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Aug 23, 2021

Twenty Years of Knowing More

In September, Analytical Ones begins its 20th year providing fundraising analytics and donor behavior research for nonprofit organizations and their advertising agency partners. Over the past two decades, we have been fortunate to serve hundreds of clients.

While many of the tools we have created and used to provide top-shelf fundraising analyses and strategic counsel have changed over the years, our motivation for doing this work has not changed: Everyone at Analytical Ones has dedicated their careers to making the world a better place by helping non-profit organizations serve their communities and understand their donors.

And while we may not be on the fundraising front lines like our clients, we are providing critical information to drive strategies that help organizations raise more money – because money is the fuel that gets the non-profit mission accomplished. Recently our analytics helped a client discover a major hole in their program – their retention rate was very poor. We helped them strategically redirect their budget from acquisition towards improved donor stewardship for the upcoming fiscal year to optimize their fundraising. Utilizing donor data to advise our clients on how to achieve their fundraising goals is our mission.

All of us at Analytical Ones are proud of the role we play in your organization’s success. And we are genuinely excited to begin our third decade of serving the nonprofit sector.

To everyone who has shared this journey with us over the past 20 years, I say thank you.

– Bill Jacobs, Founder, Analytical Ones

The State of Data Woes in 2022

When I started analyzing donor databases in the 1990s, the state of donor databases was challenging: Poor data hygiene duplicate records non-standard gift coding undertrained IT staff simple inflexible software Let’s fast forward 25-years. Since the 1990s, nearly...

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Why We Labor

Our company has had a very busy summer analyzing donor databases, making mail plans, and executing selects. And if you are like us, sometimes during the busyness of all that needs to get done in the world of fundraising, we can lose sight of why we do want we do....

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Mentors: Phil Stolberg

As we finish one year and head into the next, I thought it would be appropriate to recognize some of the key mentors I have had that have shaped my career. So, this 4-part series focuses on those who have helped me along. A big thank you to each and every one of them....

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