Welcome to 2015!

Happy new year friends and followers! We hope you’ve had a lovely holiday period with your family and loved ones.

As 2015 kicks off, we hope you’re all raring to go. We’ve got some awesome plans for the year and we can’t wait to share them with you. Follow us on Twitter and watch this space to keep up to date with everything as soon as it happens!

Collecting Data from the Web – Is it legal?

Over the past few weeks we’ve noticed a lot of chatter about the legality of scrubbing the web for data. This issue has been shrouded in too much ambiguity and confusion, so we thought it was about time to clear everything up – at least when it comes to how our team works.

What is web scraping?

Web scraping is the process of gathering data from websites, usually via a program that emulates the human behavior of finding information on the web. It’s useful because it helps translate a lot of unstructured data that’s available on the web into useful information that can be stored and/or analyzed.

Here’s why we’re all a little confused

We exist in the age of social media and, as a result, more and more people are choosing to make information about themselves available on social media platforms. These platforms – e.g. LinkedIn, Facebook etc. – typically require you to register and log in before accessing the data they contain. Their data is restricted, and logging in to export data from these platforms is usually a violation of their terms of service.

So far so simple.

The confusion tends to arise when you consider that, in some cases, certain social media profiles are in fact available via search engines – whether you’re logged into the platform in question or not. This is when people become – understandably – concerned that the data, despite its visibility, is also restricted.

Here’s how we can clear things up

When we first began developing our profile service, we knew the public web represented a vast resource of data that could prove invaluable to our customers. We also knew to effectively use that resource we had to fully understand all the issues involved in gathering the data. So we put together a team to conduct extensive research into all the nitty gritty details so we could become fully educated on the issues at hand.

And, here’s why you don’t have to worry

The services we provide have been developed considering every detail that our team discovered. We’ve worked very hard to ensure our methods are 100% legitimate by focusing entirely on the “public web.”

So what does that mean exactly? When we say we pull information from the “public web” we mean the part of the web which is indexed and made available via search engines – the data that is readily available without registering for or logging into any websites. In the specific case of our profile service, we are referring to the data individual users of social media platforms have actively chosen to make public.

This choice makes the entire issue wholly transparent. When a user chooses to make their profile public, they are deciding not to restrict their data to the platform they are using, choosing instead to share it with the wider web via search engines.

Once the data is made public in this way, we have the right to gather it without ever approaching any legal “gray areas” – thus ensuring you can use our services without any concerns at all.

 

UK Study reveals that Charities need to build relationships with the wealthy retired community

“Donations from individuals are already an important source of income for the voluntary sector — making up nearly 22% of income in 2011/2012. And this funding is particularly valuable because ittends to be flexible and unrestricted. We know that older people currently give more, so charities could enjoy a funding bonanza as the baby boomers retire with more access to financial resources and even greater potential to give both during their lives and after death.”

– Susie Rabin, Project Manager, Commission on the Voluntary Sector & Ageing
– Dinah McKenzie, Senior Consultant and Ria Bowler, Communications Manager, NPC

Read the entire published study by clicking here.

Miami University gets $1m from Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback

Ben Roethlisberger, star quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers and his wife Ashley will donate a cool million dollars to Roethlisberger’s alma mater. The gift is to go towards the school’s indoor sports center and in honor of the gift, the 120-yard field inside will be now be called “Ben Roethlisberger Field.

Miami athletics director David Sayler said, “This gift continues our vision to make a difference in the lives of our student-athletes and that includes winning MAC Championships. I am thankful that both Ben and Ashley share in that same vision.”

The donation is the latest in a trend of notable alumni making large gifts to their former schools and reiterates the need for fundraising and development teams to focus on building and maintaining close relationships with their students, during and after their time at their schools. To ensure that your team is doing everything possible to cultivate relationships with your alumni, ensure that you have their most up-to-date employment information on hand and register  for a relationship mapping service such as Prospect Visual to help you identify how you can reach out to them.

 

University of Tampa Gets 10M$ Gift from Howard and Patricia Jenkins

University of Tampa has received one of the largest gifts in the school’s history from Howard and Patricia Jenkins. In honor of the donation, there will be a residence hall named after the Jenkins couple at the University of Tampa. The 11-story West Kennedy Hall, which was completed in August 2013 and houses 528 students will be re-named the Jenkins Hall.

