Raiser's Edge Training + Consulting

Raisers Edge Training

At the Leading Edge, we love the Raiser’s Edge, and we love helping others learn to love it, too! Our Raiser's Edge training methods are unique and are designed to have a lasting impact on your organization, long after the project is completed.

We don’t subscribe to traditional, boring “point here” and “click there” models. Our trainings are designed to improve your return on your investment in the Raiser’s Edge and also to strengthen your organization as a team.

We use real life scenarios to teach your users how to harness the power of the Raiser’s Edge in meaningful ways they never imagined. Your database can and should be the heart of your fund raising efforts, and we take our responsibility to your team and your mission very seriously.

When you engage Leading Edge for your Raiser’s Edge training, you can expect:
• An agenda customized for your specific needs
• Training on your data
• Insights into how to maximize functionality
• Suggested best practices and policies
• Tips & tricks to make things easier to remember
• Real life examples of how other organizations use certain areas
• To learn a lot!

Just because it’s serious, doesn't mean it can’t be fun!

We make the Raiser’s Edge come to life and make sense to your staff. Why pay for Raiser's Edge training from strangers on strange data, when you can have a lasting, meaningful relationship with a consultant who cares about and knows your organization?

What We Offer

Custom onsite training on your data (No cookie cutters here!)

Group setting or one-on-one at the same affordable rate

Remote options available for task specific training like:

  • Batch

  • Donor Acknowledgement Letters

  • Segmented Appeals

  • Query

  • Global functions

Or, on Optional modules

  • Events

  • Volunteer

  • Membership

  • RE: Search

  • RE: Alum

LOTS of tips, tricks and real life scenarios

Raisers Edge Consulting

Often times, just knowing HOW to do something in the Raiser’s Edge is not enough. You may need help determining WHAT to do (or not do) and WHY! Our years of experience can help your organization tailor the Raiser’s Edge to your unique fund raising model and reporting needs.

In our role Raiser’s Edge consultants, we take the time to understand your fund raising model. We ask a lot of questions about how you raise money, what makes your organization unique, and what your needs are when reporting to stakeholders. We help you drive the database, not the other way around. We become a part of your team, marrying our software expertise to your fund raising expertise to form a powerful alliance.

Our Raiser's Edge consulting offerings include:
• Database audit
• Database clean-up based on audit findings
• Facilitation of development of Policies and Procedures manual

The best thing about the Raiser’s Edge is that it’s so customizable; the worst thing about the Raiser’s Edge is…….it’s so customizable! We can help you make it the thing you love most about it!
Full database audit to assess consistency and proper use of:

  • Consistency of Biographical and Gift information

  • Constituent Codes

  • Campaigns, Funds and Appeals

  • Appropriate use of data extraction tools

Identify un- or under-utilized system tools

Detailed documentation and review of findings, including recommended remedies

Actual data clean-up and importing of “scrubbed” data

Facilitate development of a policy and procedures manual

Remote, ongoing database administration

Integration of Raiser’s Edge and Financial Edge

Our Clients

  • North Hampton Community College
  • NH Public Radio
  • McLeod Health
  • Lincoln Families
  • St. Augustine Prep School
  • Thrive Networks
  • Summa Health Foundation
  • MUSC
  • Montana Community Foundation
  • College of Charleston Alumni Association
  • Woodbury Forest School
  • University of North Florida
  • Tidewell Hospice
  • The Citadel Foundation
  • The Children’s Inn at NIH
  • Spartan Regional Foundation
  • Senior Citizens, Inc.
  • RWJ University Hospital Foundation
  • New Hampton School
  • Marist School
  • Keystone College
  • Aleph Society, Inc.
  • Charleston Promise
  • Easter Seals of DC/MA/VA
  • Hammond School
  • World Challenge, Inc.
  • American International College
  • Earth University Foundation
  • College of Charleston Alumni Association
  • Christ School
  • A Kid Again
  • AIDS Help of Monroe County
  • Kean Logo
  • Wesley House Family Services
  • Third Millennium Ministries
  • The Children’s Center
  • Love A Child
  • Roper St. Francis Foundation
  • South Carolina Aquarium
  • Singapore American School
  • USS Yorktown CV-10 Association
  • Make-A-Wish America
  • Covenant School
  • Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation
  • Gwinnett Tech Foundation
  • Hospice Savannah
  • Living Beyond Breast Cancer
  • Longwood University
  • Porter Gaud Foundation
  • Camp Boggy Creek
  • Central Carolina Community Foundation
  • Eastern Maine Health System Foundation
  • Girl Scouts of South Carolina
  • Heathwood Hall
  • International Center for Transitional Justice
  • JCC Denver
  • Qgiv
  • National Children’s Advocacy Center
  • Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League
  • St. Mary’s Medical Center Foundation
  • Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation
  • Greenville Symphony Orchestra
  • Western Golf Association Evans Scholars Foundation
  • Memorial Health
  • Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas
  • Baptist Community Ministries
  • Catholic Charities of West Tennessee
  • Children’s Trust of South Carolina
  • Enterprise Development International
  • Georgia College & State University
  • Museo del Barrio NY

Feedback from Clients

  • Leading Edge is a great bang for the buck! When Sandy worked with us, she was very flexible and delivered OVER what we expected! She has a deep knowledge of Raiser's Edge and the development world.

