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Integrated Analytics Drives Success

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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Data Analytics Implementation Across Industries

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 […]

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The Forbes Nonprofit Council shares 5 ways to maximize your data insights

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 […]

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Can Machine Learning Crack This 4,000-Year-Old Mystery?

Be sure to check out this fascinating article about some cutting edge machine learning being used to decode the language used by the 4,000-year-old Indus Valley Civilization! For more than a century, thousands of examples of Indus “seals” – small tablets with a few symbols accompanied by some sort of animal – have been found […]

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Tech Nonprofit Collaborates with Organizations to Maximize Impact

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 […]

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From “Science Project” to Real Value

Forbes contributor Jason Bloomberg recently wrote about big data themes emerging from the Strata+Hadoop World conference, held at the end of September in New York. The conference bills itself as a deep dive into emerging techniques and technologies between cutting edge science and business fundamentals. Particularly, it serves as a venue for speakers and vendors […]

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NFL Data Visualization

Love football and the NFL? What about data visualization? Check out a map that shows NFL fans across the country. There are a couple interesting teams that span huge, different sections of the country (Dallas, Pittsburgh) and also teams that dominate particular regions (Minnesota, Green Bay, New England), and interesting multi-team states (Florida, California, North Carolina). […]

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What Can a $23M Drug Bust Teach Us About Predictive Modeling?

At the end of August, news broke about a record-setting drug bust in Australia that caught world-wide attention. Three Canadians were allegedly caught trying to smuggle $23M worth of cocaine (about 200lbs!) into Australia via a cruise ship they had been traveling on. What’s the connection between this amazing story and the world of fundraising […]

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