CRM Software Selection for Nonprofits: It’s All About the Fit

Here we are in the height of seasonal sales, and for some people, gift-giving. You might be checking online reviews to find out which tech gadget or gift is the best in its category. That approach might work great for earbuds, but a more complex purchase requires a more sophisticated approach. ...
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6 Steps for Planning a Successful Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Campaign

by Mark Becker, Founding Partner, Cathexis Partners
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Best of the Web: July 2017

Magic Is Not Magic A couple of weeks ago, This American Life aired an interview between Ira Glass and the magician David Blaine where they talked about Blaine’s glass eating trick. But here’s the thing. It’s not a trick. Blaine really eats glass. In fact, he’s done it so many times that his teeth ...
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Six Tips for Navigating the Vendor Demo

Here at Idealware we watch a lot of software demos.  And with experience comes wisdom, or at least a thorough understanding of the demo formula.
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Tip of the Day: Should Nonprofits Choose Open Source Software?

Editor’s note: All this month we’re publishing tech tips for nonprofits. Keep a look out for a new tip each day and let us know what you think in the comments. -Dan 
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Tip of the Day: Successful Software Demos

Editor’s note: All this month we’re publishing tech tips for nonprofits. Keep a look out for a new tip each day and let us know what you think in the comments. -Dan 
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Why We Switched from Drupal to WordPress (And Why Maybe You Shouldn’t)

Last week we launched a new website and switched from Drupal to WordPress. But I need to warn you: Do not copy us.
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Don’t Get Trapped In Technology Ice Dunes

Living in Portland, Maine, means you spend a lot of time shoveling snow. It’s not a job I look forward to, but I’ve learned to appreciate bundling up and heading out into a quiet morning with a shovel in hand because it gives me time to think.
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The DIY Donor Management Software Selection Process

I've recently been doing a number of small "micro-consulting" call-in sessions with nonprofits looking to switch Donor Management Systems. At the conclusion of each call, I walk participants through a process for taking the conversation we just had to a more detailed level, arming them with a sort ...
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We're All Snowflakes: Knowing When to Be Unique

As fundraisers, executive directors, marketers and general staff at nonprofits, it has been ingrained in our heads that our organizations are unique. “No one does what we do.” That is the message we tell our constituents, from donors to clients to members--everyone. And while that singularity is ...
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