5 Critical Characteristics of Data Driven Nonprofits

Connection Cafe

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. What I found is compiled in the new book Data Driven Nonprofits. Some organizations still treat data as exhaust.

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Solving the Nonprofit Data Paradox

Connection Cafe

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 the book , I explore how nonprofits struggle with maximizing the value in their data.

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Solved! The Nonprofit Data Mystery

Connection Cafe

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.

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Can Data Bring Foundations and Nonprofits Closer?

Connection Cafe

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. Data champions —whether inside a nonprofit organization or a foundation—know that data on its own doesn’t accelerate impact on its own.

Using Nonprofit Data to Find Your Next Major Donor

Connection Cafe

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. Turn Your Data Insights into Action.

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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.

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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. Too much data vs data hoarding.

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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. We don’t know our data. – TSL data expert.

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Growing your Members and Donors with the Power of Data

Connection Cafe

I had the privilege of hearing from Rosie Siemer and Dana Hines on Membership & Engagement: The Power of Data at bbcon 2016. I loved this session; not only am I an undisputed data nerd, but also I love finding new ways to engage and communicate better. Happy data-mining!

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Infographic: Big Data, Big Profits

TechImpact

Marketers everywhere have access to more information, quantifiable data, and often times, funds than ever before. Big data is responsible for empowering a true movement in the industry. Is data alone enough? We very well may be living in the golden age of marketing.

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Measuring What Matters: How Funders and Nonprofits Can Leverage Data and Technology for Impact

Connection Cafe

I led the panel, “Measuring What Matters: How Funders and Nonprofits are Leveraging Data” and was joined by Adrian Bordone, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships at GuideStar, and Peter York CEO and Chief Innovator at Algorythm. Access to Data.

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4 Strategies To Utilize Your “Big Data”

TechImpact

If you’ve read an article about big data in the last year or two, and thought “That’s too big to effect my nonprofit…” you’re probably wrong. Many people view big data as the key to unlock marketing potential and grant thorough insight into the minds and habit of constituents.

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5 Things You Need to Know about Nonprofits + Big Data

EveryAction

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. Most nonprofits are collecting data, few know what to do with it.

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Five Tips for Nonprofits Data Visualization

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: I met Matthew Scharpnick, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Elefint Designs, a strategic design studio that works with good causes, at the Data for Good Conference in Chicago. One area that he works on is data visualization for nonprofits.

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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. Organizations in every industry today dependent on good data to be successful. Document your data needs.

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Nonprofit Organizational Culture Eats Big Data for Lunch

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: I was thrilled to be interviewed by Steve along with many other nonprofit data nerds, for his new book, Data Driven Nonprofits. He was kind enough to send me an advanced copy and it is definitely a must read. Data Health. Unstructured Data.

What Nonprofits Can Learn From Political Campaigns About Harnessing Smart Data

Connection Cafe

Now, let’s take it a step further and see how these intense, short-lived campaigns harness the power of the data they collect with these three examples and the lessons learned. Lesson #2: Consolidate Your Data. Lesson #3: Smart Data Tops Big Data.

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Big Data and Big Benefits for YOU!

Connection Cafe

“Big data” has been a “big topic” for quite some time now. What does big data mean? What are the steps to utilizing big data effectively? Step 1: Find the right suite of data analytics products and services! Step 2: Learn to trust the data results.

Nonprofits and Data: Looking for Inspiration

Connection Cafe

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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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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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.

Analytics: It’s About More Than Just the Data

Connection Cafe

For brevity let’s decide that it is about technology, techniques and processes for understanding what’s in your data and driving your business practices. Analytics can help to determine trends, prescribe actions and responses, and provide a solid foundation for data-driven decision making.

Guarantee Success for Your Year-End Campaign with Donor Data as Your Guide

Connection Cafe

But the reality is that we sometimes have so much data to analyze and interpret that it can be hard to know where to start. The PCOA® process takes data gathered from those types of organizations and applies it back to the house file, allowing organizations to keep those donor records current.

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Clouds, Data, And Your Nonprofit

TechImpact

Their ability to centralize and organize information, files, and data imperative to your nonprofit is to the success of your mission. However, because many nonprofits have yet to adopt cloud based solutions, they’re still struggling with the organization of their data and files.

