Author Archives: Charlie Hunsaker

The Three Legged Stool with Proper Leadership

In a post last year, I shared the metaphor that a system is like a three-legged stool. Working with a number of clients over the years, I noted that concept did not show the whole picture; it missed the idea … Continue reading

Posted in Advancement Services, Fundraising Software | Tagged , | Leave a comment

So, during a Selection Project do you take the Vendor to dinner?

This is a strange question to ask in a systems blog, isn’t it? Actually it seems to be a question that’s been asked in most of the 70+ System Selection projects that I’ve participated in over the years. I think … Continue reading

Posted in System Selection | Tagged | Leave a comment

Evaluation Criteria for a System Selection (or any selection!)

Whether you are selecting a new software package or a new car, or a quart of ice cream, it is important to have a set of Evaluation Criteria against which to make your choice.  You need to identify which attributes … Continue reading

Posted in Blog, Fundraising Software, System Selection | Tagged | Leave a comment

Which is More Important – the Individual or the Household?

An interesting focus of different systems is whether the Individual or the Household is more important.  Generally in Advancement Systems for Colleges and Universities, the vendor systems focus on the Individual and their involvement with the school, both before graduation … Continue reading

Posted in Advancement Services, Fundraising Software, System Selection | Tagged | Leave a comment

Selection Requires Identifying Key Data and Functions

Over the years I have identified numerous pieces of data that my clients have requested for their advancement systems. I have categorized those into a number of areas and am starting to post them here. Remembering the two laws of … Continue reading

Posted in System Selection | Tagged | Leave a comment

A B C’s of Development Data Maintenance

There are several objectives that institutions have (or should have) for capturing and maintaining their Development data. These include: Capturing All the data, Accurately – that is, making sure that when you get a change of address, you follow-up to confirm why … Continue reading

Posted in Advancement Services | Tagged | Leave a comment

What is the Purpose of your System? It should be a Tool, Not a Task!

What is the purpose of your Advancement system? Is the focus of your system ONLY to provide information to your Director or Vice President? Or get the receipts out to the donors? Or does it ALSO help you with your day-to-day … Continue reading

Posted in Advancement Services, Fundraising Software | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Quick? Cheap? Good? – Pick Two!

It’s your choice. You can have a system installed quickly and cheaply, but if you do it won’t likely be good. OR, you can get a GREAT system and try to install it quickly, but it certainly won’t be cheap. … Continue reading

Posted in Advancement Services, Fundraising Software, System Selection | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Thinking about Selecting a New Advancement System?

Allow me to start off by pointing you to my article on System Selection from the CASE book on Advancement Services. (Click the link above to access it.) That can provide you an overview for system selection. This (and future) … Continue reading

Posted in Fundraising Software, System Selection | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Gartner Group – Hype Cycle of New Information Techonology

The gurus of technology in general, The Gartner Group, tracks technology directions, different vendors in our market, etc. and provides excellent insights into new trends and ideas in technology. Several years ago they described a “hype cycle of new information … Continue reading

Posted in Fundraising Software | Tagged , | Leave a comment