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Article | March 2, 2020
Imagine a world in which all your apps and services worked seamlessly with all the data from your organization. A world in which you could quickly move from one app to another, and still see the same data, sitting gently in the proverbial cloud without time-sucking and soul-crushing imports and exports. That’s just one of the many data dreams many have had in our sector for decades, and one that could be moving closer (though not completely) into reality. Microsoft, in collaboration with non-profit organizations and other companies, have been leading an effort to develop the Nonprofit Common Data Model (CDM), with a goal of providing non-profit organizations, technology vendors, and technology consultants one common language to represent key data points and data entities within every non-profit organization.
When those in the nonprofit sector consider “compliance” the first thing that often comes to mind, and rightly so, is maintaining nonprofit status with the Internal Revenue Service. That makes sense, because failure to properly maintain nonprofit status has significant implications on taxes and can negatively impact fundraising. But compliance for nonprofits shouldn’t stop there. A comprehensive, documented compliance program, that includes privacy, security, marketing, donor and grantee diligence, and vendor management, for example, can go a long way to protecting the organization, its donors, and its constituents.
Nonprofit Founders open a door to a foreign world when they follow their passion and dream into the nonprofit space. Often, Founders have experienced trauma in their life and didn’t have the help they needed when they were in the middle of their situation. They came through to the other side, but they have a nagging feeling in the very core of their being that they can be the solution that they needed for others. Founders find confusing language – ED, NPO, appeals, Donor-advised funds- and an even more confusing way of doing things. They just want to help people but instead, they feel they are drowning in to-dos and lack of funding. So, they plug along on the never-ending to-do list, never feeling like they are making progress and spending time on things that don’t move the nonprofit forward. They continue to cover expenses with their own money or organize another event because they don’t know any other way to get funds.
The process of taking an unknown prospect and moving them through the steps to ensuring they become a life-long major gift donor has not changed that much over the last few decades. From identification, qualification and discovery to cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship, today’s nonprofits, healthcare organizations, and educational institutions are quite familiar with moving prospects through the donor cultivation cycle.
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