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.

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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.

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

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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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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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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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Exploring Data for Impact

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The world is undergoing a data revolution, and the social sector is no exception. Yet, social enterprises arent typically made up of data geeks. They desperately need to use data better and multiply its impact, but they rarely have the skills or infrastructure to do so effectively.

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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? Too many sources of donor data to keep track of.

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. Admittedly, for many of us in the sector, the very mention of ‘data analytics’ sounds intimidating. ” What is fundraising data analytics?

How Data Intelligence is Accelerating Innovation for Social Good

Connection Cafe

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. Internet of Things (IoT) technology is cheap, accessible, and can transform normal household items into network devices which generate data.

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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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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.

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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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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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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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.

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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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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. 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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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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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. 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. Processes: Who manages manual data entry?

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

Connection Cafe

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. Similarly, data science methods can help us engage in continuous learning.

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 Appends: A Guide for Your Nonprofit

Connection Cafe

Data scientists and prospect researchers on the nonprofit payroll are working side by side to mine data within the nonprofit’s information system and create models that predict who is likely to give—and who is not. Top 20 Data Appends for Nonprofits.

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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? All this technology is helping us to capture more data than ever.

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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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Protecting Community Resource Data

VisionLink

We believe that organizations should be compensated for the creation, organization, maintenance, and updates of community information data, especially in the nonprofit space. This does not mean that data should be kept private and self-contained.

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. We’re witnessing how data-driven insights are becoming a prerequisite in decision-making and in the practical work of policy and social service organizations.

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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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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.

3 Ways Data-Driven Testing Can Help Your Nonprofit

EveryAction

January’s Fireside Chat was all about being “data-driven” in your nonprofit endeavors. It’s a topic especially close to our hearts as admitted data nerds, but more so, it’s the future of how nonprofits will strive toward and achieve greater goals. marketing design data

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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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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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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.

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.

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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PCI Compliance: Is Your Website Keeping Your Constituent Data Safe?

Connection Cafe

How private data is stored and secured has become a hot-button issue for most users today, and it is not going away. The recent news about Facebook’s use of personal information, even though it did not involve credit card data, still created headlines around the globe.

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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Data in the Wind | 4 Options for Fine-Tuning Old Data

Connection Cafe

You probably have data that’s in the same shape as my old guitar. Using that data for an analysis or a campaign is like me trying to play that guitar without fixing her up. I attended several sessions at bbcon 2015 about data-driven decision making.

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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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Data archiving – the benefits you can avail

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Most of the people want to secure their data and for this they make a backup file for your use in future. Archive data is usually stored as a file or object that can be stored with metadata attached so that the granular access is possible. Hard disks are also used as data storage.

4 Ways Data and Analytics Can Help Nonprofits Achieve Positive ROI

Connection Cafe

It is appropriate to expect positive ROI from data analytics, but remember that expectations must be fueled by actions! Here are 4 key ways data and analytics can help your organization achieve positive ROI: 1.

5 Inventive Ways Donor Data Can Boost Your EOY Fundraising

EveryAction

The best way to reach your donors in meaningful ways is to look into your donor database or CRM and analyze the data that you have. Your data, after all, provides insight into your donors. To use your data to innovate your fundraising strategy, you can: Perform prospect research.

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