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.

Tracking Data for Small Colleges

Connection Cafe

Tracking important data is one of those key functions that all nonprofits should be doing at some level. What is the realistic time that I or we can spend on tracking with all our other duties? Are we simply tracking it because we have always tracked it?

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The Data Every Nonprofit Should be Tracking - Nonprofit Hub

AFP Blog

The Data Every Nonprofit Should be Tracking - Nonprofit Hub : "Data can be a daunting thing. quintillion bytes of data are produced every day. Here are some things that can help you understand how your organization can use data for good. Why You Should Collect Data You may be skeptical of the benefits of collecting data, or think that it doesn’t translate well to your organization. The truth is that data can be used for almost anything.

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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. Here are some things that can help you understand how your organization can use data for good. Why You Should Collect Data. You may be skeptical of the benefits of collecting data, or think that it doesn’t translate well to your organization. The truth is that data can be used for almost anything. Types of Data to Collect. Where to Collect Data.

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Even More Benefits to Tracking Outcomes

Connection Cafe

And our resident outcomes expert Michelle DiSabato has helped us understand the benefits of outcomes measurement, tracking and reporting and the role outcomes play in driving collaboration between funders and grantees.

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15 Fundraising Success Metrics to Start Tracking

Donor Search

They’re called fundraising success metrics here, but they are also… Conducting Prospect Research Data and Statistics Education UncategorizedThis post was written by Bill Tedesco, CEO of DonorSearch. Measuring your performance is a crucial step that nonprofits must take to succeed.

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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. On your run this morning, did you turn on an app to track progress towards your goals?

Tracking Volunteer Data

Idealware

"Times New Roman","serif";mso-fareast-font-family:Arial;color:black">Volunteer-based organizations have to keep track of a lot of data—for example, contact info, schedules, time sheets and job sites—and the right software can help, freeing time for managing volunteers. PublishDate: June 2011.

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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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Four Untrue Myths of Association Innovation that Stop Us in Our Tracks

SocialFish

They should not be stopping us in our tracks. Any one of these myths can stop an association in its tracks or at least slow down the process to becoming a more innovative association. Culture That Works Industry Insider Nimble Nonprofit Useful Data

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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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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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How to Prepare Your Back Office for Successful Grant Tracking

Connection Cafe

Once the data is collected the granted organization can provide effective details to generate invoicing to the grantor for cost reimbursement. This is a guest post from Carey Carleson. Carey is a Principal Consultant for Blackbaud’s nonprofit accounting systems.

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3 Social Media Metrics Every Non-profit Should Track

NetWits

So what type of metrics are non-profits tracking to determine if they are achieving their objectives? One metric I track on our Blog is RSS or eMail subscribers. When I look at the data it’s obvious that, in general, non-profits are not focused on the right things.

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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. Every organization is different and just because one organization tracks 25 different items or variables doesn’t mean you need to do the same.

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The DATA Act in the Age of Transparency

Connection Cafe

In 2017, the nation’s first open data law, the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (DATA Act) moved from a pilot phase to full implementation. federal government spending data. Enter the concept of data standardization to a machine-readable format!

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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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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.

What If Your Fitbit Could Also Track Your Environmental Footprint?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Yesterday, I participated in two seemingly unrelated events that generated that question. Fitbit and fitness/health apps offer many benefits — they help us become more aware of our healthy habits by measuring and producing data.

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Why Successful Nonprofits Track Employee Time

Tech Soup Blog

That's where time tracking comes into play. Rather than simply tracking time for compliance or "because someone told you to," successful nonprofits take advantage of the incredible data created by tracking employee time. Need a Time Tracking Solution?

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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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4 Strategies To Utilize Your “Big Data”

TechImpact

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. Many people view big data as the key to unlock marketing potential and grant thorough insight into the minds and habit of constituents.

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Online Fundraising: The Importance Of Clean Data

TechImpact

For online fundraisers, using good data to plan, manage, and execute fundraising efforts can be critical. Databases are used to track supporters and their fundraising activity, but if those databases are not managed correctly, it can damage your organization’s overall efforts.

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Identify, Track, and Analyze Gifts with New Grants Management on EveryAction

EveryAction

Organizations need a structured and effective way of following their grants throughout the grant's lifecycle so they can easily manage this very important revenue stream and track these funds in the same place as major gifts and other sources of revenue. Too often, nonprofit development professionals struggle to manage these processes on clunky, difficult to use software that scatters data across multiple places, spreadsheets or platforms.

