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Data Are Not Information

NTEN

By Jeff Stanger, Director, Center for Digital Information We are obsessed with data — big data, open data, linked data, personal data, government data, visualized data. Data carry enormous potential. It's important that we don't confuse "data" for "information." Research ?

2010 Online Giving Trends

NonProfit Trends

All Blackbaud Blogs Contact Us Blackbaud.com About Nonprofit Trends Books Research Reports Speaking 2010 Online Giving Trends Posted by Steve MacLaughlin on February 15th, 2011 Blackbaud released its 2010 Online Giving Report today. 18.4% of online giving took place in January compared to 18.3% in December 2010. Any suggestion?

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25 Largest Online Fundraising Nonprofits in 2010 | Nonprofit.

NonProfit Trends

All Blackbaud Blogs Contact Us Blackbaud.com About Nonprofit Trends Books Research Reports Speaking 25 Largest Online Fundraising Nonprofits in 2010 Posted by Steve MacLaughlin on May 10th, 2011 The Chronicle of Philanthropy is not only a great publication, but they also publish some excellent research about online fundraising trends.

Zoetica Salon Insights: Social Media Measurement for Nonprofits

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Flickr Photo by Jek in the Box. We launched the Zoetica Salon this week. One thing we’re trying to do is model abundant behavior.

Wikileaks War Data Reveal Underreporting of Iraqi Civilian Casualties

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The unofficial Iraq Body Count (IBC) , which tracks civilian casualties in Iraq based on press reports and administrative records, has initiated a comparison of their own data to the deaths documented in the SIGACTS data. This new evidence is consistent with the hypothesis that IBC’s press data underreport small events in Iraq.

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Verdict in Guatemala Disappearance Case!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The scientifically defensible data in our findings serve as a powerful tool to combat impunity and hold perpetrators accountable for their crimes. He described the patterns of data found in the documents and the probability that police officials knew about the 667 documents related to García. The estimated 31.7

Zoetica Salon Summary: A Few Good Social Media Measurement Insights

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Data Analysis. How do you analyze your social media data? Holly Ross, NTEN,  Four Lessons Learned About Social Media in 2010.

Can Social Network Analysis Improve Your Social Media Strategy?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Information flows. There’s too much unstructured data (comments, replies, likes, etc) – you need to see a picture or map.

How to Visualize Information to Change the World for Better

Tech Soup Blog

What information should you include? Enter Visualising Information for Advocacy , published by the Tactical Technology Collective.

Data, Data Everywhere: But How Does It Relate to You and Your Work?

Tech Soup Blog

As Internet and mobile access grows, more data is made open online. Open data, real time data, and linked data are being discussed in many.

Nonprofit Software Solutions to Cut Costs and Overcome Budget Cuts.

Vertex Systems

Posted on December 27, 2010 by vertex | 1 Comment You may be facing severe budget cuts. Is there a solution to this problem? And time is money.

The Questions Every Nonprofit Should Ask About Sensitive Data

NTEN

These days, big data breach headlines are becoming almost blasé. We've grown so accustomed to such incidents that the mere threat of a data breach no longer carries the weight and urgency that it once did. It is even more difficult to determine the total number of individuals affected by data breaches in 2009. "Why?"

Get Your Social Media Strategy in Shape With Spreadsheet Aerobics

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Spreadsheet aerobics is actionable data.   Measurement should inform specific decisions and/or actions. Actionable Measurement. Likes.

Gov 2.0 and the Social Sector

Idealware

summits and informal conferences around the country initiated last year by O’Reilly (the publisher) and other partners. The public and nonprofit sectors have a lot to learn from each other, they serve common goals, and progress around effective use of data and the web will be mutually reinforcing. Mine way, “share data now.”)

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Thoughts from EMSA 2010

NetWits

The week before last, I was lucky enough to attend the Email Marketing Summit Australia 2010 (EMSA). What information is available?

Case Study: The Neverending Data Story

NTEN

Quantitative and qualitative data are often positioned as opposing or complementary means of documenting impact. Where did those grants go?

Report Release: The 2010 Nonprofit IT Staffing and Spending Survey

NTEN

Did we see evidence of this in our annual Nonprofit IT Staffing & Spending survey conducted at the end of 2010? Well, yes and no.

10NTC Science Fair Preview - Giveaways, More Giveaways and Free Apple iPads

NTEN

We're only 20 days away from the 2010 Nonprofit Technology Conference -- but who's counting? Bicknell Information Group in booth 75.

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Advancing Your Mission With GIS Tools

NTEN

Geographic information systems (GIS) and online mapping applications continue to become more powerful and easier to use every year.

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NTEN Receives $1.1 Million Grant from Google to Aid Nonprofit Technology Adoption

NTEN

The grant will support NTEN's work to educate technology leaders about the evolving role of technology in nonprofit work, and beyond that, to produce research and training on cloud technologies and data management, visualization, and collaboration. Teaser: We are all very excited to announce today that NTEN has received a $1.15

NTEN Receives $1.1 Million Grant from Google to Aid Nonprofit Technology Adoption

NTEN

The grant will support NTEN's work to educate technology leaders about the evolving role of technology in nonprofit work, and beyond that, to produce research and training on cloud technologies and data management, visualization, and collaboration. We are all very excited to announce today that NTEN has received a $1.15

It's Already September? (Or: Two Thirds of a Year's Worth of Fundraising Resources)

NTEN

thought I'd do my part with a few of 2010's best resources (so far). You can always count on Philip King from Artez Interactive , to bring you some great information in his podcast series. Another great resource is Blackbaud' s Index of Online Giving , which holds information on online revenue trends for over 1700 nonprofits.

