[APRA-NW] Relationship mapping?

Susan Hayes-McQueen shq at uw.edu
Mon May 11 09:45:21 PDT 2015

Hi Sonja,

We currently use Prospect Visual, but in the past used Board Ex. I haven't seen BoardEx in many years, but it wasn't as nicely visual as prospect visual. I can't say I ever compared the quality of data between the two, although someone here did. BoardEx is mostly used in private industry. It is cost-prohibative.

The other one I hear a lot about is RelSci-they're always at APRA and get mentioned a lot on the listserv.

We keep the tool within our team... we try to reduce the "distractions" that tools like this provide for our fundraisers. I'd like to make it better known, but it's most useful at the tippy-top of the pyramid, and our high-level fundraisers use it a lot (via their researcher). I can point to one significant gift that came as a result of a relationship found using our tools. It also gets the creative juices flowing sometimes.

I'm sure I could connect you with someone who uses it a lot here at the UW. Let me know.


From: APRA-NW [mailto:apra-nw-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Sonja Bahr
Sent: Thursday, May 7, 2015 2:44 PM
To: apra-nw at u.washington.edu
Subject: [APRA-NW] Relationship mapping?

We are in the very initial stages of looking into adding relationship mapping software to our available resources and I was hoping to get some feedback from you.

* What company are you working with and would you recommend working with them?

* Have you worked with any other relationship mapping company and is there a reason you are not currently using them?

* Do you primarily use the information to supplement individual prospect profiles or is there the capability to conduct larger screenings?

* Do you keep this resource within the Prospect Management / Research department or do your Development Officers have access to run names?

Again, we're in the very early stages of looking into this so any insight, suggestions, or examples of how you've used relationship mapping would be very helpful. Thanks in advance for any help you can provide!

Best regards,

Sonja Bahr
Associate Director, Prospect Research
Montana State University Alumni Foundation
Phone: 406-994-7576
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