For anyone who stays current with industry news, the principle of transparency has received a lot of attention lately. From Ray Dalio’s philosophy of “radical transparency”, which he discusses in his book, Principles, to Stanford University’s recent research into “Fairness, Accountability, and the Transparency of Algorithms”, industry leaders are taking notice and challenging proprietary black […]
Consultants: Barett T. Christensen | Josh Birkholz
Josh Birkholz, principal at Bentz Whaley Flessner, recently wrote an interesting article articulating our firm’s vision and predictions for platform fundraising. Here is a short excerpt. “Today, it feels similar to the early 1980s of prospect research and the early 2000s of analytics. However, the scattered, under invested new reality is the world of platform […]
Consultants: Allison Gannon | Andrew Schultz | Josh Birkholz
BWF Insight launched our 8th annual survey of the fundraising analytics community in May 2017. We sought to discover the trends in analytics methodology, applications, and tools popular with today’s analysts, paying special attention to the impact across the industry. We received responses from across the United States, Canada, and Europe from data practitioners working […]
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Many nonprofit fundraising shops have long since recognized the value and power of their own internal datasets. Good leaders know that evaluating and analyzing our data leads to important insights that inform our decision making and goal setting processes. A common sticking point in fully realizing this value, however, and in the adoption and integration of […]
Now that every 2017 NCAA Tournament bracket is officially busted, is it time to start planning for your 2018 bracket? Check out how industry experts are incorporating analytics into their picks.
What is R? R is an extremely powerful statistical & data analysis tool that can help you do your work more efficiently, enable you to perform advanced analyses for a large number of applications, and the new skills will impress your boss and colleagues! R is already widely-used in academic and business circles, and is […]
Interested in data socialization? Review this article discussing how data socialization is an attempt to tackle the ongoing process of making sure the right data is in front of the right person at the right time.
Review articles about the Fundraising and Regulatory Compliance Conference, EU-U.S. Privacy Shield on Health-Care Data Transfers and GDPR Guidance.
BWF’s 7th annual survey of the fundraising analytics community found that the role of data analytics in fundraising is evolving. Successful shops are investing in more sophisticated tools and methodologies, and leadership is a growing consumer of data-driven insights. Data analysts see this as an opportunity to further develop their own skills and expand their knowledge base […]
How data is visually displayed can impact the understanding of trends and patterns and can help viewers retain information. Here is a blog post from Data Science Central on comparing visualizations using different tools such as SPSS, R, Tableau, and a few others. What tools are you using for your visualizations and helping your audiences understand […]
I have been playing around with the pivot_table function in the Python package, pandas. The reason for this is because I was using groupby and wanted to see the difference in functionality and how it could impact my work. Using the pivot_table function is a lot like PivotTables that you may have used or seen in […]
How many times have you exported data and realized a little too late that the leading zeros in constituent IDs were no longer showing up? I know I have, and much to my chagrin I have had to re-send the file or spend time working through a process of making Excel or CSV format the […]
Consultants: Allison Gannon | Josh Birkholz
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Here is a great read and podcast featuring Jake Porway, the founder of DataKind, a nonprofit that connects nonprofits to technologists to solve problems. The article and podcast focuses on data beyond spreadsheets or funder reports, how it can be used in the social sector, and how collaboration can help solve challenging problems. Here is […]