The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 172: Federal Data Privacy Legislation

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Congress, there is still federal data privacy legislation pending that could affect social good organizations. In this session originally hosted at bbcon 2020, Sally and Cameron discuss the current landscape of data privacy legislation in the U.S., Podcast data privacy legislation

Donor Data Management Dictionary

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Every nonprofit needs a data management plan, especially for their donor data. The plan needs to address a variety of topics, such as data hygiene and enrichment , data usage in various communications activities , input/output management, and more. To help with your donor data management planning, we have created a Donor Data Management Dictionary to help you make sense of all the data jargon as it applies to the nonprofit organization’s business needs.

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Data hoarding: Does the term apply to your donor data?

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Is your organization is a donor data hoarder? Data hoarding extends far beyond just your donor data and CRM software. It applies to outcome measurements, web traffic, social media data, emails, image files, document versioning, backups, backups of backups, etc. All data needs to be managed. Email data is overwhelming corporate America. But for our purposes, let’s narrow the focus to donor data. The costs of managing too much bad data.

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Top 10 Tough Donor Data Migration Decisions

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If you’ve migrated donor data from one CRM to another, no doubt you have dealt with a lot of difficult decisions. In fact, our donor data migration clients often express surprise at the number of decisions they have to make. In this post, we discuss our list of Top 10 Tough Donor Data Migration Decisions. We hope this provides guidance that will help you plan all aspects of your next data migration. ’ It’s a critical part of any data management plan.

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The Ice Bucket Challenge Epilogue: Data

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Let me offer one piece of advice: let’s not get distracted by the story and instead focus on the epilogue – the Ice Bucket Epilogue: it’s about the data. It’s true – Mashable reported this amazing data milestone in September. It’s all about the data. From “Found Money” to “Found Data” With the $100M windfall came something just as important – 2.4 That data is the Ice Bucket Challenge Epilogue.

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Better Data, Better Donors

EveryAction

Working in major gifts means tracking relationships, points of contact, and data with multiple high-level donors. While building a long lasting relationship with your major donors is the hallmark of any good major gifts team, those relationships can fall flat without solid data behind them to keep you organized and to inform your strategy. This data can help a user determine the appropriate ask amount for major gift prospects. Use data to your advantage.

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Does your charity have too much data?

3rd Sector Labs

How do you know when your organization is storing and using too much data? In fact, being in the nonprofit data services business, we get asked lots of questions about how to obtain more donor data, better data, the right data. Few customers ask us “When is there too much data?” Let’s use donor data for our discussion. Too much data vs data hoarding. There is a difference between too much data and hoarding data.

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Stop the Daisy Chain of Bad Data Management

3rd Sector Labs

The root cause of bad data management for any organization – for-profit, nonprofit or government – can usually be found in the data management paradigm itself. The most damaging data management paradigm – one that is commonly found among nonprofits – is what I call “the daisy chain of bad data management.” But they always check our data for leads. What this client is describing is the “daisy chain of bad data management.”

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Exploring Data for Impact

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The world is undergoing a data revolution, and the social sector is no exception. Social enterprises are collecting more and more data: data about social problems; data about intervention outcomes; data for collective impact; data for learning; data for dashboards to better operate their enterprises; data for funders; and the list goes on. Yet, social enterprises arent typically made up of data geeks.

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Data quality vs. data quantity: let’s end the debate!

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When it comes to nonprofit data, especially donor data, there’s a running debate. Which is more important, data quality or quantity? Like the old Miller Lite commercials, ‘ Tastes Great vs. Less Filling ‘ Your nonprofit organization needs to acquire new donors (data quantity), but you also need the ‘right’ data in order to foster better, longer term relationships (data quality). Donor data quality must come first.

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Solving the Nonprofit Data Paradox

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In the Age of Big Data, countless companies are turning their wealth of data into an extremely valuable asset. Unfortunately, the same is not true for many nonprofits and their data. In my bestselling book, Data Driven Nonprofits , I call this the Nonprofit Data Paradox: the more you have of something valuable, the less valuable it becomes. In the book , I explore how nonprofits struggle with maximizing the value in their data. The data piles up and up.