    Thomas E. Walker, Jr. , CFO, The Citadel Foundation, Charleston, SC
  • We have used, and continue to use, Leading Edge for all of our Raiser’s Edge training and consulting needs. Having an ongoing relationship with Sandy is invaluable to the foundation. She not only teaches us how the software works, she helps us apply it to our daily fund raising activities. I would recommend Leading Edge to everyone for training and consulting!

    Cindy Murphy, Campaign Co-ordinator, Gwennett Medical Center Foundation, Lawrenceville, GA
  • Sandy is an ace at what she does & makes the Raiser's Edge fun – who knew that was possible? And,she’s just a smart woman with a wonderful personality. I’d want to know her whether I knew anything about the Raiser's Edge or not!

    Megan Kerley, VicePresident, Foundation Hospice, Savannah, Georgia
  • You are always willing to listen to both me and my staff, as to what our most important needs are and never insist that there is just one way to customize training. Thank you for everything you've done for us, Sandy!

    John T. Short, Jr., VP of Institiutional Advancement, American International College, Springfield, MA
  • Sandy was invaluable to our organization after the earthquake in Haiti.  She came in and developed database systems for us to help withstand the immediate spike in donor activity which caused our workload to double overnite.  We survived and thrived because of her! These systems Sandy put in place also afforded us cost savings that we still benefit from today.  Sandy continues to be a reliable lifeline for our organization at a critical times  for us. Her enormous expertise not only helped us solve current database challenges, but increased our knowledge as she taught us the skills to manage an exploding database, teaching us to think ahead, not just solve immediate problems – her database planning skills are the best in the industry.  She is able to add value with simple issues as well as very complex issues and her unparalleled competency with Raisers Edge allows us to customize our applications for our needs.  She has an ability to dive into our database and unlock its mysteries, making it work for us rather than us working for it.

    Sandra Smith, Executive Director Love A Child, Inc.
  • Sandy is a professional & an entrepreneur of the highest order...creative, experienced, ethical, smart, and insightful. Sandy adapts to the needs of her clients, and what she promises, she delivers!

    Pam Brueck, Sales & Marketing Manger, Omatic Software, Charleston, SC
  • Only after working with Sandy and LESS do we finally have true confidence in our database & donor records. The outcome of her training & consulting is  above & beyond what we expected. We now have much happier employees!

    Susan S. Sullivan, Executive Director, Roper St. Francis Foundation, Charleston, SC
  • Sandy is an exceptional trainer and consultant. Her understanding of the non-profit world and its inner workings, combined with her in-depth knowledge of Raiser's Edge and it's companion products make her one of the very best! In short, Sandy is the best of the best!

    Terri D. Harper, Former Blackbaud Instructor, Charleston, SC
  • When I needed to create a custom Crystal Report, Sandy came to my rescue.  She is tremendously knowledgeable,has a great sense of humor and in the process of writing my report, taught me a lot about the Raisser's Edge!  My colleagues are also impressed with the finished product.  She loves her work and that comes through in every interaction with her.

    Dawn Page, Development Manager, International Center for Transitional Justice, New York, New York
  • Sandy is genuine, passionate, and a consummate professional. Sandy presented at our Delaware Blackbaud Users Group meeting and her in-depth knowledge and experience along with her expert understanding of the needs of The Raiser’s Edge users shined through. Sandy’s creativity, vision, and insightful attention to detail makes it easy for her audience to understand and grasp complicated concepts.  Sandy’s training is invaluable for anyone who wants to get the most out of their Blackbaud software.

    David A. Berger, National Director, Database Management, Devereux Foundation
  • We've hired other trainers to come here for training; Leading Edge beats them all hands down! Sandy's training is rock solid; she knows Raiser's Edge far better than anyone who's come here to train us. She made sure we were engaged everyday she was with us. I'd highly recommend anyone to hire Leading Edge to train your staff!

    Marc A. Pitman, Founder, www. & Author,
  • Sandy Wilder is a first-rate consultant. She not only knows the Raiser's Edge, she knows how to train others to use the system with just the right mix of patience, humor and professionalism. I highly recommend Sandy and intend to invite her back to our school for ongoing training and system clean up.

    Mary Coleman, Director of Institutional Advancement, The Covenant School, Charlottesville, VA
  • Sandy Wilder is a true Raiser's Edge professional. Beyond just knowing RE inside and out, Sandy understands and masterfully teaches you how to raise more money using the technology. She seamlessly integrates the people, process and technology you need to be successful!

    Jim Bush, Senior Consultant, Winkler Group, Mt. Pleasant, SC