‘Tis The Season (For Political Giving Research)

  Guest Post by Lori Hood Lawson As I write this, it’s less than 80 days until Christmas and it’s less than 30 days until this year’s US Presidential Election. Don’t worry – I’m not going to talk about politics but, rather, some interesting news on political giving. This is a completely nonpartisan blog post, […]

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THE PAC SERIES – AFFINITY: Finding the Major Gift Donor of Your Dreams

In the second of our Propensity-Affinity-Capacity (PAC) Series, we explore Affinity.  Let’s discuss how and why a strong affinity rating indicates your prospect may be your organization’s next major gift donor. Affinity describes a natural liking for someone or something.  In the nonprofit space, we understand affinity (or linkage) as the strength of a person’s […]

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Capacity Ratings Questions with Jennifer Filla

  Capacity Ratings are a very broad topic and a topic that leads to endless questions. Below are some of the main questions from a previous Webinar with Jenn Filla. The audience who attended this webinar had some great insightful angels for us to dig deeper into.   Capacity Ratings Questions and Answers With Jenn […]

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THE PAC SERIES – PROPENSITY: Finding Clues in Charitable Giving, Board Affiliations, Volunteering, and More

In the first of our Propensity-Affinity-Capacity (PAC) Series, we tackle Propensity.  Let’s discuss how and why a strong propensity rating indicates your prospect might be your organization’s next major gift donor. What is Propensity? The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines propensity as “a strong natural tendency to do something.”  In the nonprofit development world, propensity is also known as […]

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THE PAC SERIES Introduction: What is Propensity, Affinity, and Capacity?

Good things come in threes.  When it comes to ideal donor ratings, the big three are propensity, affinity, and capacity (PAC).  Throughout the nonprofit space, there are many different perspectives (and names) for this ratings trio. But what is propensity, affinity, and capacity ratings? We’re here to chime in with our thoughts about PAC in relation […]

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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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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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PRO Now Integrates With Tessitura

Charlottetown, PE – iWave Information Systems, the makers of Prospect Research Online (PRO), is pleased to announce PRO’s integration with Tessitura Network.  Tessitura is a leading provider of software to arts, cultural, and entertainment organizations.  Their CRM is a fully integrated system that allows users to easily view a patron’s history with an organization.  The PRO-Tessitura integration […]

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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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