Saved from Nonprofit Nightmares
July 19, 2016 0 By
It was a dark and stormy night. Robin lay in bed tossing and turning; unable to sleep. Their budget was tight, and half the invitations to their latest fundraiser had come back return-to-sender. Too many bad addresses to count. They would have to change venues, maybe even negotiate new vendors. Robin kept thinking of all the donations they were counting on. They would likely be much less than planned. This was their big event of the year. It was the culmination of the holiday season when people usually feel generous. But the stress of it all had Robin breaking out into a cold sweat.
How were they to clean their database of old donor contacts? It went back 15 years. Their staff was small and there was no time to handle the day-to-day business and manage these files. Should they delete the whole list and start over?
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