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Nonprofit Fundraising Whitepapers

By Gina Davis, DonorPro Implementation Specialist, TowerCare Technologies, Inc.

Managing your personal budget… Balancing your checkbook… Paying taxes… Trying to save for something important... These are all unavoidable parts of personal finance and they can be more than a little frustrating. However, if you are organized and diligent it is not quite as painful - except the paying taxes part!

Just like with your personal finances, organizing the finances for your nonprofit is vital for maximizing your income, keeping your nonprofit running efficiently and furthering your mission. Best practices suggest that your monies be tracked over three categories - Funds, Appeals and Campaigns. This article will focus on the most meaningful way to use of Funds, Appeals and Campaigns. Putting these practices in place today will allow you to track the success and yes, sometimes failures, of your various fundraising efforts over time. You will quickly learn from the mistakes and be able to easily repeat what works best.

By Gina Davis, DonorPro Implementation Specialist, TowerCare Technologies, Inc.

So you get this fabulous new cell phone. It has been touted as the must have item of the year. It has all these great apps that sound really useful. You buy the phone, but it is so difficult to figure out that you can't even make a simple phone call. You end up with nothing more than a very expensive paperweight. It can be that way with your nonprofit's database too. It has all of these wonderful features, but it is so difficult to figure out that nobody in your office wants to use it. That makes it a very expensive empty database.

By Gina Davis, DonorPro Implementation Specialist, TowerCare Technologies, Inc.

The integrity and security of your database is absolutely essential. Security means keeping your data safe. Integrity means keeping your data accurate, consistent and valid. This article will explore database integrity and security so that you will be armed with enough information to effectively protect your data.

By Gina Davis, DonorPro Implementation Specialist, TowerCare Technologies, Inc.

As a nonprofit, the generosity of your constituents is the lifeblood of your organization. On the technical side though, your database is the crux of your organization. Your database contains (or should contain) all of the information you need on a day to day basis. The information within your database allows for the ability to send out newsletters, invitations, thank you letters, run reports for the board and accountants, and even simply find a person’s phone number. Getting the needed data into your database is the first important step. Being able to get it out, analyze it and put it to good use is the next step.

By Gina Davis, DonorPro Implementation Specialist, TowerCare Technologies, Inc.

Appeal letters. Thank you letters. Mailing labels. Reports for the board. Event registration. Gift tracking. The list of items that a nonprofit has to generate in order to operate efficiently can go on and on. There are not enough hours in the day to complete all these tasks by hand. With a solid database, nonprofits can be more effective in their missions. If you have ever used any type of database or data tracking system or if you are using one and wish that you had more information to decide if what you are using is right for your organization, please read on. This article can help you get started on the path to choosing the most cost effective database for your organization.