For some it may come as a shock that being a data-driven organization might mean allowing members of your org to access more data.. and of all kinds: the good, the bad, and the in between. If you're one of the higher-ups in your nonprofit, the sooner you come to the realization that this (although scary) will empower your employees, the better. An article by Scot Chisolm, CEO of StayClassy, discusses the importance of this among two other Steps to Make Your Nonprofit More Data Driven.
These days, "data" is all around us. Nonprofits are constantly collecting it through websites, emails, social media, at events, and over the phone. A lot of it is even collected automatically through tools like Google Analytics or a Salesforce CRM. This effort alone, however, is only the tip of the iceberg.
Whether you are working for a homeless shelter, after-school program, or crisis center, your nonprofit has likely originated from a need in society. As a result, there is always the need to know that you and your team are continuing to meet the needs of the organization and the community. But how can you tell?! How do you know!?
The collection, management and analysis of data is becoming increasingly more important for nonprofit organizations. Savvy data management, analysis, visualization and storytelling can lead to increased funding and better programs and services and has become critical to sustaining the work of our nonprofit. Are you are struggling to find compelling ways to tell your organization’s story for grants, donors, board members, and the public? Here are a few tips you might not have considered when it comes to maintaining your database.
Nonprofits today need to quantify the impact of their programs and services to their constituents (board members, donors, volunteers, etc.). Disseminating through what seems to be an endless amount of data can become overwhelming. Here are some Data Visualization tools and tricks, nonprofits can use to reach goals and receive those all too important grants.
Data is a powerful tool, but only when collected, saved, stored, and utilized properly.
Whether that’s donor data being entered into your CRM or ERP system, or properly managing sorting, and and filing important files for easy access. Data is how our nonprofits run in the the 21st century enterprise, and it’s imperative that your nonprofit is up on how exactly it can be more effectively utilized.
The amount of data being created each year is staggering. By 2015 the global annual rate of data production exceeded 5.6 zettabytes; that's double the rate of growth in 2012, according to IDC. Data alone, however, hardly gives executives and board members access to the valuable insights that inform all their decisions and investments.