"….is a gift to the massess..a lens into the world of the sophisticated fundraising operations that pump the big bucks into major institutions. Written by Joshua Birkholz, the book's subtitle is 'Using Data to Guide Strategy" and that's what the book delivers." (CharityChannel.com
, June 6, 2008)
From the Inside Flap
"As long as your focus remains on the donor, your data-driven strategies will evolve to benefit your organization. To be guided by data means to be guided by donors. Donors are the remarkable coefficients in high-results equations. If you plug them into your formula, your results will be extraordinary."
From Fundraising Analytics
Today's successful nonprofits use information as a resource implemented in their organizational culture and realize that having an authentic vision for analytics is the key to successful fundraising. Fund-raising Analytics shows nonprofit executive directors, fundraising managers, directors of development, planned giving officers, and consultants how to turn their organizational datawith an appropriate focus on donorsinto actionable knowledge. The result? A vibrant, donor-centered nonprofit organization that makes maximum use of data to reveal the unique diversity of its donors.
Written by Joshua Birkholz, a leading practitioner and creative thinker in the world of analytics and philanthropy, to help nonprofits recognize the opportunities provided by fundraising analytics, this innovative book explores how analytics can be optimally used to drive success in fund-raising. It provides step-by-step instructions for conducting analysis in-house, with invaluable advice on how to:
Understand your constituents
Identify potential prospects for major and planned giving
Develop campaign planning including capacity analysis and pyramid design
Build a data-driven prospect management system
Develop metrics to gauge and guide your success
Select data for mining
Broaden your support base
Build a model to predict giving at your organization
Organizations are seeing remarkable results through development of sophisticated systems for understanding their customers and using data to guide strategy. Part of the Wiley/AFP Fund Development Series, Fundraising Analytics is an easy-to-use, relevant book that can be used by all development officers with a vision towards deepening connection with donors and increasing nonprofit fundraising.