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Data hoarding: Does the term apply to your donor data?

Data hoarding: Does the term apply to your donor data?

Have you watched the A&E television show Hoarders? The clutter and garbage in some of the homes on that show are unmanageable. It makes you want to shout at the tv: “Throw that trash away!” Now, let’s talk about your donor database. When was the last time you cleaned it up? Got rid of dupes? Threw the trash out? Perhaps this story is familiar. Year after year you gather information about donors. Donors lapse. Some move away. Others pass away. You keep mailing out newsletters and fundraising appeals. Your response […]

About Gary Carr

Gary is the founder and president of Third Sector Labs. With more than 20 years of experience delivering software and data solutions to a wide variety of clients, Gary turned his attention to the overwhelming problem of data. Third Sector Labs is committed to making sense of data for the nonprofit industry.

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Stop the Daisy Chain of Bad Data Management

Stop the Daisy Chain of Bad Data Management

The root cause of bad data management for any organization can usually be found in the data management paradigm itself. The most damaging data management paradigm – one that is commonly found among nonprofits – is what I call “the daisy chain of bad data management”. Ladies and gentlemen, we need to stop the daisy chain! And today is a good day to get started. A quick primer on key terms As the term applies to technology, a “daisy chain” is an array of computers, devices, and peripherals connected one to the […]

About Gary Carr

Gary is the founder and president of Third Sector Labs. With more than 20 years of experience delivering software and data solutions to a wide variety of clients, Gary turned his attention to the overwhelming problem of data. Third Sector Labs is committed to making sense of data for the nonprofit industry.

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It’s that time of year: your 8-step fundraising data checklist

It’s that time of year: your 8-step fundraising data checklist

September has arrived. Kids are headed back to school. Fall will be here before you know it … and so will your big year-end fundraising appeal. Are you ready? Have you completed your fundraising data checklist? What are we talking about – a fundraising DATA checklist? This is the time of year when fundraising teams are pouring their available time, energy and talents into perhaps the most important task of the year. But as we have pointed out before via a cataloguing of more than 150 recommendations for improving fundraising appeals, […]

About Gary Carr

Gary is the founder and president of Third Sector Labs. With more than 20 years of experience delivering software and data solutions to a wide variety of clients, Gary turned his attention to the overwhelming problem of data. Third Sector Labs is committed to making sense of data for the nonprofit industry.

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Top 10 Tough Donor Data Migration Decisions

Top 10 Tough Donor Data Migration Decisions

If you’ve migrated donor data from one CRM to another, no doubt you have dealt with a lot of difficult decisions. In fact, our donor data migration clients often express surprise at the number of decisions they have to make. In this post, we discuss our list of Top 10 Tough Donor Data Migration Decisions. By way of qualification, our intent with this article is to be CRM agnostic. We aren’t advocating one software platform over another. Keep in mind, however, that all CRMs and donor databases are different – […]

About Gary Carr

Gary is the founder and president of Third Sector Labs. With more than 20 years of experience delivering software and data solutions to a wide variety of clients, Gary turned his attention to the overwhelming problem of data. Third Sector Labs is committed to making sense of data for the nonprofit industry.

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Attention nonprofits: We don’t know our donor data!

Attention nonprofits: We don’t know our donor data!

Understanding data is critically important to success in any business. Unfortunately, data can be boring, even confusing. Many nonprofits don’t know their donor data. While that’s understandable, it is also a big problem. If we don’t know our donor data, how can we effectively plan a fundraising appeal? Build a fundraising strategy? Combat the challenges of donor retention? The answers to those questions are simple: we can’t. So, how do we know that nonprofits don’t know their donor data? Data degrades, goes missing For starters, ALL data degrades over time. What’s […]

About Gary Carr

Gary is the founder and president of Third Sector Labs. With more than 20 years of experience delivering software and data solutions to a wide variety of clients, Gary turned his attention to the overwhelming problem of data. Third Sector Labs is committed to making sense of data for the nonprofit industry.

