FundRaiser Blog

The FundRaiser Software Blog is an excellent resource for nonprofit organizations looking to learn more about fundraising, donor management, membership management, and much more.

A Kind & Common Sense Approach to Donor Relations

A Kind & Common Sense Approach to Donor Relations

 

Dear Kim,

Continue reading
491 Hits

Moving Members Up The Giving Ladder

Moving Members Up The Giving Ladder

Moving donors up the giving ladder is one of the prime reasons to keep a donor database. Here are some tips for how to prepare to ask your members to move up the giving ladder.

Creating a Reality-Based Gift Chart

Compile an A to Z listing of all current donors and lapsed donors—no more than three years (excluding those whose reason for lapsing is known).

Continue reading
3918 Hits

How A Little Bit of Donor Outreach Created Campaign Success

How A Little Bit of Donor Outreach Created Campaign Success

In June, I tried my hand at my first fundraising campaign. I started with a basic mailing to loyal donors. You can read about my beginning efforts in my blog post here.   

After I sent the letters out, I didn’t have to wait long before our first donations came in. Loyal donors replied rapidly, and it was great fun to open the envelopes and see their notes and checks. 

Continue reading
1195 Hits

LYBUNT? SYBUNT? OMG LOL


What's in an Acronym?

In Kim Klein's blog article this month, she explains what the term LYBUNT means, which is a good thing, but there is another that is used in FundRaiser we need to know, too:  SYBUNT.  SYBUNT is similar to LYBUNT, but reaches further into a lapsed donor's past.  A SYBUNT has given "Some Year But Not This".  You can find both of these terms scattered throughout FundRaiser:  in the "WHO" section of reports and mass mailings (in the "MasterFile" dropdown), the "Common Patterns" section of creating a Grouping, and elsewhere.  They are just easier ways to describe certain donor situations.

Precisely, Generally Speaking

Once you know the definitions, you may run into another situation due to the business world view that there are two distinct types of years:  calendar and fiscal (which FundRaiser calls "Reporting" year).  FundRaiser's Reporting year is, by default, set to the calendar year, but can be changed to coincide with the fiscal year your organization uses for accounting purposes.  It's changed in the Options, General, Printing menu, and requires that you set the beginning month of the yearly period you want to consider for your Reporting year.  Be aware that, if you make a change here, you will need to run the Rebuild Statistics Page Data utility (in the Utilities menu) in order to make certain all the yearly totals reflect your reporting year, and that people are able to be put properly in their LYBUNT and SYBUNT places.

Continue reading
8383 Hits

Inviting LYBUNTS to Renew Their Support

Photo of cats

Dear Kim:

What is a Lie-Bunt?  I have some pro bono consulting from this high powered direct mail and social media person and she told me we have a lot of lie-bunts we should be asking.  I already feel stupid around her and don’t want to ask her what she means.  Do you have any idea? 

Continue reading
2696 Hits
Wait a minute, while we are rendering the calendar
donor slip fundraising donor membership programs event management mission driven Alternative Addresses product news password protection motivation code mode code community arts nonprofits premiums lapsed donor fundraising letters donor loyalty training tip Codes donor recognition gift entry segmenting donors customer portal overview solicitors upgrading donors publicity materials Facebook donor attrition rate operational costs the Ask understanding giving trends tribute gifts annual campaign PayPal online donations building donor relationships volunteers phoning donors GivingTuesday LYBUNTS community broadcasting arts flash sales new leadership moves management Groupings Donor Portal In-Kind gifts data entry relationship tracking custom page grassroots campaign merge fields donor retention rate on site training nonprofit fundraising thank you letters correspondence government grants donor contact information donation history #GivingTuesday increasing giving amounts monthly giving add ons Facebook campaign development director user spotlights general corporate sponsors online donations case study Reporting to IRS memorial giving campaign management Resiliency appeal letters annual maintenance plan volunteering happiness major donors Snow Birds Congratulations office features security ROI giving levels targeted mailings data conversion tech tip reports spreadsheets Thank You how-to videos membersip benefits look and feel Crowdfunding Campaign tax summary letters customer service in honor of donations welcome packet change of address updating data analysis major gift prospects endowment campaign word processor importing csv social media Excel foundations communications motivation upgrade capital campaign End of Year Letters updates small donations advanced tab operating systems Company culture backing up data National Change of Address announcements GoFundMe project support NCOA processing accounting software disaster relief membership benefits donor attrition community supported gardens budget training alumni charity golf tournaments Volunteer module board members pledges animal rescue grants recurring gifts

Connect With Us

  800-880-3454 ext 3
  Email Us
  Request More Information
  Monday-Friday
      8:30AM-5:30PM CST

Customer Portal Login Form

User Name:
Password:

If you are not sure about your Customer User Name, please call 800-543-4131 and we will be able to help you.

Or you have lost your password, Request Password