Spring Cleaning

Until recently, the northeast has been spared from major snow this winter.  We were even more fortunate to have a few days of 60 and 70-degree weather.  I took this opportunity to go through my closet and donate a few items to a local charity.  As I told my wife, it was an “early spring cleaning”.

It also got me thinking about the importance of “spring cleaning” your data.  I know for many organizations the end of the year was very busy.  Many donors were making gifts early to maximize their tax benefits.

So in this “lull” before “gala season”, now is a good time to look at your data and clean it up!  Run a duplicate record search, run your data through the NCOA (National Change of Address) database, perform an e-mail append, etc.  Now’s the time.  You’ll be thankful this fall that you took the time to complete this important task.

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