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“Donor retention by the numbers”: Q&A with Caity Craver and Gary Carr

“Donor retention by the numbers”: Q&A with Caity Craver and Gary Carr

Third Sector Labs recently co-hosted a donor retention webinar with Caity Craver, CEO of DonorTrends. The topic – “Donor Retention by the Numbers: Demystifying the Leaky Bucket” – focused on how to properly measure donor retention and then use that data to drive improved fundraising results. Caity and Gary Carr, co-founder of Third Sector Labs, co-presented. We had a very active Q&A session after the event, and could not get to all questions before the event closed. The purpose of this post is to share the results of the Q&A, including answers to […]

About Samantha Carr

Samantha is a Marketing Specialist with Third Sector Labs. She manages TSL's "steady drumbeat", communicating data best practices that enable nonprofits to be more successful.

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‘Why don’t you have a nonprofit data management plan?’ Q&A with Debbie Snyder and Gary Carr

‘Why don’t you have a nonprofit data management plan?’ Q&A with Debbie Snyder and Gary Carr

Third Sector Labs recently co-hosted a data management webinar with Debbie Snyder, VP of Sales & Marketing for Adcieo. The topic – “Why don’t you have a data management plan?” – focused on why you need, and how to create, a nonprofit data management plan. We had also blogged earlier on the topic. Debbie and Gary Carr, CEO of Third Sector Labs, co-presented. The purpose of this post is to share the results of an interesting survey from the beginning of the event, as well as the great attendee follow-up Q&A.  As always, if you […]

About Gary Carr

Gary is the founder and president of Third Sector Labs. With more than 20 years of experience delivering software and data solutions to a wide variety of clients, Gary turned his attention to the overwhelming problem of data. Third Sector Labs is committed to making sense of data for the nonprofit industry.

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What’s in your data management plan?

What’s in your data management plan?

If your data isn’t getting better, it’s getting worse.  — TSL data expert Those are words we live by. And no, we aren’t simply advocating some chaos theory about data. Unfortunately, it’s true … and the only way to combat the problem is examine what’s in your data management plan. What’s going on? Organizations in every industry today dependent on good data to be successful. It’s no different for nonprofits, and donor data is at the top of the critical care list. The problem that every nonprofit faces, however, is that […]

About Gary Carr

Gary is the founder and president of Third Sector Labs. With more than 20 years of experience delivering software and data solutions to a wide variety of clients, Gary turned his attention to the overwhelming problem of data. Third Sector Labs is committed to making sense of data for the nonprofit industry.

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Fundraising strategy, technology and data Q&A with Chris Goodman and Gary Carr

Fundraising strategy, technology and data Q&A with Chris Goodman and Gary Carr

Third Sector Labs recently co-hosted a fundraising strategy webinar with Chris Goodman, SVP of Strategy & Marketing for 2Dialog. The topic – “Drive Your Fundraising Success with Strategy, Smart Technology and Better Data” – focused on the importance of aligning fundraising strategy, technology and a data in order to maximize the efficiencies of all three. We had also blogged earlier on the topic vis-a-vis the changing fundraising paradigm we are experiencing across the third sector. Chris and Gary Carr, CEO of Third Sector Labs, led a lively discussion, and both stayed as long as they […]

About Gary Carr

Gary is the founder and president of Third Sector Labs. With more than 20 years of experience delivering software and data solutions to a wide variety of clients, Gary turned his attention to the overwhelming problem of data. Third Sector Labs is committed to making sense of data for the nonprofit industry.

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Donor data enrichment, what is it?

Donor data enrichment, what is it?

A lot of data jargon gets thrown around these days. Data hygiene. Data appending. Data brokers. Donor data enrichment. And the one that gets everyone’s attention – big data. These terms came up in a recent webinar that we co-sponsored about how to avoid letting bad data ruin your annual fundraising appeal. So what is donor data enrichment? Donor data enrichment Data enrichment – or donor data enrichment – is the practice of enhancing or refining the value of information assets, such as databases. It is important to any data […]

About Gary Carr

Gary is the founder and president of Third Sector Labs. With more than 20 years of experience delivering software and data solutions to a wide variety of clients, Gary turned his attention to the overwhelming problem of data. Third Sector Labs is committed to making sense of data for the nonprofit industry.

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