We’ve been discussing ways that your nonprofit can address attrition and generate new donors to help grow a healthy active donor base. Part 1 focused on tightening up your data management. This article looks at analyzing your list for active vs. lapsed donors.
Thoughtfully analyze your active donor list
Has your organization taken a hard look recently at which donors in its current list are active and which are lapsed? Analyzing your list thoughtfully in this way can help you make sure your data reaps the benefits it should.
Exactly what does your organization consider an active donor? Have you specified when donors are considered lapsed? Some organizations say two years without a response to an annual appeal. Others say 18 months. Still others don’t specify at all, and their list of “active” donors actually contains many, many more lapsed donors than active.