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Donor Data Management Dictionary

Donor Data Management Dictionary

Every nonprofit needs a data management plan, especially for their donor data. The plan needs to address a variety of topics, such as data hygiene and enrichment, data usage in various communications activities, input/output management, and more. To help with your donor data management planning, we have created a Donor Data Management Dictionary to help you make sense of all the data jargon as it applies to the nonprofit organization’s business needs. Is more data jargon giving you a headache? Send us a note and we’ll add it 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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How to forecast fundraising risk before your walkathon stalls

How to forecast fundraising risk before your walkathon stalls

Can the risk to your next fundraising effort be forecast in advance through some basic data algorithms? The answer is a resounding ‘yes,’ which should be good news to nonprofit organizations concerned about recent news articles portraying the declining fortunes in walkathons and other popular team-building events. Throughout the early 00’s these team-building events enjoyed enormous popularity with their nonprofit sponsors and the participants who joined them. Walkers, runners, bikers, climbers, and a host of other participant types leveraged Web tools to enjoin friends, family, colleagues and others to sponsor […]

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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Data drives better digital marketing for nonprofits

Data drives better digital marketing for nonprofits

Using data to drive your digital marketing campaigns is essential. Without the discipline of data, your digital marketing success is based more on hope than strategy and execution. Our corporate marketers understand the criticality of data all too well, especially retailers. While we use terms like “donor” and “constituent”, they are “consumers” too. We can learn a lot about reaching donors more effectively by keeping an eye on what our corporate retailing counter parts are doing to reach consumers. For example, Epsilon, a consumer brand loyalty expert, published a short report on […]

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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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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It’s time to rethink nonprofit data

It’s time to rethink nonprofit data

Data. It’s the four-letter word that seems to be on the lips of just about every executive in the nation. It is being called the ‘new oil’ of the 21st century, the fuel that will power our interconnected, information economy. Make no mistake – data is as important to nonprofit organizations as their for-profit cousins. The Chronicle of Philanthropy said as much in a recently published article about how nonprofits are beginning to user their data more effectively. Unfortunately, many if not most of today’s nonprofit organizations focus a disproportionate […]

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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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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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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More or better: Which donor strategy is preferred?

More or better: Which donor strategy is preferred?

Looking at the charity sector at the macro level, statistics are reassuring.  Giving has been recovering since the financial crisis of 2008. This past summer, sources reported that year-over-year growth in charitable giving for 2012 continued at a steady pace of 3.5%.  The largest sectors receiving donations continue to be religious institutions (32%), education (13%) and social services (12%).  Online giving remains a relatively small part of the total at $316B, yet it also continues to outpace all giving (up anywhere from 11% to 17%, depending on the source and […]

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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Bad Data – Don’t let this happen to you!

Bad Data – Don’t let this happen to you!

Tesla is a really cool car. Electric. Expensive. Cool. I want one … that’s a different post. Did you hear about this story? Earlier this month, a Tesla car near Seattle was in an accident and caught on fire. No one was hurt. Enter a passerby, a camera phone and YouTube. Next fact – Tesla stock price dropped $12 or 6% that day. Initial speculation from analysts is that the stock price fell due to the video going viral. Bad data is expensive. Bad data? We are talking about 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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