About Bill

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Bill Connors, CFRE, bCRE-Pro has been a consultant and trainer on the Blackbaud fundraising software Raiser’s Edge since 1995, having worked directly with over 390 organizations.  He started his own consulting and training practice in 2005.

In 2010, Wiley published Bill’s book Fundraising with The Raiser’s Edge:  A Non-Technical Guide.

Until 2005, Bill was Principal Consultant for Fundraising Systems for Blackbaud, having helped found the Blackbaud consulting program in 1998.

He has been providing consulting and training on Raiser’s Edge in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Europe since 1995. He previously served as Senior Consultant for Fundraising Technology for a London fundraising consulting firm.

Having spent his entire career in nonprofit work, Bill also worked for Junior Achievement as the Director of Development in Arizona and as Director of Field IT for the national headquarters, overseeing the roll-out of Raiser’s Edge in the field offices.

Bill is an honors graduate of Yale University with two master’s degrees, including a recent one from Harvard Divinity School.

Bill lives in Folsom, California, east of Sacramento, with his partner and loves sweets, especially ice cream.

Raiser’s Edge Consulting and Training Experience

Independent Consultant and Trainer on Raiser’s Edge since 2005

  • In this time Bill has personally worked with over 260 organizations, on short to very long-term projects, and most have asked him to return for additional work based on the success of the working relationships.  These organizations span the entire nonprofit and education spectrum, from independent K-12 schools to universities, hospital foundations, arts and cultural institutions, and social service, relief, environmental, animal care, and religious organizations.
  • Member of the Association of Advancement Services Professionals, advocate of and adherent to the organization’s Statement of Ethics, and recurring speaker at the annual summit.
  • Bill has had three long-term engagements as database manager or interim DBM for organizations. After having been a consultant since 1995, these were opportunities to “practice what he preaches” to test and refine the consulting guidance he provides to his clients.

Principal Consultant for Fundraising Systems, Blackbaud, 1998 – 2005

  • A founding consultant of the Blackbaud consulting program in 1998; first new employee hired by Blackbaud as a consultant for the new program.
  • Over 110 Raiser’s Edge clients in many states throughout the US and provinces in Canada, across the entire nonprofit spectrum, including two large universities, museums, zoos, schools, religious organizations, health foundations, youth organizations, social service agencies, and others. Client evaluations rated 4.9 out of 5.
  • Senior consultant on the team, including work with Product Development to enhance Raiser’s Edge, Blackbaud consultant training and mentoring, and extensive sales, conference and user group presentations on behalf of the company.

Senior Consultant, Information Technology, Brakeley Ltd, London, UK, 2001 – 2002

  • Brakeley Ltd was a fundraising consulting firm in London, England.  Bill worked for them half-time in the United Kingdom and Europe in 2001 and 2002.
  • He consulted on Raiser’s Edge and other fundraising database products and technologies in England, Scotland, Sweden, Austria, Finland, and Switzerland.

Director of Information Systems, National Headquarters of Junior Achievement, 1995 – 1998

  • Oversaw the organization-wide deployment of the Raiser’s Edge fundraising database in Junior Achievement’s 165 field offices.
  • Program management, documentation, training development and delivery, and custom reporting development and distribution.

Fundraising Experience

  • Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) certification since 2005.
  • Director of Development, Junior Achievement of Central Arizona (Phoenix), 1991-1995
    • Included corporate and foundation support, major gifts, direct mail, telemarketing, government grants, special events, rural programming and board management, and IT
  • Board, Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Golden Gate Chapter, 2004-2007; member of AFP chapters throughout most of his career and advocate and adherent to the AFP Code of Ethical Standards and The Donor Bill of Rights.


  • Yale University, BA cum laude with distinction in the major
  • Brigham Young University, MA in American History
  • Harvard Divinity School, MTS (Master of Theological Studies) in American religious history (recent sabbatical)

“We are so fortunate to have you as a resource, and I’m really glad that you were able to be part of our project team. I really think there’s no way we’d have been as successful in completing these conversions and implementing RE NXT had it not been for you.

“Your genuine interest in wanting to understand our organization, along with your guidance, wisdom, expertise, and patience were vital to our project being a success. I most appreciate how you truly became part of our team; helping us get into all the nitty-gritty details that we needed to address in order to strategically set up and effectively utilize our new database for long-term success.

“I think it’s rare to find a consultant who really cares as much as you do about the long-term success of the organizations you are helping. I’m so confident in how our database has been configured and in our staff’s ability to effectively use it.

“I’m certain I would not have this level of confidence, especially in my own abilities as database manager, had our conversion and implementation assistance been limited solely to that of Blackbaud’s trainings and resources. I can’t thank you enough for all you’ve done to help us. Seriously, anyone doing a database conversion needs to have you on their team.

“There’s so much to learn in RE NXT and the numerous tips and insights you were able to give us that we didn’t get from trainings are why I know our database is set up so well. I really don’t know how we could have done it without you.”

Director of the Annual Fund & Donor Analytics
Foundation in the San Francisco Bay Area

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