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SERVICES

Discover Our Areas of Expertise

We offer a variety of services tailored for your institution’s needs. Whether you are looking to improve your reporting capabilities, increase skill development, or optimize your advancement services program, we are here to help. We love a challenge! Below are just some of the ways we can illuminate your fundraising results.

The Solas Group revolutionized how we view our data. By creating custom dashboards, Ron enabled us to gain a comprehensive view of our key metrics. We can now easily observe trends and track progress toward our goals.  His data visualizations are more sophisticated and useful than what is currently available at our institution.

ANALYTICS

Industry-Leading Tableau Dashboards

Who are the top 25 donors to your latest capital project, ranked? Which principal gift prospects have you been ignoring? Are you assigned to the prospects with the greatest likelihood to give? Which fundraiser in your office is most likely to close a major gift? If you can't answer these questions in a few clicks, you need our dashboards. We have developed a library of more than 70 dashboards that we can link to your institution's data and tailor to fit your unique business practices. And if you have a question about your data that we haven’t already thought of, we will build you a dashboard from scratch. Call us today to schedule an online tour and see what Solas can do to increase your fundraising success.

PREDICTIVE MODELING

Innovative Methods. Superior Results.

Many companies offer predictive modeling services, but none of them offer what we do. We begin by expertly extracting the data for you so your advancement services team isn’t bogged down with complicated data requests. Our modeling to modeling is unique in the industry, relying on sophisticated techniques in feature reduction to understand which donor attributes are most predictive of future major giving. Finally, we don't just send you donor scores and a PowerPoint. Our results are delivered in a sophisticated visual format to help you and your team understand precisely how to maximize the results. We can even empower your team to track progress over time in engaging your newly-identified prospects. We give you everything you need to take immediate, concrete steps toward improved fundraising results from the annual fund all the way to principal gifts. Call us today for a free consultation and project estimate.

ADVANCEMENT SERVICES ASSESSMENTS

Bring Your Advancement Services Team to the Next Level

As founding members of the Association for Advancement Services Professionals (AASP) and recipients of the international "best of the best" CASE Platinum Award for Best Practices in Advancement Services, we understand the profession inside and out. We have experienced the many technical, logistical, and bureaucratic hurdles faced by advancement services units, and we love helping those units resolve their toughest challenges. Whether you’re experiencing understaffing, institutional data sets that don’t integrate with each other, poor data quality, lack of training, or some combination of the above, we can help. Ours is a positive, solutions-based, and empathetic approach that puts advancement services professionals at the top of their game.

TABLEAU FOR FUNDRAISING  TRAINING

Learn Tableau in a Fundraising Context

Used to full advantage, Tableau Software can revolutionize your ability to access and understand fundraising data. For over a decade, our partners have leveraged Tableau to empower fundraising teams, and we understand the business needs and challenges inherent in advancement analytics. In individual and group sessions, in person or online, our unique Tableau training seminars are developed to build advancement professionals’ skills in designing dashboards that make a difference. We work hands-on with our clients, helping them learn to prepare and present their data in a manner that fundraising and organizational leaders find transparent and actionable. 

DATA INTEGRATION AND OPTIMIZATION

Durable Data Sources to Fuel Reporting

One of the biggest challenges to accurate and timely reporting is creating reliable data sources. With decades of experience in fundraising technology, data engineering, and advancement services, The Solas Group has expertise integrating disparate data sets and building data sources ideally suited to meet the demands of a fast-paced fundraising office. We understand the cyclical nature of data architecture maintenance in serving the needs of a highly effective fundraising organization, because we know that in such environments, data and business rules are constantly expanding and evolving. We work together with our clients to understand their business and reporting needs and to construct reusable, flexible, and extensible data sources that become a permanent part of your program’s infrastructure. 

APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT

Customize Solutions for Your Technology Needs

We have extensive experience evaluating, developing, and implementing custom applications such as automated wealth screening processes, prospect identification tools, regional strategy tools, dynamic prospect affinity scoring, gift agreement generators, online payment systems, event registration systems, geocoding services, and service request systems. We are committed to automating as much as we can so that you can spend more of your time working on fundraising strategy. Let our more than 20 years of combined experience in software development help you design solutions you didn’t even know were possible.