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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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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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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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A Context for Advancement Systems – The Three Legged Stool

Over the years I have suggested an analogy (metaphor?, simile?, you tell me, I’m not an English major) that a System is like a Three Legged Stool. While many people think of hardware and software as “the system,” I would … Continue reading

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R I Arlington Advancement Services Blog

I’m trying out blogging software via WordPress to get this ball rolling. This blog will be about systems for Development Offices and Nonprofit Organizations. (Who would have thought? That’s what my business is about and I’ve been doing this for … Continue reading

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