How Many Donor Databases Are There?

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I thought it might be useful to compile a list of all of the commercial donor databases I’m aware of. This list came from my head, my bookmarks, and lists compiled by NTEN and Idealware for their donor management software surveys (and I’m not certain all of these are actually donor databases). Feel free to let me know what I missed, which systems no longer exist, and which aren’t really donor databases.

Here's 28 Reasons Why Your Nonprofit Should Switch to EveryAction

EveryAction

EveryAction stores over 89 million "Action Profiles" of donors and supporters, which means that a significant number of EveryAction forms come pre-filled. Your donors can update their own information. Cultivate major donors with Moves Management.

How To Find the Right Database For Social Justice and Advocacy Nonprofits

EveryAction

However, many nonprofits often overlook the fact that clean, useable data empowers staff to “work smarter, not harder” and can increase efficiency by automating basic processes and providing the information necessary to make smart decisions about where to invest time and resources for maximum impact.

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5 Ways Nonprofit Tech Can Improve Your Donor Stewardship

Fundraising Coach

Think about it this way: your nonprofit may be an expert at encouraging first-time donors to contribute. By creating a foolproof stewardship plan you can retain the donors you’ve cultivated. The benefits of retaining donors are endless, but the process is easier said than done.

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5 Tech Strategies for Making a Multi-Channel Fundraising Ask

Fundraising Coach

That is, the process of soliciting your donors and securing gifts for your cause. Use tech tools to automate the acknowledgment process. Knowing your donors well starts with doing the right donor research. Segment your donor lists. Personalize asks to donors.

Avoid the Cringe-Inducing Moment of Calling a Deceased Donor

The Agitator

This easy-to-use tool enables you to go online and quickly— and without charge – get an overview of who on your database is deceased. The Importance of Deceased Donor Information. As Nick discusses in his post, that’s an easy goal for us to meet that donors notice and remember.

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Is Fundraising a Fail? New National Study Paints a Pretty Dim Picture of Nonprofit Fundraising

Marketing for Nonprofits

Also, check out my thoughts below on what the industry needs to do to ensure that all fundraisers and the organizations and causes WE love have the money and donors WE need to succeed! Money isn't everything but if you want A-Talent on your fundraising team, be prepared to pay and let these folks lead. Goal setting for fundraising should ALWAYS start with an analysis of your donor database, be done FROM THE BOTTOM UP, and include Non-Financial Metrics.