Benchmarking Data You Can Use: Live from #BBCON

Connection Cafe

It’s easy to host a benchmarking session and just present data. The audience is able to take notes on numbers and try and gauge their organization’s success, but it’s more difficult to make those data points actionable or to provide insight that people can leverage. The goal of this session was to provide the data but also provide analysis and insight that would help organizations take action when needed. Why benchmark? So what data was discussed?

6 Key Insights from the Inaugural donorCentrics Athletics Benchmarking Group

Connection Cafe

Last month marked the inaugural meeting of a new benchmarking group created specifically to analyze and discuss trends in athletics giving [1]. Do keep in mind that this analysis will share aggregate data trends only. However, participants in donorCentrics® benchmarking groups get access to data from each participating school. Data is the Foundation: While it seems simple, one of the first outcomes learned was the impact of even having access to the data.

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2011 donorCentrics Internet and Multichannel Giving Benchmarking Report

NetWits

This report continues to be the most significant analysis of online/offline giving trends based on actual data from nonprofits. The 2011 donorCentrics Internet and Multichannel Giving Benchmarking Report provides analysis of 28 major nonprofit organizations and transactions for over 15 million donors and more than $1 billion in revenue. Observations: The participants in the benchmarking group are dominated by direct mail focused nonprofits.

Nonprofit Benchmark Study Shows Online Donations Increased by 13.5%

Frogloop

The latest Blackbaud Online Marketing Benchmark Study for Nonprofits analyzed data from more than 4,000 nonprofits to provide the largest analysis in online giving data. Six of the nine sectors in the analysis had year-over-year growth over 10%, with faith-based organizations having the largest increase." Marketing Research Nonprofit Benchmark Studies Online Fundraising Trends This just in!

Getting Serious About Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Data with Predictive Analytics

Connection Cafe

If you’re like most peer-to-peer fundraising (P2P) staff, you’re drowning in data. You ascertain averages, browse benchmarks , and create charts. We’re very serious about our data in P2P! Ironically if we consider the use of MORE data – just different data than we’re used to – we can bring our focus back to our constituents. First, let’s take a look at how we’ve been using data in P2P and the direction we’re heading.

“Donor retention by the numbers”: Q&A with Caity Craver and Gary Carr

3rd Sector Labs

The topic – “Donor Retention by the Numbers: Demystifying the Leaky Bucket” – focused on how to properly measure donor retention and then use that data to drive improved fundraising results. As always, if you have questions about your nonprofit data, please don’t hesitate to contact us. . Does data quality really impact the accuracy of growth scores? The opposite is true, but poor data quality skews the results.

Live from NTC! A Sneak Peak at the 2013 Online Benchmark Report

NetWits

Dennis McCarthy and I had the pleasure of presenting Online Benchmarking: What Worked in 2012 at the Nonprofit Technology Conference in Minneapolis, MN. Blackbaud maintains the Blackbaud Index as well as recently published the Charitable Giving Report and the P2P Benchmark Report to provide nonprofits with the necessary insight to gauge performance, but we’re not alone. NTEN and M&R also released their report, the 2013 eNonprofit Benchmarks Study.

Can Social Network Analysis Improve Your Social Media Strategy?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

One of the topics was “How to understand social networks through social network analysis and mapping techniques.&# I thought I’d expand on it here. The definition of links or how you’re connected is defined however you want in social network analysis. As you can see there are many different ways to apply social networking analysis to understanding networks. Social network analysis gives you a 10,000 view of your ecosystem.

Benchmarking: Networked Nonprofits Measure Their Social Media Results In A Context

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

At Zoetica, we facilitating a social media peer learning project called “ Leveraging Social Media: Becoming A Networked Nonprofit.&# Devon Smith, who writes the 24 Usable Hours blog, and a self-described “data nerd&# did a benchmarking analysis for participants. Sometimes benchmarking studies can be more rigorous and survey an entire field. Take for example, the NTEN Social Network 2011 Benchmarking Study or the Digital IQ Study of Government Sites.

Who Really Sees You on Facebook?

Connection Cafe

In our 2017 M+R Benchmarks study , we found that on average, a nonprofit will reach just 8% of its fans with a post that isn’t promoted. . In our Benchmarks study, the average nonprofit had an ERA of.225, meaning for every 1,000 Facebook fans a nonprofit has, their next post will reach about 225 people. For more data and analysis (SO MUCH MORE) on nonprofit social media, web, email, fundraising, advocacy, and digital ads, download the full 2017 M+R Benchmarks Study for free here. .

