Prospect Research Roundtable #1

Welcome to the first (of many) iWave Roundtables.  To help celebrate #ResearchPride, iWave connected with prospect researchers to learn about their “day in the life.”  The guinea pigs for our first roundtable are: Sara Glover / Prospect Management and Research Officer, Wilfrid Laurier University Wilfrid Laurier University is a world-class postsecondary institution.  Laurier is involved […]

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#RESEARCHPRIDE Is Back!

Prospect Research Pride It’s amazing how fast a year goes – #ResearchPride is back again!  This is a special celebration dedicated to creating awareness for the important, integral, and critical work of prospect researchers. If you’re not familiar with prospect research, it’s the identification and analysis of prospective donors (individuals, companies, and trusts) to learn […]

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How to Optimize Social Media In Your Fundraising

Social media continues to revolutionize how we interact with the world (especially the digital one) and the people around us.  But while many nonprofits have integrated social media into their fundraising strategy, few employ the following tactics that give their online presence a boost. First, some fast facts for you.  Social media is the number […]

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Challenges and Opportunities for Prospect Development in 2017

Guest Post by Lori Hood Lawson As US President Donald Trump proceeds to sign executive orders as I write this, a number of national and international nonprofit organizations either reap the rewards of such directives or run headlong into an unannounced fire drill(s), or a combination of both. What can you do, in your prospect […]

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5 Great Uses of Your PROscore Credits

  Here’s a question:  How many PROscore credits do you have? Okay, how about this one:  Are you using them? We introduced PROscore and PROscreen to make it easier for clients to prioritize and segment major gift prospects.  These features are powered by PROscore credits.  To help you get the most out of PRO’s features, […]

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The Three Keys to a Better Major Gift Ask

The following is an excerpt from iWave’s new eBook: The Three Keys to a Better Major Gift Ask.  Read the full story. There are three important ratings that researchers and fundraisers use to segment and prioritize major gift prospects and donors. They are: PROPENSITY: Has this person given to nonprofit causes before? AFFINITY: Is this person passionate […]

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Planned Giving vs. Major Gifts

Back in December 2016, our blog focused on major gifts fundraising.  With the arrival of a new year, it’s a great time to discuss major gifts versus planned gifts.  There are many similarities between the two, but a planned gift often requires more research and fundraising work – with potential for an even greater donation […]

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MAJOR GIFTS SERIES PART 1: Why Ask For a Major Gift Anyway?

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? Major Gifts? Major Problem In a survey of 700 nonprofits in North America, nearly 60% of respondents said […]

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International Research Part 2: Designing an International Development Strategy

By: Jill McCarville In Part 1 of this International Research series, we addressed a number of questions that your development department should consider before deciding to research and solicit major gift prospects internationally. Now that your organization has decided to pursue international development, what are the best practices involved?  How do you get started? Allan Berezny, […]

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International Research Part 1: Is International Research Right for You?

By: Jill McCarville Let me guess: you’ve been hearing a lot about international research and fundraising lately, right?  If you work in the fundraising department of a nonprofit, chances are you’ve heard the buzz or someone has told you you’re missing out.  It’s true that international fundraising is on the rise, but is it worthy […]

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