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Fundraising data analytics – mining the gold in your own backyard

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Fundraising data analytics is becoming more popular – and more necessary in today’s philanthropy marketplace. Nicole Wallace at The Chronicle of Philanthropy wrote a terrific piece this week, ‘Fundraisers Reap Millions by Using Data Gold Mine’ Fundraising data analytics is the equivalent of mining the gold in our own nonprofit backyards. Admittedly, for many of us in the sector, the very mention of ‘data analytics’ sounds intimidating.

Workplace Giving Data Problems Just Got Worse

3rd Sector Labs

Nonprofits everywhere are struggling to get their hands on reliable, useful workplace giving data from corporate giving programs. Who remembers the days of charities arguing with local United Ways over the donor data? “We own the workplace giving data,” was the typical United Way response to charities wanting to know more about the donors supporting them, “because they are United Way donors – our donors.” What about the data?

Big Data on Planned Giving

Connection Cafe

In working with hundreds of nonprofits , we routinely encounter the same problem: while annual giving has become a data-driven science, quantitative data and insights around planned giving is extremely scarce, even for the most sophisticated organizations. Using the Data. The next step is putting this data into action to help your nonprofit secure more bequests.

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5 Critical Characteristics of Data Driven Nonprofits

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We know that Big Data is fundamentally changing how companies make decisions and improve their performance, but many nonprofit organizations have lagged behind in this area. Over a year ago, I set out on a journey to understand why nonprofits are not making more out of the hidden treasure in their data. What I found is compiled in the new book Data Driven Nonprofits. If you start out with bad data, then it only gets worse from there, never better.

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Data drives better digital marketing for nonprofits

3rd Sector Labs

Using data to drive your digital marketing campaigns is essential. Without the discipline of data, your digital marketing success is based more on hope than strategy and execution. Our corporate marketers understand the criticality of data all too well, especially retailers. For example, Epsilon, a consumer brand loyalty expert, published a short report on using data to build customer loyalty. Use small data (i.e. Data and story-telling.

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The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 110: Understanding Data Privacy Regulations

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New privacy regulations, data breaches and consumer attitudes about data privacy are constantly in the headlines. But it’s not just corporations that have to worry about data privacy – data privacy regulations are a serious topic for social good organizations as well. Cameron Stoll, Principal Legal Counsel at Blackbaud, joins host Steve MacLaughlin to explore the topic of data privacy regulations in depth. The penalties associated with data breaches.

Solved! The Nonprofit Data Mystery

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Any discussion about nonprofit data or analytics reminds me of Poe’s “The Purloined Letter” because so many organizations have a very valuable asset left out in plain sight. The data nonprofits have is often overlooked and undervalued by them. Everything begins with data quality. Because we often call it “ data hygiene ,” people tend to tune it out. That’s why I prefer to call it “data health.”

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Why Data Health Means Mission Health

Connection Cafe

To approach the topic of data health at nonprofits, I like to start by talking about something that isn’t data (or at least doesn’t seem like it is). The actions, conversations, and even feelings that occur in that room are data points—but they need to be seen. Your digital data is the same. Here are a couple of ideas I hope you’ll remember as you read Untapped Potential: The Case for Data Health , a new report from the Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact.

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How Data Intelligence is Accelerating Innovation for Social Good

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At Blackbaud, where I serve as Chief Technology Officer, one of our core tenets has been to design an open, cloud-based software and data architecture. Looking at it from a different angle, open ecosystems also yield data and analytics that enable everyone who is part of it to gain more insights and intelligence. This data can power intelligent software solutions, surface actionable events, maintain accurate and current data assets, and generally drive more results for users.

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6 Data Security Practices For Nonprofits in The Digital Age

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In this post, we cover the kinds of nonprofit data security breaches that are most likely to happen, and which data security practices your nonprofit can use to prevent them

It’s that time of year: your 8-step fundraising data checklist

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Have you completed your fundraising data checklist? What are we talking about – a fundraising DATA checklist? But as we have pointed out before via a cataloguing of more than 150 recommendations for improving fundraising appeals , most charities are making the same common fundraising mistake they made last year, and the year before – bad data management. Because data is boring. Fundraising data has many touch-points throughout your organization.

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Can Data Bring Foundations and Nonprofits Closer?

