Prospect Ratings: The Pillars of Fundraising Intelligence

At any one time, your nonprofit’s development office might be creating profiles for hundreds or thousands of past, present, and potential major gift donors.  And with each profile involving scores of data points, notes, and summaries, it’s easy to suffer from information overload. But what if there was a way to boil all that fundraising […]

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4 Things Fundraising Events Generate (Besides Money)

by Summy Lau, Winspire The #1 goal of fundraising events – think fundraising galas, dinners, benefit concerts, golf tournaments, charity auctions and more – is to raise money. However, they also have significant fringe benefits that lead to more support down the line. In this post, we will look at four benefits of fundraisers besides much-needed […]

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What Are Donor Advised Funds and How Can They Help My Organization?

Defining donor advised funds According to the IRS, a donor advised fund (DAF) is a separately identified fund or account that is maintained and operated by a section 501(c)(3) organization, called the sponsoring organization.   Each DAF account is composed of contributions made by an individual donor.  Once the donor makes the contribution, the sponsoring […]

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Annual Funds: You Don’t Get What You Don’t Ask For

Part 3 of The Power of Research series by Mary Richter Background In this three-part series, I am going to highlight the ways in which prospect research informs and guides the work of development fundraising officers.  I’ve relied on my research skills to support my work as an annual fund director, campaign director, and advancement […]

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How to Fill a Fundraising Campaign Pipeline

Part 2 of The Power of Research series by Mary Richter Background In this three-part series, I am going to highlight the ways in which prospect research informs and guides the work of development fundraising officers.  I’ve relied on my research skills to support my work as an annual fund director, campaign director, and advancement […]

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After Identifying a Major Donor Prospect, What Comes Next?

The following is a guest blog post by Doron Barbalat of Causeview. Fortunately, in this day and age, there are many ways to identify a major donor prospect. Donor intelligence solutions can help us analyze our supporters and suggest the best candidates. Alternatively, donors can self-identify as major gift prospects several ways, through their actions […]

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Balancing Proactive and Reactive Research Requests

We like to know what a “day in the life” looks like for our clients — and in this case, we’re specifically talking about prospect researchers.  By understanding the challenges (and opportunities) you work with every day, we can create a better platform to fulfill those needs and help you explore those opportunities. But no […]

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Make the Most of Your Next Major Gift Prospect Meeting

All fundraising intelligence roads lead to that first meeting with a prospect (or donor, if you are preparing for an annual check-in).  Your team has identified a potential donor, researched their philanthropic “fit”, and cultivated the prospect’s interest in your organization.  Now it’s time to meet face-to-face. No matter if you’re a rookie or veteran […]

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How to Enhance Donor Stewardship with Prospect Research

What are the best strategies to engage current donors?  You’ve heard it said before: “Not all donors are created equal.”  But what does that actually mean? First, your donors are not “made” or “created” by you or your team.  Donors and prospective donors are hardworking, compassionate individuals who care deeply about leaving the world (see: […]

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When, Why, and How to Use Political Data

Many prospective donors don’t give to charity exclusively.  Some also support the democratic process by donating to elected officials, campaigns, and policy platforms.  Every election cycle, tens of thousands of individuals pledge funds ranging from a few hundred to several thousand dollars to support their candidates. With iWave’s Canadian Political Contributions and US Political Giving […]

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