5 New Google Analytics Statistics For Nonprofits


This informs you on who is advocating for your nonprofit on other websites, and can give you good fodder for your social media outlets to think them for their support. Fundraising Tech analytics data donors google analytics nonprofit nonprofit technology npTech

Crowdsourced data is not a substitute for real statistics

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Guest Beneblog by Patrick Ball, Jeff Klingner, and Kristian Lum After the earthquake in Haiti, Ushahidi organized a centralized text messaging system to allow people to inform others about people trapped under damaged buildings and other humanitarian crises. However, we worry that crowdsourced data are not a good data source for doing statistics or finding patterns. statistics Haiti crowdsourcing texting Ushahidi correlation human rights SMS

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Why Data Informed VS Data Driven?

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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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10 Nonprofit Statistics You Have To See


Sometimes, the best thing to do is take a step back, slow down, and look at the data. It is important to be informed when reassessing, to decide what’s important, and not important, in your nonprofit’s hectic daily rhythms. Image courtesy of Harvard.

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

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

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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.”.

Spotting the Human Side of Data at DoGoodData Conference

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“Problems don’t start with data, they start with people.” The DoGoodData community understands that good data practice is a balance of both the human side and the technical skills. Data As True North. ” Data Visualization As Creative Process.

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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.”. Here are 5 simple steps you can take today to start benefiting immediately from collecting better donor data, and more of it.

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The Data Every Nonprofit Should be Tracking

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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. Why You Should Collect Data. The truth is that data can be used for almost anything. Types of Data to Collect.

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6 Tips For Creating Better Charts With Your Nonprofit’s Data


Beth’s blog shares Ann Emry’s tips for creating charts with your nonprofit’s data. Charts can turn plain text into a visually, expressive piece of information, which is great for persuading donors to donate or showing your supporters your organization’s impact.

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Top 10 Spreadsheet Secrets From A Nonprofit Data Nerd

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First I had to “ Stop Fearing the Spreadsheet ” and then started to interview nonprofit data nerds about their Excel secrets. Top 10 Secrets of Excel Data Nerds. My Nonprofit Needs a Data Nerd and How to Find Them! You’ll be a data nerd in no time!

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How Nonprofits Can Leverage Crowdfunding: Best Practices and Data

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The infographic summarizes crowdfunding data points including average gift size and average crowdfunding campaign totals from platforms like Causes, Causevox, FirstGiving, Razoo, and StayClassy. Some statistics from the infographic: $88 is the average donation size.

Help! My Nonprofit Needs A Data Nerd

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We spent a fair amount of time framing and reframing the problem and ended up with a question that focused on data collection. My Nonprofit Needs A Data Nerd! In fact, some participants in the group mentioned using MBA students from local universities to assist with data collection.

Understanding Volunteers and Donors With Analytics

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Letting data dictate your organizational strategy should not be an option…it’s a must. What does it mean to be data-driven ? Being data-driven starts at the culture level. Let’s look at some data. Five Fascinating Statistics About Data-Driven Marketing.

5 Types of Data Your Nonprofit Should Use for Marketing Success

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Still, as more systems come into play and more forms of data become available to marketing professionals, the steady stream of information can feel more like a tidal wave. Check out these five types of data your nonprofit should prioritize to achieve marketing success.

Nonprofit Experts Weigh In: Their Best Data Tips

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We’re bringing you the best nonprofit data tips from the people who advise or work in the nonprofit trenches every day. See what their best tips are to get started or master your data collection and management. Ask a few questions, statistical or open-ended. Make sure you consider issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in your data gathering and interpretation. Those sources of information should not be discounted or looked down on. Donor Data Checklist.

New Resource for Nonprofits: The Data Playbook – Practices for Purpose-Driven Work

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Join me at Markets for Good on December 6 at 1 pm EST for a FREE roundtable discussion about the new Data Playbook. . It has been almost exactly four years since I published Measuring the Networked Nonprofit: Using Data to Change the World , with co-author, Katie Paine.

5 Inventive Ways Donor Data Can Boost Your EOY Fundraising


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.

Nonprofit-Centric Data Sharing Sites


Data sharing has become a critical part of collaboration and will continue to do so as we are able to access and create more data. There are many sites that allow you to upload data, as well as download other data, for free. These are just a handful of nonprofit-focused data sharing sites to get you started: National Center for Charitable Statistics: NCCS provides data, as well as analysis tools and reports, on Nonprofits around the US.

How to Access and Use Big Data in the Nonprofit World

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Marius has more than 20 years of experience in analytics and data warehousing and was previously the co-founder and CEO of Integral Results, a leading business intelligence consulting company that was acquired by Idea Integration. Know What You Want from Your Data. Keep Your Data Clean.

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International Organizations and Social Media: News, Engagement, and Social Data for Policy Change

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I’ve been curating infographics summarizing social media and social network studie s of American and global audiences, but one of the best resources global social media and mobile data is We Are Social. Social Media Data and Public Policy.

Help! My Nonprofit Needs A Data Nerd and How To Find Them!

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Yesterday, KD Paine and I delivered an NTEN Webinar on measurement based on the ideas in our new book ” Measuring the Networked Nonprofit: Using Data to Change the World.” There may be someone in another department who is a data nerd with expert excel skills. Ask around.

