The Importance of Showing Impact: Engaging Donors with Data

As we head into Thanksgiving we’re receiving constant reminders from virtually every channel that we’re nearing the end of the year. Whether it be Black Friday discounts, cold weather or holiday plans, you can’t ignore the fact that we’re creeping towards the end of the year that was 2020. For the social sector, that also means a heightened period of fundraising, both around #GivingTuesday and general year-end appeals. 

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The Value of Collective Impact: Lessons from Beyond Sport

Teamwork is not a new concept. Whether it be in business, sports, or politics, what can be achieved with the help of many almost always surpasses the work of one. This is for two reasons. One, each contributor offers different skills, resources, and perspective, fostering an environment that encourages new ideas and solutions to old problems. Two, working as a team ensures that all players are bought-in to what you’re trying to achieve - each person has a stake in the game.

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Rising to the Occasion: How the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves are hitting home runs in their communities

October means playoff baseball. It’s the month of the most gloriously unexpected. Moments of heroes that rise to the occasion when the pressure is on, like Gibson’s walk-off against the A’s in 1988. And we’ve seen legendary performances from teams you thought had the odds stacked against them, like the 1906 White Sox “Hitless Wonders” who secured the title. As we watch four talented teams battle in their respective series, you may be eagerly asking yourself what will be the story we remember this year?

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Empower Your Nonprofit Board to Be an Extension of Your Fundraising Team

It’s rarely easy to raise money, and the global pandemic isn’t helping. The nonprofit sector has always relied on relationships to fundraise. Events and in-person meetings are a thing of the past. What do you do when traditional fundraising channels are no longer possible? Fortunately, many nonprofit organizations have not taken advantage of their board members' full reach, due largely to lack of clear data about the organization's impact. 

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Aspen Institute Project Play Summit, 2019

“The SBYD [sports-based youth development] conversation has thoroughly evolved in the three years that I have been attending this event,” reflects UpMetrics Director of Client Services, Stephen Minix.

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WEALF: Empowering Women, Powering Business in New York City

“We began in 2012 with three loans—it was sort of our experimental year,” explains WEALF (Women’s Enterprise Action Loan Fund) founder, Vicki Weiner. “The next year, we really got going, and things started to come together.”

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4 Key Steps to Start Analyzing Your Foundation’s Impact

What kinds of metrics can you track to ensure that you are helping foster the change you hope to see in the world?

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3 Steps Foundations Can Take to Build Capacity for Grantees

Here's how foundations can help nonprofit leadership be even more effective.

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Stop Talking about Data; Start Talking about Impact

Having data isn’t an end in itself—numbers don’t do anything for you unless you know how to use them to your advantage.

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Here are the 4 Steps Nonprofits Need to Get Started Analyzing Impact

In our increasingly data-driven world, access to data is no longer a “nice to have.” It is essential for any organization across every sector. As such, data is transforming how the philanthropic sector understands and drives impact. But analyzing impact doesn’t have to be complex. Here are four steps to take to leverage data to start analyzing impact. 

 

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