EverTrue is a powerful trip-planning, prospect discovery tool
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SCU has improved their trip planning to include a minimum of two additional prospect visits each trip, usually with previously untapped and unengaged constituents. They’re harnessing the power of Facebook engagement data, LinkedIn career and location data, Zillow data, and other information available from EverTrue, combined with the data from their Blackbaud CRM.
As a result, the office has been able to secure two six-figure gifts in rapid succession from donors that had not been on their radar before appearing in an EverTrue search. “We just used EverTrue on an alumni trip to Hawaii and found instantaneous information that we could use to contact people directly…. It was so much quicker and more effective.”says Ellen Lynch, Director of Development at SCU School of Law.
Santa Clara finds these constituents in EverTrue by searching through existing, unassigned donors with executive-level or C-suite positions on LinkedIn along with high levels of Facebook engagement. These metrics suggest that the prospect may have a high level of affinity for SCU, as well as a high capacity to give.
A community of philanthropy
In addition to using EverTrue to improve trip planning and increase the number of major gifts, the team at SCU has used Facebook insights to build alumni affinity groups, identify new volunteers, cultivate potential donors, and develop a more connected alumni community. For example, Lydia’s team uses social media engagement data to gauge which initiatives constituents might be interested in supporting, then tailors outreach accordingly.
Their goal is not just to raise more dollars, but to communicate better with alumni by sharing recent campus events and solidifying their connection to the institution. Santa Clara is using modern tools to get back to the roots of university advancement: building and sustaining relationships that improve students’ lives.