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#MFGLive – Seattle 2014

Last week we officially kicked off the next phase of Markets For Good. Not only did we launch our brand new website – you can read all about the website’s new features here – but our founding partners at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Liquidnet hosted #MFGLive in…

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Between the Dashboard and the Chair

This is the first in a regular column by Beth Kanter called “Between the Dashboard and the Chair,” which will focus on the cultural change, capacity building, and practical tips and skills for using data for learning for nonprofits. The Human Side of Nonprofit Data Practice is the Yin, Technical…

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The Backlash Against Big Data

A recent article in the Economist asks ‘why the backlash’ against data? Several articles have been written across a broad spectrum of established journals/news outlets that are very much anti-big data, yet the Economist responds with a counter point – a counter question even: Are we not just at an…

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Interview with Sarah Durham, President & Founder of Big Duck

Big Duck is a communications firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and focuses on three different areas: brandraising, campaigns, and training to help organizations reach supporters, build awareness, and raise money. Sarah Durham, founder and President of Big Duck, gives a grand tour here. Take particular notice of the “why?”…

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Data Visualization Meets “Co-Creation”

GK VanPatter, co-founder of Humantific, shifts the data visualization conversation to examine a couple of ideas that underlie how it may inform broader agendas. That is: in addition to high value communication, GK suggests that, by way of co-creation, visualized data can play a bigger role. (“Wait! What’s co-creation?”) Well,…

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Beyond Data Silos

This month marks the launch of our first reader-proposed theme, Beyond Data Silos, suggested by Andrew Means, founder of Data Analysts For Social Good. In his winning submission, Andrew raised interesting questions about how we think about data silos and, implicitly, about our framework for addressing them. He noted data…

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Applying a New Lens To Measure Social Return

Ravi Kurani… “We’ve been measuring and valuing negative externalities for a long time, with governments using taxes to realign incentives and costs. Now it’s time to measure and value positive externalities as well.” Charging for negative externalities is sometimes referred to as a “Pigouvian tax.” This tax is placed on…

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Notes From The Field: CECP on Corporate Giving

A brief note on the the state of corporate giving from Carmen Perez, Senior Research Analyst, Global Valuation, CECP. Carmen’s discussion of trends and of CECP’s recently released measurement guide complements the wider movement in the social sector toward finding the building block critera that will allow for deeper comparisons…

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Knight Foundation on: Methods & Tools for Community Foundation “Giving Days”

As we noted in an early post by Beth Kanter (Doing The Math Ourselves), upgrading the information infrastructure in the social sector depends heavily upon building the proper skill sets in-house. Today’s comment highlights the role of foundations in supporting that professional development. Bahia Ramos, Director/Community Foundations for Knight Foundation,…

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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…

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