2011 donorCentrics Internet and Multichannel Giving Benchmarking.

NonProfit Trends

All Blackbaud Blogs Contact Us Blackbaud.com About Nonprofit Trends Books Research Reports Speaking 2011 donorCentrics Internet and Multichannel Giving Benchmarking Report Posted by Steve MacLaughlin on May 31st, 2011 Target Analytics, a Blackbaud company, has released the third edition of it’s groundbreaking research into multichannel giving trends among nonprofit organizations. Observations: The participants in the benchmarking group are dominated by direct mail focused nonprofits.

Data and Analytics Tweet Chat Recap

Tech Soup Blog

Why does data matter to nonprofit organizations and what data matters? These questions and more were answered in a recent Twitter conversation on data and analytics. The tweet chat covered why data is important for nonprofits and libraries, how to identify what data to collect, and provided guidance on software resources organizations could use for collecting and analyzing data. How Can Nonprofits Switch to a Data-Driven Culture?

How are you using metrics, benchmarks, and experiments to improve your Facebook presence?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The M&R social media benchmarks study is a good start, although the benchmarks are based on a small sample size. Sysomos did a benchmarking study of all Fan Pages on Facebook that looked Fan Page "popularity" (number of fans) against content posting frequency. I'd love to see a drill down of the M&R Benchmarks and Sysomos metrics for just the nonprofit Fan Pages (vetted to ensure they are nonprofits). Is this a meaningless set of data or useful?

Social Media Benchmarking: Gauging Success for Project and Organizations in Global Health and Development

Beth Kanter

Note from Beth: You need a identify a measurable goal for your integrated social media strategy that can be linked to your organization’s overall results and pick a data point or KPI that you will collect along the way to measure success. A benchmarking process can be as simple as finding a handful of similar nonprofit organizations and comparing your key performance metrics. Take this example comparing nonprofits performance in pinerest. Flickr Photo by Kevlar.

How to Get Started Using Event Metrics for Fundraising Success

Connection Cafe

Benchmarks let us know how we perform compared to our event fundraising peers. Metrics and benchmarks can be our guides to whether your efforts at creating a great experience for participants are paying off. Over the dozen or so years we have been doing event fundraising online, results analysis has revealed statistics that correlate to fundraising success. Just getting started using metrics and benchmarks to improve performance?

Pinterest Nonprofit Benchmarking with Pinerly

Beth Kanter

Last week, I wrote a post that summarized some tips, resources, and tools for using Pinterest. I took a look at a couple of the measurement tools available for Pinterest and got on the waiting list for Pinerly after reading this analysis from the Poynter Blog based on stats provided by Pinerly. I was curious about what I could learn if I did an informal benchmark study of a few nonprofit Pinterest users.

A Fundraiser’s Secret Weapon: Data Analytics

Connection Cafe

This post is all about analytics and the vital role it should play in your organization: Let Go of Your Fear – Anyone Can Be Data-Driven. Let Go of Your Fear – Anyone Can Be Data-Driven. We all use data and analytics in some measure every day to guide our strategic planning and tactical decision making. Am I using the data I have to its fullest advantage? Data—the capture, analysis, and use—can be overwhelming. Let’s begin with your data.

Making the Best of Data Conversion

Idealware

Ask most any developer what's the worst part of a software project and mostly likely you'll hear, “data conversion.” We're going to start fresh with new data.” Reflecting back on the year gone by, clean or messy data migration definitely has a huge impact project success as a whole. What makes the data migration part of a project so hard? You look at old data on screen, in reports, or with tech specs. So here are painfully accumulated tips about data conversion.

Septober is almost over! It’s time to get ready for Boot Camp!

Connection Cafe

We went into full analysis mode – we looked at everything. We analyze numbers, look at team performance, look at participant performance – let’s add a new group in the analysis mix: ourselves. On November 5th Boot Camp begins with a session all about data. Benchmarks & Stats Event Fundraising Friends Asking Amy Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Traditional Events Years ago when my best friend and I worked at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society we coined the term Septober.

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How Does Your Nonprofit Use Data To Improve Results?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

It is from the recent workshop that NTEN and NPower in Charlotte, NC to help participants understand the power of data to drive decision-making for nonprofits. It’s a topic that NTEN’s executive director, Holly Ross, has covered with this must-read post: “ Four Ways Nonprofits Can Increase Their Impact With Data.”. NTEN is also doing this flash poll to learn how nonprofits make sense of their own data. Overwhelmed by data collection process.

