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Ben Miller

Benjamin Miller is a consummate entrepreneur drawing upon degrees in mathematics and systems engineering to advance database marketing in the non-profit industry. Ben Miller is the Chief Analytic Officer at DonorTrends, and has helped raise hundreds of millions of dollars from millions of donors over his career. Ben also serves on the Research Council for the AFP and is a member of the Steering Committee for the Growth in Giving Initiative.
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Gratitude for Data and the FEP

Posted by Ben Miller on 11/2017

Thanksgiving is upon us, a time of year when we reflect upon those things in our lives that we are grateful for. From a nonprofit professional standpoint, I’d like to give thanks to The Growth in Giving’s Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP.)

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Topics: Donor Retention, Fundraising Strategies, Retention, Fundraising Effectiveness Project, FEP, Major Donors

Q3 Fundraising Report from The Fundraising Effectiveness Project

Posted by Ben Miller on 11/2017

The Fundraising Effectiveness Project released its third quarter Quarterly Fundraising Report and there are some disturbing trends that we all need to pay attention to.  The headlines are pretty startling:

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Topics: Donor Retention, New Donor Acquistion, Revenue, Retention, Retention Rate, Trends

Are you a Fundraising Fox or a Hedgehog?

Posted by Ben Miller on 11/2017

Yesterday on the Agitator, Roger wrote a post "But, It's Not Industry Standard." This post reminded me of the greek hedgehog parable.  "The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing."  The basic premise is that the clever fox attempts to catch the hedgehog using a variety of strategies.  After hiding, sneaking, pouncing, and chasing the fox is not successful.  The one big thing the hedgehog knows is how to defend itself.  

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Topics: Fundraising Strategies

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