Should You Delete Donor Records?

I was recently contacted by the vendor behind a new cloud-based donor management system with this question:

We have noticed that our clients have become much more conscious about archiving/deleting old donor/prospect records because our pricing model is based on the number of records.  After talking with some clients, it seems opinions vary wildly regarding this subject. For example, one nonprofit archives records every year based on past giving or when someone last interacted with them.  But an animal welfare group never archives records because the elderly women with 15 cats who gave $20 ten years ago may leave them her entire estate.

I just wanted to see if you had any insight you could offer regarding this subject.

My response:

I am opposed to deleting donor records. While there are ways around it, that typically ends your ability to communicate with the donor, invite them to events, re-engage them, steward them, or understand why a subsequent gift or bequest came from them. I’ve heard enough tales of bequests from one-time or small donors to believe that they’re real. For my clients with on-premise systems, I see no justification for deleting donors; disk space is cheap. If inactive donors clutter your search results, code them so they don’t appear in searches. But don’t delete them.

This doesn’t mean a nonprofit should send their glossy annual report or magazine to every $5 donor. Organizations need to have a policy about what level of donation gets a particular level of stewardship. You should be able to mark records as inactive after a set time period and stop sending them anything. That’s not the same as deleting them.

On the other hand, many nonprofits have bought lists, or added prospects to their database because they saw them listed on another nonprofit’s honor roll or read about them in the paper, or a board member said, "so and so has money". I have no quarrel with deleting nonresponsive “prospects” or constituents with no tangible connection to the organization.

I encouraged the vendor to find a pricing model that won’t encourage this behavior, such as pricing based on concurrent logins, number of modules, number of emails sent,  and/or online transactions.  All of these approaches have their downsides, of course, but they don't encourage data loss.

What do you think?  Is there a justification for deleting donor records?

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Preventing Fraud on our Online Giving Pages

Guest post by:

Vered Siegel, Manager of Development Services
Children’s Home + Aid
Kirsten Williams, Associate Director, Gift Services
University of Oregon Foundation

The Scams

The credit card scam/fraud attempt that many nonprofits have experiences starts with a very large online gift from an unknown donor. Shortly afterward, an email arrives saying the amount was a mistake (e.g., $7,000 instead of $700) and asking for a refund of the difference to a different credit card. These attempts don’t cost nonprofits much in lost revenue, but can be a headache to clean up.

Another scam uses nonprofits’ websites to test stolen credit cards. Often card numbers are ‘stolen’ by a waiter or other service provider while the card is in his or her possession. The card holder has no idea that their card number has been compromised and so has not reported it stolen. S/he may not notice the extra charges until a statement arrives weeks later.

After that, scammers can manipulate the stolen card numbers to create other possible credit card numbers. The first six numbers identify the bank that issued the card and the last six identify the specific customer. Using a computer program, they generate thousands of new card account numbers, some of which will be valid.

A second source of credit card fraud comes from outright theft – primarily by hacking a popular website or retailer’s database. Scammers purchase these stolen credit card numbers for pennies on the dollar in the hopes that some will be valid.

This is where the nonprofits come in. Scammers will take their list of stolen or invented card numbers — sometimes containing thousands of names, addresses, and card numbers – and start making small “donations” to confirm that the card is valid. Using networked computers to automate their work, they can try thousands of numbers in a few hours. If they get that confirmation, they are ready to go shopping.

Warning Signs

What are some of the giveaways that you’ve been hit?

·         A large bump in volume of online donations. (For example, if you tend to get 40 gifts overnight, you may see 400 or even 4000.)

·         Those gifts are typically for less than $5.

·         The email addresses used for confirmation look suspicious – they are random combinations of letters and numbers, from an email provider that is free and easy to create accounts for. (AOL, Yahoo!, and Hotmail are all common.)

·         The addresses of the “donors” are all in sequence, or all within the same zip code. This is a good indicator that your scammer purchased or stole a list and is using a subsection of it.


One way you can help protect credit card data is by beefing up the security measures on the back-end using your payment gateway. One of the best ways methods is to set up Address Verification Service (AVS). If your bank does not provide this service, consider using a payment gateway (e.g.,, BluePay, iATS, etc.) to facilitate these transactions. Many offer this protection. AVS checks the street address and zip code of each card against the issuing bank’s data for that card. If either does not match, the card will be declines. Most scammers do not have the complete addresses of the card holders and will be unable to process any transactions.

Putting transaction filters on your payment gateway account offer a further layer of protection. One option is a velocity filter. A velocity filter limits the number of approved transactions that can be made in any given hour. If you typically see 10 transactions per hour on your website, setting a limit of 15 will allow your normal transactions to process but flag the extra charges. You can choose to decline these transactions automatically or hold them for manual review.

Another option some payment gateways offer to limit fraud attempts is to block specific IP addresses. Scammers often use a few computers at the same location to process transactions resulting in a few IP address linked to the bogus transactions. These IP address can be put on a blocked list, preventing them from using your website.

Another option is to set up front-end security measures. You can set up a minimum gift amount, such as $5 — which is more than most scam gifts. While this penalizes some online donors who want to donate just a dollar or two, many nonprofits find that they don’t have many legitimate donors who give less than $5 online.

Some organizations even go so far as to require a CAPTCHA or RECAPTCHA field in order for a donor to make a gift online. This type of verification essentially requires that a human being type in an ever-changing code in order to finalize a gift. However, this approach can cause donors who have difficulty reading the CAPTCHA or RECAPTCHA code to simply leave the page without donating.

