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Mon, Oct 27, 2014

The IoF/CFG recently published a new report, “A practical guide to selecting and using online giving platforms” and I was pleased to see that the data collected from such platforms and, to a degree, the integration with your fundraising/CRM databases was acknowledged as a factor. However, I think such integration is sometimes promoted as being easier than it really is; and sadly, integrating or importing said data into your own fundraising database is often much more awkward, time consuming and costly than charities realise.There are therefore a number of things I think you should consider if you do want to [...]

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Tue, Oct 14, 2014
crystal ball

Last week, Blackbaud announced details of Raiser’s Edge NXT. In the first part of this blog, I gave the facts of what I currently understand NXT to be. In this second part, I will say a bit more about what I personally think of the system and the implications for current RE7 users/potential new NXT users. As such, I should add a great big caveat at the start which is that this is my own personal opinion and so you can blame me for anything I am ultimately wrong about (or, hopefully, right!), but I hope that this post is [...]

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Sun, Oct 12, 2014
Running into the Future

Last week, Blackbaud announced their roadmap and upgrade path for The Raiser’s Edge v7: Raiser’s Edge NXT. My post here summarises what this means to existing RE7 users and potential NXT users. I’ve split it into two parts: first the facts and second what I think the implications are for RE users 1. First, just the facts ma’amSo what do we know about NXT:Raiser’s Edge NXT (oh, and that’s pronounced En Ex Tee – not next or n’xt- although I’m not sure how long that will last…) is a cloud only solution. No more on-premise software.All clients will have unlimited [...]

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Mon, Oct 06, 2014

This is a slightly corny sounding subject at first sight, but it really is true and it really is important! The following are some of the things I have learned over the years which you might like to consider when buying and then implementing a fundraising, membership or CRM database (or anything else come to that!):The first thing which helps in this area is that hopefully you will consider supplier empathy and approach even during procurement. Especially the lead/key staff you will be working with. If you select a company where their staff do appear awkward/unhelpful/blunt or just don’t care [...]

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Mon, Sep 29, 2014
Time - one right one wrong

This is a brief message: if you have been asked to plan a new CRM or fundraising database implementation, and you have been told to create a timescale for the project, then beware of the ‘fake timescales’ syndrome.For example, if someone in your organisation (usually a senior manager…) says it must be done by date x, if there is no solid business reason for that date then don’t just accept it. If you have over-run your procurement by a couple of months, then don’t simply reduce the implementation time by 2 months – why has it suddenly become quicker to [...]

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