Why Your Donors Want to Remain Anonymous

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When there is a large scale natural disaster, such as the Nepal earthquake, or an event that inspires charitable giving, my media alerts for Network for Good go through the roof. Many donors come to Network for Good’s giving portal to search for nonprofits and quickly make donations online, and reporters often list Network for Good as a way to easily give to charities responding to crises on the ground. We’re proud to facilitate giving to nonprofits across the country, including $1 million in donations for Nepal earthquake relief efforts.In some cases, though, the press also features our giving portal as a good option for donors who wish to remain anonymous. Of course, there are many reasons a donor might want to remain anonymous, but the reason most cited in these articles is because these donors want to avoid getting on a nonprofit’s email list and being “spammed” by the organization, or worse, by other organizations who have purchased the list.

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Safe Families for Children UK

Safe Families UK is a Christian charity working hand-in-hand with children's services to link families in need with local volunteers who can offer them help and support. When a crisis strikes a family with children, its effects can be devastating. Many of us would turn to relatives and friends for support. However, some families can be really isolated with nobody there to help them. Safe Families for Children provides support for such families whilst their issues are being resolved, often providing a short stay for their children with a trustworthy family, if needed.

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Non-Profits Impacting the Economy

Article | July 15, 2022

While it's obvious how non-profits directly improve people's lives, their positive contributions to the US economy are frequently overlooked. A closer examination reveals that non-profit organizations have a large and far-reaching impact on the American economy. Non-profits, in fact, improve and strengthen local, state, and national economies in a variety of ways, including the following: The more than $826 billion spent on salaries, benefits, and payroll taxes by non-profits each year accounts for a sizable portion of their nearly $2 trillion annual budget. Non-profit employees also pay taxes on their salaries, as well as sales taxes and property taxes on what they own. Non-profits that provide care for children or elderly parents allow family members who would otherwise be responsible for providing care to work outside the home. Non-profit organizations also offer job training and placement services to people who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed. Non-profits spend nearly $1 trillion on goods and services each year, ranging from large expenses like medical equipment for non-profit hospitals to small purchases like office supplies, food, utilities, and rent. Non-profits have an even greater impact because they generate economic activity and jobs that spread throughout the community. Consider arts programming as one example. By attending a play at a local non-profit community theater, you likely helped local businesses as well as the cast, crew, and administrative staff. Have you paid for parking? Did you purchase the appropriate earrings, shoes, or tie for the occasion? Did you eat before the show or meet up with friends afterwards? If this is the case, you have increased the economic impact of that theater by helping to create more jobs in the local economy while also increasing tax revenue for the local government. Have you ever noticed how local non-profits are frequently mentioned in brochures for local chambers of commerce as a top reason for businesses to locate there? Many cities are proud of their beloved cultural amenities, such as non-profit museums and performing arts centres. Non-profit colleges, which demonstrate the value of an educated workforce, and non-profit healthcare facilities, which reinforce a commitment to well-being, are also common features. While these local icons are rarely labelled as "non-profits" in brochures, business leaders intuitively recognize the enormous value that local non-profits contribute to the community's quality of life.

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4 Challenges that Large Non-profit Organizations Face

