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.

Introductions

  • 1.  Introductions

    Posted 29 days ago

    Welcome to the Nonprofits and Data online community group! We (Stacy Clinton, Emilio Arocho, and Janice Chan) are the co-organizers and we're excited to meet you! There are all sorts of smart, curious and skilled people in this group – and a broad array of nonprofits, data, and ways in which we use data to make the world a better place.

    Please introduce yourself! Here are a few ideas to get you started, but feel free to say whatever you would like the group to know!

    • Name
    • Where you're from
    • What kind of data do you work with (program, communications, fundraising, advocacy, etc.) and how (collect, analyze, communicate, etc.)?
    • What are you hoping to learn?
    • If you had a walk-up or entrance song, it would be…
    • If you and data were Facebook official, your relationships status would be (married, in a relationship, it's complicated, we are NOT friends…)

    Stacy, Emilio, and Janice

    P.S. This is a new introductory thread, but you can learn more about who else is in the group by looking through the previous intro thread.

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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
    Twitter: @curiositybone
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  • 2.  RE: Introductions

    Posted 29 days ago

    Hello everyone

     

    Here's me:

     

    • Renee Dorris
    • Doctors Without Borders – based in NYC
    • Working mostly with fundraising data
    • We're currently in the early stages of upgrading our technology here so I'm hoping to learn what challenges others have faced (or continue to face) and see how the community helps/recommends to solve these as well as examples of great data use
    • Land Downunder by Men at Work
    • We were married – but they clearly just undermined my trust so we're now on shaky ground

     

     

    Thx

    Renée






  • 3.  RE: Introductions

    Posted 20 days ago
    Edited by Jamie Thomas 19 days ago
    Hello,

    I'm Jamie Thomas, with Bread for the World in Washington, DC.
    I work mainly with program and advocacy data. I look forward to learning - I'm new to this so I'll just say: a lot.
    If I had a walk-up song, it would be Moby - Flower, a la Bryce Harper.


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    Jamie Thomas
    Bread for the World
    Washington, DC
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  • 4.  RE: Introductions

    Posted 20 days ago
    Welcome, Renee and Jamie!  Playlist updated!

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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
    Twitter: @curiositybone
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  • 5.  RE: Introductions

    Posted 19 days ago
    Hello everyone,

    I am new to the NTEN community and network. My name is Cory Orlando and I am from a small town in Flemington, New Jersey. I work for an Association Management Company so our clients are all non-profits. I have previously been the one-man show for all things marketing and communications for our biggest client, American Association of Feline Practitioners. My role has been expanding to possibly start including technology and looking at our company as a whole to keep data consistency across clients, integrating databases, analyzing data for new client services and opportunities.

    I mostly work with communications data but for AAFP they are doing a huge overall with their database and moving to a new CRM which has me involved in all aspects of the association. I have also been the point person at our company to manage and handle all our clients for GDPR compliance which we have started a process and procedures for but still feeling a bit unsure on if we got everything taken care of.

    I am hoping to learn a lot of new ideas from individuals who share the same goals and have experienced the same frustrations at times within data and communications. I am a bit newer to the technology and data as whole category instead of just focusing on marketing and advertising.

    Looking forward to seeing how I can help contribute to the group and learn even more!

    - Cory Orlando




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    Cory Orlando
    Professional Management Associates, LLC
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  • 6.  RE: Introductions

    Posted 16 days ago
    Welcome, Cory!

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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
    Twitter: @curiositybone
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  • 7.  RE: Introductions

    Posted 15 days ago
    Hello NTEN Group!

    My name is Sharon Muniz and I'm with NCN Technology.  We are in Reston, VA (outside of Washington, DC) and provide digital solutions that transform businesses and organizations.  Data plays a big role in the success of our projects and I'm always interested in learning about what tools and challenges other teams are facing so we can continue to learn and grow.

    We work with different types of data, depending on a client project.  For example, right now we are creating a purchase order system for a large company so the data contains product images, costs, addresses, buyers information, Login credentials, etc.   We are collecting the data so we can create reports on the different purchases from different buying locations within a large organization.  Another example of data that we are capturing is for an inspection application for buildings.   Large quantities of data are gathered about the integrity of the building components so we can then provide reports on the total assessment of the infrastructure.

