Thoughts from the Jan 2019 Louisville AFP Luncheon

Last year, I had the opportunity to join the Greater Louisville chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Getting to know more of the non-profit leaders in my area is a great opportunity to network and learn. January’s Greater Louisville AFP meeting was definitely no exception! As a database …

Baking Good Data

If I’ve had a particularly difficult day, you’ll find me in the kitchen baking bread.  For me, there’s something in the process of mixing the ingredients, kneading the dough and baking the final product that is relaxing.  By the time I’m done, I’ve been able to work through the events …

The Importance of Constituent Codes

Recently, I was asked by one of our clients (that shall remain nameless!) to create two reports with certain constituencies on each.  The information that they wanted was easily accessed by a canned report, so I attempted to use the filter to obtain what they wanted.  When I did, the …

Twenty Things to Love about Quick Letters

I’m a huge fan of using the “Quick Letters” Mail function in The Raiser’s Edge.  In my opinion, it’s one of the most underappreciated and highest functioning tools available in the software. Letters can be sent to Constituents, Relationships, Honor/Memorials or Participants. You can easily eliminate anyone with solicit codes …

Fake Phone Numbers

We all have our data pet peeves.  Some of mine include improper casing (you know – TYPING IN ALL CAPS or typing proper nouns in all lower case…), blank fields (it’s a pretty safe guess that someone whose name is Anna can be coded as female) and fake data that …

Why should you attend my bbcon session?

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been scouring the list of bbcon sessions for awhile, trying to figure out which ones will best meet your needs.  Usually, there are several that I want to attend at the same time and I always wish I could know more about the direction …

My #bbcon Prep Goals

I can’t believe that #bbcon is just days away.  I’m as excited as a little kid waiting for Christmas (for three whole days, I get to speak data with people who don’t look at me as though I’m crazy!), but I’m as rushed as parents wrapping presents on Christmas Eve …