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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Core Technology Competencies

The idea of “Core Technology Competencies” is to identify a baseline of competencies for individual areas within the Advancement Department. Personnel at all levels should have a basic skill level to help them more effectively perform their job. We must … Continue reading

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“My System is like the Roach Motel of Data”

I had a prospect tell me this once. He explained that in his Advancement System “the data goes in and never comes out again.” (Apologies to Black Flag, but that’s how my soon-to-be-client described his system.) I’ve told this story … Continue reading

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