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.

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How to Define, Measure and Communicate Your Impact

NonProfit Hub

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.

3 Reasons You’re About to Love Outcomes Measurement

Connection Cafe

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?

Infographic: How To Measure Social Media ROI

TechImpact

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

Amy Sample Ward

Read the complete article, "From Outcomes to Impact," by subscribing to the journal for free! ]. The first step in starting to measure your impact is to identify the major outcomes that you want to examine. resources strategy change guestpost impact leaders nten ntenchange

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All Facets of the Impact Investing Field at SOCAP16

Connection Cafe

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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Can You Measure the Impact of Capacity Building for Nonprofits?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

According to the survey of funders about capacity building completed by GrantCraft , the top five areas of capacity building that funders most likely support include: leadership, strategic planning, financial management, governance, and fundraising.

Building Impact Fundraising Capacity

Connection Cafe

Jamie Forbes of Opus Advisers and Alexandra Urbanowski of New Hampshire Public Radio helped attendees understand the value of building a brand within the nonprofit space and how it can impact fundraising. Measurement is essential to understand your impact.

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Webinar: Measure and Increase Your Supporters’ Participation

GroundWire

A nonprofit’s mission is nothing without supporters. Its a Salesforce application that helps you track and analyze your supporters level of engagement in Salesforce so that you can uncover opportunities for the most effectively engaging your supporters for maximum impact.

Relationship Building as a Measure of Impact

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

So, as I leave the conference I’m wondering how storytelling might be combined with social network mapping to make the broader case within philanthropy that relationship building — and the spaces and processes that support it — matter. Guest Post by John Esterle.

Capacity Commons: A New Tool for Pro Bono Support

Connection Cafe

Common Impact research indicates that 90% of nonprofits report needing more volunteer support and more than 72% believe that they could increase their impact through skills-based volunteers. Those of us who work in the nonprofit sector know that the capacity gap is real.

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

Connection Cafe

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.

Measuring Nonprofit Performance at Scale

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

My colleagues, all experts, practitioners, and instigators share a passion for inspiring others to build great organizations for greater societal impact and increasing the expectation and adoption of high performance in the field. And feedback requires measurement.

3 Big Ways Artificial Intelligence Impacts Nonprofits

Connection Cafe

With this wealth of data, Peter Drucker’s maxim , “What gets measured, gets managed,” has never been more apropos for nonprofits as 2020 nears. They can manage first-line support queries and subsequently direct those queries to human personnel as needed.

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How Can My Nonprofit Get Started with Measurable Advocacy?

Connection Cafe

How can advocacy make a measurable difference for your organization? And since advocacy often involves coalitions, it can be difficult to measure who owns the success—or quite possibly the failure—of initiatives. Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits.

Announcing Measuring the Networked Nonprofit Book

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Keo Savon, the young Cambodian woman supported by Measuring Networked Nonprofit book royalties. I am donating my royalties to support the Sharing Foundation ‘s college education program for young people in Cambodia. Buy a Copy of the Measuring the Networked Nonprofit.

Unlock Fans While Engaging Supporters Beyond Like, Share and Comment

Amy Sample Ward

The mystery of creating real impact using Facebook has eluded many organizations for years now. There are other examples of organizations finding some tricks and functionality that really help them make connections with supporters, and then Facebook changes the functionality.

Research Friday: How to Measure Your Organization's True Impact

ASU Lodestar Center

I love the idea of "collective impact." We spend a lot of time and energy focusing on the impact of individual organizations, but how does that translate to the bigger picture? How might things be different if we start thinking about our collective impact? posted by.

Econ 201: Macro Influences Impacting Micro Fundraising

Connection Cafe

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.

3 Steps to Launch an Outcomes-Focused Strategy the Right Way

Connection Cafe

I know outcomes measurement and impact stories are becoming more important,’ you may think, ‘But how do I make sure I’m starting down the right path so I don’t feel stranded ?’ . Measure progress along the way. Can old tools support a new strategy?

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

Connection Cafe

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. but rather how much that investment impacts the mission itself.

Measuring Social Media Outcomes Is Easier than Measuring Hurricane Strength

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

While my family and their home dodged a bullet, like millions in NYC, other locations had catastrophic flooding and there was a loss of lives. We learned that it predicting the path of hurricanes is a more precise science than the measuring their destructive force. Measurement

Rolling Up Our Sleeves to Achieve Agenda 2030

Connection Cafe

How can we take concrete, measurable action to align and motivate an unprecedented amount of human resources towards Agenda 2030? Choosing and concentrating on a small number of initiatives empowers organizations to better track, measure, and make a greater impact.

Crowdsourcing: Measuring the Impact of the Crowd in Funding and Doing

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

There are several learning cohort groups, including one on better understanding network impact. What domains of impact should be considered (e.g. impact of the crowd-produced product, impact on the crowd / community)? How do you measure the impact of the crowd here?

