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You Don't Know What You Don't Know

Last weekend I attend the SQL Saturday #149 Conference in Minneapolis. It was a great chance to get my feet wet in lots of technologies related to SQL Server. If you do not care about the intricacies of SQL Server, you're in luck because that's as technical as the rest of this post will get! At the conference I learned that thedatabank development team has some powerful tools at our disposal that we didn't know existed. As G.I. Joe says, "...knowing is half the battle." [More]

Getting Philosophical

I’ll admit it: as a senior in college, class is the last thing on my mind. I often find myself balancing between preparing for life after college and savoring the last few months I have of life as a student without “real world” responsibilities. With that in mind, when a class topic resonates with me, it’s because I truly see the value in it. Recently, in a class discussion the topic turned towards CRM and looking at it not just as technology, but also as a philosophy. [More]

4 Tips for Finding Your Inner Nonprofit Blogger

The idea of a blog is great. It brings more traffic to your site, it increases your SEO, it helps you position yourself as the thought leader you are in your field, and most importantly, it helps you connect with your supporters. I'm not sure if anyone else has this problem, but when I'm asked to write a blog post and "just come up with something", my first reaction is "deer in the headlights" and then a slow panic-attack leading up to the day before (or day of) my post being due as I'm still trying to figure out what to write about. I don't think I'm alone in this. So what's an upcoming-blogger to do? [More]

Applying Lessons from Dating to Your Search for a Nonprofit Fundraising CRM

Too often when researching fundraising software, we get caught up in the technical features and forget to step back and examine the companies behind the technology. There are real people at those companies, and ultimately that is who you are entering into a relationship with. It’s wise to evaluate the potential providers of your nonprofit's CRM software the same way you would a romantic interest. But how do you find the perfect match? [More]

Not Another Post About Common Ground

The fundraising world, or at least a very small part of it, was sent into a tailspin last week when Blackbaud announced it would be closing down the Common Ground fundraising software it had acquired when Convio became part of the bulging Blackbaud empire. If you missed it, there are plenty of tweets, posts and other communications floating around the interweb. Just Google it, Bing it, or ask Siri. [More]