In the end, every organization must carefully weigh the pros and cons of setting up front-end security that may confuse or frustrate donors, and balance their security needs with concerns related to donor relations.


How Nonprofits Can Avoid Online Credit Card Fraud 

A Few Good Methods for Processing Credit Cards

Payment Processing in Pictures

5 Tips to Help Merchants Avoid Credit Card Fraud

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Lame spam of the day: do you get a lot of spam?

This came as a comment on my blog.  I had to smile at a spammer complaining about spam.  It included a link to a page that seems to be selling dental implants, but I didn't explore it.

Author: Reno Nevada

Hi, i read your blog from time to time and i own a similar
one and i was just curious if you get a lot of spam responses?

If so how do you prevent it, any plugin or anything you can advise?
I get so much lately it's driving me insane so any help is very much appreciated.

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Lame Spam of the Day: Lehman Brothers Centre for Women 2008 Newsletter

It's been a while since I got a spam message that rose to the level of true lameness (maybe because I've improved my anti-spam tools), but this one hit the target.  It's bad enough that the formatting of the first third is truly ugly (scroll to the bottom to see an image), it says someone named Raynan with my email address asked them to send me the message, the text of the newsletter includes the line "want facebook money?", and the links don't even try to look like they're legit.  But the real clincher is that the subject line says it's a newsletter from March, 2008.

Sender: Lehman Brothers Centre for Woman in Business []

To: Subscriber

Subject: Lehman Brothers Centre for Women in Business March 2008 Newsletter

Here's the intro text:

Dear Subscriber,

Raynan ( ) has asked us to send you this email. If you would like to subscribe to future Lehman Brothers Centre for Woman in Business mailings, please click the following link: Subscribe .

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Welcome to the Lehman Brothers Centre for Women in Business at London Business School's Newsletter. The Centre has gone from strength to strength since its research agenda was officially launched on 1st November 2006 and we are delighted to keep you up-to-date with our research reports and activities.
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Lame spam of the day: spam mashup

Another newbie spammer playing with a toy?  This plain-text spam has no sender, subject, formatting, or graphics.  Nothing unusual there.  The bonus is that it mashes up a variety of spammer techniques, starting with a list of 3-letter words running from "act" to "dry".  After that comes what looks like an email header, then some spam text, then a bunch of blank lines, and finally, to cap the effort, random text from travel guides.  Here's the whole thing (minus the links):

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Lame spam of the day: Raw spam merge text

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Reigning in shadow databases

The following story, posted with permission, was sent to the FUNDSVCS list in response to a question about how to reign in schools and departments at a university that keep their own shadow databases of contacts. The response hit the nail on the head:

We started working on folding shadow databases into (Raiser's Edge, our central database) about 8 years ago. There are still quite a few of them out there, but we are slowly bringing them into the fold!

I have a story that we have used quite often:

A few years ago, we imported a shadow database into Raiser's Edge. The next year, they decided to run their Gala invites out of their old spreadsheet. They sent me the list some time later to add new records and appeal codes to RE. In the process, I discovered that they had mailed to 5 deceased people. The director asked me who these people were, and when I provided the names, she gasped and said that she had attended 3 of the funerals.

We in Advancement Services handle data for a living and understand the importance of updates and keeping the database clean. We get updates and information from multiple sources which can only benefit the departments who use our system. We do NCOA, wealth and deceased screenings. We do phone and email appends.   We get Google alerts. We track those who do not wish to be contacted either by mail, phone, email or not at all.   All of these things and more help to keep our records up to date and give them better information and more time to fundraise and friendraise.

Michelle Kolak
Assistant Director
Advancement Services
Columbia College Chicago

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Lame spam of the day: Magnificent things of your mouth

Most of the comments that spammers have been trying to post on my blog these days have been beyond lame: a single word or lines of gibberish.  It's sad that this junk gets through on so many sites.  That just encourages the spammers.

Today's spam is lame and charming, though it's probably less charming in the original language.  I love "Magnificent things of your mouth" and "I cannot wait around to read far more of your teeth." 

The site being promoted (through a link) seems to be a Swedish hearing clinic.  Here's the text:

Magnificent things of your mouth, gentleman. I use understand your stuff before so you are only extremely outstanding. I enjoy exactly what you’ve acquired the following, certainly like what you are telling and the way in which you actually say the item. You come to it enjoyable and you continue to care for to keep it effective. I cannot wait around to read far more of your teeth. This is really an excellent web page.

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Lame spam of the day: disappointed spammer

Most of the spam that reaches me comes as emails, but my blog also attracts a fair share of spammy comments.  Some are particularly lame (and some are pretty amusing).  Here's one of the former, from a spammer I presume is trying to increase the search engine ranking for a site selling shoes.  I searched for the first sentence and found over 2 million examples, so it may be working.

The next time I read a blog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as a lot as this 1. I mean, I know it was my choice to read, but I truly thought youd have some thing interesting to say. All I hear is usually a bunch of whining about something which you could fix when you werent too busy seeking for attention.

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Lame spam of the day: Google Doc

Please tell me no one would ever click on something like this (I only wish it were true).  Plain text, bad English, the document isn't actually attached, and the CLICK HERE link doesn't point to

Sender: Laila Brenner []
Subject: Fwd: Attached Document

I have an important document that i would like to share with you i uploaded it with Google document, CLICK HERE. for immediate access, please sign on with your email Respectfully.

Laila Brenner

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