The Donors

Howard Jenkins, serves on the executive committee of University of Tampa’s Board of trustees and chairs the board’s planning committee. Mr. Jenkins also serves as the Chairman and President of Jenkins Clinic, Inc.  He started his career with Publix Super Markets in 1966 and served as its CEO since 2001.

Patricia Jenkins founded Apollo Environmental Inc. ,which specializes in hazardous materials consulting and analysis, expert witness testimony and regulatory compliance.

Howard and Patricia Jenkins have made some significant impacts on so many cultural and educational areas in Tampa Bay, and University of Tampa is pleased to welcome the couple to the UT community according to the university president Ronald L. Vaughn.

The Relationships 

For insight into the relationships which may have been the catalyst behind the gift, see this connections report from Prospect Visual to see who may have acted as an influencer for UT.

University of Tampa and Jenkins

Michigan State University gets $25m from Billionaire Couple

Eli and Edythe Broad of the eponymous College of Business at Michigan State University surprised and delighted students and officials alike last weekend with the announcement of a $25 million “challenge donation” to kickstart a $1.5 billion fundraising goal which the institution hopes to achieve by the end of 2018.

Eli Broad is the architect of two Fortune 500 companies – KB Home and SunAmerica – and is a long time friend of the school. His connection with the institution is obvious in the name of the Business school and confirmed by the relationship report below, provided by Prospect Visual.

Broad - MSU

Proof yet again that an organization’s largest donors tend to be those who have strong relationships with them.

If you’re interested in finding out which prospective donors are most likely to become your donors, use relationship mapping to investigate which ones have strong connections to your institution. Contact the Prospect Visual team for a free demo to find out more.

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100% accurate Alumni Append for Educational Institutions from Prospect Visual

“We’ve been working very closely with educational institutions on relationship mapping projects for a long time and, as a result, we appreciate how important alumni employment data is to their fundraising efforts. As more and more people put their information online, we have found ourselves in a unique position to help universities and other educational institutions by using our proprietary data-gathering software to scrub the web for that information.

“We estimate that we can deliver profiles on 35-50% of an institution’s entire alumni database, and we guarantee both 100% accuracy and a high match rate. Most importantly – because we understand how important it is to have the most current information – our service also includes quarterly updates to highlight any changes that have taken place after the initial delivery of the data.”

Tatia Zuloaga, Director of Sales & Marketing via www.prospectvisual.com

 

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If you’d like to make an inquiry about our Append / Alumni Profiling service or would like to download a free sample file of your own alumni please use the form below to make your request.

 

Networking Chatter:

A distinguishing characteristic of self-made millionaires is that they network everywhere. Most important, they do it all the time–at business conferences, at the health club, on the golf course or with the person sitting next to them on a plane. This fact alone should motivate you to place yourself in situations where you can meet new people.

– Ivan Misner via Facebook.com (Click here to view original post)

$4.26m to Taylor University shows the power of alumni

While perusing through the news reports today we came across this interesting item about a donation to Taylor University in eastern Indiana. The gift – a generous $4.26 million – came not from a single donor but from a group of alumni celebrating their 50-year reunion.

The university explained that the group had been planning to make this gift as a result of alumnus Ron Scott’s challenge to his classmates from 1964 to make a memorable gift to their former school to celebrate their reunion. Though Scott passed away last year, his peers took up his challenge and came through with their generous gift.

We think this is a heartwarming story that proves that the connection between graduates and their alma mater is very strong and – given the right set of circumstances – can be a powerful aid to any institution’s fundraising.

University of Redlands gets $35m from former Board Members

During Homecoming celebrations this Saturday,  it was announced that the University of Redlands has created a scholarship program with the help of a $35 million donation from Richard Hunsaker and his wife Virginia.

The scholarship will be named the Richard and Virginia Hunsaker Scholarship Fund and will benefit future students of College of Arts and Sciences.

The Hunsakers are very important donors for the University of Redlands. Both are former students at the school who graduated in 1952 and both have previously served on the school’s Board of Trustees. As a result both will have relationships with high-level constituents at the school.

This connections report from Prospect Visual shows the links between Richard Hunsaker and the university’s existing and past board members – and gives us a clue as to why the Hunsakers continue to enjoy a close relationship with their alma mater.

Redlands - Hunsaker