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How to Handle a Sudden Surge of New Donors: 3 Tips

Most nonprofits have a standard process in place for building a relationship with a new donor. It’s likely that your organization does too.

The flow is probably relatively standard: someone donates, they receive a thank you, they’re added to your email stream, they might receive an event invite, etc., etc.

However, many nonprofits are not as well-equipped to handle when they have a sudden surge of new donors. Whether you have a campaign go viral or there’s an event that causes a peak in interest in your cause, your nonprofit should be prepared to properly steward all new donors, even if they come in bulk.

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14-Step Guide for Getting Started with a Capital Campaign

So, your organization needs to raise a significant amount of money for a particular project. This might be a long-awaited renovation for your organization’s headquarters or perhaps another big-ticket project that can’t be covered by your annual fundraising efforts alone.

After examining all fundraising routes, you’ve determined that a capital campaign is the right way to go.

Before you dive straight into fundraising, there are a number of steps that you have to take to properly plan your capital campaign. To get your capital campaign off the ground, you should:

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The 3-Step Guide to Handling a Prospect Researcher Staff Transition

Article written by Sarah Tedesco, Executive Vice President at DonorSearch.

Heraclitus said it best when he stated, “Change is the only constant.” Although it is not always welcome, the sooner we accept and embrace change, the better our lives are. That platitude, though easier to take in theory than practice, certainly applies to the way that organizations handle staff transitions.

Nonprofits and educational institutions, just like any other type of employer, have to deal with important staff members leaving and the ramifications of those exits.

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Quick and Dirty Guide to Finding New Donors

This post was written by Jeri Alcock, CFRE, West Coast Sales Manager at DonorSearch

We get it. Although fundraising is worthwhile work and a deeply satisfying endeavor, it’s not the easiest job in the world. When looking for donors, it sometimes feels like you’re losing a game of hide and seek. You know the donors are out there, but you can’t find them.

This guide is going to equip you with the tools to yell “olly olly oxen free” and reveal all the donors you’ve been looking for who have been right under your nose.

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[Guest Post] How to Utilize Social Insights for Prospect Research

DonorSearch always aims to provide the best content available regarding prospect research and the broader nonprofit space. As such, we welcome guest contributors occasionally to mix things up here at our blog and provide new perspectives. Today, we’re happy to share a post by Solina Powell of EverTrue.

How to Utilize Social Insights for Prospect Research

While some workplaces frown upon employees spending their time on sites like Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook, those working in prospect research should be encouraged to invest their time in these platforms.

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18 Crucial Pieces of Data for Your Next Prospect Profile

Have you ever been asked the quintessential superpower question…would you rather be able to read minds or fly?

I know what fundraisers would answer. Read minds. It would make their jobs a lot simpler.

Fundraisers are constantly busy and constantly being pulled in a thousand directions. It is not an easy job, but it is a satisfying one. For every dollar brought in by the development team, that is another dollar that can go towards fulfilling an organization’s mission.

A fundraiser has to be able to connect with and anticipate the needs of a donor prospect. Reading minds would certainly help with that.

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Prospect Research for Public Radio Stations

Radio is a cultural stalwart.  It has outlasted its naysayers.

When television came along people thought radio would disappear. It survived.

As the internet rose to prominence, people tried to knock radio once again.  It survived.

Listeners can now find their favorite radio stations in the car, on the computer, and even on their phones.

Radio has diversified itself as it has grown, and public radio stations are no exceptions.

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The Art of Writing a Prospect Researcher Job Description

People say that ignorance is bliss.  What about when you are no longer ignorant?  That bliss disappears in a hurry.

Maybe you’ve been blissfully unaware of prospect research, but now you know. Or, you’ve known about it, but haven’t made screening prospects a priority. Either way, you’re desperate to make up for lost time and excited by the fundraising opportunities.

You’ve decided to catch up quickly and you are ready to hire a prospect researcher.  One problem though, you’re new to the entire field of prospect research and don’t know where to start with your recruitment.

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Annual Giving: Prospects and Approaches

For most nonprofits, annual giving campaigns generate the highest number of gifts though major giving campaigns can provide more total revenue. Annual giving campaigns can generate loyalty as well as revenue, and are flexible and relatively cost-effective.

Certain philanthropy and wealth markers can predict the best prospects for annual giving campaigns, including previous giving, giving to other nonprofits, high dollar real estate ownership, and other factors.

Because annual giving and major giving campaigns have different goals, strategies, and resources, both can be managed concurrently:

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