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Milwaukee Film, Social Media, and Donor Engagement

DonorSearch’s blog is dedicated to covering prospect screening and other fundraising-related topics but sometimes we like to highlight interesting examples of donor engagement. So we reached out to Sarah Bernstein of Philanthrodata and Jessica Bursi of Milwaukee Film to give us insight into how Milwaukee Film engages with their donors through social media.

Last year, during Thanksgiving week, Milwaukee Film embarked on a Twitter campaign to steward their donors, sponsors, and volunteers. But it was their approach to this stewardship which got my attention.

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5 Best Practices for Grateful Patient Programs

Ice cream is a great thing, but it’s even better when mixed with your favorite toppings. In life, great things can always be improved, and you should never settle for anything less than the next determined progression towards your desired perfection.

Of course, perfection is impossible, but just like plain vanilla ice cream turns into a fun sundae thanks to the addition of whipped cream and jimmies, you can improve your Grateful Patient Program by implementing best practices that can help the program to turn a corner. From how frequently to implement prospect research to solicitation plans to how to use major gift officers, we’ll show you how to go from starting a Grateful Patient Program to making it as effective as possible in order to yield a program so efficient that you’ll swear you can taste the goodness.

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The 1 free prospect research tool every nonprofit needs

DonorSearch’s blog is dedicated to covering prospect research, wealth screening, and other fundraising-related topics. Yet, our readers and customers often ask if there are any free prospect research resources we recommend. So, we reached out to Chris Dawson at University Hospitals of Cleveland to share his thoughts on alternative prospect research resources.

For your reading ease, we’ve divided this insightful contribution into three parts:

  1. The Library — A Top Prospect Research Tool
  2. Case in Point — The Cleveland Public Library System
  3. Don’t Forget About The Foundation Center

Click on any of the links above to skip ahead to a particular section.

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Fundraising with a Grateful Patient Program

Your healthcare organization has limited resources, and it’s important to use them efficiently. There are only so many doctors with so much time to spread out among all of your patients in order to provide the best possible experiences. When patients receive exemplary care, they’re more apt to give back to your organization.

Healthcare organizations with Grateful Patient Programs have chosen to raise funds from a select group of willing donors. All donors matter, but Grateful Patient Programs focus on the prospects who can give gifts large enough to purchase new equipment, update facilities, and cover other pricey expenses. Organizations must be strategic about identifying major donors, as time is of the essence, and gifts that can make big differences for healthcare organizations could slip through their fingers if they’re not efficient about finding willing, generous donors with the most to give.

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How to Start a Grateful Patient Program

Hospitals save lives by providing care that positively impacts the lives of both patients and their families, and work doesn’t get much more personal than that. That makes it sound like grateful donations should simply fall into your organization’s lap, but fundraising is not that simple.

While nonprofit hospitals provide intimate care, many struggle to grow personally close to patients. While repairing torn muscles and curing mysterious pains lets your patients keep working hard, you need assistance, too. For nonprofit hospitals, donations are vital for improving hospital services. Improvements include:

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What is a Grateful Patient Program?

Grateful Patient Programs are fundraising initiatives that allow hospitals and other healthcare organizations to find more major gift prospects among their patients.

What is a Grateful Patient Program?

A Grateful Patient Program raises money from present and former hospital patients, and aims to increase donations from past donors. The goal of these programs is to provide exemplary service to high quality fundraising prospects or donors to create a culture of gratefulness, which, eventually, with the proper fundraising strategy, leads to donations to the hospital.

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Bequests – The Other White Meat?

DonorSearch’s blog is dedicated to covering prospect research and different types of fundraising strategies, yet our readers and customers often ask about the difference between planned giving and bequests. So we reached out to Tom Ahern at Ahern Donor Communications to help alleviate the confusion. 

“Pork. The Other White Meat.” was an advertising slogan introduced by advertising agency Bozell, Jacobs, Kenyon & Eckhardt in 1987 for America’s National Pork Board.

Brilliant and effective, pork sales in the US rose 20% in just a few years.

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Prospect Research for Arts and Culture Nonprofits

Imagine a world without music: stages bereft of the patters of ballerina feet, theaters stripped of their actors, and galleries deprived of inquisitive conversation. No art. A culture built upon rationality and devoid of its hallmark creativity.

Such a world may never exist, but just like hospitals, schools, and homeless shelters, the human spirit requires funding in order to thrive. Prospect research is the key to how your arts and cultural nonprofit can survive and thrive!

Ticket sales and membership fees won’t fund your organization quite like a major gift will. It’s the difference between eating a pile of Halloween candy instead of one giant slice of dark, dense, creamy chocolate cake. The chocolate cake is more food, more satisfying, and you don’t have to open multiple wrappers to enjoy it.

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What Software Does DonorSearch Integrate With?

DonorSearch offers software integrations with a wide range of technology companies, so you can use our comprehensive prospect research software in coordination with your other powerful tools.

Below is a complete list of companies that we integrate with. They are organized into one of three categories according to how you access DonorSearch’s data:

  1. API Integration — Seamless integration at the click of a button. Use the information in your CRM to search for philanthropic and wealth data from DonorSearch and integrate this prospect data back into your database with ease.
  2. Custom Data Field Integration — DonorSearch is the CRM’s prospect data provider of choice, and the CRM provides fields specific to DonorSearch to house your prospect data.
  3. Manual Integration — You can import DonorSearch data into the CRM, but the fields are not customized for DonorSearch. Data must be exported in a CSV file and imported manually into the CRM.

The specifics vary between software options, but DonorSearch plays nice with all of these technology tools. With DonorSearch, you get more of the information you need when and where you need it.

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4 Ways to Keep the Data in your Donor Database Clean

DonorSearch’s blog is dedicated to covering prospect screening and other fundraising-related topics, yet our readers and customers often ask how they can keep their donor databases clean. So we reached out to Steven Shattuck at Bloomerang to share a few strategies for how nonprofits can keep their donor databases clean. 

A nonprofit can never reach their full fundraising potential unless their donor database has clean, actionable data. Making sure that data is accurate when it’s first inputted is one challenge. Keeping it that way is quite another.

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