Are Online Volunteer Waivers Legally Valid?

Are Online Volunteer Waivers Legally Valid?

Baird Straughan, April 2021 Online waivers speed up event registration, reduce paperwork, and liberate organizers so they can concentrate on the event itself and the people attending.  Nevertheless, some of our client organizations worry that if an accident occurred, courts wouldn’t respect a waiver that’s not on paper.  What’s the truth? Short answer: At present, […]

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Good Enough Data Security for Small Organizations in the Age of Mega-Hacks

Good Enough Data Security for Small Organizations in the Age of Mega-Hacks

Baird Straughan, March 2021 At WaterGrass we aspire NOT to work in data security.  Our client organizations are relatively small, unlikely to attract persistent hackers.  For financial transactions, we use the secure connections of much bigger players – Salesforce, Click and Pledge, iATS.  We advise clients to keep credit card numbers and other sensitive information […]

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WaterGrass & UNH Paul School Partner to Extract Lessons from Fundraising and Volunteer Data

WaterGrass & UNH Paul School Partner to Extract Lessons from Fundraising and Volunteer Data

Great news! It’s been 12 years since we founded WaterGrass, and along the way we’ve gathered some 200 organization/years of anonymized data on donor and volunteer behavior. There’s surely a lot to learn in it, but we’ve been too busy developing new features to really dig as we’d like to. Now Dr. Phani Kidampi of […]

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For Valentine’s Day Let’s Celebrate … Data Mavens!

Every organization needs one – that person who keeps the data straight, ferrets out duplicate records, nags you to update the addresses you’ve kept in your rolodex and Excel spreadsheets – you know who I’m talking about … the Data Maven! At WaterGrass we’ve worked with lots of them.  Picky picky picky.   But so vital […]

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Resilient During the Pandemic: A Snapshot of Giving to Watershed Groups

At WaterGrass, we provide fundraising and volunteer management tools to small and growing nonprofits, and our users allow us to review their data for insights (we keep everyone anonymous).  Last year was tumultuous and we were a little apprehensive about how our users fared.  Now that the 2020 end-of-year fundraising is past, we selected ten […]

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UNH Masters Students to Analyze WaterGrass Data for Best Practices

Great news! One of WaterGrass’ goals has been to analyze our anonymized, aggregate data in order to learn about trends and best practices for individual fundraising. From our analysis we’ve learned things like: Organizations with formal membership programs raise more per donor than organizations which don’t. The median donor gives to WaterGrass a little less […]

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