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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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.

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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World Water Day: The key to sustainability is data

Amy Sample Ward

Through data, of course! FLOW is an on-site technology that broadcasts data instantaneously to the Water for People website/FLOW map providing important information about the operating status of WFP projects. data events maps mobile tracking water world water day

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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. 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.

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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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?

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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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How To Track Your Twitter Engagement

Frogloop

Nonprofits have been able to track gather important data about their audiences interactions with their website via Google Analytics. Facebook pages have also offered some insightful data on audience engagement. Twitter has been a bit late to the party, providing very limited data unless you invested in their ad platform. Here are 3 ways that nonprofits can use the new analytics without giving into the vanity metrics: Don''t obsess over every piece of data.

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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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5 Analytic Tools to Track Your Organization's Metrics

Frogloop

If your organization is struggling to find the right analytic tools to track your website traffic, social media presence, and how your reports, campaigns, or infographics perform across the web, check out this list of 5 helpful analytic tools.

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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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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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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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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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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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Business Intelligence: Using Data to Make Decisions

Connection Cafe

You can track your constituents, record their gifts, keep track of which events they attended, and have insight into the upcoming activities associated with their major gift ask. CRM is a great repository of data, but how you use the data is what really matters.

3 Nonprofit Success Metrics That Your Organization Needs to Be Tracking

NonProfit Hub

People track performances differently. A saleswoman tracks products sold. You might even judge your pledge fulfillment track record. With the right evaluation practices in place, you will be able to catch any issues as they develop and stop them in their tracks.

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The 6 Scariest Monsters Nonprofit Fundraisers Are Facing This Halloween

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

However, constantly shifting algorithms and difficulty accurately tracking engagement can lead organizations to wonder if your content is really breaking through. Siloed Data. This October 31 st , it’s not ghosts and ghouls that most nonprofit fundraisers are worried about.

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Here's 28 Reasons Why Your Nonprofit Should Switch to EveryAction

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

With a dedicated email deliverability expert on staff, EveryAction releases the nonprofit industry's primary data on Nonprofit Email Deliverability each year. #4. Dig deeper by segmenting data by universe, timeframe, or source. Visualize your data like never before.

Say “Yes!” to P2P Registration Data

Connection Cafe

The data presented in this study suggests where some of the micro-yeses are happening, and where something is getting in the way of the yes and leading to registration form abandonment. In the study , Winders advises us to be more aware of our own data.

Finding Data Management Solutions for Arts and Culture Organizations

Everyaction

Arts and culture organizations such as media companies, magazines, public radio stations, museums, theaters, and arts advocates have unique needs when it comes to data management.

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Big Data Means More Than Big Profits

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

This post originally appeared as part of an online debate about How Big Data Can Have a Social Impact, which the Harvard Business Review Blog Network hosted jointly with the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship. Big Data is all the rage in Silicon Valley. From Facebook to Netflix, companies are tracking and analyzing our searches, our purchases, and just about every other online activity that will give them more insight into who we are and what we want.

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