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Analyst Heaven

I was imagining what heaven might look like for us fundraising analysts. By and large, fundraising analysts lead good lives here on planet earth. We help causes that really matter. We get to work indoors. Often, we can even work from home. We get to use our brains a...

The Bi-Polar Future of Fundraising

There are two fundraising models that are heading in opposite directions. The traditional model is that you invest in new donor acquisition and then work to build a long-term relationship with those donors who, in turn, will faithfully support your cause. The emerging...

Let’s Get Small?

As we kick off 2016, I have a question for you. Let me set the context. In the past decade, we’ve witnessed many of our clients migrate from micro-computer based fundraising databases to CRM (Constituent Relationship Management) cloud-based databases. And for 10-years...

The Big Limitations of Big Data

Arguably, the biggest story of the summer was the revelation of how our government is collecting all manner of data on private citizens. And while this isn’t necessarily surprising, it is still somewhat concerning. But I think a bigger story that is playing out both...

The Diminishing Returns of Complexity

We have been chatting about how the technological movement known as “big data” is at its tipping point and it seems that nothing is going to stop it. But I have noticed something. Big data leads to complexity. Expensive complexity. And it’s not just the technological...