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Here are some useful investment banking compensation links!
Careers in Investment Banking provides a general overview of investment banking compensation.
Wall Street Comps is a survey results site. The recent survey discusses some of the new bonus limitations that the larger banks have enacted.
Wall Street Oasis has an interesting company database which has some salary information for smaller investment firms
This article (reprinted from the WSJ) talks about the some of the new compensation rules that appeared after the economic crisis.
I’ve found corporate giving not as easy to find as other forms of giving. Corporations exist to make money, not give money away and they are not required by law to disclose their giving, unless they give through a company foundation.
There are two types of corporate giving:
1) Sponsorships or other giving to organizations who would like to be associated with your non-profit, such as a children’s clothing company giving to a children’s hospital. This is an example where a gift to your organization can help the corporation’s image and ultimately its profits.
2) Giving that reflects the interests of the owners or majority stock holdings (such as an alum who is a CEO having the company give to his Alma mater).
Here are some strategies I use when hunting for corporate giving information.
When looking for corporations with an interest in a particular segment of the nonprofit world, I’ll often use Foundation Directory Online . I use this at my local library, which is a cooperating collection. If you are a smaller nonprofit without funds for research resources, the Foundation Center’s Cooperating Collection are free funding information centers in libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit resource centers that provide a of Foundation Center publications useful to grant seekers.
I’ll also look at organizations whose endeavors are similar, to see if there are any companies, particularly local companies, that may have a general interest in my nonprofit.
If I am looking for information on a particular company, in addition to the sources listed above, I often use Donoryes. DonorYes.com is a Google Custom Search Engine (CSE) designed to take a little of the legwork out of donor research. The search limits results to .org and .edu URLs, where the majority of online charitable giving content is located.
I almost always search a company’s name using Newsbank America Newspapers through the library, and (or you can use the commercial version at www.newslibrary.com using search teams such as “company name” and the word “donor” or “sponsor” or “philanthropy” Sometimes you can get enough out of the Keyword in Context to not have to buy the article.
I’m a subscriber to Nozasearch, which provides personal and company giving for a fee, as well as Donorsearch, which has a terrific gift database as part of my subscription. I’ll also check a company’s website, particularly its corporate responsibility and its news sections.
According to the website, the current list is a record of publicly announced charitable gifts of $1 million or more from 2000 to 2010 given by U.S. residents to domestic or international entities across a range of charitable subsectors. The list is updated on a quarterly basis. It contains only publicly announced gifts.
The website allows a person to download the entire dataset, which could be very useful when looking for particular types of principal gift donors.
I’ve been receiving more requests for corporate research lately and I ran across two useful sites that are used in the activist community but could also be used for donor research
Endgame, the site of Seattle area activist researcher George Draffan, has a terrific set of links as well as some corporate profiles
is a collaborative wiki created by activist nonprofit organizations as well as individual contributors. This site has great information and corporate profiles.
Both these sites are well researched and have an activist bent, making them particularly useful when performing due diligence before accepting gifts or making grant requests.
Here are some easy to use resources for people doing prospect research in the Greater Seattle Area:
The King County Library has many resources you can use from home. I would recommend using the Biography Resource Center, ABI Inform Trade and Industry, General One File. Factiva, Proquest for Washington State Newspapers, Dun and Bradstreet Million Dollar Database and Reference USA. If you use these you will find basic biographic, business and financial information. If you use the Washington State Newspaper Database, you won’t need to use Seattle PI or Seattle Times sites.
Seattle Public Library, has Foundation Directory Online available only in the library
KCLS has a number of nonprofit resources at their nonprofit resource center
For property information
King County IMAP can provide you with property values.
KNOWX will provide “pay per view” property record information
For Large Corporations
Insider trading information can be found here
Marketwatch or Google Finance, Yahoo Finance can also provide you with biographies and salary information for publicly traded companies.
For Philanthropic Information
Free Foundation Giving Information can be found at Nozasearch
But you must have an annual subscription for individual donors. If you can afford it, try
DonorYes.com is a free prospect research tool, allowing researchers to locate previous gifts that your prospective donor has given. This tool only searches .org and .edu domains – where most charitable gifts can be found.
Guidestar provides 990s for foundations and other nonprofit organizations
Open Secrets provides political giving information
For Donor Connections
Zoominfo has biographies that often include current and past civic and philanthropic involvement
and of course our planetary database
What are your favorite sources for searching in Seattle?
I’ll be an exhibitor at the Northwest Development Officers Association conference on January 28th. If you are an established client or have an interest in learning more about donor research, please stop by.
Noza’s 990 database is available, for free at:
I’m finding it more useful than Guidestar for historical foundation information. Guidestar only provides the last 3 years of 990 for a foundation, but I’ve found information since 1999 on Noza’s 990 database.
There is a very interesting post about Harvard’s endowment by the Boston Globe. Although the article has a focus on the personalities involved, it provides some insight on how some investors (and possible donors) were thinking during the boom years.
This blog provides a summary of known new major gifts over the previous week, and it even has an RSS Feed. It looks like a great place to look when someone asks about recent gifts.
This is the Peer Screening presentation from the APRA-Mo/Kan Annual Conference.