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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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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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.

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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.

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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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Using Nonprofit Data to Find Your Next Major Donor

Connection Cafe

These insights can be surfaced and used to help your nonprofit make better decisions. The key is moving from simply collecting data to actually leveraging your nonprofit’s data in the right ways. What do first-time $1,000 donors have in common in our data?

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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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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 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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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. Prescriptive analytics can transform the way nonprofits work.

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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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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More fundraising software = more data headaches

3rd Sector Labs

Nowhere is this more true than in the nonprofit sector. 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.

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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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Stop the Daisy Chain of Bad Data Management

3rd Sector Labs

The root cause of bad data management for any organization – for-profit, nonprofit or government – can usually be found in the data management paradigm itself. But they always check our data for leads. building a central data repository.

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4 Ways Data and Analytics Can Help Nonprofits Achieve Positive ROI

Connection Cafe

As I prepared and wrote this paper, several thoughts occurred to me about the importance of measuring ROI for nonprofit analytics projects that I thought I would highlight for you in this post. Here are 4 key ways data and analytics can help your organization achieve positive ROI: 1.

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?

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.

Why Higher Education Institutions Need to Leverage Data and Analytics

Connection Cafe

Using analytical, data-driven insights enables you to reinvent the way your institution operates. Data analytics and business intelligence tools are no longer nice to have, they’re a prerequisite for success. Data Analytics is Important for Admissions.

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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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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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. But your organization only knows data.

Your Nonprofit’s New Data Management Process

TechImpact

These “4 A’s” just might be your nonprofit’s new way of planning your data management. Data management can be a tedious, difficult process. The first step to executing a successful data management plan is to accumulate data through a CRM.

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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Data and the Human Touch

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

This reality changed when both Kevin and Sophia learned about the accessible online library Bookshare , an initiative of Silicon Valley technology nonprofit Benetech. These stories about the needs in our communities are data points of real, positive change. Data is now a core resource.

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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). – TSL data expert. #2.

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Optimize Your Nonprofit Fundraising Team with Human Data

Connection Cafe

At this year’s bbcon, the Blackbaud Institute was thrilled to welcome Tim Kachuriak to give a presentation on what he knows best: how to optimize your team with data. Kachuriak and the NextAfter team conducted a survey among 500 nonprofit executives, consultants, managers, and practitioners.

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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.

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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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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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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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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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. update and enrich data?

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3 Data Year End Data Questions Your Nonprofit Should Be Asking

TechImpact

Data, data, data. Is there a word more often uttered in the nonprofit technology sector today? 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 […]. Tech data database donations nonprofit nonprofit technology npTech

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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.

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

3rd Sector Labs

We have been asking nonprofits a very important fundraising question, and getting some surprising results. 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? Are you a data hoarder?

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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.

Summer Cleaning: A Data Hygiene Checklist Any Nonprofit Can Reference!

Connection Cafe

For many nonprofits, in particular schools, colleges, and universities, summer is a great time to do the all important “summer cleaning” that no one has time to do in the spring. With many nonprofits, the end of the fiscal year is either the end of May, or more likely the end of June. Please feel free to check out these individual services on our website at Data Enrichment Services for more details. The first step we recommend is doing a free Data Health Check.

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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. Time is a factor + it’s holding nonprofits back.

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Getting Serious About Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Data with Predictive Analytics

Connection Cafe

If you’re like most peer-to-peer fundraising (P2P) staff, you’re drowning in data. We’re very serious about our data in P2P! Ironically if we consider the use of MORE data – just different data than we’re used to – we can bring our focus back to our constituents.

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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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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