Fundraising & Development

Hosting Nonprofit CRM Donor Systems in the Cloud

November 6, 2012
There is a fair amount of discussion about the “cloud” when it comes to nonprofits and their technological next steps. We hear about the iCloud, Google Apps, Amazon, and other solutions that draw on the language of the “cloud” to describe what they do. You may also hear this referred to as “Online”, “Hosted”, or “Web Based” software. Yet what exactly is the cloud? In short, it is a buzzword that refers to software and services that can be accessed via the internet that do not require software to be installed on your local computer or network. There are a multitude of configurations with many vendors offering services that can be considered “cloud-based.” The Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) has a helpful definition of the cloud, stating, “Any software accessed over the Internet can be considered cloud software, including everything from Facebook to broadcast email tools … to online accounting systems and constituent databases.”

What is the Funder’s Role in Supporting Good Measurement?

October 19, 2012
"Data Scientist" is a newly defined job that requires being part data geek, analyst, communicator, visualizer, storyteller, and interpreter. This individual works with program experts to apply what is learned from the data. But they have also made data literacy an essential competency for everyone in the organization. The result is a shift from ad hoc data analysis and simple (though detailed) record-keeping to a systematic approach to improving their programs and campaigns by using data.

Microsites for Nonprofit Fundraisers

July 20, 2012
A fundraising microsite is a dedicated website where nonprofit organizations can share information about an upcoming fundraising campaign, manage participant registrations, collect donations online, and more. Utilizing a microsite can not only make hosting an online fundraising campaign easier for the organizers, but also provide a place for participants, volunteers, sponsors and community members to engage. A microsite also allows administrators to collect and store information from sponsors, donors, participants, and volunteers, as well as create various reports to determine how successful the fundraising campaign was executed in order to improve planning in future campaigns.

12 Key Findings about Engaging Millennials

June 27, 2012
Whether you call them Millennials, Gen Y, Generation Next or Echo Boomers, today’s high schoolers, college students, and young professionals are proving to be the most important generation for causes. Many nonprofits have evaluated this group on the thinness of their wallet and written them off. What causes are missing is that this is the most passionate, most connected group of fundraisers yet. They may only have a few bucks in their pocket, but they actually care about causes, want to work hard for them, and are electronically connected to huge networks of donors and participants. Our recent DonorDrive webinar with the Run Walk Ride Fundraising Council featured Zac Johnson of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals who has made a career out of interacting with Millennial fundraisers. Zac is the guiding force for CMN’s insane Dance Marathons that are held on more that 150 campuses across the country and raise more than $10 million annually. From the webinar, we’ve distilled 12 key findings about engaging Millennials. The points are eye opening and shatter many misconceptions about how to engage this generation.