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Is Facebook Doing Research With ‘Celebrate Pride’?

  Following the Supreme Court’s decision in favour of same-sex marriage as a constitutional right this past Friday, you might have noticed your Facebook news feed become a little more colourful as the social media network provided a way to show your support. The ‘Celebrate Pride‘ feature provides a simple way to make profile photos […]

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How Data Shaped a Teen-Counselling-By-Text Service

    In our contribution from Beth Kanter last week, she covered DoSomething.Org CEO Nancy Lublin’s keynote speech at Data on Purpose. This week, we take a closer look at how DoSomething.Org are using data science, based on this article originally featured on the Fast Company Exist website.   When Nancy Lublin first launched her nonprofit, in […]

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Food Bank Uses Data to Identify Areas in Need of Services

  The article originally featured in the Huffington Post tells the story of how one ambitious programmer is helping to overhaul the way one food bank in the U.S. Capital is identifying and feeding the hungry. Michael Hollister, the programmer in question, is helping the Capital Area Food Bank more accurately determine which areas are in […]

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Six Nonprofits That are Using Data to Change the World

  Following our article from Richard Turner at SolarAid, we’ve been taking a look at some other nonprofits and organisations who are doing some amazing things with data. Originally featured on Umbel, ‘When Big Hearts Meet Big Data: 6 Nonprofits Using Data to Change the World‘ highlights some of these organisations who are  using data […]

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The Financial Transparency Act of 2015 Has Been Introduced

The farthest-reaching open data legislation since the DATA Act highlights how open data will impact investors, regulators, and the financial industry.

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instaGiv Launches New Data Capture Tool For Charities

  Donations received through text are increasingly popular as a way to fundraise effectively, especially as society as a whole moves away from cash and towards online and contactless methods of payment. In terms of insight and targeted campaigns for charities, however, the retention of donors and donor acquisition was challenging – until now.   […]

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A Data-Led, Common Sense Approach to Online Fundraising

  Stanford computer scientists Jure Leskovec and Tim Althoff have analysed 14-years worth of online donations to help organisations systematise behaviours that can greatly boost the cash value of donations. Their analysis of anonymous data reveals insights into ways to increase donor retention, from the kinds of requests that perform well, to the timings of […]

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Growing Impact By Investing in Networks

  Foundations are increasingly investing time, effort, and money into building networks in order to better achieve their goals and leverage resources. In several instances, smaller foundations have been able to increase their funding by working with other funders as network partners.   In ‘Investing in Networks Grows Impact’, Madeleine Taylor examines this growing trend […]

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Data as Art

  Art is as much about the technologies available to artists as it is the sociopolitical context in which it is created. A community of artists are creating conceptual works from data collected digitally, blurring the lines between what constitutes scientific data presentation and art. Data artists use large amounts of information to artistically represent […]

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Facebook for Good

  Recently, Facebook expanded its Facebook for Business offering to include a dedicated platform for Non-Profits. Nicola Mendelsohn, Facebook’s VP for Europe, Middle East, and Asia, made the announcement on the new platform itself.   Mendelsohn shares Facebook’s mission to “make the world more open and connected.” They recognize that “you and your organisation can […]

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