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The Prospect Research Future’s so Bright, I Have to Wear Shades

by Rhode Warrior Blogger, Mark Noll Prospect Research has gone through some very interesting changes since I started back in the late 20th century. When you consider that my first office was in the library and my job consisted of poring over dusty volumes large enough to strain your back, progress has been a welcome… Read More »

My 40 Perspectives on Prospect Research

by Rhode Warrior, Mark Noll Expand your scope of education and skills. Stagnation will make you obsolete. Know when the time involved for that last piece of information is not worth the investment. What’s your value? We’re in a dollar value business. Those who don’t bring in the money are first to go during hard… Read More »

Likelihood to Give: An Exploration into the Fourth Dimension

by Rhode Warrior, Mark Noll There is a fourth dimension beyond that which is known to Prospect Research. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between research and cultivation, and it lies between the objective of a campaign and the attainment of such. This… Read More »

Lock the Doors: Here Comes the Consultant

by Rhode Warrior Blogger, Mark Noll Consultants serve a vital function in the world of fundraising. They are seasoned professionals with a wide expanse of knowledge that serve to direct non-profits to the proper course of how best to raise the most funds. From a development perspective, they are an essential piece of a successful… Read More »

Donor Advised Funds: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

by Rhode Warrior Blogger, Mark Noll When someone mentions the brokerage and banking firm, Charles Schwab, it is unlikely that one thinks “philanthropy.” But Charles Schwab, along with Fidelity and Vanguard are now three investment firms whose charitable divisions are listed in the top ten of the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s 2014 Philanthropy 400. As a… Read More »

Why Capacity Ratings are Bunk and What You Can Do About It

by Rhode Warrior Blogger, Mark Noll I was approached once by my then Vice President of Development and asked a simple and forward question: “How confident are you in these numbers?” His question was regarding the Net Worth-to-Capacity-to-Ask Amount, the hop, skip and jump of Prospect Research, for the prospect he was going to solicit… Read More »

Where have all the donors gone?

by Rhode Warrior Blogger, Mark Noll Before I began my career in Prospect Research / Advancement Services, a field I’ve been in now for over 17 years, I spent many years working in Employment and Training. As I expanded my current professional scope to include the area of data analysis, I could not help but… Read More »

Prospect Research… In the Twighlight Zone

September 2008 will long be remembered as the time when several major financial institutions collapsed.  The subsequent economic impact had a domino effect which resulted in a significant disruption in the flow of credit to businesses and consumers.  The end result was a global recession whose impacts are felt to this day. The same sort… Read More »