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5 Critical Characteristics of Data Driven Nonprofits

Connection Cafe

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.

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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. The data piles up and up.

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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-driven sounds great—in theory.

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Solved! The Nonprofit Data Mystery

Connection Cafe

The data nonprofits have is often overlooked and undervalued by them. Everything begins with data quality. Descriptive analytics.

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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. I attended several sessions at bbcon 2015 about data-driven decision making.

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

Connection Cafe

Access to Data. They look to other key players in the space to find data information. Partnerships. Communication & Analytics.

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

3rd Sector Labs

Year after year you gather information about donors. Is your organization is a donor data hoarder? All data needs to be managed.

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What Nonprofits Can Learn From Political Campaigns About Harnessing Smart Data

Connection Cafe

Before the concept of “data” even existed, William Jennings Bryan’s 1896 campaign inspired letters from all around the country.

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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?

Data Are Not Information


By Jeff Stanger, Director, Center for Digital Information We are obsessed with data — big data, open data, linked data, personal data, government data, visualized data. Data carry enormous potential. It's important that we don't confuse "data" for "information." Research ?

Using Data to Predict Fundraising Results

Connection Cafe

The more an end user can do (modifying filters, working in the report data), the better. Staff will respond to what you are counting.

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. With 17.4%

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Analytics: It’s About More Than Just the Data

Connection Cafe

Analytics can help to determine trends, prescribe actions and responses, and provide a solid foundation for data-driven decision making.

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. First: Devise a data strategy.

Infographic: Big Data, Big Profits


Marketers everywhere have access to more information, quantifiable data, and often times, funds than ever before. Is data alone enough?

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More fundraising software = more data headaches

3rd Sector Labs

More fundraising software = more data headaches. Second, nonprofits are not littered with technology experts and data scientists.

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Five Tips for Nonprofits Data Visualization

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

One area that he works on is data visualization for nonprofits. Five Tips for Nonprofit Data Storytelling by Matthew Scharpnick.

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4 Strategies To Utilize Your “Big Data”


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.

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Nonprofit Organizational Culture Eats Big Data for Lunch

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Culture Eats Big Data for Lunch – Guest Post by Steve MacLaughlin. Why do some organizations struggle to manage their data? Spark.

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. And it creates ripple effects.

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The Information Diet: Not Just A Book, A Movement For Conscious Consumption of Information

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I’ve been curating resources and teaching workshops on the topic of information coping skills for a couple of years. 11-12: Email.

What’s in your data management plan?

3rd Sector Labs

If your data isn’t getting better, it’s getting worse. – TSL data expert. The need for the Data Management Plan.

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Data Digest: Introducing the Information Chef

Tech Soup Blog

A Recipe for Information Success. That's why I call myself the Information Chef. Deeper Dive: Keeping Up with Data Trends.

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.

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Clouds, Data, And Your Nonprofit


Their ability to centralize and organize information, files, and data imperative to your nonprofit is to the success of your mission.

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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. The list. What now?

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New and Improved Data Visualization Tool: Maps for Media Funding

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

List: View and sort foundation, recipients and grants data in table form. Journalism News and Information. Click to See Visualization.

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


At last year’s ASAE Technology Conference there was a lot of discussion of “big data.” Humanize Useful Data

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The Ice Bucket Challenge Epilogue: Data

3rd Sector Labs

It’s true – Mashable reported this amazing data milestone in September. It’s all about the data. Discussion and debate.

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4 Ways Nonprofits Can Turn Website Click Data into Actionable Steps

Connection Cafe

Some nonprofits spend a lot of time on content and information architecture when redesigning their website. Web Analytics & Nonprofits.

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. nptech?

Donor Data And Your Nonprofit


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. But, they don’t call it “Big Data” for nothing.

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Can Stories Be Data?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Your numerical data can tell stories , but can stories be data that leads to continuous improvement? Do numbers only matter?

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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? Because data is boring. Certainly fundraising data management isn’t as interesting as writing good copy, telling stories about your nonprofit’s successes, or chasing new potential donors. Right?

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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. What do to?

Spotting the Human Side of Data at DoGoodData Conference

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

“Problems don’t start with data, they start with people.” Data As True North. Plenty (@PlentyCo) May 1, 2015.

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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. The result?

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

3rd Sector Labs

Isn’t all this technology and data helping? Based on informal discussions with webinar attendees, the problem seems clear. Ooops!

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5 Steps To Collecting Better Donor Data


The technical terms “data mining” and “predictive modeling” are really just industry terms words for “gather information” and “educated guessing.”.

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The Data Every Nonprofit Should be Tracking

NonProfit Hub

Data can be a daunting thing. quintillion bytes of data are produced every day. There’s no denying that some of that information could be used by your organization, and you don’t need to be a statistics major to take advantage of it. Here are some things that can help you understand how your organization can use data for good.

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