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Empathy is the New Black

This is the third in a series of blogs on 2018 trends. You can read about the first trend here and the second here. The fourth trend for 2018 stated in the Forbes article is: We are in an era of purposeful business driven by collaboration, inclusion, and the notion of...

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Everyone is a Customer

This is a second in a series of blogs on 2018 trends. You can read about the first trend here. The second trend identified by Forbes is: In the age of experience, EVERYONE is a customer. What this simply means is that in the world of social media, there is no...

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Five Marketing Trends for 2018

Recently, Forbes published an article called “Top 5 Trends for Marketers and Entrepreneurs In 2018.” I find these trends to be very encouraging for nonprofits. The market is moving towards nonprofits, and – for a change – the nonprofit industry is well-positioned to...

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Gratefulness

Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday. Perhaps it’s because it’s the least commercialized holiday. It’s really a throwback day. It’s countercultural now. Sitting around with those you love (OK, and Uncle Dick too) and taking the whole day just to be together....

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Change Your Name, Watch Revenue Drop

We recently did a Strategic Growth Analysis on a new client’s donor database. It looked awful. The organization was rolling along and then one year, all of their metrics plummeted. At first, we thought there must be a data issue. But when we talked with them, they...

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The Last Word in Measuring Engagement

If you could summarize the consultant chatter over the past decade into one phrase, I would nominate “donor engagement” as the winning phrase. But what does that mean exactly? As a donor behavior scientist, I am a firm believer in what Peter Drucker said: “If you...

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Response Rate Testing and Statistical Significance

One of the more straightforward analyses we often do at Analytical Ones is to compare the results of a direct mail test to identify whether the differences are statistically significant. Though this is a straightforward analysis, there are a lot to these tests. So,...

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The Power of Anonymity

I have a daughter graduating from high school this month. Her class is heading for a mission trip to serve an orphanage in the Dominican Republic for a week. For her to go on this trip, she had to raise her own support of $1,500, or pay for it out of her savings....

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Net Dollars Not Donors Part 2

This may sound heretical, but counting donors isn't as important as counting dollars. Here's why: donors are not of equal value. For far too long in fundraising, there has been this assumption that "more donors are better." This would be true if (and only if) all...

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Net Dollars Not Donors Part 1

Somewhere over the rainbow in fundraising, two metrics were established as the gold standard: gross revenue generated and the number of donors acquired. And that's a shame. It's a shame because you can optimize these two metrics into organization ruin. Let's take...

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The Frustration of Volunteering

This past year, my family and I have been volunteering for Lutheran Social Services to help refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan relocate to Savannah. I admire the work that Lutheran Social Services does with refugees. It’s a huge job and they do so much with so...

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The Shift to Lift

At Analytical Ones, we simplify all of our recommendations into three categories: Win (acquisition and reactivation); Lift (upgradation) and Keep (retention). If you study donor files, active donor counts peaked in 2008, at the cliff of the Great Recession. Though...

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The Power of a Major Donor Model

  Think about this and see if it doesn’t convince you of the value of a major donor model to identify prospects on your donor database. These are actual numbers from one of our clients. What are the odds of any donor reaching major donor status? About 1 in 1500...

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Dual Channel/Schmual Channel

Google the term “dual channel donors” and you will get a plethora of websites stating the virtues of cultivating donors via multiple channels. Some of this information is all myth. We’ve recently done several analyses on dual channel donors, and here’s what we found:...

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