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.

Back-up Your Database... and other important files


It's a little boring to talk about... but it's not boring at all when something happens to your database records. It can happen in a moment... as I discovered when I accidentally dropped my external back-up drive last Friday. "No problem," I thought. "It was a short fall onto carpeting... and it's a well-built drive. Haven't I knocked it around a little before?" 

My drive experienced the event differently. When I plugged it in (so as to access all of the photos that I use in my work) it made little grunting sounds and disappeared from the computer explorer memory. If you've been there yourself, you  know what I did next... a series of restarts, re-plug-ins, and re-trys all gave me the same result. Yes, it was true, about 10 years worth of raw and edited photos were no longer accessible. 

Continue reading
1443 Hits

Information About Backing Up Your FundRaiser Database

Information About Backing Up Your FundRaiser Database

A common question that we receive in Technical Support is that if an organization has an IT department which creates backups of the server computer which holds FundRaiser, is an actual FundRaiser backup necessary?

The answer is yes. When an IT department backs up a server that is different from a FundRaiser backup.

Continue reading
2310 Hits

How Often Should You Back Up Your Data?

How Often Should You Back Up Your Data?

Different people and organizations will have different backup needs. To set up a schedule that works for you, consider the following questions

How much data loss would you consider 'allowable loss"- fairly simple to recreateHow often do you enter data?How much of your data would be difficult or impossible to recreate?

These questions will give you the answer for how often you need to back up.  If your computer crashes and you lose all your data, how recent was your last back up? Does it cover the data which would be difficult or impossible to recreate? If you enter a lot of information regularly, you may want to back up weekly. 

Continue reading
2512 Hits
Wait a minute, while we are rendering the calendar
how-to videos membership benefits FundRaiser Hosted add ons event management Crowdfunding Campaign mission driven tribute gifts word processor communications Thanksgiving small donations the Ask Personalizing donation history mode code case study foundations New Year increasing giving amounts National Change of Address data entry disaster relief annual maintenance plan training annual campaign merge notes targeted mailings donor targeting Donor Portal adding personal notes to letters Reporting to IRS fundraising on site training volunteers arts donor loyalty in honor of donations moves management motivation code user interface flash sales In-Kind gifts donor preferences Codes follow up ticketsales look and feel SYBUNTS GoFundMe project data conversion Thank You general pledges nonprofit fundraising Snow Birds donor retention rate spreadsheets happiness grassroots campaign backing up data Facebook customer service Reminders giving history phoning donors budget recurring gifts welcome packet animal rescue password protection correspondence Constant Contact upgrade how to handle auction gifts data analysis community arts nonprofits change of address updating brick campaign security customer portal fundraising letters NCOA processing membership programs FundRaiser Spark major donors Congratulations PayPal building donor relationships support reports gift notes field segmenting donors overview operating systems gift entry appeal letters donor profile lapsed donor new nonprofit board members tax summary letters importing csv donor recognition updates banquet #GivingTuesday direct mail government grants charity golf tournaments merge fields texting donors campaign management publicity materials spare fields relationship tracking large donations thank you letters advanced tab donor contact information Excel pictures custom page donor attrition donor slip Task List upgrading donors operational costs role of nonprofits Volunteer module vacation correspondance office Tickles corporate sponsors motivation accounting software premiums tech tip social media Importing Data ROI features Resiliency LYBUNTS giving levels volunteering online donations donor attrition rate memorial giving product news new leadership user spotlights new features community broadcasting gift acceptance policy anonymous donors Network for Good online donations GivingTuesday legacy giving Groupings ticket sales alumni endowment campaign Company culture Facebook campaign new version community supported gardens understanding giving trends grants major gift prospects raffle development director Alternative Addresses monthly giving entering auction gifts new donors End of Year Letters auction training tip donor solicitors donor source personalizing letters Cloud capital campaign technical support announcements membersip benefits letter templates

Connect With Us

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

Customer Portal Login Form

User Name:

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