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Meeting the Challenge of Impact Evaluation 

In the latest 4Q4 podcast, Nick Hamlin of GlobalGiving explains how the organization ran an impact study to measure its own effectiveness and why all nonprofits should follow suit.

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Bridging the Gap of Humanitarian Data

Stuart Campo of UNOCHA’s Centre for Humanitarian Data explains how challenges related to managing data risk in the sector are breathing life into a new set of working guidelines for data responsibility.

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The Problem with Palantir

For our first 4Q4 podcast, we invited the The Engine Room’s Zara Rahman to shed light on a new partnership between WPF and Palantir Technologies, a US company with ties to intelligence communities.

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Predict-a-palooza: Civil Society Forecast 2019

Podcast and Transcript: An expert panel and our virtual audience forecast the most important trends and challenges facing digital civil society in 2019.

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How #GivingTuesday Transcended Borders

GlobalGiving’s Marlena Hartz interviews one of #GivingTuesday’s chief architects, who explains how peer learning has seeded a new global ecosystem. The secret to the movement’s success may surprise you.

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#GivingTuesday Data Collaborative

Podcast and Transcript: Lucy Bernholz, Asha Curran, and Josh Levy discuss building a governance plan and digital infrastructure for giving data worldwide.

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Algorithmic Bias: Better Policy and Practice for Civil Society

Podcast and Transcript: Experts in tech and data ethics explore how civil society organizations can work toward better policy for predictive technologies.

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The Internet of Things: Risks and Rewards of a Connected Future

Podcast and Transcript: Nonprofit tech experts discuss how the Internet of Things has sparked a new era of social impact.

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The Data Culture Project: Building Data Capacity with Confidence

Data culture experts discuss a hands-on, self-service curriculum that empowers professionals of all experience levels to work with data.

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Data Privacy and Security: From Mandate to Mission

Lucy Bernholz moderates a discussion on how social sector organizations can utilize data while integrating critical concerns of security, transparency, and responsible governance into their culture.

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Good Data Collaborative: Defining “Responsible Data” for Nonprofits

Podcast and Transcript: Experts discuss responsible data, power, and the role of data and ethics in tech for good space.

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Data Labs: Improving Access to Government Data

Data practitioners discuss an emerging data-sharing model that helps dissolve barriers to collaboration while safeguarding sensitive data.

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Predict-a-palooza: Civil Society Forecast 2018

Podcast: An expert panel and our virtual audience forecast the most important trends and challenges facing digital civil society in 2018.

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Closing Civic Spaces in the Digital Age

Lucy Bernholz, Chris Worman, Mandeep Tiwana, Wilneida Negrón, and Dan “Blah” Meredith discuss the role of digital resources in shaping civic spaces.

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The Open 990 and US Nonprofits

Listen to Lucy Bernholz, Cinthia Schuman Ottinger, Beth Simone Noveck, David Borenstein, and Neville Vakharia discuss the new machine-readable Form 990 and the opportunities and challenges presented to U.S. nonprofits and civil society. Recent regulatory changes have made e-filed Form 990s, the data-rich annual financial disclosure forms for U.S. nonprofits, publicly available as machine-readable digital data. With this change, the […]

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Internet Health: A Checkup for Civil Society

Listen to Lucy Bernholz, Solana Larsen, Dhanaraj Thakur, and Jessica Feldman discuss how we can define, measure, and foster a healthy internet for civil society. Shaped by technology, policy, commerce, culture and a host of other influences, the internet is a dynamic and diverse digital ecosystem whose increasing indispensability presents both opportunities and challenges for […]

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The Open 990 and US Nonprofits

Featured Speakers Date & Time October 12, 2017 11am-12pm Pacific / 2-3pm Eastern Register now The annual tax forms for U.S. nonprofits – known as “Form 990s” – are now available to the public in digital, machine-readable form when they are filed electronically. Researchers, journalists, giving platforms, infrastructure organizations and others are coming together to […]

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Internet Health: A Checkup for Civil Society

Featured Speakers Date & Time September 27, 2017 11am-12pm Pacific / 2-3pm Eastern Register now Internet health – how do we define, measure, and foster it for social good? Join us as we gather experts for a checkup on the state of the internet and a closer look at key initiatives designed to monitor, evaluate, […]

