Advanced Solutions International

Hands Off ... It's My Data!
November 7, 2011

One fundraising database for the whole organization — that crucially meets the specific needs of each department — is the best way to go.

Head in the Clouds: The Benefits of Cloud-Based CRM Solutions
October 12, 2011

On the face of it, CRM solutions in the cloud are the same as any on-premise solution, except they are hosted in a data center. But true cloud solutions can provide technology, economic and business benefits over the traditional on-premise solutions. The combination of these benefits is driving people to cloud-based solutions, and we will see them all over the next few months. But first, what is the technology case for cloud?

Adapt or Die: Fundraising Technology in the Post-Borders World
September 14, 2011

We might look at Borders and think that can never happen to our organizations — we’re far too savvy, right? But what are the lessons we can learn as nonprofits and fundraisers from this and other sad endings? Are our methods and technology threatening to make us the dinosaurs, while the Amazons of our sector plough ahead without us?

Are You a Fundraising Maverick or Working to a Plan?
April 18, 2011

Fundraising mavericks are those who have the right contacts, make inspired judgment calls, and play fast and loose with data-entry standards, but somehow the funds come in. Meanwhile, the rest of us rely on more prosaic techniques, or at least a blend of inspiration and perspiration, to win the support of our donors.

Determining the Fundraising Benefits of Mobile Apps
February 15, 2011

There is a growing number of apps in the app store that claim to provide some kind of fundraising benefit to nonprofits, and they approach the challenge from a variety of angles. But the most effective fundraising app of all may not even claim to be one: Facebook.