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Giving Thanks - Ideas for how to show your supporters that you care around the holidays

You know how to show your family and friends that you care about them around the holidays. Making your family’s favorite pumpkin pie or picking out presents for your friends is a staple. However, the end of the year is a great time to show your donors and volunteers that you appreciate them, too. Although, how you do that might not be as clear cut. You might do a great job at thanking your donors initially, but letting your donors know you haven’t forgot about them ensures that they wont forget about you.

Here are six creative ideas to say 'Thanks' to your donors & volunteers: [More]

Purchasing a New Database? How to Prep for Your Data Move in 5 Easy Steps

One inevitable aspect of purchasing a new database is moving all of your existing data into your new system. Moving your data into a new database system is just like packing up and moving into a new house – only better. No sore back, no broken stuff, no begging your friends for help or having to buy pizza and beer (unless you want to).

Whether you’re preparing your data for a price estimate, or getting ready for your final data migration, here are 5 easy steps to follow for a smooth data transfer. [More]

Your CRM is Basically a Superhero

It’s no secret to those that know me that I’m a pretty huge superhero fan. So it’s pretty exciting to me that the newest Avenger’s trailer debuted recently. Part of what draws me to superheroes is that they can do so many amazing things. One superhero has the ability to do the work of an entire police force or more. Much the same, having a CRM database eliminates the need to use a whole suite of separate tools that can slow down your entire organization’s operation. [More]

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‘Trick-or-Treat!’ Shop For Your Nonprofit’s Sweet New CRM Without Getting Any Tricks

This time of year, little ones are picking out costumes, planning their trick-or-treating groups and generally getting excited for Halloween. And if you’re like me, this time of year can make you nostalgic for the Halloween of your childhood. The autumn also marks an important time for nonprofit technology. After a summer full of conferences and vacations, and before year end holiday plans and fundraising pushes, it is also often when many nonprofits decide to migrate to a new CRM system.

Use these four tips to make sure your software search runs smoothly and you end up with a sweet system, not just something you were tricked into thinking was a great deal: [More]

Using Psychology to Increase Donations

There is an ever-growing body of research trying to determine why people give. Think of your own charitable giving and ask yourself what it was that enticed you to actually get out your credit card. Was it the way you were asked or who did the asking, the organization’s mission, their website, or possibly the picture of the sad puppy that tipped the scale? Whatever it was, chances are great that your response was driven by psychology. The reason that you responded may not be the same reason why your neighbor responded to the same appeal.

By learning the reasons why your supporters respond to your organization’s communication and appeals, you are better able to target your message. How do you do this most effectively and convert your supporters to donors? [More]