Article | July 14, 2022

Large non-profit organisations must frequently overcome extreme challenges in order to stay on track toward achieving their mission and goals. There are currently 1.4 million tax-exempt organisations in the United States alone, so there is no shortage of non-profit organisations competing for resources, financial assistance, and talent. The challenge is exacerbated because a large non-profit (or small non-profit) is expected to make all strategic decisions with its organisational mission in mind. The good news is that a non-profit’s mission can guide them in making the right decisions and overcoming obstacles. Large non-profits face numerous challenges on a daily basis in order to stay on track. These issues include sustainability, donor retention and engagement, finding the right volunteers, and organising internal and external processes. Today, we'll go over these issues in greater depth and offer solutions. How Can Large Non-profits Be Sustainable? Sustainability is critical to a large non-profit’s long-term success. Large non-profit organizations frequently must uphold a recognizable brand and reputation. Developing a strategic plan with sustainability as the foundation starts with an organization's mission and vision. How Can Large Non-profits Keep and Engage Donors? Another issue that large non-profit organizations frequently face is retaining and engaging donors. Did you know that in 2015, 373.25 billion dollars were donated to charitable causes? Large non-profit organizations are tasked with acquiring new donors, engaging their donor base, and retaining valuable relationships. Donor retention rates for offline-only donors are 29%, while online-only donors have a 21% retention rate. Raising these averages by a few percentage points can give a large non-profit organization more reach. How Can a Large Non-profit Find the Right Volunteers? A large non-profit can save a lot of money by identifying and recruiting the right volunteers for the right strategic jobs. According to an Independent Sector study, the average volunteer hour is worth more than $24.00 (2016 data). The value of volunteerism can quickly add up large non-profit organizations that rely heavily on volunteers. Volunteers also provide valuable skill sets to non-profits, which can improve an organization's ability across departments. How Can Large Non-profits Improve Processes? Setting up processes is one of the most important things a large non-profit can do to ensure consistency and control throughout the organization. Every aspect of the organization, including but not limited to fundraising, volunteer coordination, training, strategic engagement, and retention strategies, should have a process in place. Organizations that want to create a road map for success must devote time to strategic planning.

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What Are the Top Five Lessons for Your Non-Profit This Year?

Article | July 29, 2022

It is crucial to keep a keen eye on what the significant figures imply for NGO’s and how they affect their operations. Learn more in detail in the 5 key lessons! It's alluring to concentrate just on the significant figures that affect the non-profit industry as a whole. However, it's equally crucial to concentrate on what those significant figures imply for certain NGOs and how they may affect your day-to-day operations. The report can be used to learn the following five key lessons. Lesson One: Small-Dollar Donors Are Being Left Behind Around 84.1% of contributors give less than $500 yearly to the organisations they support, and just 19% of new donors are retained over time, according to the most recent Fundraising Effectiveness Project data. This indicates that the great majority of small-dollar donors are leaving non-profit organizations. Lesson Two: There are Winners and Losers by Mission Type Donors change the emphasis they give to certain missions every year. Donors' giving priorities clearly reflect the legacy of COVID-19 as well as the enduring influence of racial and social justice movements. The number of non-profits with missions in the arts, culture, or healthcare increased significantly in 2020. Non-profits with an emphasis on foreign affairs, human services, and education, on the other hand, had slow growth or reductions in 2021. Lesson Three: Corporate Giving is a Distraction It will become more crucial to engage with people instead of concentrating on corporate ties as businesses modify their philanthropic alliances and employees try to support their preferred causes outside of their workplace's giving program. Lesson Four: It’s Time to Modernize Bequest Giving A warning sign that NGOs are not investing in highlighting the opportunities available with legacy gifts is the decline in bequests during 2021. Although any donor can establish a contribution through their estate to a non-profit they are passionate about, there is a frequent misconception that bequests must be customized for significant donors. Lesson Five: Retention and Acquisition Benchmarks Are Critical For its key revenue figures, the Giving USA report heavily depends on IRS 990 information. When examining giving trends throughout the sector, that data is helpful, but it is less helpful when attempting to comprehend the behavior of all donors. It is reassuring to see that when discussing contributors' ongoing support of NGOs, the Fundraising Effectiveness Project's data on acquisition and retention of individual donors was recognised as the primary source. It's crucial to comprehend donor behaviour, and you can achieve this by comparing the donor behaviour of your own organization to benchmarks from the ‘Fundraising Effectiveness Project.’

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Top 5 Trends for Non-Profits in 2022

