Examining The Market Approach

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Nick Deychakiwsky, Program Officer of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation raises a few questions that go to the core of the concept of an information marketplace and how we should (or shouldn’t) think about it as we organize our work in the social sector. Building an information infrastructure for social change, progress, development, etc. is a grand idea. Bold. Ambitious. …

The Bear And The Ladle, Part II

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If, in part I, we were urged to adjust our lens for viewing social problems, Katya Smyth continues the disruption here, making the case for thinking across boundaries as we attack those problems and for combining our minds long before we combine our data. If I am a homeless survivor of domestic violence with mental health issues and a predilection …

Faster, Smarter Nonprofit Financial Analysis, Part II

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In Part I of this two-part look at financial analysis for nonprofits, Rebecca Thomas gave insight into the “why” of financial statement literacy. Continuing here, she uses Financial SCAN as an example to share what can be achieved when financial analysis becomes a regularly used tool among others in the box. (Financial SCAN is a product that combines GuideStar data …

A New Reporting Commitment

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Guest post from Darin McKeever, a deputy director at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, regarding a major new agreement among a few of the US’ largest foundations: The Reporting Commitment. At the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we firmly believe transparency is a key ingredient in maximizing impact because it inspires new innovations and leads to opportunities for collaboration.

The Bear And The Ladle, Part I

In Profiles & Interviews by Katya Smyth2 Comments

The momentum toward  better use and sharing of data is clear. But, before simply continuing the march forward, Katya Smyth suggests that we adjust the lens through which we see social problems (how we see “the bear”) and then take a hard look at our base assumptions. Part I of II Long before light pollution, some folks looked to the …

Lucy Bernholz: Let Our Data Define Us, Part II

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In Part I of  “Let Our Data Define Us”, guest blogger Lucy Bernholz charged the social sector to be the standard-bearer for one of biggest issues of our time: how we use data. She continues the thought here and outlines a new definition for the sector at the forefront of taking on our biggest challenges. Ours is a sector that …

Welcome to the Markets For Good conversation!

In Profiles & Interviews by Brian Walsh1 Comment

Welcome to the Markets for Good conversation! We hope that this site will serve as the “virtual water cooler” for a sustained, thoughtful conversation about what is needed to improve the social sector’s ability to generate, share, and use information. This conversation encompasses the spectrum of capital and enterprises devoted to social good, from philanthropy to impact investing. We intend …

Lucy Bernholz: Let Our Data Define Us – Part I

In Profiles & Interviews by Lucy Bernholz, Ph.D.3 Comments

In this, the first of a two-part post, guest blogger Lucy Bernholz issues a challenge to the social sector: to discover the potential in our data and to change the way we use it . Solutions to shared social challenges should not be proprietary. To achieve our social missions we should share what we know – widely, accessibly, and openly. …