Best Practices Make Perfect How to create a safe, secure online-giving environment Oct. 11, 2005 By Jackie Christensen When you think online giving, your first thoughts probably tend toward how accepting donations through your Web site will increase the dollars you raise. In all the excitement of creating compelling donation pages and working with vendors to get the technology you need, there are two key words that should stay in the forefront of your mind -- security and privacy. Philanthropists are not the only people interested in your online-giving program. Cyber criminals have been known to use nonprofit donation sites to test the validity of
M.J. Dunion knew she had a mess to clean up six years ago when she was hired as director of development operations at Boston Medical Center, formed when a private academic medical institution and a city hospital merged. Her main task was to combine several departments that had been using different databases in fundraising efforts. She knew this largely was a matter of using the right technology as efficiently as possible.