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." Data are only the raw material of information. Unlike data alone, information carries meaning, relevance and utility.

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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. The 2010 Online Giving Report combines findings from The Blackbaud Index of Online Giving with additional multi-year giving data to provide the most comprehensive analysis of online giving trends in the nonprofit sector. in 2010.

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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. For several years now they have gathered giving data from some of the largest nonprofit organizations. billion online in 2010.

Zoetica Salon Insights: Social Media Measurement for Nonprofits

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The Zoetica Salon is a free online space for peer knowledge sharing, but we hope to distinguish it from the informal knowledge sharing that happens daily on the web or behind pay walls. Flickr Photo by Jek in the Box. We launched the Zoetica Salon this week.

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. In a commendable effort, they are recoding the SIGACTS data to correct coding errors and in order to match it with their own database. This new evidence is consistent with the hypothesis that IBC’s press data underreport small events in Iraq.

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Zoetica Salon Summary: A Few Good Social Media Measurement Insights

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The Zoetica Salon is a free online space for informal peer learning about nonprofits and social media. It is a place to share resources and ask and answer questions. Data Analysis. How do you analyze your social media data? Photo by M. Schenekenberg.

How to Access and Use Big Data in the Nonprofit World

NonProfit Hub

He founded the company in 2010 to transform the way business intelligence is performed so organizations of any size can quickly and easily deploy powerful analytics. We’ve all heard that big data is revolutionizing the for-profit world; making companies smarter, leaner and more intuitive.

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. Using this information to shape and refine your social media strategy can make it more effective. Networked Nonprofit: Care2 Webinar.

Just When You Thought Direct Mail Was Dead | Nonprofit Trends with.

NonProfit Trends

All Blackbaud Blogs Contact Us Blackbaud.com About Nonprofit Trends Books Research Reports Speaking Just When You Thought Direct Mail Was Dead Posted by Steve MacLaughlin on November 10th, 2010 It’s baaack! Donors Flip Channels Dunham+Company has new data out in “A National Survey of the Impact of Offline Communication on Online Donations.&# These answers are more likely to be found in actual data than through a survey.

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. This guide to data visualization and image selection is packed with strategies, tips, and concrete examples. What role will information play in this?

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. It is being used and analyzed by the media, the private sector, governments, and civil society organizations to inform their decisions. 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. These increased costs stem from duplication of staff effort, training of staff, fixing errors, filing paperwork, finding paperwork, audits, lack of quality reports, and resubmitting data.

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. Many privacy experts argue that the recent decline in reported data breaches ( 498 in 2009 versus 657 in 2008 (PDF)) is not due to an improvement in data security practices, but rather that fewer organizations are publicly reporting such breaches.

Get Your Social Media Strategy in Shape With Spreadsheet Aerobics

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

When I coach nonprofits on tactics and talk about measurement, their facial expressions change happy to annoyed. Collecting data is often viewed as an onerous task. You should also be thinking about what to measure and set up an efficient method for collecting that data.

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. Data” was likely the biggest buzz word at the conference—open data, sharing data, collaborative data, mapping and visualizing data and so on.

Thoughts from EMSA 2010

NetWits

The week before last, I was lucky enough to attend the Email Marketing Summit Australia 2010 (EMSA). The majority of information was focused on organisations working for profit, but there were a lot of takeaways that are just as relevant in the Nonprofit world as well.

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

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We're only 20 days away from the 2010 Nonprofit Technology Conference -- but who's counting? The Science Fair doors will open at 3 pm on April 8, 2010 at the OMNI Hotel in Atlanta. Download the NTC app developed by 501 Technology to make the most of your NTC 2010 experience.

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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? For many nonprofit organizations, as with the wider public and private business sectors, the last couple of years have been impacted by a general economic downturn.

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Case Study: The Neverending Data Story

NTEN

Quantitative and qualitative data are often positioned as opposing or complementary means of documenting impact. In other words, data can tell a continuous story that is meaningful, dynamic, and actionable. We awarded a total of $17 million in education grants in 2010.

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. Collecting and Disseminating Information - Ushahidi. But for many people in the world, especially in developing nations, the data simply isn't available.

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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. So far, their tireless efforts to funnel strategic information, supportive community and valuable opportunities our way have been pretty monumental on minimal funding.