Article | July 11, 2022

Non-profits can lead with a data-driven strategy that seamlessly connects staff and volunteers and engages donors if they have the right tools. In the coming year, non-profits will continue to correct course in a still chaotic environment, providing opportunities to rethink strategy with data gathered since transitioning to a digital-first environment. With Dreamforce in the rear-view mirror and the new year fast approaching, our non-profit experts are here to share the top five trends for non-profits in 2022. Non-profits continue to adapt and shift strategies: 89% of non-profit marketers have updated their digital engagement strategy and the ability to pivot to digital-first options. For example, remote fundraising; these are the times when organizations adapt to change and priorities to win the hearts of constituents. Connection and collaboration from anywhere: Getting together, meeting new people, and gathering has changed drastically and will continue to evolve. Hence making remote connections is a key trend for non-profits in 2022. Data-informed decisions: Establishing transparency around your non-profit gives you insights into how your funds are spent. The best way to showcase it is through data-informed decisions. Invest in people: Non-profits use digital platforms and can depend on that data to create meaningful conversations with donors and volunteers to build relationships and also with the staff to ensure what are their needs that requires attention. After two years of going digital, every non-profit’s new year's resolution should be to put data to use. Using data through foundational technology is the best way to connect with constituents while also remaining agile in order to adapt and ensure that teams are working effectively to power your mission. Non-profits must continue to adapt to new ways of fundraising in a hybrid work environment in order to survive and thrive. Furthermore, there is a greater emphasis on finding new ways to connect with donors in an entirely digital environment.

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Safe Families for Children UK

Safe Families UK is a Christian charity working hand-in-hand with children's services to link families in need with local volunteers who can offer them help and support. When a crisis strikes a family with children, its effects can be devastating. Many of us would turn to relatives and friends for support. However, some families can be really isolated with nobody there to help them. Safe Families for Children provides support for such families whilst their issues are being resolved, often providing a short stay for their children with a trustworthy family, if needed.

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DipJar Announces DipJar Online, Extending DipJar's Leadership in in-person Fundraising to Online and Mobile Channels

DipJar | June 24, 2022

DipJar, a giving technology platform, announced the Early Access release of DipJar Online, which will enable nonprofit organizations to create goal-driven, campaign-based fundraising initiatives that facilitate multi-channel donor engagement. The new software builds on DipJar's leadership in in-person fundraising to enable more robust and flexible fundraising. New and existing customers can sign up for early access here. DipJar Online builds on DipJar's campaign-focused giving capabilities, providing the ability to run multiple customized campaigns and the ability to access and use donor data more effectively. The result is an integrated approach to online fundraising that is a perfect complement to DipJar's iconic devices, which are in place at more than 5,500 organizations across the United States. DipJar Online is a natural extension of our mission: to make fundraising as easy as possible for our nonprofit customers. DipJar Online allows our non-profit customers to provide donors the same simple and fun experience whether they're donating in-person at the DipJar, using their phone, or online. The initial feedback from testers has been overwhelmingly positive and we're excited to roll it out to our customer base - and beyond." Chris Selland, DipJar CEO "DipJar devices and staff have added so much value to our organization, so we're thrilled to take advantage of DipJar Online during the Early Access program. The devices have been such a fun addition to our events, but DipJar Online will allow us to offer that same experience to our virtual audience," Stephanie Scoletti, MSW, Executive Director, Young Adult Survivors United. Key features of DipJar Online include: Campaign-focused giving that show donors why their donations are needed Goal-driven fundraising that gamifies giving by showing donors the immediate impact of their donation Multiple campaigns provide the flexibility to fundraise for a number of initiatives at once Integration with DipJar devices extends campaigns beyond a physical location and counts contributions made via DipJars or DipJar online toward the same goal Enhanced donor data collection that fuels closer donor connections and support Affordable pricing "By necessity, fundraising has become a more flexible function for most nonprofits," said Selland, "and by pairing robust online and offline capabilities, DipJar is helping thousands of organizations - and the communities they serve." About DipJar DipJar is changing the fundraising game with a connected, cashless donation jar and an integrated payments platform that enables joyful, engaging, and frictionless giving. With DipJar, organizations of any size can collect donations anywhere and "Create More Giving Moments."

