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Data & ResearchWhether you need data to support your effort as you advocate for your cause or to bolster your case in a funding request, collecting and analyzing that information can be a daunting task. These resources and reports are provided to save you time and aid you in your search.

NTEN’s Digital Outlook Report

Source: NTEN
NTEN’s 2015 Digital Outlook Report, published in partnership with Care2 and hjc, compiles data on technology strategy, staffing, tools, and more from a survey of almost 500 nonprofits. In addition to data from the survey, the report also includes case studies of three nonprofits: Alzheimer Society of Ontario, Covenant House International, and Ontario SPCA.
Posted on: March 12, 2015
Topics: Data & Research | Online Tools | Technology

Leading with Intent: A National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices

Source: BoardSource
BoardSource's Leading with Intent: A National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices report uses data from their one-of-a-kind, national survey of both CEO's and board chairs that can help you compare your organization against the national average and identify trends in the sector.
Posted on: January 27, 2015
Topics: Best Practice | Board | Data & Research | Leadership

GrantStation's Fall 2014 State of Grantseeking Report

Source: GrantStation
GrantStation released The Fall 2014 State of Grantseeking™ Report, which analyzes funding trends for more than 1,400 organizations to help you be more strategic in your grantseeking.
Posted on: November 3, 2014
Topics: Data & Research | Fundraising | Grant Writing | Philanthropy

2014 Leading with Intent Survey

Source: BoardSource
BoardSource recently released the key findings of their 2014 Leading with Intent survey, a national survey of nonprofit chief executives and board chairs that was previously known as the Nonprofit Governance Index.
Posted on: November 3, 2014
Topics: Best Practice | Board | Data & Research | Executive

GuideStar Will Collect Diversity Data “At Scale” with Nonprofit Sector

Source: Nonprofit Quarterly
On October 16, GuideStar announced an important new initiative to monitor the diversity of the nonprofit sector. It plans to work with the D5 Coalition and a range of other partners to collect diversity data about staff, board, and volunteer demographics in nonprofits and philanthropy.
Posted on: October 17, 2014
Topics: Data & Research | Human Resources

As Wealthy Give Smaller Share of Income to Charity, Middle Class Digs Deeper

Source: Chronicle of Philanthropy
The Chronicle of Philanthropy analyzed $180 billion in charitable donations, using IRS data from 2012. They found that, while the wealthy gave less, middle- and lower-income Americans gave more of their income, despite earning less overall compared to six years ago.
Posted on: October 6, 2014
Topics: Data & Research | Fundraising | Philanthropy

Urban Institute's "The State of Nonprofit Governance"

Source: Urban Institute
The Urban Institute recently released "The State of Nonprofit Governance", a report on nonprofit governance systems. The report includes data on board characteristics and governance best practices, broken down by both the size and mission of the organization.
Posted on: September 24, 2014
Topics: Best Practice | Board | Data & Research

8th Annual Nonprofit Technology Staffing & Investments Report

Source: NTEN
With NTEN's theory of change in mind, this report examines technology staffing levels, technology budgets, overall organizational approach to technology decisions, as well as technology oversight and management practices. Over 750 individuals from nonprofits participated in taking the survey, ranging from various operating budget size, staff size, and more.
Posted on: July 23, 2014
Topics: Data & Research | Human Resources | Technology

Do Competitive Prizes Drive Innovative Solutions?

A new report discusses the increase in government agencies and philanthropic organizations staging competitions as a way to promote innovation in solving difficult technological, social, and environmental problems.
Posted on: June 20, 2014
Topics: Data & Research | Philanthropy

4 Tips for Measuring Outcomes Instead of Activities

Jason Saul, Founder & CEO of Mission Measurement LLC and presenter at some of the Center's past workshops, shares some great tips on measuring outcomes, not activities, on's Measuring Up blog.
Posted on: June 19, 2014
Topics: Data & Research | Evaluation | Outcomes

New Giving Data Available

Giving USA has announced the release of its latest report, Giving USA: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the year of 2013.
Posted on: June 17, 2014
Topics: Data & Research | Fundraising | Philanthropy

Nonprofit Finance Fund 2014 State of the Nonprofit Sector

Source: Nonprofit Finance Fund
The Nonprofit Finance Fund has released the results of their 2014 State of the Nonprofit Sector survey.
Posted on: April 8, 2014
Topics: Data & Research

Nearly Half of All Nonprofits Plan to Add Jobs; Few Predict Layoffs

Source: Chronicle of Philanthropy
Forty-five percent of nonprofits plan to add jobs this year, about the same share that created new positions in 2013, finds a survey released today.
Posted on: March 13, 2014
Topics: Data & Research | Human Resources

For Nonprofits, a Bigger Share of the Economy

Source: New York Times
The overall economy has been expanding slowly, but at least one sector is vibrant: nonprofits, which have been growing at a breakneck pace.
Posted on: March 10, 2014
Topics: Data & Research

The State of Homelessness in NH 2013

Source: NH Coalition to End Homelessness
The NH Coalition to End Homelessness (NHCEH) has released its 2013 report on the State of Homelessness in New Hampshire.  Using economic, demographic, and other indicators, the report summarizes how conditions in NH have changed between 2009 and 2013.  Modeled after the State of Homelessness in America report by the National Alliance to End Homelessness, the purpose of the report is to increase awareness and understanding about current and future trends in homelessness.  The NHCEH concludes that, while trends among measured indicators point towards improving conditions for NH citizens, the impact of continued federal budget cuts is expected to hamper continued improvement.
Posted on: December 18, 2013
Topics: Data & Research

Alliance Between Guidestar and Foundation Center

Source: Nonprofit Quarterly
Last month, Guidestar and the Foundation Center announced a strategic partnership between the two leading sources of data on nonprofits and foundations. The purpose, according to the press release, is “to build the capacity and effectiveness of the social sector…[by] leverag(ing) the organizations’ unique strengths and complementary missions to support the field in new and innovative ways.” The buzzwords of “partnership,” “alliance,” “capacity,” “effectiveness,” and “innovative” are pretty common to everyone’s new business plan, but in this case, with Guidestar’s Jacob Harold and the Foundation Center’s Brad Smith driving the dynamic, there might be something happening worth watching and using.
Posted on: October 24, 2013
Topics: Data & Research

Key Facts on U.S. Foundations

Source: Foundation Center
The Foundation Center released Key Facts on U.S. Foundations a new report on total foundation giving, as well as priority and geographic focus.
Posted on: October 18, 2013
Topics: Data & Research | Fundraising | Philanthropy

The Next Generation of American Giving

Source: Blackbaud
Blackbaud released a new report on giving by generation, and they've made a slick online infographic summary of their findings. They share data on giving preferences, media habits, and the types of transactions for each generation. You can download a copy of the full report for a more in-depth look at each age group, as well.
Posted on: October 8, 2013
Topics: Data & Research | Fundraising | Philanthropy

2013 National Arts Index

Americans for the Arts 2013 National Arts Index shows that losses from the resession have leveled off, but that the arts are lagging behind other industries in recovery.
Posted on: September 26, 2013
Topics: Data & Research

The Cost of Bad Data

Source: NTEN
Do you have dirty data? Having good data hygeine practices means more than just dusting your database, and can save you money while helping you raise more. Sara Rowland of International Data Management shows the real world effects of bad data, and highlights three best practices for keeping your database squeaky clean.
Posted on: September 25, 2013
Topics: Best Practice | Communications | Data & Research | Fundraising | Marketing


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