Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Links for Tom Vansaghi's class

Prospect Research & Proposal Writing
The University of Missouri-Kansas City / September 15, 2017

Below are the links I recommend for Prospect Research:

Address & Phone Resources
WhitePages – search for people, businesses, reverse phone number, or by address and neighbors

Biographical Information
Birthdate Finder – displays links to obtain date of birth; limited to two searches per day.
LinkedIn – provides current employer and title as well as employment history; also lists degrees and educational institutions attended; sometimes lists professional and community affiliations

Business Information
Hoovers – basic company snapshots for free; detailed reports are fee-based
Manta – provides free business snapshots based on Dun & Bradstreet reports

Government Resources (local)
Jackson County, MO marriage records – useful for confirming exact birthdates and spouse names
Johnson County, KS District Court records – useful for searching marriage and divorce records
Missouri Case.net – searchable database of Circuit Court records in Missouri; limited detail only provides basic information on everything from traffic tickets to estates to divorces

Library Resources (local)
Johnson County Public Library – free library card entitles access to several online databases including local and national newspaper archives, obituaries, genealogical resources, and other databases

Political Contributions
Political MoneyLine – search by donor name, state, zip code, occupation or recipient; links to actual copy of FEC contribution filing with home address, employer and occupation of donor

Public Company Salaries & Holdings
Securities & Exchange Commission – search by public company name; the Proxy Statement (DEF14A) contains salary and inside shareholder information

Real Estate Resources
Google Maps – provides aerial and sometimes “street views” of residences
Jackson County, MO – searchable by name or property address
Johnson County, KS – searchable by property address only; includes photo of residence
Clay County, MO – searchable by name or property address
Platte County, MO – searchable by name or property address
Pulawski.net – tax assessor database by state. Named for Christina Pulawski, a former prospect researcher at Northwestern University, now a fundraising consultant
Trulia – nationwide real estate database searchable by city, zip code, or property address
Zillow – nationwide real estate database searchable by city, zip code, or property address

Paid Resources
LexisNexis for Development Professionals ($700-$1000 per month for one user) – multi-function toolkit for fundraisers includes address & phone history, birthdates (month & year only), e-mail addresses, family relationships, real estate assets, newspaper archives, and employment links.
Nozasearch ($900 per year for multiple users) – the world’s largest searchable database of charitable contributions; also provides limited foundation searches for free.
DonorSearch
iWave PRO
WealthEngine 
These are multi-function websites for fundraisers and researchers which include capacity ratings, charitable giving, Dun & Bradstreet, Federal Election Contributions, Foundation Search, Guidestar Directors and Foundations, Hoover’s business information, Marquis Who’s Who, aircraft and large watercraft ownership, and more!  Subscription price often includes monthly webinars and best practices white papers.  Great for small research shops who need a lot of information quickly!

p.s. And don't forget to Google!!!

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Kansas City job postings involving Prospect Research

It's pretty exciting to see a couple of local jobs posted which involve prospect research.  I love what I do and am always eager to help others interested in my profession!