Development Research Systems, Elaine Lotto, provides custom prospect research services to nonprofits since 1981. Serving independent schools, colleges, hospitals, museums and other nonprofits since 1981. 
 
Development Research Systems, Elaine Lotto, provides custom prospect research services to nonprofits since 1981.
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Prospect Research FAQs
 
Elaine Lotto has encountered many questions from clients and other researchers. Some of the most frequently asked are listed below.
  • Will the donor find out about the research?

    No, a donor will not find out that research is being conducted. The utmost care is taken to ensure complete anonymity of the donor and the organization, as well. Only publicly available information is used and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Code of Ethics is followed to ensure that information is gathered and presented in a sensitive manner.
     
  • Why can’t I just research the person on the Internet?

    It is difficult for an untrained researcher to know which Internet sites to check and how to do it efficiently. After many years of experience, Elaine Lotto is skilled in searching dozens of relevant sites commonly used in the field.
     
  • Do you do all the research yourself?

    We subcontract with some of the finest professional researchers in the country to conduct preliminary research. They are skilled in the latest methodologies and have access to a wide range of sources. Elaine Lotto completes all of the final profiles.
     
  • What is your specialty?

    Our specialty is providing highly detailed, in-depth reports in a format that is easy to use. We are particularly skilled at researching family connections and identifying individual wealth resulting from the sale of a prospect’s company.
     
  • What is the turn-around time for a profile?

    Profiles generally take several weeks to complete. If you have a sudden deadline, we will work with you to ensure you receive the information you need in a timely manner.
     
  • How do you differ from other prospect research firms?

    Profiles prepared by Elaine Lotto are noted for their narrative description, their level of detail, and a full discussion of the prospect’s gift capability.
     
  • What are your fees?

    Each project is unique. Please contact Elaine Lotto for a quote customized to your needs.
     

Contact Elaine Lotto today to explore how she can help you
with your donor research or training needs.

 
   
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