Moves Management

Moves management is the process of identifying a potential donor and “moving” them from new prospect to major gift donor.  Here is a brief overview of the moves management process and how iWave’s PRO can help along the way. Identification To begin, you must first know whom to look for.  Prospect screening is vital for identifying new […]

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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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MAJOR GIFTS SERIES PART 2: The Four Steps of Major Gifts Fundraising

Last week, we defined major gifts and explored their huge positive impact on nonprofits of every size and cause.  This week, we are going to cover major gifts fundraising and the best practices of actually acquiring large gifts for your organization. So you’re convinced your organization needs to invest time and energy in major gifts fundraising.  […]

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MAJOR GIFTS SERIES PART 1: Defining A Major Gift

With another year almost over, now is a great time to reflect and get back to basics.  Here at iWave, our mission is to help nonprofits “raise more major gifts, faster.”  But what does that really mean? How do you go about defining a major gift? Major Gifts? Major Problem In a survey of 700 […]

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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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