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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How Will Tracking Outcomes Help Your Organization’s Story?

Connection Cafe

our journey to tracking outcomes and results began and we started to ask ourselves tough questions like: Who is different because of our grants and what is different for them? Back in my days as a Corporate Funder, I was routinely asked to provide giving details for our organization.

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5 Key Social Media Analytics Your Nonprofit Needs To Track


If your nonprofit is struggling with what analytics to start tracking, here are a few, on the most prominent social networking sites, to get you started. The easiest way to tell if your content is resonating with your audience is by tracking the number of clicks it’s getting.

5 Google Analytics Stats To Track Fundraising Success


Having a tough time tracking the analytic behind your last fundraising campaign? Nonprofits know it’s a good idea to track their analytic, but its the next step they often have trouble with, knowing what to look for in those numbers and how to make sense of them.

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The Data Every Nonprofit Should be Tracking

NonProfit Hub

A common reason nonprofits listed for not collecting data was the time commitment that tracking and interpreting it takes. Here are some common types of data that nonprofits said they were tracking: Donor and Volunteer Management. Start by getting demographic information from your donors and volunteers, use software to track how user-friendly your website is, or keep data on the performance of marketing campaigns. Data can be a daunting thing. IBM says that 2.5

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5 Analytic Tools to Track Your Organization's Metrics


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


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. Myths are stories that are intended to teach us.

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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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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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11 Time Tracking Software Tools Nonprofits Swear By

Wild Apricot Blog

If you're looking for a better way to fill out time sheets, here are 11 easy-to-use (and free) time tracking software tools that can completely automate the process for you. Time-Tracking

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.

10 Mandatory Membership Fields to Track in Your Database

Wild Apricot Blog

It’s important to keep track of the right member information, because you can analyze it to develop growth, retention, or engagement strategies for your organization. From our experience, here are the 10 mandatory membership fields to track. form registration application strategy membership fields

Why Tracking Your Nonprofit's Growth Can Make or Break You


Fundraising, fundraising, fundraising. It might get tiring to hear, but fundraising’s a critical component of the lifespan of a nonprofit. The 2015 M+R Benchmarks Study was recently released, and the stats are in. 84 nonprofits participated to compile the numbers about email, web, and social media.

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How To Track Your Twitter Engagement


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. Just recently however Twitter rolled out their mew Analytics platform, making it accessible to everyone.

How to Prepare Your Back Office for Successful Grant Tracking

Connection Cafe

Preparing your back office for grant tracking will not only make life easier but also increase the chances that you get to retain that grant year after year. This is a guest post from Carey Carleson. Carey is a Principal Consultant for Blackbaud’s nonprofit accounting systems.

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The Math and Science of Social and Mobile Media: A Spreadsheet to Track Your Fundraising Success

Nonprofit Tech for Good

For those of you who have read Social Media for Social Good and have taken my webinar on how to launch a social and mobile media strategy for your nonprofi t, you know that the core of the strategy that I advocate for is tracking and proving your success.

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Can Data Bring Foundations and Nonprofits Closer?

Connection Cafe

Without question, our ability to track and measure outcomes and the impact of social good initiatives has expanded considerably over the past several years. Foundations Outcomes + Impact Analytics big data data for nonprofits Foundations Management grant tracking Outcomes Measurement

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? For those who are already tracking data, ask yourselves what is this data providing me?

Track Your Nonprofit's Finances with OneNFP's Cloud-Based Software

Tech Soup Blog

TechSoup is proud to announce OneNFP, our newest donor partner. OneNFP's Microsoft Cloud–based fund accounting software can be used to allocate expenses by fund, project, or department and create a real-time view into the organization's financial position.

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Tracking Volunteer Efforts

Wild Apricot Blog

As a follow-up to an earlier post on volunteer scheduling, time tracking and accountability, here's an overview of a new web-based tool designed to help volunteer organizations track volunteer effort, measure the impact and share volunteer data.(

Fails, the Center of the Universe, Automating, and Tracking Traffic from Social: 6 MUST READ Posts This Week


Just another quick roundup of MUST READ posts you may have missed: 1. What Does a Washington Post Blogger Resigning Say About the State of Digital Publishing?

Dipping Your Toes into Metrics Tracking


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.

Q&A: Volunteer Scheduling, Time Tracking and Accountability

Wild Apricot Blog

The reader questions fall into three areas: scheduling volunteers, tracking volunteer hours, and how to hold volunteers accountable for the work they’ve committed to do. Scheduling and Tracking Volunteer Hours There’s a fair bit of overlap between tools for scheduling and time-tracking volunteers, so it’s important to consider what features you really.(

Tools Galore: How To Track What Content Resonates With Your Audiences


Perhaps you have a hunch, but the only surefire way to know this info is to develop a tracking and measurement plan. Twitter Ads Dashboard : Twitter has made its Ads Dashboard available for regular use beyond advertising tracking.