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Better Data, Better Donors

Everyaction

Working in major gifts means tracking relationships, points of contact, and data with multiple high-level donors. It’s a lot to keep track off and while it’s easy to get bogged down in the day to day details, major gifts is all about the long game. While building a long lasting relationship with your major donors is the hallmark of any good major gifts team, those relationships can fall flat without solid data behind them to keep you organized and to inform your strategy.

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Help Design the Greater Good Track at 2012 SXSW Interactive

Amy Sample Ward

You can vote on all the sessions you find interesting, but I hope you’ll pay particular interest to the 160+ submitted to the “Great Good/Nonprofit&# track! Also, please be assured that we will NOT use your account data for mailing lists and we will not give this data to any third party vendors.&#. When it isn’t “conference season&# , it’s “session submission season&# !

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. Every organization is different and just because one organization tracks 25 different items or variables doesn’t mean you need to do the same.

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Dipping Your Toes into Metrics Tracking

NTEN

If your organization is not tracking activity on its website or social media pages regularly, getting started can feel like an overwhelming task. Here are some beginning steps to getting your toe in the water with basic metrics tracking (along with some resources to help along the way). Data Leadership metrics tracking nptech ntenJess Main. Operations Manager. National Center for Media Engagement.

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The Happy Healthy Data Nerd: Using Your Personal Health Data to Support Your Wellbeing

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I just published this piece guest blog post over at MarketsforGood about how nonprofit data nerds can use data to set some new goals for 2017 to become healthier – Enjoy. The passion that many nonprofit data nerds feel for our work is a double-edged sword.

Did Blackbaud finally fix conversion tracking?

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

For those of you who don’t know, Blackbaud Sphere was historically bad at conversion tracking using Google Analytics. Even worse, the whole funnel was impossible to track because the URLs didn’t sufficiently change with each change of state in the transaction. I talked to Blackbaud about this around January of 2011 and the solution they suggested (deleting the generic tracking code in a Walk template) didn’t fix the problem.

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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. Every organization is different and just because one organization tracks 25 different items or variables doesn’t mean you need to do the same.

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Is Your Organization Prepared to Dodge Donor Data Disasters?

Connection Cafe

You also most likely have some experience with accepting and tracking financial gifts from donors to a charitable organization. No doubt you have seen some good, and probably bad, ways of tracking historical giving transactions. Tracking donations down to the designation helps two-fold.

How to Stop Donor Attrition and Track Relevance

NonProfit Hub

help a nonprofit track its fundraising and justify its time and effort? Number of new donors retained into the second year : If you ask and answer the question as to why so many donors leave the first year and what your organization is doing to lose them and hold them, you’ll be on a true track to growth. Multiple Year Retention Rate : Same as above, but by tracking these year-by-year you can spot trends, problems and opportunities.

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Donor Tracking vs. Business Intelligence

Robert Weiner

It discusses what Laura Quinn calls the "movement from merely tracking data to an emphasis on using it strategically to make business decisions." I've heard countless organizations describe their donor databases as "roach motels" or "data vaults" -- the data goes in but it doesn't come out. What's new is that the tools for analyzing and visualizing data are becoming easier to use, less expensive, and are built into more and more donor databases.

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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. Please feel free to check out these individual services on our website at Data Enrichment Services for more details.

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Microsoft Fails to get ISO fast-track for OOXML

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Microsoft Fails to get ISO fast-track for OOXML September 7, 2007 For those of you that pay attention to open standards, this is old(ish) news. Earlier this week, ISO, the International Organization for Standardization, rejected Microsoft’s bid to fast-track OOXML ( Office Open XML ) to standard status.

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

Connection Cafe

I led the panel, “Measuring What Matters: How Funders and Nonprofits are Leveraging Data” and was joined by Adrian Bordone, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships at GuideStar, and Peter York CEO and Chief Innovator at Algorythm. Access to Data.

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Data Sanity for Nonprofits: Three Crucial Points

Idealware

As you’ll see in this post, they tackle three big challenges nonprofits face as they turn their attention to data. And for anyone looking to get smarter about data, check out our upcoming course: Using Data to Transform Your Organization. What the Data Tells Us.

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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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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. The PCOA® process takes data gathered from those types of organizations and applies it back to the house file, allowing organizations to keep those donor records current.

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