5 Foundation Trends for 2019: Conquering the Unknown with the Help of Data

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With the massive level of generosity and funding that we saw this year and in 2017, is it possible that the trend will continue in 2019? Here are the five trends I see having the most impact on foundations in this coming year, starting with these new potential partners: Partnerships and Data.

6 Trends Shaping Corporate Engagement Today

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We started talking about how the field of corporate engagement has changed , and what trends are shaping the future of corporate social engagement. Data philanthropy stands to be the most transformational advancement in solving social problems.

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6 Trends That Will Impact the Social Good Sector in 2017

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Here are the top 6 trends that will impact the social good sector in 2017: 1. Democratization of Data: We’ll see the continued convergence of data, insights, and analytics to drive improved decision making in nonprofits.

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2014 Mid-Year Fundraising Trends

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Using data from The Blackbaud Index , we are able to provide the first insights into fundraising trends for the first six months of 2014 compared to 2013. The Blackbaud Charitable Giving Report provides insights into fundraising trends on an annual basis. Overall Giving Trends.

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5 Foundation Trends That Will Continue in 2018

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Foundations are now utilizing their data to help guide their strategy, increase their impact and continually measure their success and the success of their programs. Data and Analytics. We are continuing to see the need for data at all levels of the social good sector.

Embracing the Point of Impact Together: Outcomes Measurement Tips for Funders and Nonprofits

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One of the most exciting parts of 2017 for me so far has been to see how many nonprofit organizations and foundations are becoming more and more passionate about outcomes measurement. I see firsthand each day that this trend is seriously catching on.

#kantersea: Data, Transparency, and Measurement In Seattle

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The day ended with a curated conversation on “ Data, Transparency, and Impact ” facilitated by the amazing Erica Mills and with Jane Meseck (Microsoft), Paul Shoemaker (Social Venture Partners) and Eric Stowe (Splash). “Is measuring data about proving it or improving it?”

Data Digest: Maps, Trends, and a Social Progress Index

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Data Digest: Maps, Trends, and a Social Progress Index : 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. This week, the call for data measurement in the social sector heightens with the proposition of a Social Progress Index and ways that NGOs can use data maps to increase effectiveness.

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Big Data and Big Benefits for YOU!

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“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.

How Data Intelligence is Accelerating Innovation for Social Good

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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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2011 Online Giving Trends and 5 Tactics Your Nonprofit Must Implement Today


We recently released the most comprehensive analysis of online giving trends in the nonprofit sector. Here’s a few of the highlights … Key 2011 Online Giving Trends Include. Your Turn … How does your nonprofit measure up?

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Top tips for Efficiently Measuring Social Media ROI & Getting Strategic with Your Data

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Measuring the return on investment for any organizational effort is a standard of doing business. And analyzing this data for meaningful takeaways is something many organizations haven’t even considered at this point. Rather than trying to measure everything, start small.

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Getting Advancement into Gear: A Conversation on Higher Education Charitable Giving Trends

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I recently had the privilege of hosting a panel discussion with Sue Cunningham, President of Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and James Wiley, Principal Analyst for Technology at Eduventures, about 2017 charitable giving performance and trends for higher education.

How can nonprofits and funders create mutually agreeable performance measures?

ASU Lodestar Center

Performance measurement (PM) informs strategic decisions. It provides critical data for nonprofit leaders, board members and funders to understand the effectiveness of organizations in serving their missions. Use participatory processes to define metrics and methods of data collection.

Non-Technology Trends for the CIO, 2014 Edition

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Now is the time of year when blog editors worldwide ask their writers for predictions and trends for the coming year. So, I wanted to focus on the market trends and influences that will inform how nonprofits implement and leverage this technology. Who owns the data?

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Peer to Peer Fundraising: How Do You Measure Up?

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Blackbaud’s 2013 Peer to Peer Fundraising Benchmark report provides information that you can use to not only measure your success but to learn about trends and best practices in event fundraising.

Analytics: It’s About More Than Just the Data

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As organizations look for more efficient ways to make, keep and grow relationships, bring in more money, measure outcomes and demonstrate impact, analytics become a key enabler. Do we have good data to analyze? It’s not just about the data.

How to Measure CRM ROI for Your Nonprofit


But how will you even know your CRM initiative is failing if you aren’t measuring its return on investment (ROI)? Measuring ROI is a little more black and white for commercial businesses. Elsewhere on the internet, you can find generic calculators for measuring ROI after implementation.

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Data Digest — Maps, Trends, and a Social Progress Index

Tech Soup Blog

Data Digest is a weekly round-up of the latest news on data-related. This week, the call for data measurement in the social sector heightens with the proposition of a Social Progress Index and ways that NGOs can use data maps to increase effectiveness. Data Maps.

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What is the Funder’s Role in Supporting Good Measurement?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Meet Bib Filbon and Jeff Bladt who have the job title, “Data Scientist,” and are on staff at DoSomething.Org. They work in partnership with DoSomething’s program staff to collect, analyze, and make sense of data to improve impact of DoSomething’s programs.

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grist.org: Measuring Along the Ladder of Engagement

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of hearing Chip Giller from grist.org give a talk at the Packard Foundation about their social media strategy and how they used measurement. The talk was so insightful that I’m sharing what I learned. What do you measure? Measurement

Social Media Data and Trends You Need to Know


It can be challenging to keep up with the all the new and interesting social media data, research, and trends coming out every week. Razoo, a popular online social fundraising platform did a study measuring donation habits of Apple, PC, and Android users. Social Networking Technology Trends Web 2.0Not to worry, Frogloop has got you covered. Check out the some of our social media picks this week that we think your organization needs to know about.