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Mapping Opportunity: Knowledge & Networks for Change

Listen to Lucy Bernholz, Catalina Escobar, Daniel Uribe, and Jake Garcia discuss the data-powered tools and services provided by Nodo Ká and Foundation Center to boost impact in the social sector. One of the fundamental goals of Digital Impact is to advance the effective and responsible use of digital data and infrastructure for the benefit […]

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Mapping Opportunity: Knowledge & Networks for Social Change

What kinds of tools and information help people connect around philanthropy and social change? Join us on Wednesday, June 28th at 11am PT / 2pm ET to learn about two data-driven platforms aimed at supporting collaboration among grantmakers and nonprofits. Launched by MAKAIA, the Nodo Ká platform in Colombia includes directories, indicators, a marketplace of […]

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Podcast: Data on Purpose / Do Good Data Fireside Chat

Listen to Lucy Bernholz and Julia Angwin discuss algorithmic bias, digital security for nonprofits, and how big data is informing and reshaping journalism and the social sector at large.  As the opening event for the 2017 Data on Purpose / Do Good Data conference, Lucy Bernholz, Senior Research Scholar at Stanford PACS and Director of its […]

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Digital Security for Civil Society

Listen to Lucy Bernholz, Josh Levy, and Kate McKenney discuss challenges, strategies, and processes for creating a strong practice and culture of data security at nonprofits and foundations.  Every nonprofit, foundation, and civil society organization is now digitally dependent, and managing digital resources safely, ethically and effectively is a core competency for these organizations. Digital security […]

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Digital Security for Civil Society

Updated: Follow this link to check out highlights from the Digital Security roundtable and listen to the podcast! Data is an asset – and a liability. What are you doing to protect yours? Join our virtual roundtable to learn how you can make digital security an essential component of your nonprofit’s data strategy. Lucy Bernholz, director of the Digital […]

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Philanthropy Blueprint 2017

“Especially in uncertain times the organizations and activists who make up civil society need to understand, protect, advocate for, and use their digital data and infrastructure just as they use their financial and human resources—safely, ethically, and effectively.” Every year Lucy Bernholz writes Philanthropy Blueprint, a forecast of trends, challenges, buzzwords and breakthroughs in the philanthropic sector […]

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Podcast: Data Conversation with Asha Curran

In this episode of Data Conversations, Andrew Means talks to Asha Curran, Chief Innovation Officer and the Director of the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact at 92nd Street Y, about this year’s #GivingTuesday outcomes and success stories. Describing #GivingTuesday as a “new national ritual,” Asha talks about what makes the campaign unique and how it […]

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Podcast: Data Conversation with Rachel Rank

In this episode of Data Conversations, Andrew Means talks to Rachel Rank, the Chief Executive of 360Giving, about her organization’s open data initiative for grantmaking. Drawing on the work and mission of 360Giving, Rachel talks about data infrastructure, the process of building and testing a data standard, and how centralizing and sharing data can foster new […]

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The Data Playbook: Data Practices for Purpose-Driven Work

Listen to Andrew Means, Jacob Harold, Beth Kanter, and Rella Kaplowitz dig into the Data Playbook to share strategies and insights for using data to drive social sector impact. Markets for Good partnered with the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation to host a virtual roundtable discussion on the Data Playbook, a new practical guide for putting […]

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Podcast: Data Conversation with Jake Porway

In this episode of Data Conversations, Andrew Means talks to Jake Porway, Founder and Executive Director of DataKind, about his work to harness the power of data science in service of humanity. In describing the DataKind mission and the work of its “big-brained and big-hearted nerds,” Jake talks about the predictive and prescriptive power of data, how he […]

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The Data Playbook: Data Practices for Purpose-Driven Work

Updated: Follow this link to check out highlights from the Data Playbook roundtable and listen to the podcast! Markets for Good is delighted to partner with the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation to host a virtual roundtable discussion on the Data Playbook, a new practical guide for putting data to work in the social sector. Our expert panel […]

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#GivingTuesday: An Open-Source Philanthropic Movement

