Category: "Fundraising"

The Value of Independence
April 27, 2015
The Value of Independence

There are a lot of choices in the marketplace.  The dizzying array of consumer choices and relentless marketing bombard us with claims and statements that make it hard to discern fact from fiction.  As a consumer, it is difficult to make a truly educated choice.  This is true in the business application marketplace and it…

Software vs. Solution: Why work with an independent value-added reseller versus a software publisher directly?
March 31, 2015
Software vs. Solution: Why work with an independent value-added reseller versus a software publisher directly?

If you have ever approached a software vendor about their product, it probably went something like this: “Do you have budget for a purchase?” “When do you plan to buy?” “Are you the decision-maker?” “Who is our competition?” “Have you seen a demo?” Often, there is only a mild interest in reason why you inquired…

5 Tips for Creating an Effective RFP for Business Application Software
March 10, 2015
5 Tips for Creating an Effective RFP for Business Application Software

Over the past few months we have seen a dramatic increase in organizations using RFPs and RFIs as part of their evaluation process. So, to help your organization meet the new demands of this process, we have put together a few points that will help you see around some of the pitfalls and make your…

Why Guaranteed, Fixed-Price Projects are Ideal for Nonprofits
February 24, 2015
Why Guaranteed, Fixed-Price Projects are Ideal for Nonprofits

How much is that?  Are you sure? Consultants, CPAs, attorneys and other professionals have long relied on time & materials billing as a cornerstone of project costing.  When a client approaches with a problem, they estimate the number of hours they will likely need to complete the work and then multiply that by the hourly…

8 Pillars of Conversion Optimization
January 23, 2015
8 Pillars of Conversion Optimization

Our Abila experts have researched and crafted Key Fundraising Predictions for 2015 to help you gain a clear understanding of the challenges facing your sector in the coming year, and how you can turn them into real advantages for your organization.   Below is a deep dive into Fundraising Prediction #1 – Conversion Rate Optimization (CRO)….

Are Your Systems & Processes Optimized for Grant Compliance Reporting?
January 21, 2015
Are Your Systems & Processes Optimized for Grant Compliance Reporting?

In the absence of the right tools and processes, gathering, organizing, validating and presenting the information becomes a labor-intensive, manual exercise that must be repeated at each reporting interval.  Multiply this by the number of funding sources requiring reporting and it can overcome an organization’s finance team. When this goes wrong, there is not only…

Sage Nonprofit Solutions is Now Abila
July 15, 2013
Sage Nonprofit Solutions is Now Abila

As many of you may have seen through email communications and press reports, Sage Nonprofit Solutions has completed the next step in their transition to being an independent company.  The company that produces the products known as Sage 100 Fund Accounting (aka “MIP”), Sage Fundraising 50, Millennium and Sage Grant Management will now be known as…

Sage Nonprofit Solutions is now an Independent Company!
March 21, 2013
Sage Nonprofit Solutions is now an Independent Company!

Last month we all were given the official news that Sage Nonprofit Solutions was being sold to Accel-KKR, a private equity firm.  This week, that sale was finalized and Sage Nonprofit Solutions is legally an independent company, no longer a part of Sage North America.  Congratulations to our colleagues at the new company! As we…

What Every Nonprofit Should Understand About Cloud Computing
November 8, 2011
What Every Nonprofit Should Understand About Cloud Computing

Compared to other sectors, nonprofits have a technology gap.  A recent Johns Hopkins University study surveyed the root causes of the nonprofit technology gap and identified lack of money, lack of time and lack of expertise as the top three challenges. What is interesting is that Cloud Computing addresses all three of the challenges faced…

Ethics in Fundraising
September 15, 2011
Ethics in Fundraising

Ethics in Fundraising was the topic for last night’s #Fundchat. (#Fundchat is a Twitter chat that takes place every Wednesday night 9:00e.)  Given that participants are limited to 140 characters or less – it was a lively discussion.  Here were the 8 questions that the group discussed: Does your organization embrace the Donor Bill of…

How do you feel about your donor database?
September 15, 2010
How do you feel about your donor database?

Would your organization benefit from improved fundraising, marketing, and mission management?  The obvious answer is, of course, “Yes!”  And the obvious next question is “But how do we do that?” We might be able to help you answer that question.  Please join us Tuesday, September 28, 12:00 – 1:00p ET for: 5 Things that Drive…

Additional channels for getting your message out
September 13, 2010
Additional channels for getting your message out

Getting your message out there is crucial to attracting new donors, supporting your mission and strengthening your community. Here are three free tools that increase the number of channels at your disposal summarized by nonprofit expert Gayle C. Thorsen.  You can follow her @impactmax on Twitter

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