Markets For Good

Before Digital Impact there was Markets For Good, a program launched in 2012 to help increase social impact through good data practice. Digital Impact acquired Markets For Good in 2016, and we continued our mission to improve the digital infrastructure for civil society and help social sector practitioners and policymakers use digital resources safely, ethically, and effectively for maximum impact.

Browse the archive (2012-2016) for commentary from many of the experts you’ve come to know through Digital Impact, and learn more about Stanford PACS and the Digital Civil Society Lab here.

Posts by Markets For Good

Webinar: Leveraging Data and Tech for Healthy, Equitable and Sustainable Communities

  In the age of over sharing, is there a way to leverage our penchant for bulk data collection to make positive changes for the greater good? This was the same question posed by researchers at Kaiser Permanente, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and Network Impact. Researchers concluded the social sector should work together to combine the […]

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With New ‘Donate’ Button, Facebook Vies to Become Hub for Charitable Giving

  Fortune reported that, starting this week, charities (beginning with a small group of pre-selected BETA user organizations) will gain two potentially game-changing features alongside their Facebook pages 1) a direct donate button and 2) a stand-alone fundraising page.   A 2013 report from fundraising software company Blackbaud found that roughly 1% of all online […]

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#GivingTuesday UK

  According to UK Fundraising, 35% of Britons will be donating on #GivingTuesday this year. As a partner, the Markets for Good team were invited down to the Houses of Parliament for a very special announcement. There are already more than 1,100 partners for the campaign this year. At the event, the Charities Aid Foundation, […]

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Community Insights: Brian Walsh

“I believe that more informed decision making—with easy access to the right information at the right time—will help all those in the social sector generate more impact.”

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Open Data Institute Summit 2015

  The Open Data Institute Summit this year brought together over 700 data enthusiasts for this year’s theme of Generation Open: innovators and entrepreneurs, customers and citizens, students and parents who embrace network thinking. Over the course of the day, attendees explored the past, present and future of open data, with speakers including Sirs Tim Berners-Lee and Nigel Shadbolt, […]

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The CDP Aids Donors When Disaster Strikes

  According to Robert Ottenhoff, CEO of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, millions of dollars are given by donors every year for disaster-related activities – but more often than not, it’s not well-planned or well coordinated. A recent example can be seen in the response to the Nepal Earthquake, in which donated emergency supplies were […]

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Some UK Charities Believed They Were Above Data Protection Laws

  Every week at Markets for Good we hear of the inspiring and innovative ways in which nonprofits and charities are harnessing the power of data to make a lasting impact. Policies surrounding data protection and privacy, particularly when it becomes to donor data, are extremely controversial. In the headlines this week, some of the biggest […]

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

  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 […]

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Can Big Data Help Government Do Better? This Foundation Thinks So

  In this news roundup, we take a look at Paul Karon’s article ‘Can Big Data Help Government Do Better? This Foundation Seems to Think So‘, first published on Inside Philanthropy.   Philanthropy has been investing heavily in big data over the past year, following the lead of for-profit corporations like Amazon that are using data […]

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Open Data Institute Summit 2015

  We are very excited to announce that we are a media partner for the Open Data Institute‘s (ODI) Summit this year in London.     The Open Data Institute is catalysing the evolution of open data culture to create economic, environmental and social value. It helps unlock supply, generates demand, and creates and disseminates knowledge […]

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