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The Math and Science of Social and Mobile Media: A Spreadsheet to Track Your Fundraising Success

Nonprofit Tech for Good

For those of you who have read Social Media for Social Good and have taken my webinar on how to launch a social and mobile media strategy for your nonprofi t, you know that the core of the strategy that I advocate for is tracking and proving your success.

A Recipe for $uccess: Tracking & Converting for Maximum Results


Join Janna Chan of the Center for Reproductive Rights (formerly of Lambda Legal and M+R Strategic Services) and two Grams (Jaime Grams of Integral and Dane Grams of Care2, formerly of GLSEN and HRC) for our latest Expert Webinar: "A Recipe for $uccess: Tracking & Converting to Maximize Returns" on Tuesday 5/22 at 2PM ET. So you've acquired them. Now what?!

Social Media in 30 Minutes a Day

Amy Sample Ward

Ultimately, it’s less about the amount of time and more about the consistency – and planning, tracking, and everything else! socialmedia strategy community content diy howto metrics social media templates tracking

Social Enterprise Summit's Policy Track

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

One of the highlights of last week's Social Enterprise Alliance's Summit was the Launch of the Policy Track. A lot of cool things happened in the policy track (even I spoke), but I think the interesting thing was Carlos' comments. We were delighted to have with us Carlos Monje of the White House Office of Social Innovation (so new, it doesn't have a website). And so, I'll share those with you.

Five Google Analytics Stats You Should Be Tracking

John Haydon

If want your website to increase email subscribers and new donors on your website (duh!), you first have to know what’s currently working (or not) on your website. The best tool for this job is Google Analytics. Here are five important stats to measure with Google Analytics: 1. Visits.

Presentation: A Recipe For Success: Tracking & Converting Supporters for Maximum Results


A Recipe For $uccess: Tracking & Converting Supporters for Maximum Results View more presentations from Care2Team. Care2 held a great webinar on Tuesday that highlighted best practices for converting new subscribers to donors.

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What Do You Need to Track in a Donor Database?


[Editor's Note: We're talking about fundraising this month on the NTEN blog, and when you're fundraising, you've got to collect and track information about donors and donations, right? NTEN and Idealware's report on low-cost donor management systems was released earlier this summer, but here's an excerpt from the report that addresses some tracking considerations.] Make sure the system lets you log and track the gift information that’s important to you.

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Dashboards: Track Your Organizational Progress


By tracking specific data related to our Memberships, Events, Website, and a few other areas, we can use the Dashboard to see at a glance where we ARE, where we WERE, and where we SHOULD BE (and sometimes even where we're GOING). Determine What To Track. The first step is figuring out what information you should track. " This helped us define a list of measurable goals, and also allowed us to define exactly how those goals would be tracked. Determine How To Track.

3 Social Media Metrics Every Non-profit Should Track


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. But we’ve got to start thinking about how to set ROI objectives that we can track and measure our success by.

Do Social Better with Google Analytics: How to Use Advanced Segments to Track Social Media Performance


By Cary Lenore Walski, Technology Education and Outreach Coordinator, MAP TechWorks. A twit in the dark. When you think of the concept of the “social” website, Google Analytics -- the numbers nerd quietly tabulating traffic in the background on your site -- doesn’t immediately leap to mind. Unintuitive as it may be, configuring your analytics to shed light on your performance is a key step ensuring that the time you’re investing in social mediums is actually creating positive results for you.

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How to Keep Track of Your Passwords (and Keep Them Safe)

Wild Apricot Blog

How can you keep track of all the usernames and passwords for all the online sites you use? As social media and web-based or mobile applications become ever-more central to the daily operation of our non-profit organizations, it’s a growing issue from both a security and a time-management perspective. Logins are basically made up of two pieces of information: your username and your password.

Tracking Volunteer Data


"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. If you’re happy with the way you’re handling other constituents, but can’t get the efficiency you need in tracking volunteers in the same system, then it’s time to start considering standalone solutions.

Great reads from around the web on May 9th

Amy Sample Ward

roundup blackbaud bookmarks fundraising linkedin list metrics mobile nptech postalicious resources testing tips tracking video websiteI come across so many great conversations, ideas, and resources all over the web every day.

Tracking site search with Google Analytics

Beaconfire Wire

The feature is site search tracking, and it’s the easiest, most powerful feature in Google Analytics that you’re probably not using. Configuring site search tracking is as easy as doing a search on your site – it doesn’t matter what you search for – and looking at the name of the search parameter in the resulting URL.

Big Vision Tip: Stay on Track. Text Your Big Vision Buddy

Have Fun - Do Good

If your Buddy hasn''t texted you in a while, gently ask them how things are going, and how you can support their getting back on track. About a year and a half ago my friend Heather and I decided to try the Oprah and Deepak 21-Day Meditation Experience.

How To Track Everyone Who's Anyone To You: Is A Single Database Right for Your Org?


By Laura Quinn, Idealware Since most organizations don’t track just one type of constituent, the idea of a single database for all of them—donors, volunteers, clients, email subscribers, advocates and everyone else—is something of a holy grail. These are the people you need to track.

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