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DonorSearch’s Charitable Giving Database

The strongest indicator of future giving is past giving.

Curious how we know?

We know past giving’s role in predicting future giving because we have back tested our predictive models against $5 billion in known giving. That $5 billion came from 2 million donors to 400 fundraising organizations.

Look at these statistics:

  • A donor who has made a gift of $100k+ to a nonprofit organization is 32 times as likely to donate charitably as an average person is.
  • A donor who has made a gift between $50k – $100k to a nonprofit organization is 25 times as likely to donate charitably as an average person is.
  • A donor who has made a gift between $10k – $25k to a nonprofit organization is 10 times as likely to donate charitably as an average person is.
  • A donor who has made a gift between $5k – $10k to a nonprofit organization is 5 times as likely to donate charitably as an average person is.

These convincing numbers come from our proprietary charitable giving database.

What is DonorSearch’s charitable giving database?

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Our charitable giving database is one of the fastest growing and largest databases of philanthropy in the country.

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Planned Giving: Identifying Prospects

Planned giving prospects demonstrate significantly different wealth and philanthropy characteristics from major gift prospects. Traditional wealth markers, such as value of real estate, are not accurate indicators of planned giving. The philanthropic activities, such as significant political giving and prior major gifts, that are strong predictors of future major gift philanthropy, are also not accurate indicators of planned giving.

The key factors in identifying planned giving prospects are loyalty to the nonprofit, as evidenced by the number and frequency (not the dollar amount) of gifts, and the age of the prospects.

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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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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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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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