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Is a wealth screening a worthwhile investment?

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“We have this donor database, and it is filled with names of people about whom we know very little. I just know that there are people in there who have the […]

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Do you trust your donors enough to let them opt out?

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I started thinking about this question after reading this article on Philanthropy.com about a nonprofit that was trying to improve its direct-mail donor acquisition. They worked with an economist from […]

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It’s 3:00am – Do you know how engaged your donors are?

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Ever lie awake at night wondering how you’re going to “get to” that enticing prospect that could take your campaign from “feasible” to “successful?”  Here’s how to take the guesswork […]

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To Affinity and Beyond

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So often in nonprofit donor research, we focus on donor capacity—whether a donor has money to give, and how much, based on known assets and previous giving. While this is […]

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How well do you search?

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I use Google every day and have a degree in library and information science, and yet I was blown away by how tweaking my search techniques started returning much better search results and transformed the way I was able to work.

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Eating On Just $7 a Day: Hunger Action Week at Collins

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The challenge was to spend just seven dollars per person a day on three nourishing meals (the average typical daily budget for food stamps) to highlight the challenges some face when living on a tight food budget.

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Understanding the New 2013 HIPAA Healthcare Privacy Rules

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The new guidelines (called Final Rule) clarify some of the previous regulations that will allow development professionals working in healthcare-related philanthropy to better communicate and engage with potential donors.

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Research and Search Engines on a Budget

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Have you ever had an unknown donor appear out of the blue with a significant gift? (We should all be so lucky, right?) How do you find out about this […]

Categories / Campaigns / Donor Relations
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Think Outside The Bar Chart

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I am a data geek. I love information. I love taking a jumbled set of raw data and turning it into something useful for our clients. I am one of […]

Categories / Donor Relations / Trends
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Writing a Personal Appeal Letter

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We at The Collins Group spend our professional lives advising clients on best practices to communicate with donors. Yet writing an appeal letter for a personal cause remains an incredibly […]

Categories / Donor Relations / Events
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