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Leading in Prospect Research: Book Writing Tips from Canada

by Liz Rejman Tracey Church and I share many things: a love of red wine, pride in serving Apra, and little fear in taking risks. We also have taught prospect research courses in Canadian post-secondary institutions using Cecilia Hogan’s book as the text. The key thing that Tracey and I also shared which ultimately led… Read More »

What is Relationship Management?

At the Prospect Research Institute, we are turning our focus right now to developing new educational materials for the Relationship Management learning domain. Starting at the very  beginning we wanted to define some key terms for our classroom glossary. Looking online for material created by experts we came up with the terms and definitions below…. Read More »

Should your organization seek gifts of mineral rights?

By Patricia Smith Considering that I work for the Colorado School of Mines Foundation, when I was asked recently to research gifts of mineral rights, I was surprised to find myself chasing down a rabbit hole, much like Alice in Wonderland! I had anticipated being able to provide leadership with the nuts and bolts of… Read More »

Data That Can’t Be Dumbed Down

By Jen Filla Our donors and constituents are talking to us through data trails created from actions such as making gifts, liking our Facebook pages, and attending our events. So why aren’t we using that information? An elite few organizations are. The University of Maryland University College did it so well that they’ve birthed a… Read More »

Warning: Use These Surefire Social Media Research Tips at Your Own Risk

By Emily Davis Facebook. Twitter. Tumblr. Instagram. Twenty years ago, these words would have sounded like gibberish. Today, they are integral parts of our everyday lives. We use them to keep updated on the latest news, celebrity gossip, and updates from organizations and individuals that we admire and are connected to. Their importance to fundraising,… Read More »

What Siri Can Teach us about Rerouting for Fundraising Success

Guest post by Andrea Pactor, MA, Associate Director of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Rerouting, rerouting. Just as Siri provides new directions when we are navigationally challenged, so too can prospect researchers help advancement teams create new routes to engage a broader donor base, increase giving, and… Read More »