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. Have you seen a chart and asked yourself, “What is this? Are we guilty of creating such charts ourselves? Here’s a chart from my thesis I created about 15 years ago. Here are a few things you should think about while creating charts: Shape. Different shapes or chart types have their uses.

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Build Beautiful Charts & Graphs with Data Visualization on EveryAction

EveryAction

or relying on (pretty ugly) charts with data estimates made in Excel or Powerpoint. With Data Visualization in EveryAction , users can build beautiful, customizable charts and graphs of their data within the software where it resides: Users are automatically equipped with several default 'Analytics Dashboards', which display pre-built charts and graphs for Advocacy delivery stats, Online Activity numbers, Organizing metrics, Contribution summaries, and Email Performance stats.

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Tools for Gantt Charts

Idealware

A Gantt chart, named by their creator, Henry Gantt, is a graphic representation of a schedule in which activities are displayed in date-placed, horizontal bars expressing duration. Each row in the chart is like a set of rails, which is a task, process, or other part of your project. But Gantt charts will not--they''ll see you through your entire project, and there are a few different methods at your disposal to create them. So, there you have it, the Gantt Chart Express.

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Ignore That Ridiculous Chart.

SocialFish

Well, that ridiculous chart does not illustrate social media or digital marketing. You have probably seen this by now, as it’s been all over the Internet (starting with this Business Insider article). This does. Or as Harold Jarche reminds us in that amazing slide at the top of this post, increased complexity means simplified design. None of the things we said to you five years ago have changed. It’s still not about the tools.

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Comparing 21 social media marketing tools [Chart]

SocialFish

The chart below summarizes functionalities offered by 23 social media management tools. According to the latest research by TrustRadius, buyers of social media management tools are looking for eight core functionalities: Community management. Publishing. Campaigns & promotions. Influencer & advocate management. Lead generation. Content marketing. Analytics. Paid media management.

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Read2Go Tops iTunes Literacy Charts!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Gerardo Capiel, Benetech's VP Engineering, just sent me a couple of exciting screen shots on our Read2Go iOS application for accessible reading of ebooks. The first one shows the Special Education category on iTunes, with the Read2Go logo being used to represent the Literacy and Learning section. And, the second one shows why: our Read2Go application is at the top of the Literacy and Learning section!

Salesforce Charts Its Own Course in Tech Giving for Schools - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

AFP Blog

Salesforce Charts Its Own Course in Tech Giving for Schools - The Chronicle of Philanthropy : "Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff is taking a different philanthropic tack than other tech moguls in backing public education, TechCrunch and Business Insider write in reporting on the company's latest, $6-million donation to the San Francisco school district." 'via

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6 Tips For Creating Better Charts With Your Nonprofit’s Data

TechImpact

Beth’s blog shares Ann Emry’s tips for creating charts with your nonprofit’s data. Charts can turn plain text into a visually, expressive piece of information, which is great for persuading donors to donate or showing your supporters your organization’s impact. Chart diversity. There is a wide variety of charts. Don’t limit your organization to the same old pie chart used in every report. Image courtesy of CraigConnects.

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Lovely Charts

Wild Apricot

If you’re looking for a way to jazz up your organization’s reports, newsletters, web pages and other publications, what about a chart? Not just the usual boxes and arrows with plain-Jane text labels, but something more of an eye-catching illustration: a lovely chart! read more ).

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Beyond the Pie Chart: Maps

Tech Soup Blog

Charts and graphs are useful, but when you have any kind of location data — whether it's postal codes, state abbreviations, country names, or your own custom geocoding — you've got to see your data on a map. Part 4 in our Beyond the Pie Chart series covers mapping. Learn what a map can do for you with these tips from Tableau's Visual Analysis Best Practices and Which Chart or Graph Is Right for You?

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The Ultimate Grassroots Flow Chart

Frogloop

Check out this great chart that Ben Murane of judaismwithoutborders. If you find yourself struggling to explain this to a newbie organizer or even the president of your organization this chart will come in handy. As nonprofit organizations, it's our job to provide the best constituent experiences, especially when it comes to grassroots organizing. One of the best ways to provide stellar constituent experiences is to understand their interests.

