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My nonprofit is in “the cloud”! – What does that mean?

My nonprofit is in “the cloud”! – What does that mean?

Have you recently read an article or attended a webinar where you were told that your data or software had to be in “the cloud”? Worse still, if you weren’t in “the cloud”, then your organization was exposed to all sorts of risks, problems and unnecessary costs? There’s a reason why a visible mass of condensed water vapor floating in the atmosphere came to be used to describe a particular state of data and software. Like their meteorological namesakes, data clouds can be life sustaining, or they can rain down havoc on your business, wash […]

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 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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Does your charity have too much data?

Does your charity have too much data?

How do you know when your organization is storing too much data? We were asked this question recently – and it’s a great question. In fact, being in the nonprofit data services business, we get asked lots of questions about how to obtain more donor data, better data, the right data. Few customers ask us “When is there too much data?” There isn’t a simple answer. Let’s use donor data for our discussion. Did you know that too much donor data can lead to bad decisions and fundraising mistakes just […]

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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10 Donor Data Migration Decisions: Q&A with Gary Carr

Third Sector Labs recently presented a data migration webinar with host Bloomerang. The topic – “10 Decisions You Will Face with Any Donor Data Migration” – focused on preparing for your next CRM or data migration while addressing 10 tough decisions nonprofits encounter along the way.   You may download a copy of the presentation from the Resources section of our website. Gary Carr, co-founder of Third Sector Labs, presented. We asked several interesting poll questions to open the event, and the wrapped with a Q&A session. Unfortunately, we could not answer all questions before the […]

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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More fundraising software = more data headaches

More fundraising software = more data headaches

Technology both simplifies and complicates our lives. Nowhere is this more true than in the nonprofit sector. Let’s face it … there is a direct relationship between the number of fundraising software systems we are using and the data problems we are creating for ourselves. More fundraising software = more data headaches. The solution = taking control of your data. What sort of fundraising software are we talking about? There’s a lot. Start with contact databases, donor management systems, and CRMs. Add to that volunteer management and event management. Next, email marketing […]

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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