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How Does Our Bulk Screening Work?

Bulk screening is our most popular service, as it helps many nonprofits to find the major gift prospects among their masses of donors. A bulk screening can save your nonprofit valuable time that can be devoted to other fundraising efforts.

What is a Bulk Screening?

You’re a busy organization and you have lots of donors. A bulk screening allows you to submit 2,000 or more donors to DonorSearch. We will research each donor and return comprehensive reports that detail philanthropic histories, wealth markers, and other vital information.

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New at DonorSearch: State Political Giving

DonorSearch users will now have access to a new, rich source of philanthropic data at no extra charge: state political giving from a database of 26+ million records.

By adding state political giving to the federal political giving that was already part of DonorSearch’s comprehensive philanthropy and wealth screening, prospect researchers and development officers will gain even more insight into donors’ giving activity.

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ProspectView Plus Ratings Explained

Analyzing prospect research without donor ratings is like getting stuck in traffic. Eventually, you’ll get where you need to be, but it doesn’t have to take so long. With DonorSearch’s ratings system, identify top prospects fast to move forward with your fundraising.

How Does DonorSearch Score Prospects?

DonorSearch uses three rating systems to turn volumes of prospect data into intelligible identifiers. Our two unique scores are presented first, followed by a third universal scoring system:

DS Rating — This proprietary scoring system provides a ranking of a prospect’s ability and propensity to make major donations. These scores range from as low as DS3 to as high as DS1-1, and account for a wide array of information, such as wealth markers, real estate holdings, and philanthropic history, in order to deliver a quality indicator of potential giving.

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How to Prepare for Prospect Screening

Pirates seeking buried treasure don’t want to open up the long-sought chest and discover baby booties. You’re not a pirate, but you want your search to end in gold. Gold being an extensive, accurate list of high quality prospects. Know how to unearth precise prospect data, so that, when you stick your shovel in the ground, you strike prospect gold.

All journeys begin well before the big discovery, and preparation can play an equally crucial role in both obtaining and implementing the results of your search.

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What Determines the Cost of Prospect Screening Services?

We all want to understand why we’re paying for what we’re paying for. From an exquisite steak to concert tickets to mortgages, any time we make an investment, we want to know what we’re investing our hard earned money in. And we deserve to know.

Even though we can’t solve all the world’s mysteries of cost, we can help in one area: prospect research costs. 

Let’s unravel the mystery of the factors that determine the cost of prospect research.

We’ll unravel this mystery by answering five key questions:

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By chris

5 Fool-Proof Steps to Fundraising With Prospect Research

Identifying major gift donors is an important step towards maximizing your organization’s fundraising efforts.

In this guide, well cover five ways your can implement prospect research to better allocate your fundraising efforts:

  1. Prepare a strategy for handling prospect research. 
  2. Clean up old prospect data. 
  3. Analyze prospect screening results. 
  4. Go get those checks. 

What are you waiting for? Let’s jump right into the first step!

Step #1: Prepare a Strategy for Handling Prospect Research

I know, I know, those prospect screening results come hot off the press, into your hands, and you’re bouncing with excitement to dig through the endless columns of data. Your energy is great, but you don’t want to jump the gun. Remember the six P’s: Prior proper planning prevents poor performance.

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By chris

Expert Advice for Making the Most of Prospect Research

Whether your organization is a seasoned veteran with prospect research or a wide-eyed rookie, you should seek ways to get the most out of your investment. DonorSearch’s team has compiled advice from twenty fundraising experts on how nonprofits can make the most of prospect research this year at your organization.

Use tools and available resources to save time and increase efficiency

Make sure your development team is taking advantage of the various tools and resources available to conduct prospect research. New applications and prospect screening services can improve the effectiveness of your prospect research efforts. Also, explore the free resources available to nonprofits to see how they can supplement your fundraising activities. 

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Prospect Research & Matching Gifts: A Great Match

What’s better than a $3,000 donation? A $6,000 donation. Prospect research identifies prospective donors, and matching gifts allow you to double their charitable gifts. When you use prospect research and matching gifts hand-in-hand, you bring in multitudes of new donors who give twice the money.

What Is a Matching Gift?

Many corporations run charitable giving programs that match employee donations to eligible nonprofits. The check that the corporation writes is called a matching gift.

For example, Amy from American Eagle Outfitters donates $300 to her daughter’s university. American Eagle matches the gift 1:1 (other companies will match 2:1 or even 3:1), and writes the university a check for $300. This doubles Amy’s gift into a $600 donation. The $300 check from American Eagle is the matching gift.

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3 Ways to Segment Your Donors for Prospect Research

If your nonprofit organization is conducting prospect research, you typically won’t be able to screen everyone due to time and resource constraints. One of the first major decisions you will likely need to make is which donors on your list or within your database to research. This is one of the most important decisions your organization will need to make because it plays a major role in how the results can be implemented into your fundraising activities.

Think strategically about why you are performing prospect research and how you will use the results. Here are a few sample questions to ask yourself or your development staff:

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