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iWave kicks off new integration with ascend by UC Innovation built on Salesforce

iWave | June 22, 2022

iWave, the industry's top-rated fundraising intelligence platform is thrilled to announce its newest integration with ascend by UC Innovation. ascend is an all encompassing Advancement solution for higher education institutions developed by UC Innovation. This connection enables educational institutions to experience a custom-tailored instance of Salesforce and powered by iWave. Equipped with this integration, fundraising professionals can engage more effectively with donors and focus on top gift prospects, seamlessly infuse donor intelligence directly into their database, and benefit from a simplified workflow. iWave's fundraising intelligence platform comprises the most in-depth wealth and philanthropic database and insights that enables nonprofit, education, and healthcare organizations to uncover donors with the greatest capacity, giving affinity, and inclination to donate. ascend is a leading higher education advancement solution, which is native to Salesforce and EDA compatible. ascend provides a comprehensive, 360 degree view of Advancement activities including Bio Demographics, Prospect Management, Gift Processing, AI, Constituent Engagement with an Online Donor Portal. We're thrilled to partner with ascend and expand the ecosystem connections we have with Salesforce. iWave's proprietary donor insights, including gift capacity and affinity scores, provide robust donor intelligence with wealth data right inside ascend. We both share a commitment to advancing the achievements of higher education institutions and our combination of intelligence and technology will enable clients to accelerate their fundraising efforts." Pranav Lulla, Head of Strategic Partnerships, iWave Higher education institutions now have the opportunity to enrich their internal ascend data with iWave's billions of wealth and philanthropic data points, so they can strategically prioritize the best donors to fuel their fundraising strategies. This means users have access to iWave's powerful fundraising intelligence without leaving ascend, including important data points such as: iWave Scores: which include Capacity, Affinity, and Propensity RFM Score: Recency, Frequency, and Monetary Insights Planned Giving Capacities Value of Properties Value of Charitable Donations Multi-Lens Scoring "ascend, built natively on Salesforce, is delighted to integrate with iWave and further the advancement and fundraising experience for our shared higher-education customers," said Caroline Chang, VP, Community & Product Engagement at ascend by UC Innovation. "This integration will enable our clients to use ascend's powerful and easy to use platform to build stronger relationships with their constituents, simplify and consolidate disparate systems, and use iWave's best-in-class scores and top-rated fundraising intelligence with ascend's easy-to-use and powerful advancement platform." About iWave iWave, the industry's top-rated fundraising intelligence solution, enables nonprofit organizations to fundraise with confidence. In a new era of nonprofit fundraising, iWave solves critical challenges facing fundraising professionals today: how to identify, qualify, and retain donors to raise more major gifts. iWave's intuitive and easy-to-use solutions give access to the industry's highest quality wealth and philanthropic information so you can determine who to ask, how much to ask for, and when to ask. Many of the largest education, healthcare, and nonprofit organizations in the World, rely on iWave to power their fundraising efforts. About ascend by UC Innovation Founded in 2011, UC Innovation has developed ascend, a comprehensive, end to end solution for fundraising and constituent engagement, built natively on the Salesforce Platform. As an award winning Salesforce Partner with a singular focus on transforming advancement and fundraising practices through technology, UC Innovation continues to push the boundaries of what is possible in the areas of next generation constituent experiences, actionable insights, automation, and ease of use.

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Prospect Lists Powered by AI Are Now Available From iWave

iWave | June 03, 2022

According to iWave, the industry's top-rated fundraising intelligence product, Prospect Lists is a new tool that reimagines prospecting in the nonprofit arena. The company's unique approach helps development teams find more potential donors in less time, raise more money, and improve the quality of leads along the donor funnel. Prospect identification and certification are two of the most difficult tasks faced by fundraisers. Identifying good-fit prospective donors is a time-consuming, manual procedure fraught with guesswork and missed possibilities. In donor prospecting, poor data is a big concern since it promotes bad leads and produces unsatisfactory outcomes. Development teams know that the key to a healthy prospect pipeline is to start with a high-quality list of potential contributors who are interested in supporting their purpose. iWave, on the other hand, tailors its strategy to suit all types of businesses and missions, whilst other solutions take a one-size-fits-all approach to developing prospect lists. At iWave, we are focused on developing cutting-edge solutions that enable nonprofits to build a better world, faster.” Ross further added, "With the launch of Prospect Lists, we're putting the power of AI and big data behind every fundraising team and reimagining one of the most important steps in the donor funnel. Having the ability to identify strong donor candidates means that development teams can prioritize their efforts and spend less time researching and more time cultivating the right prospects." Ross Beattie, President and CEO at iWave iWave's AI-powered platform analyzes billions of charitable and wealth indicators to find people who are a good fit for NGOs and reveals key insights that allow them to respond quickly. Because iWave is linked to a wide range of sources of financial, charitable, and biographical data, fundraising professionals have access to all the information they need to get a full picture of their prospects, including accurate contact information. This functionality is in addition to other recent iWave advancements that have established iWave as the industry's most advanced fundraising intelligence platform. Users can establish Smart Notifications to automatically monitor target potential donors for new intelligence and receive real-time alerts once a prospect list has been created, ensuring that choices and actions are based on the most up-to-date and correct information. Users can also use iWave Connections to find people who are connected to their prospects and expand their network.

