit’s major gift program depends in part on the fundraising intelligence that prospect researchers provide.  But how do you know if your research is credible and ethical?  How can you work as efficiently as you can without taking unethical shortcuts? Under Pressure Prospect development is full of pressures.  On any given day, researchers have […]

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Recap: Apra Prospect Development 2017

We’ve just returned from sunny California.  Last week, four members of the iWave team gathered in Anaheim for Apra Prospect Development 2017.  We met prospect development professionals from across the United States, Canada, UK, and beyond. Needless to say, we had an amazing time.  Therefore, we wanted to share our #myAPRAstory about this great event. Special highlights California sun, […]

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A Conversation With Liz Rejman

iWave connected with Liz Rejman, President-Elect of Apra, to chat about the Apra Prospect Development conference, giving trends, privacy challenges, and more. iWave: Will you be attending Apra Prospect Development 2017 this week? What are you looking forward to most? Liz: As President-Elect, I will most definitely be in attendance! I’m looking forward most to […]

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Predicting the Future With Past Giving

“Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the best major gift prospect of them all?” Unfortunately, there are no magic tricks or easy shortcuts when it comes to prospect research and fundraising.  Sometimes it’s hard enough to find your prospect’s middle name! But what we do have are proven indicators of major gift potential.  One of the best […]

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iWave Roundtable #3

Welcome to iWave’s Prospect Research Roundtable #3.  Here are our participants this time around: Elizabeth Roma / Assistant Director, Research at the Helen Brown Group Brian Parker / Currently Development Manager, Tulsa Ballet, Incoming Consortium Manager, Tulsa Arts Management Consortium Matt Morneault / Director of Prospect Research and Discovery, Xavier University How important is it to balance external […]

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