Attention Nonprofit #datanerds: Data-Informed Fundraising!

Beth Kanter

RT @ kanter what every #datanerd needs in their wardrobe – I Love Data T-shirt bit.ly/QlhMt4. The September, 2012 Issue of the NTEN Change Journal is pure crack for nonprofit #datanerds (folks who would definitely wear a t-shirt emblazoned with “I Love Data!” The tool will pool the data from these three sources and do analysis of online giving habits in the US, practically in real time. We may need to start wearing these here!

How to Create Better Charts to Show Fundraising Results

Connection Cafe

In this post, you’ll learn from my mistakes and create better charts for your audience – to show fundraising results, organization’s impact or benchmarking. Some typical shapes we use to encode data are: rectangle, lines, or circles. We can encode any data by turning the measured value to an appropriate length. Remember: the chart encodes the data, but the readers have to decode them. Often, you can use colors to highlight a trend or data point.

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Trends in Sustainer Giving – Key Findings from the 2019 donorCentrics Sustainer Summit

Connection Cafe

This year’s summit included 35 large nonprofit organizations that participate in our sustainer program benchmarking to review aggregate program performance, trends and challenges affecting sustainer giving. Data, drawn directly from participant CRMs and standardized to allow for consistent comparisons, included 17.7 The analysis is based on a July – June fiscal year, covering the period of FY2014 through FY2018.

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Charitable Giving Report Shows Online Donations Increased by 13.5%

Frogloop

The latest 2013 Charitable Giving Report by Blackbaud analyzed data from more than 4,000 nonprofits to provide the largest analysis in online giving data. Six of the nine sectors in the analysis had year-over-year growth over 10%, with faith-based organizations having the largest increase." Marketing Research Nonprofit Benchmark Studies Online Fundraising Trends This just in!

2010 Online Giving Trends

NonProfit Trends

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. The Report includes 24 months of online giving data from 1,812 nonprofit organizations from The Blackbaud Index of Online Giving , online major giving data from 2,190 nonprofits, and both online and offline data representing $5.1

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Global Report Shares Technology Habits of NGOs Around the World

SocialFish

The report also provides analysis of specific tools, including new findings this year on data management and security systems, and comparisons of regional use. Regarding data security, 46 percent of North American NGOs use encryption to protect their data and communications, 5 percent higher than the global average. Only 41 percent of global respondents use encryption technology to protect data and communications. Useful Data

Announcing New Study: The 2012 Nonprofit Donor Engagement Study

NTEN

A significant number of respondents devoted time trying to get friends and family to donate, volunteer or get involved in other ways with their favorite charity > Download the full Nonprofit Donor Engagement Benchmark Study online here. Additional commentary and analysis of the study’s results from the recent Charity Dynamics/NTEN joint webinar also is available via recording online here. NTEN partnered with Charity Dynamics to conduct the 2012 Nonrprofit Donor Engagement Study.

Contribute to the Field: Take the Spring 2014 State of Grantseeking Survey

Tech Soup Blog

Because we survey organizations involved in the grantseeking universe twice a year, the information contained in the survey analysis reports (which are free) is current, and catches the tide changes and zeitgeist of grantseeking as they happen. After publishing the national State of Grantseeking Survey results, we dive back into the data and produce individual focus sheets and comparisons filtered by organization budget, nonprofit missions, service area, and more.

Four Untrue Myths of Association Innovation that Stop Us in Our Tracks

SocialFish

Amanda is the Chief Path Finder at Kaiser Insights, a member research firm focused on qualitative methodologies including upfront qualitative research for industry benchmarking reports, web user interface analysis, secret shopper-style research, and member phone interviews. Culture That Works Industry Insider Nimble Nonprofit Useful DataMyths are stories that are intended to teach us. Don’t fly too high but also don’t fly too low, said Icarus’s dad.

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Shaping your Fundraising Strategies with the 2018 donorCentrics®Alumni Giving Report

Connection Cafe

To do that, let’s examine some key findings from the most recent Alumni Annual Giving report, a comprehensive analysis produced each year by Blackbaud Target Analytics. The FY2018 analysis features median metrics from the over 200 institutions that participate in the annual donorCentrics Collaborative Benchmarking service. . Unlike some metrics in this analysis, there is little difference between public and private institutions. .

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Blackbaud Index for February 2011

NonProfit Trends

All Blackbaud Blogs Contact Us Blackbaud.com About Nonprofit Trends Books Research Reports Speaking Blackbaud Index for February 2011 Posted by Steve MacLaughlin on April 15th, 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.