    My walk up song would be One Love by U2.  If  data and I were on Facebook, our relationships status would be "in a relationship" because it is only one component of the whole stack that we work with....if that makes sense. :-)

    Look forward to connecting with everyone!
    Sharon



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    Sharon Muniz
    Primary Contact
    NCN Technology
    Reston, VA
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  • 8.  RE: Introductions

    Posted 15 days ago
    Hello!
    My name is Carissa Dougherty, and I'm the Head of Knowledge Management at The Morton Arboretum, a 1,700-acre "tree museum," event venue, education center, and research facility located about 30 miles west of Chicago. We work with all kinds of data -- web / social media analytics, financials, membership, visitation, living collections (how many X species of tree have we planted? when? where? how many have died?), program evaluation, field research, focus groups / surveys, human resources, organizational learning -- and we are challenged by the diversity and interconnectivity of it all. While I do some work analyzing the data themselves, my role is mostly helping other staff understand why those data are important and how we can use them to ask / answer important questions that will help us make informed, strategic decisions.
    I am hoping to learn more about how other organizations have moved from the more basic "data gathering" way of working to a more mature "data informed" model. I have a feeling some of it has to do with organizational culture and change management... and I'd love to hear how others have evolved and moved forward.
    I'm so bad at doing clever things with song titles... Let's say "What You Know" by Two Door Cinema Club. It's fairly upbeat, rather memorable, and a bit obscure (like me).
    For me and data, "it's complicated." I enjoy geeking out over a good visualization, but I also value context and the need for data to be accompanied by other information in order to be truly useful.
    Glad to be here, and I am looking forward to the community's insight and conversation!
    Best,
    Carissa

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    Carissa Dougherty
    Head of Knowledge Management
    The Morton Arboretum
    Downers Grove, IL
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  • 9.  RE: Introductions

    Posted 14 days ago
    Welcome, Sharon and Carissa!  Playlist updated.  :)  (P.S. "What You Know" gets a lot of play on my Spotify)





  • 10.  RE: Introductions

    Posted 12 days ago
    Hello,

    I am excited to join this community. To introduce myself, I am a nonprofit data & tech consultant in San Francisco Bay Area, CA. I work with non profit organizations to develop strategies for utilizing their data via assessments, evaluations, analytics etc. and work with fundraising, operations and programs, and other teams.

    I am hoping to learn about the community, challenges faced by the organizations, great stories, and hope to contribute as well.

    If I and data were Facebook official, then our status would be "married" -- I sure hope that my husband will not read this LOL.

    Great to meet all of you -- have a great weekend!!

    Medha

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    Medha Nanal
    Database & Technology Consulting for Fundraising/Advancement, Communications & Programs
    Palo Alto, CA | 650.600.9374
    www.topcloudconsult.com
    medhananal@topcloudconsult.com

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  • 11.  RE: Introductions

    Posted 8 days ago
    Welcome, Medha! :)

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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
    Twitter: @curiositybone
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  • 12.  RE: Introductions

    Posted 7 days ago
    Hello from Oakland, CA! My name is Brianna and I currently run the IT & Systems Operations team at Education Pioneers.

    I am a new co-lead of the NTEN Tech Decisions Makers online community as well as am helping to found an Oakland NTEN chapter.
    ** If you are in or near Oakland... message me for more info & to get involved!**

    My interest in this Data community is rooted in some new priorities-- I am spending a lot of time thinking about information & knowledge management as well as digital strategy. Data topics of interest to me right at this very moment in time include security and privacy, as well as architecture and governance. I am also excited to introduce colleagues in data/anayltics roles to this group in hopes that we can equip them with more pd and resources.

    Please reach out if anything I've written above is energizing to you, and thank you for having me!


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    Brianna Swartz
    Director, IT & Systems Operations
    Education Pioneers
    (415) 690-3465 | brianna.swartz@educationpioneers.org
    educationpioneers.org
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  • 13.  RE: Introductions

    Posted an hour ago
    Hello, this is Winston Berger from A Better Way in Berkeley, CA. I met some of you at the wonderful 18NTC in New Orleans.

    We are a foster/adoption agency providing mental health and social services throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. My title is "Data Systems Manager" which has recently expanded to encompass managing IT and starting a Marketing/online fundraising workgroup as well. :-)

    I touch all the data in our organization in some way or another. I lead our annual reporting process which rolls up monthly/quarterly reports into a cohesive whole, am an admin of all our client record systems, and manage the mental health billing process, where ~30000 progress notes are uploaded to county billing systems each year. We are constrained by HIPAA and Child Protective Services privacy standards. One of the county billing systems we interface with is literally from 1983, and we need to print 1000 pages of paper reports just to get the 6 pages we need to bill each month! We use Excel, SQL, and R Studio regularly and will be getting Periscope Data along with our new Electronic Health Record in August. Much more of my time is spent cleaning/transforming/normalizing/tidy-ing data (and documenting evolving processes) than actually analyzing it.

    I would love to learn more about making useful real-time dashboards for both strategic/higher-level and day-to-day program management. Also, I'm eager to start comparing our internal data to open datasets in our area.

    Song - how about Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer" - such a deep groove!

    I am happily in an open relationship with data, spending as much time with IT, marketing and management/planning as I want to. As much as data itself interests me, I am equally fascinated when the data I request from programs is nonexistent or incomplete, as it means we need to improve our infrastructure and/or people processes, training & documentation.

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    Winston Berger
    IT & Data Systems Manager
    A Better Way, Inc.
    Berkeley, CA
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