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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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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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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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Donor data migration Q&A with Jay Love and Gary Carr

Donor data migration Q&A with Jay Love and Gary Carr

Third Sector Labs recently co-hosted a donor data migration webinar with Jay Love, the CEO of Bloomerang. The topic – “Nonprofit data migration: Why you can’t take it all with you” – generated a lot of interest. We had also blogged earlier on the topic. Jay and Gary Carr, CEO of Third Sector Labs, led a lively discussion, and both stayed as long as they could after the event to answer questions. Unfortunately, not every donor data migration question could be answered, and so we wanted to share more of 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 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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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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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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