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 […]
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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 […]
A colleague forwarded the following email from a vendor and asked how I think a potential buyer should respond. I’ve redacted the message to anonymize the vendor: Dear ____, I thought you might be interested in a recent analysis of low cost fundraising software, conducted jointly by independent organizations Idealware and N-TEN. If you are […]
Last year the big news in my industry was Blackbaud’s acquisition of Convio and the merger/acquisition of Datatel and Sungard Higher Education (now called Ellucian). 2013 is off to a bang with Accel-KKR’s acquisition of Sage’s Nonprofit Solutions Group and iModules acquisition of Harris Connect. The Sage staff I’ve talked to can’t comment publicly until […]
A question was posted to a listserve for nonprofit techies looking for tips on training staff on a new database. I discussed training at a high level on page 13 of this chapter from CASE’s Handbook of Institutional Advancement. Here are some more detailed rules of thumb: 90% of training is forgotten within the first […]
I’m working on an article with the title, “Maybe It’s Not Your Database, It’s You.” The premise is that complaints about an organization’s database may be misdirected: the problem is how the system is being managed (aka management problems disguised as technology problems). Now, it’s certainly possible that an organization chose the wrong database to […]
According to the Foundation Center’s analysis of data from the National Center for Charitable Statistics, there are approximately 1.5 million nonprofits in the U.S. According to the Q&A that Idealware conducted with Blackbaud, approximately 400 nonprofits are using the version of Common Ground that’s being killed. That’s about .026 percent of U.S. nonprofits. Obviously, if […]
Yesterday the news was that Blackbaud had laid off 50 employees it acquired when it bought Convio in May. In what was said to be an unrelated development, they also announced the departure of Gene Austin, the former CEO of Convio. Today the news is that Blackbaud is killing off Common Ground, one of the […]
My colleague Charlie Hunsaker posted the following question on the FUNDSVCS Advancement Services listserve: I have two clients who are looking for new systems and want a “cost justification” for their acquisition to share with their management. Probably an issue that we should all be looking at. So with some background, I’ve got some questions. […]
Blackbaud completed its purchase of Convio. The next adventure starts today, as we wait to see what the future holds for their various systems.