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In recent years, we’ve seen a major uptick in organizations across the social good sector looking at data – and how to use data – in new ways. In fact, when I was conducting research for my book Data Driven Nonprofits , I spoke with data champions in a wide variety of organizations across numerous focus areas. Data champions —whether inside a nonprofit organization or a foundation—know that data on its own doesn’t accelerate impact on its own.

What’s in your data management plan?

3rd Sector Labs

If your data isn’t getting better, it’s getting worse. – TSL data expert. And no, we aren’t simply advocating some chaos theory about data. Unfortunately, it’s true … and the only way to combat the problem is examine what’s in your data management plan. Organizations in every industry today dependent on good data to be successful. It’s no different for nonprofits, and donor data is at the top of the critical care list.

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Attention nonprofits: We don’t know our donor data!

3rd Sector Labs

Understanding data is critically important to success in any business. Unfortunately, data can be boring, even confusing. Many nonprofits don’t know their donor data. If we don’t know our donor data, how can we effectively plan a fundraising appeal? So, how do we know that nonprofits don’t know their donor data? Data degrades. For starters, ALL data degrades over time. Less than 5% of the advice focused on technology and/or data.

Using Nonprofit Data to Find Your Next Major Donor

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The key is moving from simply collecting data to actually leveraging your nonprofit’s data in the right ways. Here are three important components to thinking like a data driven nonprofit : Find Meaning in Your Nonprofit Data. They analyzed petabytes of data and something popped in the results: Pop-Tarts. Their answers were likely to be anecdotal in nature and we should know by now that the plural of anecdote is not data.

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What’s up with consumer data privacy?

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The topic of consumer data privacy is getting more and more attention in the media and on Capitol Hill. The topic of consumer data privacy has had the attention of Capitol Hill for some time. A few months back, we provided an update on steps taken by Senator Rockefeller’s Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation to expand its investigation into the data brokerage industry. More specifically, it’s about consumer data. Is big data bad?

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Fundraising strategy, technology and data Q&A with Chris Goodman and Gary Carr

3rd Sector Labs

The topic – “Drive Your Fundraising Success with Strategy, Smart Technology and Better Data” – focused on the importance of aligning fundraising strategy, technology and a data in order to maximize the efficiencies of all three. Unfortunately, not every fundraising strategy, technology and data question could be answered, and so we wanted to share more of the Q&A here. How do we get “better data”?

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Detailed Accurate Data = Strategy

Connection Cafe

You can have all the data in the world but if it is not accurate or documented then it can be of very little use to you. Most CRM databases have the ability to track and store an enormous amount of data but unless you can link it to helping you in being strategic in segmenting out your database or implementing strategies then it is only taking up space. For example do you have birth dates or email addresses and if not you may want to consider a data appends for these items.

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10 Donor Data Migration Decisions: Q&A with Gary Carr

3rd Sector Labs

Third Sector Labs recently presented a data migration webinar with host Bloomerang. The topic – “10 Decisions You Will Face with Any Donor Data Migration” – focused on preparing for your next CRM or data migration while addressing 10 tough decisions nonprofits encounter along the way. As always, if you have questions about a donor data migration project, or any of your nonprofit data needs, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Take Control of Your Data: 3 Must-Have Reporting Tools Every Nonprofit Should Have

EveryAction

From your board members requesting the latest donor stats to your digital director asking for email conversion rates, tracking your data can be hard. Here are some key tools your nonprofit should have to meet your reporting needs: Customizable reports that allow you to get roll up data and detailed data. However, you’ll be able to edit this data and add the columns that matter to you. But what about the roll up data for those big picture meetings?

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Technology, data and fundraising: is it getting too complicated?

3rd Sector Labs

What about access to great data that helps us to understand the outcomes being produced by our programs and to know our donors and their interests better? Isn’t all this technology and data helping? Working with a partner, 2Dialog , we have been co-hosting a webinar series “Drive Your Fundraising Success with Strategy, Smart Technology and Better Data” The message of the program centers on the need to align strategy, tech and data.

