Donors without Limits: Finding information on prospects beyond your borders



1.25 CFRE credits will be provided upon completion of this session

Have you had this conversation recently?  “I keep hearing about how everything is becoming more global – even nonprofits.  We’ve had some limited success gaining more donors from other countries, but don’t know how to build momentum.   We want to reach more people outside our borders, but it’s just so hard and confusing to learn about who they are.  When we are lucky enough to find information, we’re never sure if it’s accurate, timely, or even about our potential donor.”

This session will focus on best principles on finding and evaluating international information and resources.

Learning Outcomes:

•How to work out where to look for international information when no one you know has any good suggestions.

•What pitfalls to avoid when searching in a language not your own. This includes different language conventions and naming patterns, issues with transliteration, etc.

•How to interpret different information presentation styles – it’s not always what you assume!

•What criteria to use when evaluating the information you find.

•Guiding principles and techniques on how to find asset information no matter what country.

You can find additional support for your organization by increasing your potential supporter base from just your country to the globe.  This is especially true if:

•You are a nonprofit with internationally based alumni or beneficiaries

•Your programs include activities abroad

•The decision makers for a promising funding source are in another country

Our Presenters:

Sabine Schuller, MLIS, Research Specialist at The Rotary Foundation 

Rotary is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders. Members of Rotary clubs, known as Rotarians, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. As a donor researcher,for Rotary, Sabine identifies and analyzes donors around the globe. She was previously a program officer for Rotary, coaching grant applicants in Latin America, Europe, and North America. Sabine’s first experience in the nonprofit world was at Northwestern University. She developed industry analyses for new commercial opportunities at an international business development center.Sabine is a proud member of the Illinois donor research chapter APRA-IL and also supports her local business librarian association, SLA-IL.

Click here for Sabine’s review of Beth Bandy’s China Prospect Research Guide






Erica Sum MISt Research Officer at the University of Toronto, Division of University Advancement 

Established in 1827, the University of Toronto has one of the strongest research and teaching faculties in North America, presenting top students at all levels with an intellectual environment unmatched in depth and breadth on any other Canadian campus. With more than 75,000 students across three campuses (St. George, Mississauga and Scarborough) and over 450,000 alumni active in every region of the world, U of T’s influence is felt in every area of human endeavour.

With alumni in 174 countries, Erica’s work has involved conducting international research for prospects around the world. Erica’s previous research experience spans non-profit organizations, academic research and business libraries. She is a member of APRA Canada and a former Director of CASLIS Toronto. She enjoys fundraising and volunteering in her spare time.





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