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Fundraising Strategy: The Gift Range Chart [With Templates!]


The success of your fundraising campaign relies on whether or not your nonprofit has put in the time to develop a comprehensive, data-driven fundraising strategy. With the right fundraising plan in place, the more likely you’ll be able to extend the right asks to
reach likely donors and achieve your fundraising goals.

The secret to an excellent fundraising strategy? Consider making the most of a gift range chart.

Commonly used during the feasibility study phase of capital campaigns, gift range charts are useful tools for fundraising campaigns of any size. With this simple tool, you’ll learn exactly what it will take to successfully reach your fundraising goals. 

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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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The Quintessential Guide to Interviewing a Prospect Researcher

Ah, the tricky business of interviewing. It is difficult in any field, as both the interviewer and the interviewee.

The person doing the interviewing has the challenging job of balancing selling the position and assessing the skill-set of the potential employee.

And, well, we all feel for the potential employee. Who hasn’t arrived way too early for an interview only to sit in your car for twenty minutes until you’re ‘appropriately’ early? Or, who doesn’t leave an interview and then just play the discussion ad infinitum for the foreseeable future?

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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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Prospect Research for Greek Organizations

Many young people have a stereotyped vision of college that not only includes, but mandates, fraternities and sororities.

While some colleges thrive without prominent Greek scenes, fraternities and sororities add personality and school spirit to school identities. They are organizations aimed at helping young people to develop into intelligent, rational, involved citizens.

Greek organizations need to fundraise to keep providing students with vibrant, enriching social experiences. Thanks to prospect research, fundraising is made a little easier.

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How does prospect research vary by nonprofit cause?

The first little pig needed straw. The second little pig required sticks. The third little pig sought bricks. And that big bad wolf? He needed enough breath to blow all those houses down.

Depending on who you are, what you need to succeed varies. No two types of nonprofits seek the same prospects. An education-based nonprofit won’t build its fundraising campaign from the same prospects as a healthcare organization, which will differ in prospects from fraternities and sororities. Like a home, you build your life out of the materials at hand, and you hammer away at your work until something stands upright that you can be proud of.

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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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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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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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