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When data gets political

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Most days, data is pretty straightforward to us here at OpenIssue headquarters. But sometimes, data is political. Or, I guess more accurately, data models. For a couple of projects we’ve been working on, we’ve been getting very interested in putting together a really expanded and fleshed out data model for gender, sexual orientation, and marital status. Tags: Data Technology Zen

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Data and the Human Touch

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

These stories about the needs in our communities are data points of real, positive change. Data is now a core resource. Tremendous shifts in data availability, access, and use are rapidly transforming our lives, and numbers debates are taking center stage in the development, philanthropy, impact investing, and social enterprise sectors. Here’s Benetech’s outlook: we advocate for a human-centered approach to data in the social sector. We ask the question: data for whom?

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The DATA Act in the Age of Transparency

Connection Cafe

In 2017, the nation’s first open data law, the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (DATA Act) moved from a pilot phase to full implementation. federal government spending data. At the core of this effort to increase transparency, the DATA Act gives taxpayers, watchdog groups, and the media unparalleled ability to view detailed spending information in user-friendly formats. Enter the concept of data standardization to a machine-readable format!

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‘Why don’t you have a nonprofit data management plan?’ Q&A with Debbie Snyder and Gary Carr

3rd Sector Labs

Third Sector Labs recently co-hosted a data management webinar with Debbie Snyder , VP of Sales & Marketing for Adcieo. The topic – “Why don’t you have a data management plan?” ” – focused on why you need, and how to create, a nonprofit data management plan. As always, if you have questions about your nonprofit data management plan, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Be proactive in your data management, not reactive.

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Prescriptive Analytics for Nonprofits—How Data Technology Can Transform the Way We Work

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Data is changing how our world operates. As the collection of data becomes ubiquitous and seamless and the analysis of data more powerful, it is changing every aspect of our lives. When people throw around buzzwords like Big Data, Data Science, or Artificial Intelligence , one of the things they talk about is the power of predictive analytics. Similarly, data science methods can help us engage in continuous learning.

Nonprofits and Data: Looking for Inspiration

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Is it just me, or is everything coming up data in 2013? Technology data Nonprofit Technology Conference Nonprofit Technology Network nonprofits smart dataHoping to strengthen organizations, NTEN launched Communities of Impact this year.

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Looking to Be More Data-Driven? For Nonprofits, KPIs Start with Goals

Connection Cafe

Across all sectors, there’s a push to become “data-driven” and “digitally-savvy.” This data frenzy has not just taken the commercial sector by a storm. Throughout the nonprofit world, more sophisticated CRMs , advanced analytics , and murmurs about the use of artificial intelligence in fundraising have given rise to a case of data fever in the do-good sector as well. At the same time, all this hype about “big data” can be anxiety-inducing, especially for smaller nonprofits.

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Summer Cleaning: A Data Hygiene Checklist Any Nonprofit Can Reference!

Connection Cafe

So July and August can be a great time to clean-up your fundraising system to make sure your data is as accurate and robust as possible, in particular when you start thinking of embarking on a data analytics and/or prospect screening project in the coming months, let’s say maybe later in the 3 rd and 4 th quarters. Please feel free to check out these individual services on our website at Data Enrichment Services for more details.

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EveryAction Acquires DonorTrends

EveryAction

By better empowering them to use actionable data and innovative tools, we help them to do more good,” said EveryAction CEO Stu Trevelyan. DonorTrends uses actionable data and analytics to empower nonprofits to raise more money and retain more donors. They give fundraisers the tools to turn data into dollars. We help fundraisers generate more revenue today and thrive in a data driven future.

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Using Data to Predict Fundraising Results

Connection Cafe

I recently attended AHP Convene Canada 2015 in Vancouver, British Columbia and attended an important session “Turning Data Analytics into Meaningful Business Intelligence” led by Lynn Conforti and Sheila Tilotta of Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation. The more an end user can do (modifying filters, working in the report data), the better. At Southlake, they chose to use Microsoft Excel, one report per tab, using formulas referencing the data tab.

CRM data migration: it’s all about the future

3rd Sector Labs

CRM data migrations are about the future, not the past. So we are going to talk about several important tips to help you stay focused on your donor data future. Why am I being so emphatic as I talk about CRM data and your organization’s future? Because the number one challenge that we deal with at Third Sector Labs in a CRM or donor data migration project is customers who won’t let go of the past. Not to minimize the effort, but data is data.

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