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Constituent Codes

When I worked at a K12, constituent codes became my nemesis.  Due to the nature of relationships, one constituent could easily be a staff member, an alum, an alum parent and a current grandparent.  All four represent significant relationships to the school and all four represent streams of revenue that …

Before You Convert

As a donor database consultant, I’m often asked about database conversions and rightfully so.  I’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly.  So, if you’re considering a change, here are some things to think through before you make a major change. What is the primary motivation for a conversion? …

Measure Twice, Cut Once

I grew up in a family of men who built/fixed things and women who sewed and baked (not to make gender stereotypes – just describing the specific people in my world).  The concept of precision was engrained in my head from an early age.  Not measuring or following the pattern …

Past Blog Posts

Needless consistency may be the hobgoblin of little minds, but in data, consistency is ESSENTIAL.