Archive for the Tag 'Prospect Research'

Discussion of Donor Data Retention

A few months ago I wrote a post on the topic of whether nonprofits should delete old donor records. The same topic came up recently on the APRA’s listserve, PRSPCT-L. The original question: My organization is working on a data retention policy and wondering if others have insights to share. There seems to be a […]

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Tales of faux donors scamming charities

The following is a compilation of online discussions of faux donors trying to scam colleges, schools, and nonprofits. In most cases it’s not clear what the scammers are trying to achieve. Maybe they’re just practical jokes. These tales were provided by Barbara Esteve at Cedar Crest College, Roylene Gallas at the Little City Foundation, Don […]

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Using Prospect Research to Raise $1 Million

Margaret King, President of the InfoRich Group, has published an article on how prospect research yielded $1 million in foundation funding for one of her clients. She discusses the strategy behind the research, the tools she used, how the list was narrowed to a group of top prospects, and the general approach to cultivating the […]

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New listing of big gifts

Jay Frost of (formerly of WealthID) has started a new blog that will track large individual gifts to all types of charities in the US and abroad:

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Guessing the Gender of a Name

Ever wonder how to tell the gender of an unfamiliar first name? The PRSPCT-L listserve (for prospect researchers) had a discussion of resources for figuring this out and members provided the following suggestions:

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Relationship mapping software reviews

After reading several listserve discussions of the use of relationship mapping tools for prospect research, the WellStar Foundation’s David Broussard decided to get serious about the subject. The result is a website called Relationship Map Reviews. The site describes relationship mapping as a visual representation of relationships between individuals, organizations, companies, and other entities. As […]

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How Charities Use Screening Tools to Find Donors

According to a study commissioned by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, large charities are much more likely than small ones to use wealth screening services.  Approximately 1,300 fundraisers answered a survey asking whether they use screening services to identify prospective donors or likely upgrade prospects, determine giving ability or ask amounts, rate prospects’ inclination to give, […]

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