Frequently Asked Questions

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Do you offer consulting or training on any fundraising databases other than Raiser's Edge?

Mostly, no. I believe Raiser’s Edge, both Raiser’s Edge NXT and Raiser’s Edge version 7, are sophisticated database programs with extensive functionality and nuances.  This is true especially when one considers the reach of all the additional modules available, including major gifts, event management, membership, and volunteer management. I want to provide the most knowledgeable, most experienced, most capable consulting possible on Raiser’s Edge.  I believe to do this requires complete focus on this single product. There are a number of general and important fundraising database practices that are not unique to Raiser’s Edge that I can assist any organization with–such as staffing, coding, and technical support issues–and I would be happy to talk to you about assistance in these areas.

Do you provide consulting on other Blackbaud products besides Raiser's Edge?

Mostly, no. Again, I believe Raiser’s Edge is such an extensive program that to provide the best available consulting on this product requires complete focus on this single product. Blackbaud’s other product families are similarly extensive and deserve their own single-minded focus by others. However, I have and continue to provide consulting on integrating Raiser’s Edge with Blackbaud’s Financial EdgeTM nonprofit accounting software. This includes not just the technical linkage of the two products but also an understanding of the fundraising and financial concepts necessary to facilitate a discussion between the development/advancement/fundraising and accounting/finance/business offices of organizations. I also have extensive experience helping schools share data from the Blackbaud Student Information Management System with Raiser’s Edge.

Do you provide consulting to help organizations select and buy fundraising software?

No and yes. Given my intimate knowledge and association with Raiser’s Edge, I understand that organizations may wish to use other consultants who make database selection their primary focus and are more broadly versed in the available products than I am. However, for organizations that are considering purchasing Raiser’s Edge NXT, I can provide valuable and potentially money-saving services. Please see the Consulting and Training page of my website for more information.

Do you provide consulting on other fundraising technology products and services, such as web, email and event software, services and fundraising approaches?

I do provide consulting on the email, online donation, and event registration components included with Raiser’s Edge NXT and with Online Express. I also assist clients with Blackbaud’s peer-to-peer fundraising solution that integrates with RE NXT. And I assist clients with integrations between third-party online products that provide these and other functions. I stay abreast of industry trends and happenings, especially as they relate to fundraising databases in general and Raiser’s Edge in particular, but I focus my efforts and expertise on providing the best possible consulting on Raiser’s Edge and encourage you to consult with others for assistance with other online tools and needs.

What is the "CFRE" after your name?

CFRE is an acronym for Certified Fundraising Executive and is “the only internationally-recognised baseline professional credential for philanthropic fundraising executives” (www.cfre.org). Earning this credential required at least five years experience as a fundraiser, completion and acceptance of an extensive application, and passing a rigorous test on fundraising practices and principles.  It then requires re-certification every three years.

What is the "bCRE-Pro" after your name?

bCRE is the acronym for Blackbaud Certified in Raiser’s Edge, Blackbaud’s certification program for Raiser’s Edge. I was one of the first in the country to be certified bCRE-Professional, the highest certification level currently available.

What is your relationship to Blackbaud?

I have no “official” relationship with Blackbaud. I am an independent consultant. I resigned from Blackbaud after 7 exciting and positive years as an employee and contractor in June 2005 on the best of terms. I continue a very good relationship with Blackbaud and its employees on behalf of my clients, perhaps best evidenced by Blackbaud’s support of my book and my continued presentations at Blackbaud’s annual conferences.

“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