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Drowning in Marketing Data? 3 Steps to Take Control

Connection Cafe

In fact, we have so much data to analyze and interpret that it can be hard to know where to start. Before you get overwhelmed and are tempted to spend exorbitant amounts of money on data management, take a step back and think about what you really need. First: Devise a data strategy.

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. D3: What do I do about data that won’t import?

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Why Data Informed VS Data Driven?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

One of the questions I was asked, ”Why Data Informed? Why Not Data-Driven?” ” Being data-informed is something very different from a data-driven culture. Being data-driven sounds great—in theory. Flickr Photo by neoporcupine.

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New and Improved Data Visualization Tool: Maps for Media Funding

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Nonprofit data nerds will love this new resource from Media Impact Funders and Foundation Center called “ Foundation Maps for Media Funding ,” a free, interactive mapping and research tool that shows the full scope of philanthropically funded media projects worldwide since 2009.

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Is Your Organization Prepared to Dodge Donor Data Disasters?

Connection Cafe

Divide Your Data – First, pull the episodic donors by the coding parameter used during the event. Nonprofit Management Analytics coding data analytics data segmentation disaster relief nonprofit accounting segmentation

Do You Know What Your Data is Telling You?

Connection Cafe

“Big data” can help nonprofits predict future behavior precisely and provide an important competitive edge. The key is to make “big data” more manageable. Data must predict things worth predicting; not all of it is useful or actionable.

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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.

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Easy Ways to Keep Your Data Clean and Donors Happy

Connection Cafe

Staying on top of data hygiene and duplicates can solve a great deal of issues. Other easy ways to keep your data clean is standardizing names and searching for names that have been entered incorrectly (Jonh, rather than John). Additionally, services provided by Blackbaud can be very helpful in keeping your data clean and your donors happy , specifically Deceased Record Finder. Picture this…. You walk into your favorite museum, ready to check out the newest exhibit.

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Actionable Data is Better than Big Data (And Learning Trumps Both)

SocialFish

At last year’s ASAE Technology Conference there was a lot of discussion of “big data.” It’s been years now since the 7 Measures of Success report suggested that associations needed to have “data driven strategies.” Humanize Useful Data

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3 Data Year End Data Questions Your Nonprofit Should Be Asking

TechImpact

Data, data, data. Cloud might be a close second, but data has to reign supreme. All jokes aside, the data your nonprofit collects on a daily daily basis has the potential to alter the course of your organization. However, your data is […]. The post 3 Data Year End Data Questions Your Nonprofit Should Be Asking appeared first on Tech Impact Blog - Leaders in Non-Profit Technology.

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3 Ways to Step-Up Your Data Game

Frogloop

Data can help purpose-driven organizations make better decisions and achieve greater impact. However, in a 2016 survey of nonprofit professionals conducted by EveryAction and Nonprofit Hub, only 6% of respondents felt their organizations were effectively using the data at their disposal.

To raise money with social media, start with social data

Connection Cafe

However, that being said, data acquired through social media holds the key to dramatically improved fundraising. Fundraising CARE data insights database nonprofit social mediaI’m sorry to say it, but.your social media presence is not the key to fundraising.

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Does Rigorous Data Analysis Thwart Effective Storytelling by Non-Profits?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The event also included plenary speakers, including a provocative talk about storytelling with data from Alexandra Samuel. Her most controversial point was: “Rigorous data gathering and analysis can get in the way of effective storytelling by non-profits.”.

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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Donor Data And Your Nonprofit

TechImpact

There are more tools available to nonprofits today that can be used for measuring their donor data than ever before. Whether it be a CRM , GoogleAnalytics , or a social media analytic tool like SproutSocial , measuring and understanding data is an essential part of contemporary business. The truth is, without the help of data, effectively planning a fundraising strategy or maintaining high donor retention numbers makes a hard job near impossible. Data degrades.

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Say “Yes!” to P2P Registration Data

Connection Cafe

The data presented in this study suggests where some of the micro-yeses are happening, and where something is getting in the way of the yes and leading to registration form abandonment. In the study , Winders advises us to be more aware of our own data.