The beginning of a new year presents an opportunity to look back and reflect on the past 365 days. In the past 12 months, we have published 59 blog posts sharing helpful nonprofit-specific strategies and best practices for getting the most from iWave, as well as guest posts from leaders in the nonprofit industry. 

To help summarize the past year, here are the top ten posts from the iWave blog: 

1. 3 Strategies For Elevating Your Grateful Patient Program 

In early 2019, iWave announced its new grateful patient program and patient screening feature. A grateful patient program is the systems and processes a healthcare organization uses to help identify potential major gift donors from a patient database and move them through the major gifts funnel. This is a great read if you’re a grateful patient program expert, you’re a healthcare organization wanting to kickstart your program, or you’re interested in learning some best practices. 


2. Who Gives to a Donor Advised Fund? 

Wonderfully written by Michele Borucki from Helen Brown Group, this blog post covers the hot topic of donor advised funds. As donor advised funds gain popularity as a preferred giving method, it’s important to know how to keep these donors top of mind. Michele gives us an overview of these funds, the typical types of contributions, and who donates to donor advised funds, as well as how to attract more of them to your nonprofit organization. 


3. How to Research Better and Raise More Money with Foundations 

Finding the right donor or donors is a daunting task. In another great post from our friends at Helen Brown Group, Jayme Klein elaborates on different ways to research outside-the-box in order to find the right donor(s)! This post explores how you can search smarter, read between the keywords, and get better results in your search for funding. 


4. iWave Social Media Primer 

 In this helpful blog post, we share our best tips for how your nonprofit should use social media to spread your organizational mission. We talk about understanding your audience, choosing the right social channels, analyzing and optimizing your content. This is a great resource if you’re just getting started in social media, or you’re looking for a refresher. 


5. Managing Your Donors: the Need for a Donor Management System

Choosing and implementing a donor management system is a daunting task for any nonprofit organization. Once in place, however, a donor management system will transform the way your nonprofit operates can change the way you work. In this post, we discuss the enormous benefits of using a DMS and leveraging the power of all your data in one place. 


6. Nonprofit Trends to Look For in 2019

We know, we know, 2019 is old news! But, we were excited that this was one of our top posts from 2019 because it’s pretty neat to look back on the trends predicted last year to see where they are now! This time last year, we explored a few trends in the nonprofit industry that we saw on the rise: automating processes and technology advancements, digital fundraising and social media, and a focus on self-care. So, take a look and see how our predictions fared out!


7. iWave Unveils New Generate Profile Feature

Have you used this cool new feature yet? We were pretty excited to announce Generate Profile earlier in the year to help development professionals build prospect profiles faster that leverage the industry’s most comprehensive wealth and philanthropic data. Generate Profile uses iWave’s matching logic to create a prospect profile for you by bringing wealth and philanthropic records together using a name(s) and an address. iWave users get unlimited use of this new feature – so try it out today! 


8. iWave Primer: Learn How to Leverage Real Estate Data, Find Volunteers and Double Your Donations

This post makes a great case for how a prospect research tool (like iWave!) can help your organization reach its developmental goals and overall mission. This post goes beyond wealth screening and profile building to show you three ways that you can strategically use iWave to tackle specific problems of your organization. 


9. iWave Introduces Insights 

 In February of 2019, we introduced another awesome feature: Insights! This new feature helps nonprofits efficiently analyze and segment their database so they can more effectively action prospects and make major gift asks with expert precision. iWave’s Insights help iWave users identify the areas of opportunity within their database. 


10. Women May Not Fit Into a Traditional Donor Lifecycle 

This guest post by Kathleen Loehr, author of Gender Matters: A Guide to Growing Women’s Philanthropy, explores the term “donor life cycle”. The donor lifecycle, – a helpful way to map how much to engage, cultivate and solicit groupings of donors each year, is a critical component to any nonprofit’s major gift program. But because of personal life stages, women’s donor life cycles are not linear. Kathleen shares her expertise and provides four questions we should ask ourselves before creating cultivation cycles for women. 


We’ve covered a lot of topics on our blog in the past year, and we can’t wait to share more helpful and educational posts with you in 2020. If you have a topic you’d like to see us cover, you can submit your suggestion here. Happy New Year!