Using Data Effectively in Your Grants Strategy Development

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" For many of us, when it comes to incorporating data into our grantseeking strategies, "devilment" might have been right. How Data Can Improve Your Grantseeking. Data is such a buzzword these days that it has become almost meaningless, although according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary , data is "factual information (as measurements or statistics) used as a basis for reasoning, discussion, or calculation."

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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?

Online Benchmark Reveals Key Insights for Nonprofits in 2017

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While fundraising involves a lot of common sense and experience, data should be the points on the map that guide our decisions. Data is more than the annual goal, it’s the incremental statistic that shows us if we’re making progress. Before you pull any data, have a plan.

Data and Analytics Tweet Chat Recap

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Why does data matter to nonprofit organizations and what data matters? These questions and more were answered in a recent Twitter conversation on data and analytics. Determining what data to collect is necessary in order to find the right tool to gather and make sense of it.

More on Using Crowdsourced Data to Find Big Picture Patterns (Take 3)

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You're absolutely right that information quality comes from people and that data's fitness for a particular purpose is very contextual. To continue in this direction, let’s look at how people use this information. The people who are in most need of information about humanitarian disasters are the organized responders. They are especially in need of big picture information that will help guide their response to do the most good with the resources employed.

5 Research-Backed Lessons on Major Gifts Fundraising

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Last month, the Blackbaud Institute released a report entitled “ Share of the American Wallet ,” which uses the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Expenditure Survey data to explore how demographic attributes and discretionary spending patterns relate to philanthropy.

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Case Study: The Neverending Data Story


Quantitative and qualitative data are often positioned as opposing or complementary means of documenting impact. In other words, data can tell a continuous story that is meaningful, dynamic, and actionable. Data data visualization GIS mapping maps nptech nten storytelling IT Staff

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Report Back from the Do Good Data Conference 2015


Jessica Holliday, NTEN’s Operations Director, learned a lot at the Do Good Data Conference in Chicago last week and chose to share some highlights with us. Be Generous with Data—Water for People Ned Breslin from Water for People preached to the choir of the importance of using data to drive successful programs. He inspired audible gasps when he quoted a shocking statistic from the Bridgespan Group—only 6% of nonprofits use their data to drive improvements in their work.

New on SSIR: Data for Promotion, Engagement, and Reporting

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I’m focused on data. This year will, I hope, be the year of data. I see more organizations looking for ways to be data-driven in decision making, communications, campaigning, and marketing, and I see a growing interest in and understanding of the value in sharing data.

Nonprofit Marketing Research Made Simple, No Matter Your Budget

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It’s tempting to make assumptions about your organization’s constituent, customer, donor, or client base, especially in the absence of accurate information. Go online to find trade association reports, government data, academic research, and databases such as CPANDA.

Why is the Cloud Right for Your Nonprofit?

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Your Data is Safe in the Cloud. TechSoup’s recent survey found that 45% of respondents cited data security as a major concern about switching to the cloud. Did you know that recent data shows that roughly half of all data attacks target nonprofit organizations?

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The Analytics Forecast:  Cloudy Days Ahead!

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Data Health. Usage Statistics. Data Health. The accuracy, completeness and reliability of your data is critical to delivering your mission. Usage Statistics. Here’s another vision type we’re working on that takes advantage of analytics data.

How to forecast fundraising risk before your walkathon stalls

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Can the risk to your next fundraising effort be forecast in advance through some basic data algorithms? A little mining and analysis will reveal if your data is complete on your most loyal donors. Segment your donors by data completeness. That’s in the data too.

Benetech’s Daniel Guzmán Publishes Account of Landmark Guatemalan Human Rights Case

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Guzmán’s article, entitled Speaking Stats to Justice: Expert Testimony in a Guatemalan Human Rights Trial Based on Statistical Sampling , appears in the most recent issue of CHANCE, a quarterly journal published by the American Statistical Association. The story illustrates the crucial role that scientists can play in analyzing large collections of human rights data and presenting findings that can help hold perpetrators accountable for terrible crimes.

Data Digest: Open Data for Africa Platform, Silent Data Revolution in MENA and Data Strategies

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Data Digest is a weekly round-up of the latest news on data-related projects in the nonprofit sector, compiled and authored by Keisha Taylor of GuideStar International and TechSoup Global. Open Data. Is Open Data Just A Flash in the Pan Movement? Big Data.

Top Reasons to Opt for Data Driven Decisions in Managing Your Nonprofit

Connection Cafe

So, to keep in mind all these factors and actually make right decisions, we had to search beyond our instincts and start gathering data to know where we are heading. We are talking about hard, practical information about audiences, employees and all stakeholders, which summed up can be a reliable weapon when you commence the struggle to win over your potential donors and raise money for your dream cause. So why should you trust your decision making process to rely on data?

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Perspectives from the Charitable Giving Report: National World War II Museum

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At The National World War II Museum in New Orleans, fundraising is all about data and their data is all about their donors. While the Museum has always been data driven, in 2015 they took it to another level. As always, the Museum went to the data.

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Wikileaks War Data Reveal Underreporting of Iraqi Civilian Casualties

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The unofficial Iraq Body Count (IBC) , which tracks civilian casualties in Iraq based on press reports and administrative records, has initiated a comparison of their own data to the deaths documented in the SIGACTS data. In a commendable effort, they are recoding the SIGACTS data to correct coding errors and in order to match it with their own database. This new evidence is consistent with the hypothesis that IBC’s press data underreport small events in Iraq.

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