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The 7 Biggest Mistakes in Handling Donor Data

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  So much is written every month in various nonprofit publications and blog posts regarding the insights and best practices revolving around fundraising. Virtually all of them are truly insightful and can lead to greater successes.   However, just a few mistakes here and there in the handling of your data can easily decrease your fundraising totals by decreasing your communication …

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Helping Cities Ride a Wave of Data to Improve Lives

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  In cities across America, mayors are eager to make use of ever-growing streams of data to enhance the effectiveness of city services and improve residents’ lives. If you can track why some blighted buildings take so much longer than others to be demolished and rehabbed; if you know that some residents routinely call an ambulance for very minor medical …

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Human Needs Index: A Real-Time Data Project on Poverty

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  Kari Thierer’s Nonprofit Quarterly article ‘Human Needs Index: Unusual Partnership Backs a Real-Time Data Project on Poverty‘ discusses how the Salvation Army and the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University have partnered to help nonprofits get access to current, up-to-date data that supports their needs.   Together, they are working to create and expand the Human Needs Index, a …

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Why Nonprofits Deserve CRM Innovation

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  Charitable giving, according to Destination CRM, has exceeded $298 billion in the US alone. In his article ‘Why Nonprofits Deserve CRM Innovation‘, Gabe Cooper calls for software companies to give nonprofits the attention they deserve by creating technology that suits their needs.   Philanthropy is driven by personal connections – donors donate to the causes that speak to them on …

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Adventures in the Data Revolution: Collecting Ugandan Data

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  Here at Development Initiatives and Development Research and Training (DRT) we are currently piloting a ‘Joined-Up Data’ study in Uganda. We have been working in the rural districts of Kitgum and Katakwi, following the emergence of two issues: (1) the really bad results of students completing primary education, and (2) the unacceptably high number of women still dying in childbirth. Our challenge: …

FAQ Resources for MFG Challenge: Grand Challenges | Explorations, Data Interoperability

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We’re closing in on the MAY 7 DEADLINE for the MFG Challenge, a competition to increase the interoperability of social data, featuring $100k grants to be awarded to each winner. The contest is sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Partnership with Liquidnet for Good. Many of you were with us for the Live Twitter Q&A. Others have …

Grand Challenges | Explorations …#MFGChallenge

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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in partnership with Liquidnet for Good, is looking for groundbreaking ideas to address a significant, but solvable, problem: increasing the interoperability of data for social good. Each Winner to Receive $100,000 Grant  Why? Data sets are often isolated, fragmented and hard to use. Many organizations manage data with multiple systems, often due to various …

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 …

Lucy Bernholz: Let Our Data Define Us – Part I

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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. …