Data teams and IT teams are the original partners. In the days of mainframes, those defined as guardians of digitized information were called DP (Data Processing). Today, your nonprofit could be seeing hundreds to thousands of data points daily.
There’s no denying that some of that information could be used by your organization, and you don’t need to be a statistics major to take advantage of it. Here are some things that can help you understand how your nonprofit can use data for good.
The collection, management and analysis of data is becoming increasingly more important for nonprofit organizations. Savvy data management and analysis can lead to; increased funding, better programs and services and has become critical to sustaining the lifecyle of nonprofits.
The demand for data scientists, analysts, and big data experts is strong, and educational institutions are scrambling to meet the demand.
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You’ve undoubtedly heard the term “data services” before, but without fully understanding what it means, much of the rhetoric surrounding the term can be difficult, or downright impossible, to understand.
You and your colleagues certainly understand the impact your organization has on the communities and constituents you serve. Data services, in a nut shell, help nonprofits share their impact, increase funding opportunities, and improve and streamline business operations.
The power of data has swayed traditional business practices in both for profit and nonprofit organizations alike. In the nonprofit sector, through effectively harnessing, organizing, and subsequently visualizing data and information about donors, organizations are armed with a plethora of new information that they can use to guide their fundraising efforts.
In what seemed like the blink of an eye, the word “big data” dominated the headlines around the world and struck fear in the hearts of CIO’s, nonprofit executives, and the back-office IT guy. What used to be the problem of big technology firms in Silicon Valley quickly became a problem for almost every business, nonprofit, and human services organization alike. And it happened quickly.
Data management can be a tedious, difficult process, but if done right, has the potential to be one of the most rewarding and profitable endeavors in which your nonprofit can engage.
When you think of optimizing your nonprofit's IT infrastructure, outsourcing your primary business functions to a managed services provider (MSP) doesn't always immediately come to mind. You need to spend time, money, and energy looking for the firm that provides all the services you need and all that work can detract from your capacity to complete your nonprofit’s mission.