#RESEARCHPRIDE Is Back!

Prospect Research Pride It’s amazing how fast a year goes – #ResearchPride is back again!   If you’re not familiar with prospect research, it’s the identification and analysis of prospective donors (individuals, companies, and trusts) to learn their potential to give to a nonprofit’s cause.  Here at iWave, we also call this important work fundraising […]

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How to Effectively Integrate Social Media & 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 integrate social media & 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 one reason […]

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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 prospect development myths that persist in the nonprofit world. MYTH: Automation will make prospect researchers obsolete Technology is advancing so fast that headlines, not to mention the average person, can’t keep up. […]

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3 Best Practices for Effective Relationship Mapping

Earlier in 2017, iWave introduced relationship data to Prospect Research Online.  Now we’re going to cover three (3) best practices for implementing a functional mapping program that provides great results. Tim Wowk is the Associate Director of Prospect Research & Constituent Data at Queen’s University.  He offers some excellent insight into how to develop a […]

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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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