Contributors to SupportingFundraising.Com

Joseph Calger

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Michelle Catlett

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Corina Lynn Coles

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Jennifer Cooper

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Francine Cronin

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DonorSearch

DonorSearch is a leading provider of prospect research to nonprofits of all types, in [...]

Brian W. Dowling

Brian W. Dowling is the Principal and Founder of SupportingFundraising.Com and Suppor [...]

Dianne Easter

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Cheryl Edwards

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John Elbare

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Ryan Elliott

Ryan has contributions to this site on the following pages:   [...]

Ellucian

Savvy advancement professionals understand that long-term relationships are the basis [...]

Kim Becker Cooper

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The Value of Participation

  • Helps to promote your organization and the cause you work for.
  • It’s a personal resume builder. Helps you develop leadership skills. Highlights your own leadership skills.
  • Contributing is one way to give back to the profession and the community you work in. Focus on what is helpful to others.
  • Sharing expertise helps us raise more money for our causes. Make a difference. Renew your enthusiasm by actively demonstrating that you’re one of the leading experts in your field.
  • Additional way of networking with your colleagues. Make new friends when people start to ask you for help. Develop powers of persuasion.
  • Contributions should relate to some aspect of supporting fundraising but can also relate to philanthropy in general.
  • Ideally they should be solutions or ideas that can be replicated or used in more than one organization.
  • If possible, solutions should be generic and not too closely aligned with specific products or vendors.
  • Vendors, you too can contribute white papers or similar materials. These can include your logo and company information but papers must provide value as a solution as opposed to a sales paper.
  • Contributions can be anything from links, to white papers, best practices or guest blog posts.

And – don’t assume that what you’d like to share might not be worthy. These resources are used by people with all levels of expertise and all different types of organizations.

What may seem basic to you may be ground breaking for another individual or organization. We all started somewhere.

Brainstorming to give you ideas, these not in any order or by preference but are some of the types of resources that colleagues who visit this site fine useful.

  • Motivating and retaining employees.
  • Working more effectively with central HR departments on finding great staff.
  • Add sample job descriptions. Saves others from having to write them from scratch.
  • Post your own jobs on this site. With over 4,500 registered users and about 1 million visits a year – it’s a good place to advertise positions.
  • Suggest additional links to sites with job postings for the other job boards page to help you find jobs.
  • Talk about the Importance and challenges of writing articles for industry publications on a volunteer basis.
  • What it takes to become a part-time consultant in a field.
  • Discuss software user groups what makes them important and why you should participate. Submit links to software user groups.
  • Suggestions for links to additional web sites with good resources to add to the community pages of this site.
  • Budget strategies in times of budget reductions. We all seem to be required to do more with less – what successful tactics have you used?
  • Managing growth in your chart of accounts and project tables.
  • How do you make efficient use of your time, especially in a small shop where you have to often be a master of all trades?
  • How do you track transactions processed and other work so you can inform supervisors of what your department has done?
  • The budget exercise, how to get more resources.
  • Effective policies and procedures. Samples of what’s worked for you.
  • Improving your training practices.
  • Organizational planning and budget strategies.
  • Effective processing of gifts. How do we know if we are effective?
  • Monitoring your receipting and acknowledgement practices.
  • Effective pledge collection and management strategies.
  • Hiring and retaining good people.
  • Physical environments for working effectively.
  • Gift counting and recording policies and procedures.
  • Effective events management.
  • Events management check lists.
  • Accuracy in gift entry and in data entry in general. Are we improving or staying the same?
  • Sample gift and pledge transmittal forms.
  • Integrating support services into the advancement development and planning processes.
  • Dovetailing services and support with campaigns. What works, what doesn’t?
  • Privacy legislation and implications for records management.
  • Donor agreements, sample language.
  • Donor agreements, what’s accepted, what shouldn’t be. Gift acceptance policies.
  • Customer services management, how to handle calls from donors and prospects.
  • Links to organizations on the web with useful philanthropic related content.
  • Links to organizations with websites related to topical areas of interest.
  • Other sites with lists and lists of web sites on specific topics of interest.
  • Information that doesn’t fit in anywhere else on this site.
  • Information that could fit everywhere on this site.
  • Improving your data integrity processes.
  • Effective tracing and other data acquisition strategies.
  • Document imaging practical strategies tips and tricks.
  • Links to vendors selling data update and cleansing strategies or vendors with useful resources on their sites.
  • Shadow databases and how to integrate them into the main institutional database.
  • Records updating policies and procedures.
  • Decentralized vs. centralized data entry of records.
  • Privacy legislation and opt out codes. Managing contact status codes such as no solicitations for donors.
  • Creating your reporting environment.
  • Effective report deployment strategies.
  • Managing your technical staff and reporting team in a reporting environment.
  • Data warehouses and reporting servers.
  • Favourite report samples.
  • The relationship of the web to report production and deployment.
  • Managing report requests and the reporting queue.
  • Managing annual fund requests and working effectively with annual giving staff.
  • Reporting standards.
  • Annual fund effectiveness.
  • Annual fund training.
  • Branding and marketing.
  • Hiring, monitoring and other telemarketing employment practices.
  • Planned giving successes.
  • Reunion giving.
  • Research links of interest.
  • Research profile samples and improvements.
  • Managing your research staff.
  • Testing potential new hires for their research abilities.
  • Essential resources needed for the research shop.
  • Challenges of running a small research shop.
  • Research and working in a smaller community.
  • Data backup and recovery strategies.
  • System acquisitions and conversions.
  • Project charters, RFPs and other system acquisition documentation.
  • Software installation and updating.
  • Effective management of technical staff.
  • Centralized vs. decentralized control and management of systems.
  • Additional vendors for vendor listings.
  • Pre installation check lists for new projects.
  • Effective project management.
  • Technology mentoring and making sure you’re grandfathering technical knowledge.
  • Notable alumni and friends web sites.
  • Ideas for web site content.
  • Additional links to useful sites for web development.
  • What makes an effective alumni and friends web site.
  • Using statistics to manage and monitor your web site.
  • Sample web site forms.
  1. If you haven’t already, you’ll need to register on the site.
  2. Login and update your profile. Pay particular attention to information you’d like to share publicly.
  3. Use the Contribute Now form to submit a suggested contribution to this site.
  4. It can sometimes take a day or two to review, approve and add your contribution to the appropriate pages. We’ll let you know when we’ve done this so you can review and verify.
  5. You can log in any time and make changes to your profile, which will appear on all pages where you’re listed as a contributor.