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Nov 14, 2017

Change Your Name, Watch Revenue Drop

We recently did a Strategic Growth Analysis on a new client’s donor database. It looked awful.

The organization was rolling along and then one year, all of their metrics plummeted.

At first, we thought there must be a data issue. But when we talked with them, they happened to say, “We did change our name last year. Could that have had any effect?”

Why, yes, yes it could.

One of the great, sad, consistencies in this business is seeing good nonprofit organizations shoot themselves in the foot over and over again with poorly executed name changes.

If your organization is considering a name change, please do some research. I suggest reading our friend Jeff Brooks’ blogs on the topic. He has six:

http://www.futurefundraisingnow.com/.services/blog/6a0120a59ccea7970b0120a5f38fe5970c/search?filter.q=name+change

Hopefully, that will encourage to do some research of your own constituents so you completely understand how they are going to respond. There is a right way and a wrong way to do this. And the wrong way is very expensive.

Early Returns

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How Fundraising Will Evolve

In honor of International Data Week, I’m sharing how the future of fundraising will evolve. Many people are concerned about fundraising (I’m not btw). For nearly two decades, the “experts” have been predicting the death of direct mail fundraising. Eventually, the...

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Forecasting the Demise of the Boomer Donor

For the past decade or so, when fundraising analysts gather together around the bar at a conference, the discussion invariably leads to a debate on how the generosity of the Boomer generation comes to an end (after we put away our slide rules and stop talking about...

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