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How Twitter Has Changed Over the Years in 12 Charts - Alexis C. Madrigal - The Atlantic

AFP Blog

How Twitter Has Changed Over the Years in 12 Charts - Alexis C. Madrigal - The Atlantic : But each Twitter user sees the service through his or her own tiny window of followers and followed. It''s hard to tell if everyone''s behavior is changing, or just that of one''s subset of the social network. Now, new research from Yabing Liu and Alan Mislove of Northwestern with Brown''s Chloe Kliman-Silver attempts to quantify the way tweeting has changed through the years.

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An Explanation of all Four Facebook Ad Types [Chart]

John Haydon

Here’s a breakdown of the four different types of Facebook ads, with an example of each, plus a handy chart at the end of this post: 1. An Explanation of all Four Facebook Ad Types [Chart].

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Nonprofit Content Marketing in 2015: Storytelling and Visual Content Top the Charts, But What Else Did We Learn?

Connection Cafe

Nonprofit marketers are doing more with content marketing – and feeling more confident about their effectiveness. They’re trying more tactics, using more social media platforms, growing in their internal knowledge and skills, and focusing on becoming better storytellers. In fact, sixty-six percent of nonprofits are focused on becoming better storytellers and sixty-three percent are working on creating better visual content.

Here's 28 Reasons Why Your Nonprofit Should Switch to EveryAction

EveryAction

With customizable analytics dashboards , nonprofits can build beautiful charts and graphs of their digital, fundraising, advocacy, and organizing data to paint a better picture of their work. #9.

Wild Apricot Blog : Website Charts and Graphs Made Easy with Google Chart API

Wild Apricot

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How Do I Say It With Charts?

Beth Kanter

Source: Juice Lab Chart Chooser. Last month, Stephanie Evergreen wrote an awesome guest post called “ Six Steps to Great Charts ” with lots of practical tips for using the Excel chart feature to visualize your social media measurement data. The six steps: Step 1: Which Chart is Best? And, can the process of selecting the right chart format help you better understand your data? Pie chart. Here’s more on how to use pie charts in excel.

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The State of Nonprofit Donor Retention (And What To Do About It)

EveryAction

The chart below illustrates the fluctuations in average donor retention over time: Nonprofits continue to lose donors at an alarming rate, catching them in a losing cycle of constantly spending time and money on costly donor acquisition, only to lose most of that investment. As a general rule, retaining existing donors costs less than acquiring new ones.

Does your org have a Facebook Page comment escalation flow-chart?

John Haydon

In the comments, Steve Heye of the YMCA of Metro Chicago shared a “comment escalation flow-chart&# to help staff decide how to respond to various types of comments – on blogs, Twitter and Facebook. Five reasons why a decision flow-chart makes sense.

The Only Time You Should Use a Pie Chart for Your Nonprofit's Data

Tech Soup Blog

We've covered bar charts, line charts, scatter plots, and maps in Beyond the Pie Chart. We finish the series by explaining the only time a pie chart actually is the right choice. When to Use a Pie Chart. As we state in our white paper, Which Chart or Graph is Right for You? … Pie charts should be used to show relative proportions — or percentages — of information. As a result, they are the most commonly misused chart type.

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Are You Charting Impact of Your Social Media?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The BBB Wise Giving Alliance, GuideStar USA and Independent Sector launched “ Charting Impact ,” a standard framework to easily and clearly understand the objectives, benchmarks for progress, and impact of nonprofits and foundations. Charting Impact uses five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and discussion about what really matters – results.

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Logic Models: Charting a Course for Success

NTEN

Ananda Roberts. President. nFocus Solutions. Sometimes it's hard to see the little details that make up the big programs. A logic model helps to visualize those details and highlight the connection between a program's purpose and the programs results, and it helps you make sure you're measuring the right things so you can show success! Ananda Roberts Data Leadership logic models nptech nten Communications Program

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#datanerds: Six Steps to Great Graphs and Charts

Beth Kanter

Source: Gemma Correll – I Love Charts. Note from Beth: I just knew that I was going to start obsessing about charts and graphs after my Excel spreadsheet obsessions started. Step 1: Which Chart is Best? Excel provides all sorts of default chart types to choose from, but the truth is, keep it as simple as possible. If your data adds up to 100%, you might choose a pie chart. For more help, check out my favorite chart chooser tool.

