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.

Transitioning from FundRaiser Basic to Spark: Donor Codes


FundRaiser Basic offers three codes for donor records: a category code, a source code, and newsletter preferences. These three codes provide an excellent foundation for transitioning into FundRaiser Spark or even Select or Professional. Let’s look at each of the codes.

Continue reading
1048 Hits

My Experience: Moving from FundRaiser Basic to Spark


After 5 years of using FundRaiser Basic, the organization I volunteer for decided to move to FundRaiser Spark. The 5 years we've been using Basic have been good to us, and Basic has played a significant role in that. The organization has stabilized donations at the level needed for our operations, and increased fundraising to create 'a little extra' each year. In a kind of feedback loop between success with fundraising and growing confidence, we've also been willing to try new things and expand our impact. Although quite happy with what we've been able to do with Basic, the time seemed right to give ourselves more power in our donor management software and to explore having a greater impact in our community. 

The move from Basic to Spark has been enjoyable and interesting. I've learned two basic things--

Continue reading
1114 Hits

Importing from Spreadsheets to FundRaiser

Many non-profits began their data management using spreadsheets.  Yours may still use them, but there are many reasons to move away from them and into donor management software, as you may be aware.  In fact, here are a couple of articles that some folks have referenced in telling us why they no longer want to use spreadsheets:  
One of the big stumbling blocks to converting to a better system is the old argument: “We would have to re-enter all the information, and no one has time to do that!”  Well, in FundRaiser (even in FundRaiser Basic) there is a file option that allows you to import from other file formats.  Here are some tips and tricks on how to do set up your spreadsheet for optimal importing:  
Continue reading
4275 Hits

4 ways to evaluate how easily your data will move from one donor management program to a new one

How easily will your data move from one donor management program to another?

Part 2 How easy will moving my data be? In part 1 last week, we talked about the reasons you might need to move your data. Now, you probably want to know how easy that move might be. The answer may decide whether you do the work yourself, or decide to go with professional data conversion.

Moving data from one program to another may be amazingly simple or extremely complex. If you are considering such a move, the answers to the following 4 questions will reveal to you just what the case will be for your organization and data situation:

Continue reading
3775 Hits

How your nonprofit can plan a successful data migration from one donor management program to another

Thinking ahead to the need for moving data can create a smooth conversion process
Part 1  Why move data?

In a survey of FundRaiser users, 50 percent of respondents have moved data from one donor-management software program to another. Of that 50 percent, most have moved data more than once.

The most common reasons for moving data are:

Continue reading
3889 Hits

When your spreadsheets aren't enough: import options in FundRaiser donor management software

Many non-profits began their data management using spreadsheets.  Yours may still use them, but there are many reasons to move away from them and into donor management software, as you may be aware.  If you're having trouble convincing others of this, you may want to use one or the other of these linked articles as good examples.

Why NOT convert?

One of the big stumbling blocks to converting to a better system seems to be the old argument of "we would have to re-enter all that information, and no one has time to do that!".  Well, in FundRaiser there is a file menu option that allows you to import from other file formats.  Here are some quick tips and tricks on how to do that efficiently and successfully:

Continue reading
4258 Hits

What does a data converter do?

Joe Salrin at his desk in the FundRaiser office

Working mostly from his corner desk by the windows, Joe Salrin quietly fields many data emergencies for both FundRaiser customers and staff. His primary job is data conversion – moving data out of other brands of software and into FundRaiser for new customers. He is also the ‘go-to’ person for difficult, quirky, or just plain obstinate problems that involve technology and data at our office.

I asked him to tell me what he does in a normal day, and he laughed. “There is no normal day,” he answered. “Normal is whatever happens.

Continue reading
2714 Hits
Wait a minute, while we are rendering the calendar
Tickles data conversion happiness Resiliency community supported gardens upgrade donor attrition rate communications training announcements ticketsales training tip adding personal notes to letters PayPal membership programs raffle major gift prospects recurring gifts merge notes reports letter overview customer portal event management small donations donor loyalty gift notes field upgrading donors charity golf tournaments tribute gifts brick campaign new donors solicitors National Change of Address Facebook campaign salutation endowment campaign LYBUNTS new nonprofit ticket sales correspondence Volunteer module texting donors Task List operational costs holiday giving donor source online donations monthly giving relationship tracking new leadership Facebook mode code product news large donations the Ask donor relations memorial giving animal rescue direct mail foundations Reminders motivation passwords mission driven operating systems spreadsheets volunteers donor attrition features fundraising letters development director accounting software community arts nonprofits entering auction gifts annual maintenance plan SYBUNTS backing up data campaign updates Alternative Addresses appeal letters data analysis membersip benefits case study email holiday letters online donations letter templates Importing Data change of address updating thank you letters flash sales auction nonprofit fundraising anonymous donors donor retention disaster relief alumni tech tip donation history ROI new version donor profile corporate sponsors fundraising Personalizing FundRaiser Spark technical support targeted mailings Thank You follow up on site training government grants segmenting donors transparency support building donor relationships FundRaiser Hosted Company culture moves management End of Year Letters donor retention rate social media increasing giving amounts gift acceptance policy planning tax summary letters New Year correspondance add ons word processor office lapsed donor GivingTuesday Excel pledges in honor of donations volunteering NCOA processing pictures membership benefits understanding giving trends campaign management appeal gift entry Cloud legacy giving holiday GoFundMe project donor engagement FundRaiser Basic premiums donor advised funds motivation code Network for Good Snow Birds vacation donor donor contact information grassroots campaign Donor Portal security donor slip user spotlights customer service donor targeting password protection budget annual campaign Congratulations Reporting to IRS Thanksgiving board members repeat donors advanced tab Constant Contact donor preferences grants how to handle auction gifts custom page how-to videos Crowdfunding Campaign personalizing letters user interface arts general In-Kind gifts #GivingTuesday giving history importing csv prospects major donors Codes welcome packet merge fields banquet new features Groupings capital campaign look and feel data entry role of nonprofits community broadcasting planned giving donor prospects publicity materials mailing giving levels phoning donors donor recognition spare fields

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