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Fundraising without donor data: What’s that proverb about giving a man a fish?

Fundraising without donor data: What’s that proverb about giving a man a fish?

Most charities raise money from many different sources – direct mail appeals, online donations, events, workplace giving campaigns, and matching gift programs to name a few. How often do the funds come in without usable donor data – or any donor data – behind it? If your organization is fundraising without donor data to support it, then you have a problem that needs your attention. It is time to manage that problem and reduce risk. What’s that proverb? We have all heard the proverb: Give a man a fish, you feed him for […]

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 calculate donor acquisition costs

How to calculate donor acquisition costs

All charities need new donors, just like all businesses need new customers. Studies tell us again and again: it is cheaper to retain an existing donor (or consumer) than to acquire a new one. Good to know, but that doesn’t address the issue at hand. My charity needs new donors. Where do we find them, and what will it cost? Hopefully, you have been keeping good records, because if you have the data, you can do the math. Where do you find them? Donors can come from anywhere. Direct mail […]

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 Ice Bucket Challenge Epilogue: Data

The Ice Bucket Challenge Epilogue: Data

The conversations about the ALS Association’s astounding success with the Ice Bucket Challenge continue. Blogs, newsletters, periodicals, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter … people are still talking about it. Let me offer one piece of advice: let’s not get distracted by the story and instead focus on the epilogue – the Ice Bucket Epilogue: it’s about the data. Discussion and debate Did you know that the Ice Bucket Challenge has its own Wikipedia article? Yep. Did you know that YouTube views of Ice Bucket Challenge events have surpassed 1 billion … that’s with a “b”? […]

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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