Tag Archives: Nonprofit

Microsoft Venture Expands Philanthropic Investment

December 8, 2015 — 

Tech giant reaffirms commitment to philanthropic mission with launch of new organization  Microsoft is known for its charitable programs, mainly thanks to the ongoing work of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. One of the reasons that StratusLIVE is built on the…Read more…

The Best Practice Fundraisers Aren’t Practicing

November 26, 2015 — 

There are many obstacles to overcome to become a master fundraiser. But the biggest roadblock for many is fear. Fear of failure. Fear of alienating your donors. Fear of being perceived as something you are not. Fear of rejection. Thankfully, there…Read more…

How To Win Giving Tuesday

November 17, 2015 — 

It may seem hard to believe, but #GivingTuesday is almost here! Now in its fourth year, Giving Tuesday has already become known nationwide as the anti “Black Friday”. Taking place the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Giving Tuesday taps into the backlash against the commercialization of…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…

Giving Preferences Drive Fundraising Methods

October 29, 2015 — 

Donors will tell you how they want to give. Your nonprofit needs to listen. Before I ever began to realize my dream of helping nonprofits become lean, mean fundraising machines, I worked in the marketing department of a large publishing company that distributed to hundreds of markets nationwide….Read more…

3 Keys to Getting Along with Search Engines

October 9, 2015 — 

“How much am I going to have to pay to be number one in search results?” Unfortunately, that was not a rhetorical question. Nor was it sarcasm. That was a real question I recently heard a business person ask a web…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…

Empower Your Nonprofit Staff to Perform Higher Value Work

August 14, 2015 — 

Instead of having to “do more with less,” here’s how your nonprofit can better allocate resources to “do more with more.” Since the Great Recession, nonprofit organizations have grown in both size and number. Donation participation and gift totals are at an all-time…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…

5 Fundraising Lessons from 2016 Presidential Candidates

July 24, 2015 — 

While most nonprofits can’t enlist the help of Super PACs to raise millions, there are still plenty of fundraising and marketing lessons to learn from the current crop of presidential hopefuls. According to the Federal Elections Commission, over $400 million has already…Read more…

The 2 Most Important Ingredients For Nonprofit Success

July 14, 2015 — 

Former GE CEO Jack Welch shares his tips for success—tips that can lead to nonprofit success, too. Savvy nonprofit leaders understand that knowledge and inspiration can come from anywhere, especially the private sector. And when it comes to words of wisdom, there are…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…