Nonprofits and Data

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This group is for those interested in learning and sharing about all things data-related for nonprofits. The Nonprofits and Data group is for people using data to serve a mission, either directly or by improving nonprofits and the nonprofit sector. That includes everything from collecting data and managing databases to analytics, data visualization and data mining. Here are some examples of topics we discuss: using data to improve organizational effectiveness, measuring impact, using data for storytelling, tools for data management and analysis, figuring out the “right” data to collect, and learning skills to help us use data better.

Telling stories with data...who's doing it well?

  • 1.  Telling stories with data...who's doing it well?

    Posted Feb 07, 2018 22:23
    Anybody working on annual reports right now?  Even if you're not (and I haven't worked on one in a few years), I always enjoy some good tear sheet inspiration.  Have you seen a nonprofit do a good job of telling a story with data recently?  Or maybe you've put together an awesome infographic or dashboard or annual report or used data to tell your story....here's your chance to show it off :)  Share a link (or a picture, if it's yours)!

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    Janice Chan
    Co-Organizer, NTEN Nonprofits and Data group
    Technical Training Specialist, Development and Alumni Relations
    Johns Hopkins Institutions
    Baltimore, MD
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  • 2.  RE: Telling stories with data...who's doing it well?

    Posted Feb 15, 2018 10:33

    The National College Access Network (NCAN) is a non-profit focused on building, strengthening, and empowering communities committed to college access and success for all students, especially those underrepresented in postsecondary education.

    NCAN engaged the Keyrus US Data Intelligence team to help them with their #FormYourFuture initiative, a national campaign to help more low-income students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The solution, the Form Your Future FAFSA Tracker, is able to answer the following questions:

    • What percent of a state's seniors had completed a FAFSA?
    • What was the year-over-year percentage change in FAFSA completions at the national, state, city, and school levels?

    Answering these questions will help NCAN do the following:

    • Raise awareness concerning financial aid being left on the table.
    • Inspire educators and community leaders to assist and encourage more students to fill out FAFSA forms.

    You can check out the Tableau dashboards here.



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    Kevin Barrett
    Keyrus
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  • 3.  RE: Telling stories with data...who's doing it well?

    Posted Feb 16, 2018 09:06

    Amazing work that NCAN has done with the FAFSA data.



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  • 4.  RE: Telling stories with data...who's doing it well?

    Posted Feb 16, 2018 16:56
    Edited by Emilio Arocho Feb 16, 2018 16:56
    Power to Decide has some very well laid-out visualizations regarding teen birth rates. I don't think it qualifies as storytelling per se, but it's very nicely designed.

    https://powertodecide.org/what-we-do/information/national-state-data/national

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    Emilio Arocho
    Director, Technology and Digital Strategy
    Food and Drug Law Institute

    Community Organizer, NTEN Nonprofits and Data group.
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  • 5.  RE: Telling stories with data...who's doing it well?

    Posted Feb 19, 2018 09:53
    Hi Everyone,

    A client - and neighbor - of ours in Chicago, The Night Ministry, has done a nice job summarizing the impact they make on the communities they serve: Impact.

    Some other friends of mine at Women Employed made their annual report "short and sweet" for 2017: https://womenemployed.org/sites/default/files/resources/2017AnnualReport.pdfhttps://womenemployed.org/sites/default/files/resources/2017AnnualReport.pdf

    Have a great day!

    All the best,

    Cassie

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    Cassie Dennis
    Director
    Monday Loves You
    cassie@mondaylovesyou.com
    312.973.1112
    Chicago IL
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  • 6.  RE: Telling stories with data...who's doing it well?

    Posted Mar 02, 2018 17:04
    These look great!

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    Kara Potter
    Missouri State Teachers Association
    Columbia, MO
    Community Organizer, NTEN Digital Communications Group
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  • 7.  RE: Telling stories with data...who's doing it well?

    Posted Mar 02, 2018 17:13
    I'm not sure this is storytelling with data done well (yet), but it's definitely done better than we have been doing it. :) I work for a teachers association, and every year we put together a salary guide for our members that is a pdf with roughly 70 pages of tables. This year I used Tableau to create interactive maps and other charts so teachers are able to see a better side-by-side comparison: Missouri Teacher Salary and Benefits Guide - 2018 Interactive Tool - Missouri State Teachers Association
    I was learning to use Tableau as I went along, so if anyone has any feedback on how I could clean things up or make it more user-friendly, I'm all ears!
    Thanks!

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    Kara Potter
    Missouri State Teachers Association
    Columbia, MO
    Community Organizer, NTEN Digital Communications Group
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  • 8.  RE: Telling stories with data...who's doing it well?

    Posted Mar 03, 2018 11:12
    These are great examples!  Thanks to all who shared.  I'm not working on any data visualization at the moment but I did come across this interactive checklist that looks handy: http://stephanieevergreen.com/interactive-data-visualization-checklist/ 

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    Janice Chan
    Co-Organizer, NTEN Nonprofits and Data group
    Writer, Wethos
    Technical Training Specialist, Development and Alumni Relations
    Johns Hopkins Institutions
    Baltimore, MD
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  • 9.  RE: Telling stories with data...who's doing it well?

    Posted Apr 06, 2018 14:50
    Sort of an old thread, but I just came across this on twitter: #SWDChallenge. Some cool ideas there for data visualization.

    Also, here's a fun annual non-report that includes data: Northern California Grantmakers
    The way they combine narrative, budget data, stories, and data about the number of cookies served at events seemed like a good mix to me. It includes their personality well.

    Wanted to share!

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    Stacy Clinton
    Senior Digital Communications Manager
    Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health
    Palo Alto, CA
    Co-Organizer, NTEN Nonprofits and Data group.
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