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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.

Giving Trends in Mexico: Millennials and Gen Z Drive Rise in Online Giving

Nonprofit Tech for Good

An Interview with Fanny Villiers , Directora General of Donadora – an official partner of the Global Trends in Giving Report ( en español ). Does this data match what you see on the ground in Mexico? Giving Trends in Mexico: 2018 Global Trends in Giving Report. ?

The ABCs of Social Media ROI & Measurements

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Earlier this summer I posted on top tips for measuring ROI and getting strategic with data , touching on the idea and importance of actionable data, or rather, data that helps draw meaningful conclusions and future actions to optimize programs. At the Social Summit, I wanted to take this concept further and share memorable, easy suggestions for measuring ROI that were actionable and scalable for any organization – things as easy to remember as your ABCs.

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Liberating Nonprofit Data for Greater Impact

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Note from Beth: In a report entitled Information for Impact: Liberating Nonprofit Sector Data, authors Beth Novek and Daniel Goroff address the challenges of obtaining better, more usable data on the nonprofit sector to match the field’s growing importance.

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Web Metrics: How Do You Measure Up?


To help with this, Convio has released their Online Nonprofit Benchmark Study , which shares 2009 data from over 500 of their clients. Their report will include data from organizations that use tools besides Convio. Tags: Influence Performance Measurement Tips & Trends

12 Key Digital Engagement Trends from the 2018 M+R Benchmarks Report


The annual M+R Benchmarks Report has arrived again, shining a light on trends that are shaping nonprofits’ digital programs. With data from 154 nonprofit participants, we are once again treated to invaluable insights on numerous facets of digital engagement, covering websites, email messaging, online engagement, social media posts, and digital ads.

Spreadsheet Aerobics: Actionable Measurement for Social Media

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I have been thinking a lot about actionable social media measurement strategies that are fit and trim and light on their feet! Inspired by the Measure Everything: Is Your Nonprofit Facebook Page Worth It? , I thought I'd share how I look at my Facebook page data.

Your Data Simplified: Idealware's Data Don'ts for Nonprofits

Tech Soup Blog

At TechSoup, I've noticed we're talking more and more about the importance of data for nonprofits. We're reflecting a larger trend in business, government, and IT to pay more attention to the plumes of information our websites, databases, PCs, and mobile devices are generating.

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How Data Intelligence Is Accelerating Innovation for Social Good

Tech Soup Blog

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. With data, analytics, and intelligence in mind, the following capabilities emerge as candidates to have a great positive impact.

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How Can Nonprofits Switch to a Data-Driven Culture?

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I’ve been reflecting on why some nonprofits do a better job of measurement and learning, while others do not. The nonprofits that embrace measurement have a data-driven culture. That is they make decisions based on meaningful data, rather than solely by gut.

What Funders Want: Outcomes 101 for the Frontline Fundraiser

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Tracking and measuring outcomes is no longer a nice to have or a buzzword, it is now imperative for fundraisers to embrace and communicate their organizations’ outcomes and results in order to stand out when competing for dollars and resources. What’s Next for Outcomes Measurement?

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

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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. There are tons of data hidden in the inner resources of your organization and you can collect them from all the people involved in your nonprofit. So why should you trust your decision making process to rely on data? 1. You can get measurable results. By: Laura Iancu, 123ContactForm.

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Learning Analytics: Big Data Applied to Training, Teaching, and Learning

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

To create the report, an international body of experts in education, technology, and other fields convene on a wiki to review research, practice, and significant trends. It also has benefits to students themselves who can use the data to customize their participation in the class.

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A Few Good Tools for Measuring and Monitoring Social Media


You want to monitor your efforts and measure your results. Measuring them means counting, calculating and quantifying those activities into useful metrics that will inform your actions. It all depends on what you want to track and measure. Gathering Data. The process of gathering data, as well as what data you gather, differs for each channel. Twitter is similar—engagement is a more accurate measure of your influence than follower count.

3 Reasons to Love Outcomes Measurement

Tech Soup Blog

" It means investing with purpose to achieve specific, measurable outcomes and impact. In the impact investing model, when we give to a cause, we should see specific and measurable returns in the form of social change.

How Does Your Nonprofit Use Data To Improve Results?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

NTEN is also doing this flash poll to learn how nonprofits make sense of their own data. I’d love to see a survey of nonprofit measurement practice that quantifies this. It is a look at measurement and learning practices when social media is in the mix. Measurement

5 Facts About Online Average Gift Size

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It made for interesting tweets and blog post headlines about online giving trends, but it wasn’t very useful. There are some interesting and insightful trends when you really dig into the data. For many years now this trend has held up when analyzing online giving.

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The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

The purpose of the Annual Nonprofit Governance Symposium is to highlight current best practices, lessons learned from the field, and trends in effective nonprofit and philanthropic board leadership, as well as board recruitment and retention. It's finally here!

Nonprofit Web Design Process Part 2a: Analytics Data as User Research

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This post is about how we incorporate Google Analytics data into our Design Process. To establish benchmarks for measuring success of our design efforts. Once we get access to a client’s Google Analytics data, we first establish a timeframe for reporting.

Interview with a CRM Expert: Business Intelligence

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Many people think of BI as a technical discipline focused on data consolidation, visualization, dashboards and managerial reporting. Jay: Organizations can use existing data to uncover additional value, although it usually takes some dedicated staff to identify and act on these insights.

Measuring Organizational Influence In Social Media


Examining blog data, we analyze which messages are most effective with specific audiences and which of those are going viral. The size of the dot is the number of other blogs that link to it, a crucial measure of its prominence. Measuring Impact.