Fundraising: Art or Science?

I recently came across this article on the AFP website. Noah Drezner does an excellent job explaining how data can enhance the strategic thinking required in fundraising.(Aug. 31, 2010) Philanthropy, fundraising and higher education scholar Noah Drezn…

10 ways data is changing how we live

I recently found this interesting article from our friends across the pond. It provides a good overview of the ways data is being efficiently employed across industries.The availability of new sets of data has changed the way we live our lives: here ar…

IBM buys Unica

I generally don’t post many press releases here, but this brings me back. When I took some of my first data mining classes, we used Model One by Unica. Now, I am a rather ardent SPSS user. IBM has bought both SPSS and Unica, so these worlds have col…

Exploding Manhole Covers?

I recently stumbled across what I had previously considered an urban legend: the exploding manhole cover. I had heard several stories of this occurrence playing out across Washington on the news but had never seen the aftermath in person.See pictureDue…

Hailing a Donor

As is often the case, we recently came across another data mining article that does not mention fundraising directly but that still provides useful parallels for where the industry is headed.The following write-up discusses a free smartphone applicatio…