Listen to Andrew Means, Asha Curran, Mario Lugay, Micah Sifry, and Lucy Bernholz discuss #GivingTuesday, civic tech, digital data, and current and emerging trends in philanthropy. Markets for Good partnered with the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact at 92Y to host a virtual roundtable discussion examining #GivingTuesday as a model for “open-source” philanthropy. […]

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Podcast: Data Conversation with Laura Callanan

In this episode of Data Conversations, Andrew Means talks with Laura Callanan, Founding Partner at Upstart Co-Lab, about driving impact investment and innovation in creative arts and enterprise. Laura, a former Senior Deputy Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, talks about her mission at Upstart Co-Lab to connect artists, impact investors, and social entrepreneurs to […]

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Podcast: Data Conversation with Jake Garcia

In the latest episode of our Data Conversations series, Andrew Means talks to Jake Garcia, Vice President for Data and Technology Strategy at Foundation Center, about building and leveraging data science skills in the social sector. Jake draws on his experience at Foundation Center to describe how social sector organizations can harness specialized training, the strengths of […]

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Podcast: Data Conversation with Steve MacLaughlin

In the first episode of our new Data Conversations series, Andrew Means talks to Steve MacLaughlin, Director of Analytics at Blackbaud, about his new book, Data Driven Nonprofits. Steve draws on the latest research, interviews from the field, and his 20-plus years of experience to talk about the role of data science as it intersects with nonprofit […]

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Beyond the Dollars: Giving Days & Digital Data

Listen to Andrew Means, Lilly Weinberg, Mike Berkowitz, Victoria Fear, and Jeannie Howell discuss how community foundations and nonprofits can approach giving days as an opportunity to build their data, digital skills, and organizational capacity. As part of our Give Day Lessons series, Markets for Good partnered with Knight Foundation to host a virtual roundtable discussion examining […]

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Beyond the Dollars: Giving Days & Digital Data

Updated: Follow this link to check out highlights from the Beyond the Dollars roundtable and download the podcast! Join us for a discussion of giving days that goes beyond the dollars! Markets for Good is thrilled to partner with Knight Foundation to host a virtual roundtable discussion examining key findings from Knight’s new report, Beyond the Dollars: The […]

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Giving Day Technology: Making Good on the Big Day and Beyond

Listen to Andrew Means, Lori Finch, Jamie McDonald, Charlie Mulligan, and Charles “Chic” Naumer discuss online fundraising platforms, giving day lessons, and the future of digital philanthropy. The tech failure that caused massive disruption of the national Give Local America Day fundraising campaign in May 2016 raised many questions for social sector leaders and practitioners: What […]

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Giving Day Technology: Making Good on the Big Day and Beyond

Updated: Follow this link to check out highlights from our Giving Day Tech virtual roundtable and download the podcast! You’re invited! On Thursday, July 21 at 10am PDT, Markets for Good will host the next virtual roundtable in our Give Day Lessons summer series: Giving Day Technology: Making Good on the Big Day and Beyond. Representatives from five online fundraising platforms […]

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Giving Day Fail: Lessons for Digital Infrastructure

Listen to Andrew Means, Asha Curran, Priscilla Enriquez, and Beth Kanter discuss the lessons learned from the Give Local America Day tech failure. The tech failure that caused massive disruption of the national Give Local America Day fundraising campaign in May 2016 raised many questions for social sector leaders and practitioners: What went wrong? How did […]

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Giving Day Fail: Lessons for Digital Infrastructure

Updated: Follow this link to check out highlights from our Giving Day Fail virtual roundtable and download the podcast! Join us! On Thursday, June 9th at 10am PDT, Markets for Good is hosting Giving Day Fail: Lessons for Digital Infrastructure, a live virtual roundtable on the lessons learned from the Kimbia Giving Day tech failure and next steps for ensuring successful […]

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Mark Surman on the NetGain Partnership

Mozilla Foundation’s Mark Surman discusses the NetGain Partnership and its work to make the Internet open, secure, and accessible for all.

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Community Insights: Andrew Means

For the first interview in our Community Insights series, we sit down with Andrew Means, Co-Founder of The Impact Lab.

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Jacob Harold on GuideStar and Digital Infrastructure

Social strategist and author Jacob Harold shares his vision of a solid information infrastructure and how it could work in the social sector.

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