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Sep 14, 2015

The First Thing about Analytics

past-present-futureAs fundraisers, we plan to succeed.

And to maximize our chances for success, our plans have to be grounded in empiricism.

Far too often, we’ve seen inexperienced boards or EDs make up crazy revenue goals for their DDs. These goals seem to be based on whim and wish. The only thing these kinds of goals achieve is to motivate the DD to look for a new job in a less crazy environment.

I’ve often said, to create a good plan for the future, you have to know where you currently stand. And nothing gives you a better comprehensive assessment of your current situation than looking at your organization’s past giving trends.

Analytics’ first job is to look back with the purpose of helping you look forward.

It does more than that of course. But this is where it all starts.

Right Tools for the Right Job

Goodness gracious. Are you serious? Apparently in UK, COVID19 cases were under reported due to an Excel limitation on the number of cases in a database. Lives are at stake people! Use the right tools of the trade. And even when lives are not at stake, use the right...

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Fall Forecast 2020

I’ll start with the obvious: No one knows how this fall’s fundraising campaigns will do. We are at in a turbulent time. Global pandemic. Rising unemployment. Stimulus checks. Divisive election. World powers butting heads. Us analyst rely heavily on past data to give...

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The People Behind Nonprofits: Part Three

Interested in pursuing a career in nonprofit operations management? Here’s what experts in the field think you should know: It’s not enough to just be passionate about the cause. The nonprofit sector also needs business-minded people who excel at their jobs and are...

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