Raising Insight helps you make and communicate well-informed management decisions with database and reporting solutions that transform data into actionable performance information.
Our mission is to help organizations like yours provide effective information to plan and achieve fundraising and constituent-engagement goals through
Raising Insight brings deep knowledge, current experience and a successful track record gained working in support of campaign operations for many $1 Billion+ campaigns in challenging and diverse environments.
Bold fundraising objectives require responsive reporting and analysis support that leverages rapidly evolving sources of data, technologies and other solutions.
Historically, institutions are forced to support the demands of a growing set of sophisticated users while simultaneously innovating new reporting and analysis solutions with their own limited resources.
Most operations have generally been dissatisfied with the results.
Responding to this need, Raising Insight was founded in 2009 to develop an advancement- specific information reporting and analytics platform: ABI (Advancement Business Intelligence). ABI continues to be refined and to expand based on the experience, requirements, and specific input from every new site.
Raising Insight professional services include data warehouse and reporting implementation services, such as
Raising Insight also provides management and operational consulting for
Raising Insight founder and product architect Michiel Westerkamp is an influential authority in the field of constituent relationship management. Michiel brings more than 35 years of experience building Advancement ERP, CRM, and management reporting solutions used by hundreds of institutions ranging from state-wide university systems to highly selective private colleges, medical centers, and other philanthropic organizations.
Drawing upon his advancement experience and his management experience as a business owner and software company executive, Michiel has spent over 10 years working in partnership with a diverse group of institutions to develop and refine a reporting platform that responds to the shared information needs of the most sophisticated fundraising organizations
Donna has over 25 years’ experience working with higher education clients in the area of technology, process, and administrative functions. Donna directed advancement services and operations at Michigan State University and worked with Davenport University’s Institute for Professional Excellence. She was the founding Chairperson for the Advance User Group and later served as VP, Services for SunGard Higher Education (now Ellucian), an international vendor/supplier to Higher Education.
Donna has worked with more than 100 higher education and nonprofit fundraising organizations and is an experienced project manager with specific expertise in the areas of advancement systems, prospect management and advancement analytics. She has provided leadership in national user groups, including presentations for EDUCAUSE and was awarded the distinguished CASE Crystal Apple for outstanding teaching at more than 10 CASE conferences. She is a member of the Association of Advancement Services Professionals (AASP), and serves on the AASP Strategic Partnerships Committee. Donna has an MA in Telecommunications, Information Systems and Technology and BA in Social Science, both from Michigan State University.