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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School’s In For Fundraising Intelligence

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” – John Dewey Academic institutions face several challenges.  Perhaps the greatest challenge is staying afloat in the troubled waters of shrinking government support, declining enrollment, and rapidly changing demand for graduates with skills unknown to previous generations. Beyond these challenges, schools must continue to provide quality education […]

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The Top 5 PRO FAQs Answered by the iWave Team

Every day, the iWave team works closely with development professionals from nonprofits of every size and scope.  Some are longtime clients, others are looking at prospect research tools for the first time, and still others are looking to switch from a different tool and start using Prospect Research Online.  In all these conversations we hear […]

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Why Be A Fundraiser?

The goal of fundraising is to build relationships and work with donors to create real change. By Michael Nilsen, Vice President, Communications and Public Policy Association of Fundraising Professionals Philanthropy in Canada Canada has an incredible tradition of philanthropy – giving, volunteering and other activities that support charitable causes.  According to the Association of Fundraising […]

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3 Ways to Boost Your Next Fundraising Campaign

Launching a fundraising campaign or event is complex, busy, expensive, and demands a strong return on investment.  Whether you are a researcher, fundraiser, or development director, here are some strategies you and your team can use to boost your next fundraising campaign. Screen prospects before the campaign begins If you read our recent blog series […]

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Double (or Triple) the Donation with Matching Gifts Research

In the case of gifts matching, “double dipping” is an acceptable practice. If you use PRO or any prospect research tool, you have access to millions of wealth, biographic, and philanthropic records to help inform your major gift asks.  But if you’re not using the matching gifts feature in your research tool, you could be […]

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Prospect Research Roundtable #2

Welcome to iWave’s Prospect Research Roundtable #2.  Earlier in May, we connected with veteran researchers and consultants and pitched questions from you, the prospect research community.  Here are our participants this time around: Karla Benson / Manager, Prospect Research & Strategy at University of Victoria Sharise Harrison / Interim Senior Director, Data Resources, Analysis and Research […]

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What Now? How to Capitalize On Prospect Screening Results

Once you receive your prospect screen results back from a screening vendor, it might be tempting to pass this information to fundraisers for follow-up and instant major gift success.  However, we don’t recommend that approach.  Inaccurate results and false-positives are some of the reasons why some prospect researchers don’t trust screening.   And really, you […]

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