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DipJar Announces DipJar Online, Extending DipJar's Leadership in in-person Fundraising to Online and Mobile Channels

DipJar | June 24, 2022

DipJar, a giving technology platform, announced the Early Access release of DipJar Online, which will enable nonprofit organizations to create goal-driven, campaign-based fundraising initiatives that facilitate multi-channel donor engagement. The new software builds on DipJar's leadership in in-person fundraising to enable more robust and flexible fundraising. New and existing customers can sign up for early access here. DipJar Online builds on DipJar's campaign-focused giving capabilities, providing the ability to run multiple customized campaigns and the ability to access and use donor data more effectively. The result is an integrated approach to online fundraising that is a perfect complement to DipJar's iconic devices, which are in place at more than 5,500 organizations across the United States. DipJar Online is a natural extension of our mission: to make fundraising as easy as possible for our nonprofit customers. DipJar Online allows our non-profit customers to provide donors the same simple and fun experience whether they're donating in-person at the DipJar, using their phone, or online. The initial feedback from testers has been overwhelmingly positive and we're excited to roll it out to our customer base - and beyond." Chris Selland, DipJar CEO "DipJar devices and staff have added so much value to our organization, so we're thrilled to take advantage of DipJar Online during the Early Access program. The devices have been such a fun addition to our events, but DipJar Online will allow us to offer that same experience to our virtual audience," Stephanie Scoletti, MSW, Executive Director, Young Adult Survivors United. Key features of DipJar Online include: Campaign-focused giving that show donors why their donations are needed Goal-driven fundraising that gamifies giving by showing donors the immediate impact of their donation Multiple campaigns provide the flexibility to fundraise for a number of initiatives at once Integration with DipJar devices extends campaigns beyond a physical location and counts contributions made via DipJars or DipJar online toward the same goal Enhanced donor data collection that fuels closer donor connections and support Affordable pricing "By necessity, fundraising has become a more flexible function for most nonprofits," said Selland, "and by pairing robust online and offline capabilities, DipJar is helping thousands of organizations - and the communities they serve." About DipJar DipJar is changing the fundraising game with a connected, cashless donation jar and an integrated payments platform that enables joyful, engaging, and frictionless giving. With DipJar, organizations of any size can collect donations anywhere and "Create More Giving Moments."

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iWave kicks off new integration with ascend by UC Innovation built on Salesforce

