Announcing the 2021 Open Data Project!

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Open data is the idea that some data should be freely available to everyone to use a nd republish as they wish. The Open Data Project seeks to gain a better understanding of how NGOs, NPOs, and charities worldwide use technology for digital marketing and fundraising.

[DATA] 11 Must-Know Stats About Nonprofit Websites

Nonprofit Tech for Good

The 2021 Open Data Project [ español , français ] seeks to gain a better understanding of how nonprofits, NGOs, and charities worldwide use technology for digital marketing and fundraising. The survey data is available in real-time by region and country. Why the Open Data Project?

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Bright Data: World-Leading Data Collection Network

Find the free stuff

Luminati Networks becomes Bright Data is a sign of where they are headed. With the rising technology, there is a need for transparent data collection in over four billion webpages. You therefore need a versatile data collector with automated scraping technology, like Bright Data.

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Using Data to Inform Your Membership Decisions

Joy of Membership

Jamie Beaulieu and I had a great conversation on this week’s podcast about how membership organizations can use data to inform decision-making and strategy. So speaking of data, 2nd quarter is well underway. Happy Tuesday!

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How Nonprofits Can Leverage Data Visualization


Graphic Design Marketing and Communications Data ManagementReporting on various programs and projects is an integral part gauging the success of your nonprofit's activities. This exercise is crucial not only to internal stakeholders, but also to funders, donors, and the world at large.

Donor Data Management Dictionary

3rd Sector Labs

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?

3rd Sector Labs

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

3rd Sector Labs

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

3rd Sector Labs

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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How to make your association’s data talk

Nimble AMS

Your association’s data can be a powerful tool. But, you have to be able to collect, manage, and analyze your data to put it to good use. State of Data in the Nonprofit Sector?report As a result, only 6 percent believe they are making effective use of the data collected.

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Donor Data And Donor Communication | A Mini Guide


No matter the strategy, the best way to optimize your donor communication processes is to leverage donor data. Your donor data should play a key role in your communication strategy, helping you create targeted content and personal experiences for recipients.

Keeping Your Data Safe: Protecting HIPAA with Salesforce

Cloud 4 Good

With the wide-ranging consequences of last year’s Blackbaud breach still being felt by many across industries today, this breach was so devastating because Blackbaud was unable to say what exact data was touched.

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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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More fundraising software = more data headaches

3rd Sector Labs

Let’s face it … there is a direct relationship between the number of fundraising software systems we are using and the data problems we are creating for ourselves. More fundraising software = more data headaches. All that, and we aren’t touching on the implications of accounting, systems integrations, data warehousing, ad hoc databases, and search. Second, nonprofits are not littered with technology experts and data scientists.

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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!

3rd Sector Labs

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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Clean Up Your Act: Donor Data Management for Nonprofits

The Modern Nonprofit

Estimated Reading Time: 4 minutes Clean Up Your Act: Donor Data Management for Nonprofits. OUR top 3 reasons why CLEAN DATA matters: Cleaner data gives you better, more actionable (and searchable) info. Focusing on data hygiene offers a myriad of benefits to your organization.

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Fundraising data analytics – mining the gold in your own backyard

3rd Sector Labs

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.

Luminati Networks Becomes Bright Data

Find the free stuff

Luminati Networks becomes Bright Data is a sign of where they are headed. With the rising technology, there is a need for transparent data collection in over four billion webpages. You therefore need a versatile data collector with automated scraping technology, like Bright Data.

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?

Better Data, Better Donors


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

3rd Sector Labs

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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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.

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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What’s up with consumer data privacy?

3rd Sector Labs

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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Event Data Management: How To Make The Most Of Your Data


Donor data can help nonprofits make better fundraising decisions. But the data you collect shouldn’t come from donors’ gifts alone. With their participation comes a wealth of valuable event data. Read on to learn how to start making the most of your event data.

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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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Beyond Personas: Data-Driven Audience Insights and How to Use Them


Delivering a supporter-intuitive direct response program today shouldn’t rely on gut instincts, staff opinions, and stereotypes—especially when organizations have the ability to rely on a combination of behavioral data and enhanced demographics. Blog Posts conferences data events

6 Data Security Practices For Nonprofits in The Digital Age

Wild Apricot

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

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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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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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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‘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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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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Access Your Facebook and Instagram Fundraising Data in Classy Reporting


Before this update, Classy for Facebook automatically pulled donation data into Classy Reporting for any Facebook campaigns connected to a Classy campaign. Facebook alone offers little to no access to donation data for your nonprofit.

The life-changing magic of tidying up your association’s data

Nimble AMS

The principles from the show got me thinking about an association’s member data. You’re likely saving a lot of data, but are you really using it? And, what’s the cost of keeping old data your organization no longer needs? You won’t waste time and money moving data around.

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5 Ways to Protect Your Nonprofit’s Data

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Odds are your nonprofit has amassed valuable data as a result of regular day-to-day activities like processing online donations; managing virtual staff or volunteers; or capturing details of those who subscribe to your nonprofit’s newsletter. This type of data is both an asset and a risk for nonprofits. As nonprofit professionals, we understand the importance of protecting our organizational data and the privacy of those in our community.

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Using Software and Data to Change the World

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

It was a blast to be with an entire conference full of social good software and data people from around the world. Using Software and Data to Change the World We are in an amazing time. Of course we know that the questioner has no data to speak of and today’s answer is probably “nothing.” We have to use this opening to help advance our goal; using software and data to change the world for the better! Now this vision is not just about more data.

Data Ecosystems

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

And the data in these varied tools were siloed – there was no way for one tool to talk to another without: painstaking manual entry. And as more and more organizational processes become web-based (whether “in the cloud&# or self-hosted), and as more and more nonprofit-focused software includes open APIs (with some unfortunate exceptions,) nonprofit data is looking less and less siloed, and more and more like an ecosystem – many different software parts talking to others.

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5 Things You Need to Know about Nonprofits + Big Data


To find out more about how nonprofits are using (or not using) their data to do more good, we asked over 460 nonprofit professionals about their habits, culture, and outlook on the state of data at their organizations. This week, we released the survey results + invited Randy Hawthorne , Executive Director and wearer of many hats at Nonprofit Hub , for a conversation about the data and findings we gathered. Most nonprofits are collecting data, few know what to do with it.

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