Attention Nonprofit #DataNerds: A Few Recent Research Studies on Data, Technology, Funding, and Trends

Beth Kanter

In the last few weeks, there have been a few good research studies and web sites relaunched that cover technology, data, funding, and trends. Here’s a roundup. Foundation Center’s Glasspockets Site ReLaunches with A Wealth of Data About Foundation Transparency. One of my favorite sections of the site includes the benchmarking data for foundation use of social media by channel which makes it very easy to do research.

Influence | Forum One: Internet Strategy, Social Media, User Experience and Web Site Development

Influence

Read More » More Nonprofit Benchmarks Kyle Keller in Influence 4 May 2010 A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post on how organizations can use Convio’s Online Nonprofit Benchmarks Study to determine how well they are doing online compared to others.

Major Gifts: Defining and Enhancing Your Strategy

Connection Cafe

Benchmarking Major Gifts. According to a new benchmarking study sponsored by the Association of Philanthropic Counsel and funded by MarketSmart “ major gifts ” haven’t yet found their equitable place among donors or the non-profits that receive them. Released in September, the 2017 Major Gifts Fundraising Benchmark Study (MGFBS), asked more than 600 organizations in the U.S. Target Analytics studies donors and fundraising data.

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6 Nonprofit Technology Takeaways and One Killer Find from #12NTC

NetWits

5) Data Visualization is the Next Big Thing. Beyond simply creating neat graphics, nonprofits are starting to seriously think about ways to use the data they have to visually show their work, impact and results. Another way to tell data visualization was a hot topic … everyone there knew the word “infographic”. While we were there, Blackbaud, NTEN and Common Knowledge released the 2012 Nonprofit Social Networking Benchmark Report.

What Previous Crises Can Teach Us About Navigating the Current Fundraising Environment

Connection Cafe

Monitor your metrics – just as an organization has donor trend analysis in the past, there have always been events that cause big swings from year to year, whether it be an emergency for the international relief sector or an election for an advocacy organization.

On Frogloop’s Radar

Frogloop

New Benchmarks Study Coming Out May 14th Mark your calendar. M+R Strategic Services and NTEN are releasing the updated eNonprofit Benchmarks Study for 2009. The new study is packed with solid analysis of the latest online messaging, fundraising, and advocacy data from 32 leading nonprofit organizations. Tags: Nonprofit Benchmark Studies Nonprofit Events

Fundraising Best Practices to Enhance Individual Donor Strategies

SocialFish

Click here to read the 2014 Individual Donor Benchmark Report. RECORD YEAR FOR DATA. The 2014 Individual Donor Benchmark Report, developed by Third Space Studio and BC/DC Ideas, is back with new data and resources tailored to a special kind of organization ­– small and mighty nonprofits with budgets under $2 million. Four years of data have been collected and we’re starting to see trends emerge. From the Trenches Industry Insider Useful Data

Attention Nonprofit #datanerds: 3 Research Studies and 3 Cool (FREE) Data Tools

Beth Kanter

March is not only great for basketball, but is also good for nonprofit research studies about digital strategies and launches of new data tools. So if you like looking at and thinking about data and love to get your hands dirty with a data jujitsu, here’s a couple of goodies for you. 2013 eNonprofit Benchmarks Study. This year’s study – the seventh Benchmarks report – analyzes 1.6

4 Things Your Nonprofit Needs to Know About Online Donors

Connection Cafe

New data from Target Analytics , a division of Blackbaud, reveals key insights into online and offline donors. The findings are based on analysis of online and offline giving data from sixteen large national nonprofits in the United States during 2016 and represents more than 6.5 These organizations participate in a donorCentrics Internet Benchmarking Group. Here are 4 facts your organization should know about online donors, according to the data: 1.

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International Organizations and Social Media: News, Engagement, and Social Data for Policy Change

Beth Kanter

I’ve been curating infographics summarizing social media and social network studie s of American and global audiences, but one of the best resources global social media and mobile data is We Are Social. In 2014, it rang in the new year with a new series of its Internet data reports , which aggregate a range of statistics to help make some sense of what’s happening in terms of Internet usage around the globe. Benchmark Studies and Examples.

Influence | Forum One: Internet Strategy, Social Media, User Experience and Web Site Development

Influence

Read More » More Nonprofit Benchmarks Kyle Keller in Influence 4 May 2010 A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post on how organizations can use Convio’s Online Nonprofit Benchmarks Study to determine how well they are doing online compared to others.

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.