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Fundraising Strategy: The Gift Range Chart [With Templates!]

Donor Search

The success of your fundraising campaign relies on whether or not your nonprofit has put in the time to develop a comprehensive, data-driven fundraising strategy. With the right fundraising plan in place, the more likely you’ll be able to extend the right asks to reach likely donors and achieve your fundraising goals.

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Fundraising Strategy: The Gift Range Chart [With Templates!]

Donor Search

The success of your fundraising campaign relies on whether or not your nonprofit has put in the time to develop a comprehensive, data-driven fundraising strategy. With the right fundraising plan in place, the more likely you’ll be able to extend the right asks to reach likely donors and achieve your fundraising goals.

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Fundraising Strategy: The Gift Range Chart [With Templates!]

Donor Search

The success of your fundraising campaign relies on whether or not your nonprofit has put in the time to develop a comprehensive, data-driven fundraising strategy. The more prepared your organization is, the more likely you’ll be able to extend the right asks to reach likely donors and achieve your fundraising goals. The secret to an… Basics of Prospect Research Conducting Prospect Research Preparing for Prospect Research Uncategorized University Fundraising Wealth Screening

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FREE! Creating Great Charts, Graphs, and Maps on a Budget

Idealware

How do you transform it into charts, graphs, and maps that will help your audience understand the data and move them to take action? In this online seminars, we'll talk about the types of chart and map formats that might be useful to you, and then take a look at a number of the software packages that can help you create data graphics for both web and print publications. Event Price: 0.00. EventDate: April 19, 2012 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm. Type: Live Training. You've got data.

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With Venn Diagrams and Pie Charts for All | Beaconfire Wire

Beaconfire Wire

Web Usability Audits Grating Expectations » With Venn Diagrams and Pie Charts for All Posted Wednesday, September 24th, 2008 at 10:25 am by Marissa (33 posts) Google keeps churning out the freebies, and we keep having fun with them. Take a look at Google Charts, a fast and easy way to visual charts on your Web site. You can put together variations of pie charts, Venn diagrams, bar graphs, maps, and meters.

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FREE! Creating Great Charts, Graphs, and Maps on a Budget

Idealware

How do you transform it into charts, graphs, and maps that will help your audience understand the data and move them to take action? In this online seminars, we'll talk about the types of chart and map formats that might be useful to you, and then take a look at a number of the software packages that can help you create data graphics for both web and print publications. Event Price: 0.00. EventDate: July 14, 2011 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm. Type: Live Training. You've got data.

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Free and Cheap Charts for Nonprofits

Tech Soup Blog

Diagramming tools are great if you want to create a flow chart or map of your computer network, projects that are too complicated for Microsoft Paint but too simple for Photoshop. A closely related subject is charts: pie charts, line charts, scatter plots, Venn diagrams, and the like. But it surprises me how many ugly charts I see nonprofits making. Yesterday we talked about diagramming software, the subject of this week's TechSoup article.

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Beyond the Pie Chart: What Scatter Plots Can Do for You

Tech Soup Blog

Part 3 in our Beyond the Pie Chart series digs into the wonderful world of scatter plots. These tips from Tableau's Visual Analysis Best Practices and Which Chart or Graph is Right for You? As we can see from the chart (specifically when we add a trend line), there is a clear negative correlation between sales price and quantity. Looking to dig deeper into some data, but not quite sure if different pieces of information relate to each other?

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Age of Social Media Users

NCE Social Media

How do your constituents fit into this chart? Tags: Research Tools chart pingdom stats When speaking about social media, often I am asked ‘aren’t young people the only ones using social media?’

MarketingSherpa: New Chart: Information Sources for Large Purchase Decisions Changing

Network-Centric Advocacy

MarketingSherpa: New Chart: Information Sources for Large Purchase Decisions Changing. This is interesting. The way people are making people complex purchases is changing.

