Archive for the Data Enrichment Category

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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What’s up with consumer data privacy?

What’s up with consumer data privacy?

The topic of consumer data privacy is getting more and more attention in the media and on Capitol Hill. Personal identity theft. Hackers getting millions of credit card records. The NSA monitoring everything from email to phone calls. The topic of consumer data privacy has had the attention of Capitol Hill for some time. A few months back, we provided an update on steps taken by Senator Rockefeller’s Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation to expand its investigation into the data brokerage industry. There’s been a lot of recent […]

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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‘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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The most common fundraising mistake

The most common fundraising mistake

In doing research for a webinar about how to improve your annual fundraising appeal through better data management, we kept stumbling upon an interesting problem. The most common advice for avoiding the most common fundraising mistakes was, in fact, mistaken. The most common fundraising mistake is an absence of good data management. Successful businesses – and that includes nonprofits – depend upon technology, and technology depends upon good data. Our approach We Googled, Binged and Yahoo’d to find the most commonly consumed advice about fundraising appeals – and the most […]

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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Don’t let bad data be the Grinch to your holiday appeal

Don’t let bad data be the Grinch to your holiday appeal

Your work is done for your 2013 year-end holiday fundraising appeal. Time to relax, focus on your December events, and track the returns. Whatever mistakes you may have made with the appeal can be fixed next time, right? Wrong. There’s a Grinch lurking about, causing problems that you can’t even see yet. Fixing your fundraising appeal starts now, before the first donation comes in. Like the Grinch in the Christmas story, we’ve got to turn bad into good … data, that is. The holiday appeal Let’s take a step a […]

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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Data brokers under fire: What does that mean for nonprofits?

Data brokers under fire: What does that mean for nonprofits?

The buying and selling of consumer data – data brokerage – is a multibillion-dollar industry that is getting a lot of attention on Capitol Hill.  Nonprofits need to pay attention to this issue because the quality of your data may be impacted. In October, Senator John D. Rockefeller IV, chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, expanded his committee’s investigation into the industry, an investigation that has been going on for more than a year.  So far, lots of questions are being asked in order to better […]

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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Does your data tell you how to communicate with donors?

Does your data tell you how to communicate with donors?

A local food bank has been using a custom contact management database built in Microsoft Access. It supports 15,000 or so contacts, and it suits their purposes just fine. Reviewing their data structure recently, we noted that they were tracking the following communication data about their donors: home address, work address, one or more email addresses, phone, mobile phone, work phone. Mapping data to business, we asked about their communications plan. It looked something like this: • Two direct mail appeals annually • Quarterly e-newsletters via Constant Contact • Ad […]

About Doug Rekenthaler

Doug has spent more than 20 years delivering a wide variety of support to nonprofit organizations. He was instrumental in establishing the American Red Cross’s Web services in the late-1990s, later moving on to deliver consulting and technology services to numerous nonprofits including UNICEF, National Geographic, World Wildlife Fund, the Nature Conservancy, and dozens more.

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