Category: Viewpoints

New Playbook Resource: How To Engage Alumni

  I am a huge fan of Playbooks in the nonprofit sector as a capacity building tool.  A playbook is an online resource that is basically knowledge capture around a specific practice or type of program.  The playbook collects, organizes, and synthesizes best practices from “bright spots” and others adopting this practice.    A good […]

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How Can Nonprofits Become Agile Learners?

    I read this wonderful article “Agility Is Today’s Most Critical Leadership Competency” by Julie Winkle Giuliani, author of “Watch Them Grow or Watch Them Go.”   Agility is defined in the dictionary as light and graceful or as a project management approach, but she defines agility as the ability for continuous learning and as […]

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GlobalGiving’s Big Bet

  We all want our donations to have the most impact possible. But how do we choose which nonprofits to support? And how does an organization like GlobalGiving that works with thousands of organizations in 165+ countries, measure, compare, incentivize, and reward effective nonprofits?   Well, at GlobalGiving, we’ve made a Big Bet about how […]

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Data Science, a Critical Tool in the Nonprofit World in 2015

  In 2015, the social sector is changing. Nonprofit organizations are realizing the many benefits of utilizing data to effectively assess the impact and value of their work. However, many of these organizations, particularly the smaller ones, can feel intimidated by the many methods, products, and sources at their disposal. What many nonprofits don’t realize […]

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Distributed Communication Can Help Us Reach Our SDGs

Using digital technologies within a distributed social framework can inspire solutions that bring us closer to reaching our Sustainable Development Goals.

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‘What’s Data Got to Do With It?’

  At Markets for Good, we believe data can play a powerful role for nonprofits and charities – to make more informed decisions, increase efficiency, measure successes and failures and to create a greater impact for social good. London-based social media consultancy Social Misfits Media also share our views, and along with JustGiving and the UK’s Institute of Fundraising they’ve developed a new guide, […]

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How Do You Know You’re Making a Difference?

    Your organization is working toward change in the world and believes it is making a real difference. But how do you measure such things? What kinds of technology systems can you use to track them?   No organization finds these questions trivial, but this challenge is particularly difficult for those with outcomes that […]

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What I Learned from Nancy Lublin About Data on Purpose

  I was lucky enough earlier this month to hear Nancy Lublin’s opening keynote at the Data On Purpose conference hosted by the Stanford Social Innovation Review.  The conference theme was about using data for social change and sessions were addressed the growing proliferation of data in the nonprofit sector and the sector’s increasing ability to make productive […]

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Methods and Metrics for Assessing Civic Tech

  Digital technologies are connecting residents in neighborhoods, catalyzing community discussions, changing the way governments and citizens interact, and making government more transparent. This growing field of “civic tech” is aiming to harness technology to spur citizen engagement, improve cities and make government more effective.  The Network Impact team spent 18 months consulting with civic […]

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A Proven Playbook for Increased Effectiveness

  As the director of an organization that works with foundations across the country, I get to see remarkable examples of foundations working together and learning from each other about how to be more effective.   But sometimes we need to look beyond the field to get ideas of how to tackle our biggest challenges. […]

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