How to Measure CRM ROI for Your Nonprofit

SocialFish

CRM has a direct impact on fundraising effectiveness, marketing reach, and general productivity, so it’s no wonder decision-makers go to painstaking lengths to choose the best software for their teams. Measuring ROI is a little more black and white for commercial businesses.

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Lean Impact Series: 10 Changemakers Using Lean Startup Methods For Greater Social Impact

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

” After spending five years living and breathing networks and measurement and designing and delivering many, many nonprofit capacity building programs, my focus is going to be on how nonprofits can apply measurement and their networks to learn for impact.

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How to Build Great Organizations for Greater Societal Impact

Connection Cafe

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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STUDY: The Business Impact of Online Communities

SocialFish

How do organizations track the impact of their online communities? How do they measure expenditures, revenue, and cost savings? Not surprisingly, marketing leads the pack with the majority involvement but is followed closely behind by operations/support, and corporate communications.

Matt Groch to Offer Keynote on Measuring Impact at #14LCS

NTEN

Today we’re excited to share that Matt Groch , Director of Solution Delivery at Mission Measurement , will offer a keynote called Moneyball for Social Impact, Or how I learned to stop worrying and embrace the implications of a discrete closed-loop factor analysis framework for social impact. How do we measure social change? As Director of Solution Delivery, Matt is responsible for defining and curating Mission Measurement’s suite of products and services.

Buddha’s Advice On Program Measurement

Idealware

Someday I’ll climb a Himalayan mountain to ask the monk there all of my questions about the universe, but I already know what he’ll say when I ask about program measurement. There are two steps to effectively measure your programs and improve them based on performance: 1.

Can Data Bring Foundations and Nonprofits Closer?

Connection Cafe

Data champions —whether inside a nonprofit organization or a foundation—know that data on its own doesn’t accelerate impact on its own. Without question, our ability to track and measure outcomes and the impact of social good initiatives has expanded considerably over the past several years.

Achieving the SDGs: Taking Action for the 2030 Agenda In Your Community

Connection Cafe

Translation: outcomes measurement. This is so much more than the UN pointing at a North Star – with the emphasis on outcomes tracking baked into the SDGs framework, we have the indicators to see if we’re on track to achieving social change with a ready-made formula to measure success.

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STUDY: The Business Impact of Online Communities

SocialFish

How do organizations track the impact of their online communities? How do they measure expenditures, revenue, and cost savings? To get answers to these critical questions, Leader Networks conducted a survey of nearly 300 marketing and community leaders that resulted in The Business Impact of Online Communities Study. Not surprisingly, marketing leads the pack with the majority involvement but is followed closely behind by operations/support, and corporate communications.

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

NTEN

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

Guest Post on Care2 Frogloop: Designing Campaigns for Impact

Amy Sample Ward

When we do that, we can compromise the relationship we have with our supporters and donors, and limit our capacity for building momentum towards action and a movement for our cause. What do you measure every day, week, month, year? campaigns issues goals impact metrics strategy

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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

What Funders Want: Outcomes 101 for the Frontline Fundraiser

Connection Cafe

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?

Webinar Notes: Social Media Measurement Standards: Progress and Roadmap

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I’m on a mission this year, with the publication of the book, to continue to evangelize about nonprofits should all become data nerds and embrace the joy of measurement. Five Steps You Can Take Now to Apply the New Measurement Standards In Your Organization.

Social Impact Investments

ASU Lodestar Center

What criteria should nonprofits consider before accepting a social impact investment? As a result, an emerging method of investment, called social impact investment, has investors monitor the outcomes produced by their donations while simultaneously producing profit from their investment.

Measuring Return on Investment for Technology

Idealware

We’ll share simple ways to measure and compare return on investment and go over a few tips for establishing your ROI measurement process. Let’s take a closer look at some simple ways to measure and compare ROI and go over a few tips for establishing your ROI measurement process.

How Standardize Your Nonprofit’s Social Media Measurement: Use This Grid

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

. Last week public relations and measurement professionals met in Lisbon for a Summit hosted by AMEC (The International Association for Measurement and Evaluation of Communications). We’ve come a long way since the early days of social media in terms of measurement practice.

4 bbcon Takeaways for Philanthropic Organizations to Power 2019 Planning

Connection Cafe

With so many moving parts and new considerations for philanthropic organizations, it is more important than ever to understand where you want to drive impact, and the specific ways you can get there. Takeaway #3: Impact m easurement is no longer an option. .

Driving Toward Impact With Data Science #15ntc

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

To understand how well you’re serving your constituents and anticipate their future needs, there are three main types of insights that data science can provide to help your organization work even smarter: Descriptive insights help you measure your past and current activity.

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