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. Outcomes Measurement Tips for Funders. Outcomes Measurement Tips for Nonprofits.

4 Characteristics of High Impact Philanthropy

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High impact philanthropy. High impact may mean more reach and scale with your giving, having a more lasting and sustainable effect on your mission, preventing something from happening altogether, etc. So how do you prepare yourself and organization for higher impact philanthropy?

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Measuring the Impact of Your Nonprofit Program

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A few months ago, I facilitated a mini-innovation lab on measuring impact for grantees of the Google Nonprofit program at the Impact Hub. The group included a mix of Google grantees as well as measurement professionals.

Demystifying Outcomes Measurement: A Glossary for Funders 

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Over the past several years, I’ve met with countless people at a wide variety of organizations to connect on outcomes measurement , and I tend to hear similar questions and qualms about this still-new area. “ Vision is inherently focused on impact. Measurement vs. Evaluation.

How Do You Measure Nonprofit Impact

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million nonprofits. What’s so hard about measuring nonprofit impact? Can you really use the same criteria to measure the effectiveness of a rural food bank that works locally and an internationally renowned art museum located in a major metropolitan area?

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

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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.

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How to Define, Measure and Communicate Your Impact

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It’s hard to ramp up the good work you do if you don’t know how to concretely define, measure and communicate your impact to supporters. It’s important to learn how to share your efforts with the world, and even more important that you know just how big of an impact you’re making on the issue you’re trying to solve. Defining impact. Impact,” by definition, is the action of one object coming forcibly into contact with another. Measuring impact.

Book Review: Measuring the Networked Nonprofit

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I recently got my copy of Measuring the Networked Nonprofit by Beth Kanter and Katie Delahaye Paine. In the foreward, Beth and Katie say that “measurement is the secret sauce; we provide the recipe.” bookreview resources beth kanter book review measurement netnon

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3 Reasons You’re About to Love Outcomes Measurement

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As a corporate funder turned consultant, I’ve spent the last decade helping funders make the shift from philanthropy to social, or impact investing. What is impact investing? Impact investing means more than simply “doing good.” How will you tell your impact story?

Having Greater Impact Through Community and Collaboration

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Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all speak the same giving, measurement and outcomes language? The reality is, there doesn’t seem to be agreement across the sector on definitions and measurement— we aren’t really speaking the same language.

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Journeying Toward Outcomes and Measuring Results

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My face reddened as the realization sunk in that he wanted to know the impact of our program , not a bunch of surface metrics. So off I went to build the real impact story of our grantmaking efforts. What did I learn about outcomes and measuring results in those early days?

Is Your Impact Strategy About the Journey or the Destination?

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It’s no secret that we’re at a point of impact in the giving sector where actions aren’t enough—it’s about achieving measurable outcomes that demonstrate how your giving activities have improved the situation for your intended population.

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5 Steps To Simple Nonprofit Performance Measurement


Big data and robust analytic measuring tools have enabled this revolution to go from a pipe dream to reality in only a few short years. Everyone wants to compare the success of their organization to a measurable analytic. Start measuring, and reporting. Keep measuring.

3 Big Ways Artificial Intelligence Impacts Nonprofits

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According to the Brookings Institute , nonprofit organizations are showing a surging interest in tapping into the capabilities of not only artificial intelligence (AI), but also machine learning (ML) and data analytics. If it can be measured, can it be managed?

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All Facets of the Impact Investing Field at SOCAP16

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At the forefront of strategies is impact investing. From the plenary speech alone, it was clear how much the impact investing field has evolved. But, impact investing means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. The Path to Effective Impact Investing.

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Measuring Impact: Feature Article from the Latest Issue of NTEN:Change

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Read the complete article, "From Outcomes to Impact," by subscribing to the journal for free! ]. By Julie Macalik, with Greenlights for Nonprofit Success. The first step in starting to measure your impact is to identify the major outcomes that you want to examine.

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Can You Measure the Impact of Capacity Building for Nonprofits?

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But, like anything else, to improve results, you need to measure it. My colleague, Teresa Crawford, Executive Director. Do these services truly lead to a “ Capacity Dividend ” – accelerating nonprofits’ ability to pursue their purpose?

Infographic: How To Measure Social Media ROI


In a recent blog post by Buffer , they claim it is difficult to, or nearly impossible, measure ROI on social media marketing. The mere presence of highly measurable statistics would refute Buffer’s point.

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How Can My Nonprofit Get Started with Measurable Advocacy?

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How can advocacy make a measurable difference for your organization? Additionally, there is often a demand on advocacy’s return on investment (ROI) by nonprofit boards, donors, and CEOs. Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits.

Can Data Bring Foundations and Nonprofits Closer?

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In fact, when I was conducting research for my book Data Driven Nonprofits , I spoke with data champions in a wide variety of organizations across numerous focus areas. This helps provide a platform for foundations and nonprofits to partner more closely on achieving intended outcomes together.

How Small Organizations Can Use Affordable ICT-tools to Measure Impact | NTEN

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How Small Organizations Can Use Affordable ICT-tools to Measure Impact | NTEN : "What if nonprofits and social enterprises had an affordable way to report real-time, large-scale data on their social impact? This question inspired Kopernik to create the "impact tracker technologies’" catalog in online and print forms. Organizations are under pressure to measure their performance and results.

Measuring Nonprofit Performance at Scale

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Note from Beth: I am honored to be a member of Leap Ambassadors Community , a private community of nonprofit thought leaders and practitioners. GuideStar Platinum: Measuring Nonprofit Performance at Scale by Jacob Harold. But we in the nonprofit sector must try.

Announcing Measuring the Networked Nonprofit Book

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Keo Savon, the young Cambodian woman supported by Measuring Networked Nonprofit book royalties. I could not have written this book alone, especially as a reformed measurement phobic. Buy a Copy of the Measuring the Networked Nonprofit.