iWave | June 22, 2022

iWave, the industry's top-rated fundraising intelligence platform is thrilled to announce its newest integration with ascend by UC Innovation. ascend is an all encompassing Advancement solution for higher education institutions developed by UC Innovation. This connection enables educational institutions to experience a custom-tailored instance of Salesforce and powered by iWave. Equipped with this integration, fundraising professionals can engage more effectively with donors and focus on top gift prospects, seamlessly infuse donor intelligence directly into their database, and benefit from a simplified workflow. iWave's fundraising intelligence platform comprises the most in-depth wealth and philanthropic database and insights that enables nonprofit, education, and healthcare organizations to uncover donors with the greatest capacity, giving affinity, and inclination to donate. ascend is a leading higher education advancement solution, which is native to Salesforce and EDA compatible. ascend provides a comprehensive, 360 degree view of Advancement activities including Bio Demographics, Prospect Management, Gift Processing, AI, Constituent Engagement with an Online Donor Portal. We're thrilled to partner with ascend and expand the ecosystem connections we have with Salesforce. iWave's proprietary donor insights, including gift capacity and affinity scores, provide robust donor intelligence with wealth data right inside ascend. We both share a commitment to advancing the achievements of higher education institutions and our combination of intelligence and technology will enable clients to accelerate their fundraising efforts." Pranav Lulla, Head of Strategic Partnerships, iWave Higher education institutions now have the opportunity to enrich their internal ascend data with iWave's billions of wealth and philanthropic data points, so they can strategically prioritize the best donors to fuel their fundraising strategies. This means users have access to iWave's powerful fundraising intelligence without leaving ascend, including important data points such as: iWave Scores: which include Capacity, Affinity, and Propensity RFM Score: Recency, Frequency, and Monetary Insights Planned Giving Capacities Value of Properties Value of Charitable Donations Multi-Lens Scoring "ascend, built natively on Salesforce, is delighted to integrate with iWave and further the advancement and fundraising experience for our shared higher-education customers," said Caroline Chang, VP, Community & Product Engagement at ascend by UC Innovation. "This integration will enable our clients to use ascend's powerful and easy to use platform to build stronger relationships with their constituents, simplify and consolidate disparate systems, and use iWave's best-in-class scores and top-rated fundraising intelligence with ascend's easy-to-use and powerful advancement platform." About iWave iWave, the industry's top-rated fundraising intelligence solution, enables nonprofit organizations to fundraise with confidence. In a new era of nonprofit fundraising, iWave solves critical challenges facing fundraising professionals today: how to identify, qualify, and retain donors to raise more major gifts. iWave's intuitive and easy-to-use solutions give access to the industry's highest quality wealth and philanthropic information so you can determine who to ask, how much to ask for, and when to ask. Many of the largest education, healthcare, and nonprofit organizations in the World, rely on iWave to power their fundraising efforts. About ascend by UC Innovation Founded in 2011, UC Innovation has developed ascend, a comprehensive, end to end solution for fundraising and constituent engagement, built natively on the Salesforce Platform. As an award winning Salesforce Partner with a singular focus on transforming advancement and fundraising practices through technology, UC Innovation continues to push the boundaries of what is possible in the areas of next generation constituent experiences, actionable insights, automation, and ease of use.

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Prospect Lists Powered by AI Are Now Available From iWave

iWave | June 03, 2022

According to iWave, the industry's top-rated fundraising intelligence product, Prospect Lists is a new tool that reimagines prospecting in the nonprofit arena. The company's unique approach helps development teams find more potential donors in less time, raise more money, and improve the quality of leads along the donor funnel. Prospect identification and certification are two of the most difficult tasks faced by fundraisers. Identifying good-fit prospective donors is a time-consuming, manual procedure fraught with guesswork and missed possibilities. In donor prospecting, poor data is a big concern since it promotes bad leads and produces unsatisfactory outcomes. Development teams know that the key to a healthy prospect pipeline is to start with a high-quality list of potential contributors who are interested in supporting their purpose. iWave, on the other hand, tailors its strategy to suit all types of businesses and missions, whilst other solutions take a one-size-fits-all approach to developing prospect lists. At iWave, we are focused on developing cutting-edge solutions that enable nonprofits to build a better world, faster.” Ross further added, "With the launch of Prospect Lists, we're putting the power of AI and big data behind every fundraising team and reimagining one of the most important steps in the donor funnel. Having the ability to identify strong donor candidates means that development teams can prioritize their efforts and spend less time researching and more time cultivating the right prospects." Ross Beattie, President and CEO at iWave iWave's AI-powered platform analyzes billions of charitable and wealth indicators to find people who are a good fit for NGOs and reveals key insights that allow them to respond quickly. Because iWave is linked to a wide range of sources of financial, charitable, and biographical data, fundraising professionals have access to all the information they need to get a full picture of their prospects, including accurate contact information. This functionality is in addition to other recent iWave advancements that have established iWave as the industry's most advanced fundraising intelligence platform. Users can establish Smart Notifications to automatically monitor target potential donors for new intelligence and receive real-time alerts once a prospect list has been created, ensuring that choices and actions are based on the most up-to-date and correct information. Users can also use iWave Connections to find people who are connected to their prospects and expand their network.

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