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. So far, their tireless efforts to funnel strategic information, supportive community and valuable opportunities our way have been pretty monumental on minimal funding.

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

NTEN

I thought I'd do my part with a few of 2010's best resources (so far). Just today, Care 2' s Frogloop blog provided the slides from their presentation " Hot or Not: What's sizzling in Nonprofit Fundraising " Socialbrite also posted some great slides, handouts and information from JD Lasica' s presentation " Move the Needle: How to activate your supporters " The presentation gets into how to rally supporters to donate, among other things.

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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. . Crisis data = people . Multiple organizations and systems were having trouble coordinating and sharing information.

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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 already seeing this "constructive disruption" of traditional nonprofit business, delivery, information, and networking models already under way, as the upcoming examples illustrate. Jane Meseck, Microsoft Corporation.

Blackbaud Index for November 2010 | Nonprofit Trends with Steve.

NonProfit Trends

All Blackbaud Blogs Contact Us Blackbaud.com About Nonprofit Trends Books Research Reports Speaking Blackbaud Index for November 2010 Posted by Steve MacLaughlin on January 18th, 2011 The Blackbaud Index of Charitable Giving and The Blackbaud Index of Online Giving provide fundraisers with up-to-date data on fundraising trends and to couple that information with valuable analysis by leaders in the sector.

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. This guide to data visualization and image selection is packed with strategies, tips, and concrete examples. What role will information play in this?

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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Go Beyond the Dashboard Report

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I 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. I love Excellent Analytics, an Excel Plugin that pulls your analytics information into an Excel Spreadsheet. First, begin with the narrative to accompany the data. Tags: Data marissa goldsmith Newsletter NPTech NTEN Communications

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. Based on 2006 data, the chart features the 10 major sources of revenue for U.S. Get the latest data on email open rates, social media usage, email churn, and more. A lot of good information about how donors research their giving to nonprofits.

25 Ways to Increase Your Organization's Communication Capacity

NTEN

Come to our session at the 2010 Nonprofit Technology Conference to hear the rest! If your organization is functioning without a content management system and a relationship management system that serves all your database needs, however, chances are you're wasting time (re)entering data, recreating communications every time, or waiting on someone with the technical capacity to take care of content and communications tasks. Stop entering data. Tirza Hollenhorst, ifPeople.

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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. Using a selection of several HUD required data fields, the Data Quality Report generates a quick visual to help identify Clients with missing data. Other users can run the Data Quality Report for their Agency by going to the URL for the report.

Reduced Admin Fees on Symantec and Intuit 2010 Products

Tech Soup Blog

Norton AntiVirus 2010. Guards against botnets, viruses, worms, Trojan horses, rootkits, and spyware and scans all existing, incoming, and outgoing data, including email attachments and cookies. Norton Internet Security 2010.

Engaging Young Donors

Connection Cafe

This post will focus on some key features of younger generations and tips on how to use data to drive a stronger engagement strategy with this bunch. This can be accomplished through overlay data, including demographic information, wealth information, and psychographic data.

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Data Exchange White Paper: Benefits

VisionLink

We have a new White Paper on the Thought Leadership section of our main VisionLink Web Site : Non Profits Sharing Data: Increasing Effectiveness Through Data Exchange As we work with a wide variety of social services, homeless management, elder care, 2-1-1s, disaster relief, volunteer, and donation networks, we often find ourselves at the center of data exchange conversations. To inform and kickstart the conversation in your partnership, check out the White Paper.

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 donation page required a user to create a log-in profile, so CC also collected information about party guests as potential new donors or volunteers. Adrienne D. Capps, U. Davis.

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. This data comes from the our donorCentrics Internet Giving Benchmarking group and looks across all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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. Whether through classification, clustering, or regression, the goal is to make sense of what the data is telling you. Author: Jill Ward.

Are Qwerty Monsters the Nonprofit Donors of the Future?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Yesterday I had the pleasure of participating in the final #zoogood Twitter chat of 2010. What is your message and what do you want the audience to do? How do your all your communication channels work together to inform, engage, and motivate?

Research Friday: Battling Domestic Violence with Data

ASU Lodestar Center

As part of a continuing weekly series, each Friday we invite a nonprofit expert to highlight a research report or study and discuss how it can inform and improve day-to-day nonprofit practice. The report was primarily informed by two sources: Financial data showing trends from the field.

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