Stay on Top of Cleaning Your Database

  1. Cleaning Up Your Database
  2. New Data Cleanup and Entry Services
  3. Internet Explorer 11
  4. Free DonorSnap Training
  5. Not Using DonorSnap Yet?

Cleaning Up Your Database

Whether you are looking to transfer your data into a new database or tidy up the one you already have, here are a few quick fixes that will make a world of difference in your reports and mailings.

My formerly cluttered desk by EvelynGiggles, on Flickr

1. Standardize your fields. Limit the number of free form Text fields in your database. Use Single or Multi-Select and Date fields when possible to help maintain a clean database. Before transferring data from a Text field to a select style field, be sure to standardize your look-up options by eliminating all but the correct version. For example, when using a text field to track your Accounting Codes, it is possible to end up with numerous variations and even misspellings for the same fund (i.e. GEN, General, Gnrl, Generl). Running an accurate report with so many variations of the same fund is next to impossible.

2. Use proper capitalization and spacing...

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New Data Cleanup and Entry Services

We all know how important it is to keep our databases clean, but we also know how easy it is for routine maintenance to be moved to the back burner as more pressing issues arise. Combining duplicates, standardizing your fields, cleaning up contact data, or even data entry doesn't have to be swept under the rug anymore. DonorSnap is now offering additional services for data cleanup and data entry for organizations who need some extra help.

If you are interested in learning more or requesting a quote, please contact the support team at feedback@donorsnap.com.

Internet Explorer 11 Issues

If you have recently updated Internet Explorer to version 11 or Windows to 8.1 (which includes IE11), you may have noticed that certain parts of DonorSnap (and many other websites) do not function as they do in all other browsers. You may also notice a solid blue screen when visiting the help site instead of any help pages or videos. Because of these issues, DonorSnap does not currently support IE11.

For best performance in DonorSnap, we highly recommend using Chrome as your browser.

Don't have Chrome installed on your computer? Download it here

Free DonorSnap Training

DonorSnap is now offering a free training almost every week. The free trainings take place on Wednesdays at 1pm Central Time and the topics range from Getting Started with DonorSnap to advanced features like DataMiner Platinum and Online Forms. The next 4 trainings can be viewed at any time.

Find the link to the training schedule under the Help menu from within DonorSnap:

Upcoming Trainings:

  • July 2nd: Volunteer Forms
  • July 9th: Online Forms Best Practices
  • July 16th: Getting Started with DonorSnap
  • July 23rd: Acknowledgement Letters with Word
  • July 30th: DataMiner Platinum with Mailing Lists

Space is limited so Register Now.

Want to Watch a Past Training?

Each of our weekly trainings are recorded and placed on the DonorSnap Help Site. These trainings are generally available a few hours after the training ends.

See all of the other past trainings on the help site under Training Webinars.

Not Using DonorSnap Yet?

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