Working Together: Simple Ways to Align Your Team’s iWave Activity

You know the old saying: Many hands make light work. Due to a variety of factors, many prospect development teams are small, ranging from 1-10 people.  Someone responsible for prospect research may also wear a variety of other hats, from volunteer coordinator to executive director. On the flip side, there is also a danger in […]

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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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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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Stewarding Major Gifts With Your Donor Management Software

We recently shared tips on the iWave blog about the first steps to take after identifying a potential major gifts prospect. These included tactics for relationship building and strategies for presenting gift options. For the best stewardship results, and to make the best use of the fundraising intelligence you have gathered, your donor management software will […]

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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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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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The Power of Research Part 1: Board Nominations

A guest post 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. My 20-year career in fundraising began at the entry-level in a small organization with only four staff.  This was just a few years after […]

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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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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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Thank You

March is a special month to celebrate prospect development.  It’s also a special time to say thank you to our clients and the nonprofit community itself. We’ve been fortunate to meet many clients at Apra and other association conferences, at onsite meetings, and certainly during live demos and success calls.  Prospect research is a unique […]

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