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Announcing the Digital Impact World Tour

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Digital data offers a world of possibilities for civil society to achieve greater impact – data transforms how we operate, interact and serve constituents. At the same time, poorly-managed data can cause great harm. Civil society’s rising dependence on digital data and infrastructure has raised new ethical and governance challenges, generated a new set of regulatory actors, and made many …

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The Data Playbook: Data Practices for Purpose-Driven Work

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Listen to Andrew Means, Jacob Harold, Beth Kanter, and Rella Kaplowitz dig into the Data Playbook to share strategies and insights for using data to drive social sector impact. Markets for Good partnered with the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation to host a virtual roundtable discussion on the Data Playbook, a new practical guide for putting data to work in the …

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Expanding the social impact measurement toolkit

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This year, I had the opportunity to participate in both the Impact Convergence (ImpCon) and American Evaluation Association (AEA) conferences, two innovative forums for individuals helping social institutions measure and improve their impact. The Impact Convergence conference focused on the impact measurement and impact investing community, while the AEA conference focused on the community of nonprofits and multilateral organizations interested …

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Only you can prevent forest fires

In From the Field by Andrew Patricio0 Comments

Most organizations seek to focus the majority of their spending on programs and services, with the result that infrastructure like IT is often neglected. It can be difficult to see any advantages of investments in technology until after entire systems have been implemented and integrated, but the disadvantages of inefficient IT can negatively impact the organization as a whole. This …

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The Data Playbook: Data Practices for Purpose-Driven Work

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Updated: Follow this link to check out highlights from the Data Playbook roundtable and listen to the podcast! Markets for Good is delighted to partner with the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation to host a virtual roundtable discussion on the Data Playbook, a new practical guide for putting data to work in the social sector. Our expert panel will discuss how social sector …

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#GivingTuesday: An Open-Source Philanthropic Movement

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Listen to Andrew Means, Asha Curran, Mario Lugay, Micah Sifry, and Lucy Bernholz discuss #GivingTuesday, civic tech, digital data, and current and emerging trends in philanthropy. Markets for Good partnered with the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact at 92Y to host a virtual roundtable discussion examining #GivingTuesday as a model for “open-source” philanthropy. Moderated by Andrew Means, the …

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The DATA Act: A look ahead

In From the Field by Cinthia Schuman Ottinger0 Comments

Whether they are providing disaster relief, pre-school education, or assistance to people with disabilities, nonprofits often partner with government – through grants, contracts and other payments – to address social concerns. Considering the close working relationship between government and nonprofits, it is surprising how little is known about the details of this partnership. This is where the Digital Accountability and …

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Podcast: Data Conversation with Jake Garcia

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In the latest episode of our Data Conversations series, Andrew Means talks to Jake Garcia, Vice President for Data and Technology Strategy at Foundation Center, about building and leveraging data science skills in the social sector. Jake draws on his experience at Foundation Center to describe how social sector organizations can harness specialized training, the strengths of their existing personnel, and – crucially …

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Are robo-advisors the future of philanthropy?

In From the Field by Angela Campbell2 Comments

The financial sector has benefited from tech innovation in the form of  ‘robo-advisors,’ which help individual investors manage their money.  Popularized as an innovative way to democratize investing, these services provide automated, algorithm-based portfolio management advice (in some case supplemented with human advisors). In particular, wealth management tools which augment human advisors through scalable technology, such as Vanguard’s automated advisor, …

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Social media data for social good: The pros and cons

In From the Field by Jess Freaner0 Comments

With each passing day, new technologies crop up and become integral parts of our social media-entrenched, smart device-embedded lives. When we use these new technologies, we trade access to our intimate moments for convenience and entertainment. The petabytes of data generated by each waking (and sleeping!) nanosecond are a treasure trove for the companies that make the apps, and for …