Best Practices for Researching and Qualifying Parents as Major Gift Prospects

If you work at an education institution and aren’t looking at parents as major gifts prospects, you could be missing out.  In fact, according to research discussed here, between 2000 and 2010 parent giving to higher education increased by 49 percent. Why parents? What makes dedicated parent fund efforts so important?  There are a few reasons.  Typically, parents […]

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Integration: Getting Your Donor Database and Prospect Research Tool to Talk

Active listening is a powerful skill, and it’s one of the things we strive for at iWave.  By listening to our clients and partners, we learn about the need to make prospect research and fundraising more efficient and effective.  From there, we commit to improving our product and services.  And since our job is helping […]

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Investing in Impact

What is impact investing?  In short, it’s a desire to get a big bang for your buck. In terms of prospect development, impact giving is not much different.  So how can researchers and fundraisers attract these types of donors?   Lori Hood Lawson of Working Philanthropy has some insight to share about this excellent prospect research opportunity. […]

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The Case For Canadian Real Estate Research

In a previous post, we explored just how important real estate data can be in your prospect research.  But what about those pesky Canadians and their strict privacy laws?  How are you going to learn more about prospects north of the border or, if you’re a Canadian nonprofit, in your very own community? Canadian real […]

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5 Ways to Customize Your Prospect Screening

Did you know that screening is the most common form of prospect identification conducted these days?  As Helen Brown and Jen Filla mention in their book, Prospect Research for Fundraisers, whether you’re starting a campaign, building a professional fundraising program, trying to get to know your database better, or want to get in the habit […]

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Prospect Research List Building: The Canadian Edition

We published a blog post about the best prospect research list building strategies. Thanks to feedback from our clients and subscribers, we have adapted that post with Canadian prospects in mind.  From screening to real estate data, the Canadian nonprofit industry can be very different from that in the US, and vice versa. Knowing why and how […]

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Screening Vs. Analytics

In our last post, we discussed why automated prospect screening hasn’t been available for Canadian prospects until May 2016. “Wait.  Screening?  You’re actually talking about analytics, right?” There is some confusion in the industry about the differences between screening and analytics.  As it turns out, the two processes provide insight on different aspects of the prospect […]

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Why Canada Didn’t Have Automated Screening – Until Now

The following is an excerpt from iWave’s new whitepaper: The State of Canadian Wealth Screening & What Lies Ahead.  Read the full story. Automated wealth/prospect screening, or electronic screening, of Canadian based prospects has never been available.  Some companies have offered an alternative version of screening or analytics that is more manual and human-driven, but […]

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Wealth Data: 5 Ways to Learn More About Your Prospect’s Capacity to Give

Mo’ money, Mo’ problems major gifts. We’re concluding our donor research tips series with arguably the most important information you can find on your prospective donors, their wealth. If you’ve been following along in the series and trying out the search tips, you now know that: your promising new prospect lives in a 7 bedroom […]

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