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Preparing for the Next Disaster: The Future of #crisisdata

NTEN

On January 12, 2010, I didn't personally experience the major earthquake that hit Haiti, but I was forever changed by it. We set up the home bases, provide mission-related information, and enjoy all the people who come in to play. But I wasn't prepared for the type of incoming information I saw in the weeks after January 12, 2010.  .

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Constructive Disruption: Advancing Social Change Through the Cloud

NTEN

The technology scene today is distinguished by the growing connectivity among devices, mobile phones, the PC, and the browser, which enable people and organizations to access information, communicate, and collaborate in more powerful ways. We are connecting otherwise isolated groups to share information about parenting, cancer recovery, etc.

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How to Visualize Information and Help Change the World

Tech Soup Blog

What information should you include? Enter Visualising Information for Advocacy , published by the Tactical Technology Collective.

Blackbaud Index for November 2010 | Nonprofit Trends with Steve.

NonProfit Trends

The latest Index data covers the 3 months ending November 2010 as compared to the same period in 2009. The Blackbaud Index of Charitable Giving reports that overall revenue increased by 0.3% for the 3 months ending November 2010 as compared to the same period in 2009. million in yearly revenue on a monthly basis.

Engaging Young Donors

Connection Cafe

This can be accomplished through overlay data, including demographic information, wealth information, and psychographic data

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How to: Getting Your Head (and Org) into the Clouds

NTEN

These organizations provide research material and support articles to help you make informed decisions about technology. That said, there is loads of information and research done on these various solutions -- take advantage of that. configuration, data migration and training). Rob Jordan, Idealist Consulting.

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5 Good Nonprofit Infographics

NonProfit Trends

Especially when they help reveal a lot of information in a visual format. Includes data from Blackbaud , American Red Cross , MobileMarketer.com , and the Chronicle of Philanthropy. 3. Based on 2006 data, the chart features the 10 major sources of revenue for U.S. Here are five good nonprofit infographics worth looking at. 1.

Go Beyond the Dashboard Report

NTEN

have taken my data from several analytics packages and CRM databases. Then make sure to include some information in your dashboard report that includes the quality of the traffic regarding that particular event. love Excellent Analytics, an Excel Plugin that pulls your analytics information into an Excel Spreadsheet. Be Current.

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10 TeamRaiser and Online Marketing Tips for 2011

Connection Cafe

Starting over may not be an option, but in the absence of that, here are ten things event fundraisers and marketers should be considering to reinvent their plans for 2011: Become more data driven. The culling, organizing, and assessment of your event data is where the real work happens, and where the real insights emerge. Be different.

Research Friday: Battling Domestic Violence with Data

ASU Lodestar Center

At Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF), we use data to help us understand and communicate the financial reality facing nonprofit practitioners on the ground.

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25 Ways to Increase Your Organization's Communication Capacity

NTEN

Come to our session at the 2010 Nonprofit Technology Conference to hear the rest! Stop entering data. Definitely stop entering data twice. Check out tools like Google Spreadsheets (which can generate a form) if you don't have anything available today for data collection. 6. Tirza Hollenhorst, ifPeople. How do you do that?

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HMIS Data Quality Report

VisionLink

VisionLink is pleased to announce a new reporting tool in our Homeless Management Information System module. The HMIS Data Quality Report is designed to help communities evaluate the completeness of their data. The report can be limited by agency or date and can return data in just one HMIS module or several at the same time.

Reduced Admin Fees on Symantec and Intuit 2010 Products

Tech Soup Blog

Norton AntiVirus 2010. Norton Internet Security 2010. QuickBooks Premiere 2010 ( one user license ; admin fee: $30. $21).

Data Exchange White Paper: Benefits

VisionLink

To inform and kickstart the conversation in your partnership, check out the White Paper. Douglas Zimmerman President & CEO VisionLink

Making Grants Data Work: Nonprofit Data Jam, May 10

Connection Cafe

No, "Nonprofit Data Jam" is not the label on the mix CD you listen to while deduping your donor data file. :) It's an upcoming event in DC, hosted by the New America Foundation, on the topic of how funding and grants data could be shared and used in other ways. Information on the event from New America Foundation: [link].

Personalize Your Text Messages using Mail Merge

Mobile Commons

When composing outgoing text message in Mobile Commons, you can add special characters to the message and it will automatically be merged with the recipients personalized information. The data fields such as name and address are automatically pulled from your Mobile Commons profile database. Just email us at info@mcom.ms.

Top States for Loyal & Wealthy Donors | Nonprofit Trends with.

NonProfit Trends

All Blackbaud Blogs Contact Us Blackbaud.com About Nonprofit Trends Books Research Reports Speaking Top States for Loyal & Wealthy Donors Posted by Steve MacLaughlin on December 14th, 2010 Blackbaud has a tremendous amount of data about the nonprofit sector. What you do with the information makes all the difference.

Build Communities to Enhance Your Fundraising Campaigns

NTEN

In my recent chapter “Managing Fundraising and Building Communities Online” in the book  Internet Management for Nonprofits   (Wiley, April 2010), I write in depth about one method to tackle the subject – what are organizations across the country doing? The interest card was a second way for CC to collect information about party guests.