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Nonprofits and Libraries: It's Time to Move Beyond the Pie Chart

Tech Soup Blog

That's why TechSoup has partnered with Tableau on a new blog series called "Beyond the Pie Chart." Tried to create a report and couldn't find a chart or graph that would clearly illustrate your point? Now think about making a chart comparing donation amounts for the past three years. Congratulations, that chart is a basic data visualization! Some charts or graphs are better at answering particular types of questions. But what about bar charts?

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4 Things We Learned While Applying for a B Corp Certification

See What's Out There

strategy b corporation benefits development handbook Nonprofits org chart organizational change organizational strategy social causes social goodOne of See3’s company goals for 2015 is to obtain a B Corp certification. What started as a “we’ll-have-this-done-in-a-month” project has become a deeply reflective organizational journey. We’re getting close to completing our application (yay!)

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I Love Charts

Beth Kanter

But I also love using those pens for visualization techniques and especially to sketch out charts and graphs. I did a deep dive on data visualization techniques while working on a chapter of my next book, Measuring the Networked Nonprofit , with co-author KD Paine. That’s when I heard about the book, “ I Love Charts.” ” The book is based on the popular tumblr blog with the same name - I Love Charts. I have a couple of addictions.

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Configuring QuickBooks for Use in a Nonprofit: Setting Up the Chart of Accounts

Tech Soup Blog

Some of the main goals of the implementation meeting are to produce a consensus on the definition of: The chart of accounts. Building Your Chart of Accounts. This is the second blog in my series on configuring Intuit's QuickBooks for use in a nonprofit organization.

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It's the Seating Chart, Stupid | Nonprofit Trends with Steve.

NonProfit Trends

All Blackbaud Blogs Contact Us Blackbaud.com About Nonprofit Trends Books Research Reports Speaking It’s the Seating Chart, Stupid Posted by Steve MacLaughlin on November 18th, 2010 Where should the Internet team be on the organization chart? If you want to quickly improve how your nonprofit leverages the Internet, then org charts and owners aren’t the way to go. Focus on the seating chart.

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Top Ten Chart Secrets from A Nonprofit Data Nerd

Beth Kanter

Enjoy this post from my of many favorite nonprofit data nerds … Top Ten Chart Secrets from A Nonprofit Data Nerd. Charts can be one of your strongest communication tools. Better charts = better communication = better understanding = better decision making. There are infinite types of charts, but you don’t have to master them all. Line charts and histograms and scatter plots, oh my! The good news: You only need a handful of go-to charts.

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Configuring QuickBooks for Use in a Nonprofit: Setting Up the Chart of Accounts

Tech Soup Blog

Some of the main goals of the implementation meeting are to produce a consensus on the definition of: The chart of accounts. This blog will provide some suggestions on building your chart of accounts in a manner that is practical and that will satisfy as many users of the financial statements as possible. Building Your Chart of Accounts. So What Exactly Is a Chart of Accounts? Think of the chart of accounts as the foundation for a building you are about to construct.

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Go Old School.Use A Flip Chart For Gathering Ideas

Eric Jacobson

Thursday, August 12, 2010 Go Old School.Use A Flip Chart For Gathering Ideas Heres a great idea from communications consultant, speaker and author David Grossman : And, yes its old school. Provide Post-it notes, and watch the ideas grow as employees post their ideas on the flip chart.

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Org Charts: Social Networking for the At-Work Set

Museum 2.0

Org charts, like maps, aren't given the attention they should be, especially in large institutions. Org charts are not just about putting people in their place. But we should have linkable, searchable charts with all of our skills. In 2005, I visited COSI Columbus.

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The Ultimate Video Host Comparison Chart/Article from Robin Good

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I've been looking around for an article just on this topic! Robin Good's Web-Based Delivery of Audio and Video Materials provides a great feature-by-feature comparison. of the most popular video sharing tools. He also tells us what users need to know before taking advantages of these services. The requirements to start benefiting from these new services and opportunities include: some familiarity with the basic audio and video file formats existing out there.