Tag Archives: Database

Free Software: Too Good to Be True

June 13, 2016 — 

Free software may cost more than you think. Imagine you’re in the market to buy a car. When doing research, what do you look for? Does it have to be sporty? Have 4-wheel drive? Will you only consider blue cars? Or cars with leather…Read more…

Gartner: Microsoft Named Magic Quadrant Leader 9 Years Running

February 12, 2016 — 

For the ninth consecutive year, world-renowned research and advisory firm Gartner has positioned Microsoft as a Leader in the Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence for its cloud-based Power BI software product. And for the first time, Power BI also placed furthest in ‘completeness…Read more…

Microsoft Office 365 Continues To Dominate

January 5, 2016 — 

2015 was a very good year for Microsoft Office 365 — as well as for products and applications that leverage Office, such as StratusLIVE! — thanks in large part to the boom in adoption rates for cloud computing among businesses and nonprofits. In…Read more…

Intuition Versus Insight

December 31, 2015 — 

Gain insight into your nonprofit decisions with facts and figures, not guesses. Recently, I was having a conversation with an acquaintance of mine who happens to be the Chief Operating Officer of a midsize nonprofit. We were discussing the intersection…Read more…

The Care & Feeding of Major Donors

November 11, 2015 — 

However you define them, major donors mean big business for nonprofits. This is why major donors can often seem intimidating to many fundraisers, even seasoned development officers with great track records. But it doesn’t have to be this way! Read on for…Read more…

The Generous Generation: Millennials & Nonprofits

October 27, 2015 — 

It’s tempting for nonprofits to court Millennials. For starters, there are over 80 million of them. In fact, 2015 marks the first year that Millennials outnumber Baby Boomers as the largest living American generation. Earlier this year, they surpassed Generation X to become…Read more…

Beyond RFM: Constituent Analytics

September 17, 2015 — 

Discover how to identify, evaluate, and motivate your donors  Recency. Frequency. Monetary value. The all-powerful RFM. These three metrics have been drilled into the heads of fundraisers since the early days of nonprofits and fundraising organizations—but what worked in decades past is no longer…Read more…

Must-Have Software: What Nonprofits Want

September 4, 2015 — 

New report sheds light on nonprofit software challenges What drives nonprofits to seek out new fundraising software? What types of functionality are they searching for? Which are ‘must-have’ features and which are ‘nice-to-haves’? These questions were explored in a new report by Software Advice, a…Read more…

Prescriptive Analytics: Using Data to Make Great Decisions

August 28, 2015 — 

Does analysis matter? The world of data analysis is filled with swirling information from countless directions, as well as complex nomenclature and acronyms. But at the end of the day, what really matters to your mission is action and results….Read more…

Microsoft Wins CRM Magazine Market Leader Awards

August 21, 2015 — 

Microsoft Dynamics wins CRM Magazine Market Leader Awards in Enterprise CRM, Midmarket CRM, Small Business CRM, and Sales Force Automation categories. StratusLIVE for Fundraisers is built on the Microsoft Dynamics CRM platform for many good reasons. And we’re not alone…Read more…

Use This Checklist To Help Donors Get The Message

July 31, 2015 — 

There are plenty of ways to send a message. You could make a call, pay a visit, rent a billboard, write a letter, or even send a fax. The ability of your nonprofit organization to ensure that your message actually reaches its…Read more…

Nonprofits Are Too Important To “Buy Cheap”

June 29, 2015 — 

When buying nonprofit software, it’s important to account for all expenses and savings—not just upfront costs. When I was growing up, I remember my parents doing whatever they could to save money. After the leftover Thanksgiving turkey was wrapped in plastic and…Read more…

5 Biggest Benefits of Bulldozing Your Data Silos

January 15, 2015 — 

Nobody likes silos—well, except maybe farmers. Many nonprofit organizations continue to put information into silos. We call these disconnected applications “point solutions”: one product for marketing, another for volunteer and event management, and something else for donor profiles. These silos have a direct…Read more…