Nonprofit Forecast: Advancement Services in 2019

Where We Are 2018 is a weird and wonderful time for advancement services. On the wonderful side, the industry’s focus on new trends in data science, interoperability, social data management, and marketing automation have pushed advancement services into an...

User Acceptance Testing: Purpose & Impact

If you’ve ever implemented a new software application or a new customized feature in your current applications, you’ve most likely heard of User Acceptance Testing or UAT. In this first installment of our series on User Acceptance Testing, we’ll define it, explain its...

Endowment: The Legacy of a ‘Legacy System’​

Your endowment system contains the most critical information about your most extraordinary donors– yet spreadsheets, homegrown databases, and paper files are often the only way to maintain records of the most influential [or most heavily restricted] gifts. So why is...

Objectivity: Consulting’s Core Value Proposition

One of the more common, humorous digs at consulting is that consultants ask you for your watch, and then tell you what time it is. Admittedly, this sort of thing happens too often. As a lifelong consultant and advocate for advancement services, I work hard to overcome...