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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Best Practices for Leveraging Real Estate Data

Fundraising intelligence is all about gathering relevant information to make an informed ask.  Whether you have a paid subscription to an online research platform, or are using free resources like Zillow, real estate information is critical knowledge to have.  Real estate provides key insight regarding a major gift prospect’s personality, net worth, debt, and other […]

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When, Why, and How to Use Wealth Data

Looking for wealthy prospects?  You’ve come to the right place. Wealth data is the primary factor in determining a prospect’s financial capacity to give. Whether you are new to iWave or need a refresher, here is a quick breakdown of iWave’s wealth datasets and how to get the most out of them. Thomson Reuters Thomson […]

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What Amount Makes a “Major” Gift?

Major gifts are the largest donations a nonprofit organization receives.  But the exact dollar amount varies.  A new study reveals that not all gifts (or nonprofits) are made equal. The size of a gift depends on the organization’s service, operating budget, community, and fundraising base (local, regional, or international).  Major gifts make up close to […]

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5 Lists You Can Build in 5 Minutes

iWave’s datasets of public and proprietary information contain more records than you could search over many years, let alone a few short months of a fundraising campaign. So how can you cast a wide net while still zeroing in on your ideal donor traits and indicators? We recommend building lists of prospects based on the […]

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Taking a Deep Dive Into Your Donor Database

For some of our readers, identifying new prospects is a real challenge.  But for some nonprofits, the real challenge may be having too many prospects and too little information on each individual.  You may have all kinds of people in your donor database, but remember that not all donors (and not all prospects) are made equal. If you’re having […]

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Integrating PRO With Your Donor Database

Convergence is everywhere For many of us, our workday is centered around a computer.  Historically, this meant running several applications at the same time, jumping between them, and manually exporting and importing data back and forth.  For better or worse, those days are coming to an end (and we think it’s for the best). We […]

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Are Prospect Profiles Worth It?

Whether you’re a researcher or fundraiser, you may have a love/hate relationship with the prospect profile. Yes, they can be time consuming to create (unless you use PRO’s automatic profile builder, that is).  But if your development team doesn’t use profiles at all, you could be missing out.  Since a profile is the master document […]

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Finding Major Gift Prospects Using Prospect Scores

Do you search for major gift prospects within your donor database, or do you use external sources to find them?  Why not both?  Here is some food for thought on combining internal and external research to identify islands of opportunity a.k.a. great major gift prospects. *The following is an excerpt from iWave’s new eBook, “The […]

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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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