Measuring World Hunger Day

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Note from Beth: My take away from this guest post is the advice that my co-author, KD Paine, has been saying for years. ”Don’t measure the world, if you don’t have the time and resources to do so.” Measuring World Hunger Day – a guest post by Geoff Livingston.

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Can You Measure Love?

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My way of being generous is to share and facilitate sharing of knowledge about nonprofits effective use of social media and networks. Later today, I’ll be doing a webinar hosted by Hubspot called “ I love Measurement.” Tom Gilb , an engineer and measurement guru.

Resources for Measuring What Matters

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I’ve been curating resources on nonprofit measurement over on Scoop.It, with eye towards collecting useful material related to social media and social impact measurement. Each comes at the topic of measurement from a different angle. Measurement

U.N. SDGs: Choosing the Right Goals for Your Organization

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In 2015 all the United Nations member states adopted the impact measurement framework which consists of 17 broad goals, 169 targets and, currently, 232 indicators. Choosing the SDGs that best fit your philanthropic giving organization or nonprofit is a three-part process: 1.

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Building Impact Fundraising Capacity

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The following article originally appeared in The NonProfit Times Live from bbcon newsletter. Speaking during bbcon 2013, Blackbaud’s Conference for Nonprofits in National Harbor, Md., Measurement is essential to understand your impact.

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January 2014Nonprofit Blog Carnival: Measurement and Learning

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I’m delighted to be hosting the January, 2014 Nonprofit Blog Carnival. I put the call out for nonprofit blog posts on the topic of measuring your nonprofit’s marketing or communication strategies. Blog Posts About Various Steps of the Measurement Process.

Measurement Wisdom for Nonprofits from Bill Gates

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“In the past year I have been struck again and again by how important measurement is to improving the human condition. You can achieve amazing progress if you set a clear goal and find a measure that will drive progress toward that goal—in a feedback loop.

What Gets Measured Gets Better

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Note from Beth: As part of my work this year as Visiting Scholar at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, I’m running several peer learning groups based on the ideas in “ Measuring the Networked Nonprofit ” and Crawl, Walk, Run, Fly Maturity of Practice model.

How to Measure CRM ROI for Your Nonprofit


Customer relationship management (CRM) software is one of the most critical IT investments a nonprofit organization can make. After the initial purchase, nonprofits face the challenges of implementation, training, adoption, and maintenance. What is nonprofit ROI?

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4 Steps to Implementing Your Social Change Strategy: A Case Study with SEFCU

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Since 2008, SEFCU’s Community Support Program has helped more than seven million people within its branch footprint – which includes upstate New York’s Capital Region, Binghamton, Syracuse and Buffalo areas – through funding vital nonprofit organizations.

Return on Mission: A Framework to Measure Success at Philanthropic Organizations

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As a nonprofit organization, which factor do you believe best showcases the success of your mission? Programmatic statistics related to mission impact. As with many multiple-choice tests, there is only one answer here that makes sense: programmatic statistics related to mission impact.

Can you hear me now? Inspired Impact!

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Call it outcomes, call it impact, call it whatever you like… But does anyone hear you? Grantmakers are big on understanding the outcomes of our programs so nonprofits find ways to tell them. We are the nonprofit experts. Principle 1 : Plan for impact.

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Infographic: Measuring the Impact of Social Media


Ever since social media was deemed the coolest communications channel on the block, nonprofits are continuing to question what kind of impact social media has on their bottom line. Wildfire , a social marketing platform surveyed a variety of marketers and found that marketers believe social media is valuable to increase brand awareness and dialogue but will soon begin to measure ROI from a more traditional perspective – attributable sales and costs.

Measure the Impact, Not the Influence

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Someone asked Tara a question about measuring Whuffie or influence. Her response: This is one of the biggest reasons I don’t like to measure Whuffie. The measure needs to be in the impact. Learning Loops from the Networked Nonprofit.

How to Build Great Organizations for Greater Societal Impact

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The Leap Ambassadors Community is a group of nonprofit leaders who are passionate about “inspiring, motivating and supporting nonprofit and public sector leaders (and their stakeholders) to build great organizations for great societal impact.”.

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Social Media with M+R: How to Measure the Metrics that Matter


Through her work with clients like the Wildlife Conservation Society and her love of (math) problem solving, Amy has picked up a lot of wisdom + I wanted to better understand her process for approaching a social media campaign and measuring its efficacy. It's not enough to measure "likes" for every post and assume the ones with more had the most impact. Measuring beyond "likes".

Book Review: Engine of Impact – Essentials of Strategic Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector

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Last week I attended the launch of the book, Engine of Impact: Essentials of Strategic Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector by William F. The authors identify seven leadership best practices of high performance based on their extensive experience in the nonprofit and philanthropy sector.

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Econ 201: Macro Influences Impacting Micro Fundraising

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Tax policy, and its impact on charitable deductions. Interest rates, and their impact on saving vs. spending. Unemployment rates, and their impact on donor numbers. Population growth, and its impact on the pool of potential donors. The Index serves as a good proxy for measuring the growth and decline of personal wealth, and can thereby be a key indicator for how much financial support wealthy donors are able to give to charities.

5 Nonprofit Resolutions for 2018

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Embrace outcomes measurement. Donors have said time and again that seeing the impact of their gifts is important. This will make it even more important for your organization to be able to showcase measurable impact and goals to stand out from the crowd.

6 Trends That Will Impact the Social Good Sector in 2017

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With the constant changes, innovations, and breaking news impacting the sector, staying focused on the work that matters will be key for all of us. Here are the top 6 trends that will impact the social good sector in 2017: 1.

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